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PENYERAHAN DAN PENILAIAN TUGASAN

ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION AND ASSESSMENT


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OUMH1103
LEARNING SKILLS FOR OPEN DISTANCE LEARNERS
MAY 2012
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ARAHAN KEPADA PELAJAR / INSTRUCTIONS TO STUDENTS
1. Tugasan ini mengandungi SATU (1) soalan sahaja yang disediakan dalam bahasa modul bercetak
kursus ini. / This assignment contains only ONE (1) question that is set in the language of the printed
module for the course.
2. Jawab dalam Bahasa Melayu atau Bahasa Inggeris. / Answer in Malay or English.
3. Muat turunkan templat tugasan versi bahasa yang berkenaan daripada MyVLE untuk penyediaan dan
penyerahan tugasan anda. Tugasan anda hendaklah ditaip dengan menggunakan saiz fon 12 Times
New Roman dan langkau baris 1.5. / Download the language version of the assignment template
concerned from the MyVLE for preparation and submission of your assignment. Your assignment
should be typed using 12 point Times New Roman font and 1.5 line spacing.
4. Tugasan anda hendaklah antara 2500 hingga 3000 patah perkataan tidak termasuk rujukan. Bilangan
perkataan hendaklah ditunjukkan di hujung tugasan anda. Jangan menyalin soalan dan arahan
tugasan dalam jawapan anda. / Your assignment should be between 2500 to 3000 words excluding
references. The number of words should be shown at the end of your assignment. Do not copy the
assignment question and instructions to your answer.
5. Anda dikehendaki menghantar tugasan SECARA ON-LINE melalui MyVLE. Sila rujuk kepada portal
untuk arahan mengenai prosedur menghantar tugasan anda secara on-line. Anda dinasihatkan
menyimpan senaskah tugasan yang diserahkan untuk rujukan sendiri. / You must submit your
assignment ON-LINE via the MyVLE. Refer to the portal for instructions on the procedures to submit
your assignment on-line. You are advised to keep a copy of your submitted assignment for personal
reference.
6. Anda hanya boleh menghantar tugasan SEKALI sahaja dalam SATU fail. / You can submit your
assignment ONCE only in a SINGLE file.
7. Tugasan anda hendaklah diserahkan antara 27hb Jun hingga 9hb Julai 2012 (ONLINE) Serahan
selepas 9hb Julai 2012 TIDAK akan diterima. / Your assignment must be submitted between 27th
June 2012 until 9th July 2012. Submission after 9th July 2012 will NOT be accepted.
8. Tugasan hendaklah disiapkan secara individu. Anda dilarang meniru tugasan orang lain. Anda juga
dilarang sama sekali memplagiat kerja orang lain sebagai kerja sendiri. / Your assignment should be
prepared individually. You should not copy another persons assignment. You should also not
plagiarise another persons work as your own.

SOALAN TUGASAN /ASSIGNMENT QUESTION


1. You are required to find information on important soft skills for university
students.
2. For this assignment, you are only allowed to find information from reliable
sourcescredible websites, journals and newspaper articles. Below are examples
of sources that you can utilise for your report:
Title of Journal
Writers
Title of Journal Article
Date of publication

Journal of Language and Communication


Bernd Schulz
The Importance of Soft skills: Education Beyond
June 2008

Title of newspaper
article
Writer
Source

A need to review the system

Date of publication

April 1, 2012

Title of newspaper
article
Writer
Source

Super charge your studies, think critically

Date of publication

April 1, 2012

Title of web article


Writer
Source
Date of publication

Importance of Soft Skills Development in Education


Vishan Jain
School of Educators website
February 22, 2009

Chelsea L. Y. Ng & Priya Kulasagaran


The Star

Raymond Lee
The Star

3. Find a few more articles and books and make notes from these sources.
4. Based on the notes made, prepare an academic report of approximately 20002500 words on the following:
a) Soft skills that are important for university students.
b) Reasons why some university students are not equipped with the
soft skills listed in (a).
c) Suggestions on ways to equip university students with the
appropriate soft skills to ensure their success at the university and
at the workplace.

*An academic report resembles an academic essay. However, an academic report


is divided accordingly using appropriate headings and subheadings.
5. Your academic report should have the following sections:
Preliminaries
- Table of Content (containing the main content and page number)
Main Content
Introduction
o

The introduction should contain background information on the topic.


You should provide information on the following: i) What soft skills are;
ii) Examples of soft skills that are important for university students; iii)
Why they are important for university students.

The introduction must contain a statement of purpose or a thesis statement.


This statement would provide the reader the general idea of what would be
discussed in the body of your report. For example, you can start with,
This report will discuss

Body of Academic Report


o
In the body of your report you should provide clear explanation on at least
THREE (3) soft skills that are important for university students.
o

You should also provide the reasons why some university students are
not well equipped with the soft skills that you have chosen. (These
reasons will be dependent on the soft skills that you have selected. You
can analyze the education system in Malaysia, for example)

Appropriate deliberations and examples are necessary to make your points


clear. It is essential that you substantiate your points with experts
opinions and survey findings.

Suggestions
o
Provide logical suggestions for future graduates, government bodies
and educational institutions to ensure that university students are
equipped with the soft skills that you have listed.

Reference List
Write proper in-text citations when including external sources in
writing.
o Students are required to paraphrase or to summarise information from
external sources and not only lifting word-by-word from any external
sources.
o A reference list should be prepared to acknowledge all sources utilised
in writing.
o The reference list should utilise the APA citation style (as shown in
Topic 5 of OUMH1103 module).

GUIDELINES FOR ANSWERING TASK


1. To know more on how to write a good essay type of assignment, read Topic 5 of
the module.
2. To answer this task, you need to search for information.
a) Information on soft skills that are important university students can be
found on the Internet through search engines (i.e. Google, Yahoo). Read
Topics 7, 8 and 9 of your OUMH1103 module to learn more about
Information Retrieval Skills.
b) To retrieve more information on the topic, read Topics 7, 8 and 9 of your
OUMH1103 module to learn about Information Retrieval Skills.
c) Select only scholarly articles/ books/ websites that are relevant to the
assignment topic. The resources of information obtained and used in your
writing must be listed in the Reference section.

Assignment Guidelines (Content and Scoring)


NO

ASSESSMENT
CRITERIA

INDEX

Introduction

Body
paragraphs:
Findings (Three
important soft
skills and
Reasons why
university
students are not
well equipped
with the soft
skills listed)

2.5

Suggestions

2.5

Coherence

1.5

WEIGHT
1

MISSING
ITEM
0
No
introduction.

POOR

AVERAGE

1
Introduction has
inadequate
development and does
not contain a clear
statement of purpose
or contains faulty
thesis.

2
Introduction has
adequate
development but
statement of purpose/
thesis statement was
not clear.

3
Introduction has
adequate
development and
contains clear
thesis.

4
Introduction is welldeveloped and
contains clear thesis.

Body paragraphs are


not well-developed
and contain many
illogical and irrelevant
ideas.

Body paragraphs are


not adequately
developed but contain
some logical and
relevant ideas.

Body paragraphs
contain adequately
developed, logical
and relevant ideas.

Body paragraphs
contain welldeveloped, logical
and relevant ideas.

Essay demonstrates
very little
understanding of the
issue.

Essay demonstrates
some understanding
of the issue.

Essay
demonstrates indepth
understanding of
the issue.

Essay clearly
demonstrates indepth understanding
of the issue.

No
suggestion.

Suggestions given are


generally
inappropriate.

Suggestions given are


reasonably acceptable
with some being
inappropriate.

Most suggestions
given are
appropriate.

All suggestions
given are logical,
appropriate and
workable.

10

No coherence.

Writing is generally
incoherent due to
ineffective utilisation
of cohesive devices.

Writing is partly
coherent but some
parts are incoherent
due to ineffective
utilisation of cohesive
devices.

Most writing
flows due to
effective use of
cohesive devices

Writing has a good


flow due to effective
use of cohesive
devices.

No body
paragraph.

GOOD

EXCELLENT

MARKS
(MAX)
4

10

Unclear and illogical


connections in most
parts of writing.

Unclear and illogical


connections in some
parts of writing.

Clear and logical


connection
between parts of
writing.

There is clear and


logical connection
between parts of
writing.

References

1.5

No reference.

Writing is not cited


and referenced OR
Inappropriate style of
referencing/ citing
external sources.

References and
citations contain a
number of errors.

Most writing is
properly cited and
referenced.

Writing is properly
cited and referenced.

Language

Not structured
and full of
mistakes.

Limited range of
structures utilised and
many are wrongly
constructed.

Sentences are
moderately varied but
some are wrongly
constructed.

Most sentences are Sentences are varied


varied and are
and are skillfully
skillfully
constructed.
constructed.

Essay has serious flaw


mistakes in grammar
and mechanics that
seriously affect
readers
understanding.

Essay may have some


mistakes in grammar
and mechanics that
sometimes affect
readers
understanding.

Essay may have a


few mistakes in
grammar and
mechanics but
these mistakes do
not affect readers
understanding.

TOTAL
POINTS

10

Writing is free from


flaws in grammar
and mechanics.

TOTAL

40

PENILAIAN / EVALUATION
Tugasan ini akan menyumbangkan 40% markah kepada kursus tersebut dan akan dinilai
berdasarkan kepada Rubrik. / This assignment accounts for 40% of the marks for the
course mentioned and shall be assessed based on the Rubrics.
Anda akan dimaklumkan tentang markah tugasan ini sebelum Peperiksaan Akhir
Semester bermula / You would be informed of the assignment mark before the Final
Semester Examination commences.
PLAGIARISME: POTONGAN MARKAH / PLAGIARISM: MARKS DEDUCTION
Amaran: Tugasan yang diserahkan secara automatik akan disemak untuk persamaan.
Jika plagiarisme dikesan, markah akan dipotong seperti berikut: / Warning: The
submitted assignment will automatically undergo a similarity check. If plagiarism is
detected, marks would be deducted as follows:

Tugasan dengan pertindihan kandungan antara 10 - 30 % : potongan 20% daripada


jumlah markah yang diperoleh.
Tugasan dengan pertindihan kandungan antara 31 - 50 % : potongan 40% daripada
jumlah markah yang diperoleh.
Tugasan dengan pertindihan kandungan lebih daripada 50%: Markah sifar akan
diberikan.
Assignments with 10 - 30 % overlap with others: 20% deduction from the total
marks scored.
Assignments with 31 - 50 % overlap with others: 40% deduction from the total
marks scored.
Assignments with more than 50% overlap with others: Zero mark would be given.

MUKA SURAT TAMAT / END OF PAGE

Appendix 1: Title Page

FACULTY OF EDUCATION AND LANGUAGES

OUMH1103
LEARNING SKILLS FOR OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNERS

ASSIGNMENT TITLE

Name
Matric number
NRIC
Telephone number
E-mail address

Tutors name:
Learning Centre:

MAY 2012 Semester