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ASSIGNMENT 1 INFORMATION
CPD 1102 Trimester 3 2019

• Assignment 1: “There are a variety of skills that are important for today’s professional manager. They are too numerous to include in a report. You are to selected one skill and your assessment is to discuss the role of that skill for today’s professional manager in making a positive difference to your career.”
Word Limit – 1500 words. A sample of Table of Contents is listed below;
Introduction –this should be no more than 150 words. Include definitions of your selected skills and what are competencies? Make sure you can distinguish what is a skill and what is a competence. At the end of the paragraph, what do you think they are? There should be a minimum of three references in this section. In addition, introduce to the reader the field or role of the manager you would like to be in.
Literature Review: Why is your selected skill important for today’s managers? You will need to undertake further research to accomplish this section. You should look for articles on the importance of the skill? Why is it important? Do not just summarise articles as this will not achieve anything, and most likely loose marks. You need to look wider than you’re your desired position, think all positions. This is the basis of your literature review. I would expect 8 references in for this section and 800 words in length. Remember to include headings and sub-headings in this section as it will make it easier to write.
Critical Analysis of Literature Review: This is the section where you will explain why you believe your selected skill or competences are important for your desired position. You have already decided the career you would like undertake, now find peer reviewed journal articles or other credible sources that link your skills to the position you would like to undertake. (For example: If you want to be an accountant, why is your selected skill important to be a professional accountant?). This could be undertaken by citing examples and references. You may have been selected a skill or competence or attribute, but this is part of a larger competence (a group of skills) or part of a group of attributes. You need to explain why and use some references to support this. (400 words)
Conclusion: Do you believe you have mastered this skill and why? Do you have any evidence to supports this? How will they help you in your managerial aspirations? It will also include which skills do you need to improve and how will you do this. This paragraph should be about 150 -200 words.
You need to include AT LEAST three academic references in the main body as well as one (1) academic reference for each of the skills you have discussed.
Bibliography: All essays require a bibliography at the end in the APA format as shown in the class exercises. These words are not counted in the word limit.
PLEASE NOTE:
Included in the assignment, you will need to highlight 10 joining words which are in your notes, evidence of the use of 70 useful sentences (5 sentences that are illustrated in the text which will be highlighted), the use of the suggested format as shown in the handouts. Your thoughts which are supported by relevant examples and references.
There are to be two paragraphs according to the handouts (in colour).to show the writer understands the correct structure of a paragraph Please highlight the paragraph as shown in the following text. “The first sentence describes what the paragraph is going to discuss. The next sentences just explain the first sentence. They give the reader more information on what you are going to discuss. The writer then adds some examples to support what his point of view. These could also be references or paraphrases of a journal article if you wish. The author expands his point, but is still relevant to the first sentence, and uses a reference to support this. The last sentence is a concluding sentence that summarises the paragraph. Ideally, there should be another sentence that links to the next paragraph.”
Marking Rubric:
Marking
Criteria Not satisfactory
(0-49%) of the criterion mark Satisfactory
(50-64%) of the criterion mark Good
(65-74%) of the criterion mark Very Good
(75-84%) of the criterion mark Excellent
(85-100%) of the criterion mark
Criteria 1 (20 marks): Understanding and Analysis Lack of understanding of the terminologies, principles and approaches to professional development and no demonstration of clear and inspiring career vision (Mission Statement); No demonstration of
critical thinking and analysis of career of choice Evidence of basic understanding of the terminologies and principles and approaches to professional development; limited demonstration of clear and inspiring career vision (Mission Statement); limited demonstration of critical thinking and analysis of career of choice Evidence of good understanding of the relevant terminologies and principles to professional development with good demonstration of clear and inspiring
career vision (Mission
Statement); good demonstration of critical thinking and analysis of career of choice Evidence of very good understanding of the relevant terminologies and principles to professional development with good and
supporting demonstration of clear and inspiring vision (Mission Statement); good demonstration interpretation and arguments from literature and analysis of career of choice Evidence of excellent understanding of the relevant terminologies and principles to professional development; Referencing of supporting literature in the interpretation, explanation and
analysis of career of choice; Mission Statement presented is rigours and enlightening with coherent writing
Criteria 2 (20 marks): Literature Review Focusing on important of skills
to the development of career/profession and role of a professional manager Lack of evidence of enough use of literature and limited interpretation of the importance of skills on career development. No evidence of critical review. Use of some supporting literature with limited interpretation of the importance of skills on career development and their significance Evidence of good reference to supporting literature in reviewing the importance of skills on career development and their significance Evidence of strong reference to supporting literature in reviewing the importance of skills on career development and their significance with significant synthesis of arguments and evidence of independent research Evidence of excellent reference to supporting literature in reviewing the importance of skills on career development with significant synthesis of arguments. Review presented is rigours in validating the argument

Marking
Criteria Not satisfactory
(0-49%) of the criterion mark Satisfactory
(50-64%) of the criterion mark Good
(65-74%) of the criterion mark Very Good
(75-84%) of the criterion mark Excellent
(85-100%) of the criterion mark
Criteria 3
(30 marks):
Skill Identification
and Critical Analysis Focusing on identification and analysis of skills that are relevant to
own’s desired career using relevant job advertisement and position description Lack of evidence of
critical analysis in identifying the skill need for desired profession; no evidence of relevant job advertisement and position description; no evidence of critical analysis of skill gap and classification into categories such as soft and hard
skills Evidence of basic analysis in identifying the skill need for desired profession; limited evidence of relevant job advertisement and position description; limited evidence of critical analysis of skill gap and classification into categories such
as soft and hard skills Evidence of good critical analysis in identifying the skill need for desired profession; good evidence of relevant job advertisement and position description; good evidence of critical analysis of skill gap
and classification into
categories such as soft and hard skills with further analysis of future implication Evidence of very doo critical analysis in identifying the skill need for desired profession; good evidence of relevant job advertisement and
position description with evidence of strong reference; very good evidence of critical analysis of skill gap and classification into categories such as soft and hard skills with further analysis of future
implication Evidence of excellent critical analysis in identifying the skill need for desired profession with excellent reference to relevant job advertisement and position description supported by excellent critical analysis of skill gap and classification into categories such as soft and hard skills with their future implication in own’s personal development
Criteria 4
(15 marks): Clarity of
Expression The writing is poor with no logical flow and many grammatical errors The writing is satisfactory exhibiting majority of grammatically correct sentences that are appropriately punctuated with
some spelling or typing errors The writing is fluent and coherent with good presentation exhibiting grammatically correct sentences that are appropriately punctuated with minor spelling or typing error The writing is fluent and coherent with very good presentation exhibiting grammatically correct sentences that are appropriately punctuated with no spelling or typing error The writing is fluent and coherent with excellent presentation exhibiting grammatically correct sentences that are appropriately punctuated with no minor spelling or typing error
Criteria 5 (15 marks): Presentation and referencing Demonstration of a limited sense of purpose or theme and insufficient understanding g of the topic. Information is limited, unclear
and the depth is
not adequately developed. The idea is a simple restatement
of the topic. The
presentation and referencing show insufficient application of the appropriate HARVARD style guide and format. Does not go far enough in expanding key issues.
The reader is left with questions. It requires further information
to clarify main
arguments. The presentation and referencing show some application of the appropriate HARVARD style
guide and format. The presentation and referencing mostly conforms to the appropriate HARVARD style guide and format. Writing is used to support the main ideas and convince the reader of the argument who is left in no doubt of the purpose. The presentation
and referencing conform to the appropriate HARVARD style guide and format. Perceives a sense of the wider context of the ideas.
The presentation
and referencing is appropriate and consistent with the HARVARD style guide and format.
No. Skill Description
1 Analytical skills Good reasoning in analysing the problem and developing a solution to solve it
2 Change management skills transitioning individuals, teams, and organizations using methods intended to re-direct the use of resources, business process, budget allocations, or other modes of operation that significantly reshape a company or organization.
3 Creative thinking skills A method of looking at problems or situations from a fresh perspective that suggests unorthodox solutions (which may look unsettling at first).
4 Critical thinking skills Intellectually disciplined process of actively and skilfully conceptualizing, applying, analysing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information, as a guide to belief and action
5 Decision making skills A process of making choices among possible alternatives. The skills considered important to effective decision making are based on a normative model of decision making, which prescribes how decisions should be made
6 Financial skills is the ability to use knowledge and skills to manage financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being
7 Interpersonal skills These skills are designed to produce and action such as delegation, influence, conflict resolutions and motivation of others
9 Leadership skills
The essential component in positioning executives to make thoughtful decisions about their organization's mission and goals, and properly allocate resources to achieve those directives
10 Management skills To direct, plan, organise and co-ordinate work done by others
11 Negotiation Resolving differences between two or more parties whose objectives and values are based on different ideas
12 Networking A process of building long-term relationships with people in a mutually beneficial way.
13 Planning Skills that allow you to look ahead and accomplish goals or avoid emotional, financial, physical or social hardship. These skills let you make and implement decisions.
14 Problem Solving skills Problem to reach a solution. Problem solving may include mathematical or systematic operations and can be a gauge of an individual's critical thinking skills
15 Project Management As the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements
16 Team As the application of knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements
17 Time Management Using their time more effectively and practicing good time management skills. Time management is not very difficult as a concept, but it's surprisingly hard to do in practice. It requires the investment of a little time upfront to prioritise and organise yourself.
18 Verbal communication To exchange of messages to achieve mutual understanding via verbal medium such that the message is understood
19 Written communication Transfer of message from an information sources to an information receiver so both parties understand the meaning and context of message

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