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Evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary techniques to improve workplace efficiency and employability.


CertHE Skills for the Workplace


Digital Skills And Research Methods

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Assignment Title:

DSR Assessment 2 Individual Report

Word count (or equivalent):

2000 words

Submission deadline:

To be announced by the Assessment team

Please refer to the assessments schedule published on Students’ Hall in Moodle

Return date of provisional marks & written feedback:

After the Exam Board

Submission method:

All written assessments, where practical and possible, must be submitted via Turnitin unless otherwise instructed by the Lecturer. (Please DO NOT put this assessment specification into Turnitin or it will match many similarities with other students’ submissions.)

Alternative submission method (if applicable):

Late submission of the assessment will result in a late penalty mark. Penalties for late submission: Up to one week late, maximum mark of 40%. Over one week late, 0%. Only the Extenuating Circumstances Panel may approve a change to submission dates.

Academic honesty / referencing:

Academic honesty is required. In the main body of your submission you must give credit to authors on whose research and ideas your work is based. Append to your submission a reference list that indicates the books, articles, etc. that you have used, cited or quoted in order to complete this assessment.

Module Learning Outcomes (from module syllabus)


  1. To improve students digital skills within the workplace.
  2. To develop awareness of the importance of effective analysis of information and its translation into knowledge.


Upon the successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary techniques to improve workplace efficiency and employability.
  2. Identify and effectively evaluate a range of information sources.
  3. Show a competence in workplace data handling.


Component 2 – 50% of the final mark for the module

Mode of assessment



Research report on practical activities, drawing together activities conducted both in and outside of the classroom (such as in-class development of a questionnaire, secondary and primary data gathering, production of statistics/graphs)


2000 words or equivalent



PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the assessment brief for June 2021 term reflects the need for the entirety of this assessment to take place online.

Report (2000 words)

Produce a research report on the impact of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Moodle on students’ learning experience at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David London Campus.

Students are required to collect and analyse both primary and secondary data as part of the research. In class (online for the time being), each student has to develop a questionnaire on the above topic, which should be operationalised as a primary data collection tool. Then the students need to use that questionnaire to conduct a survey. Due to the current pandemic situation, students are strongly advised to conduct the survey online only instead of face-to-face. This is to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the students. Students are then required to present their survey results in an excel table to generate graphs.

Research of published material on the topic of the impact of Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) on students’ learning experience in general should be gathered and analysed as a secondary data collection tool. Finally, a conclusion should be provided from the analysis of both primary and secondary data. Students are also advised to provide in-text citations and references as per the Harvard referencing style

In order to protect the privacy of research participants the standards of confidentiality and anonymity have to be applied. Participants must remain anonymous and the information they supply must be respected. This means that students must take steps to ensure their research data remains confidential. The prospective research participant should be given a full explanation of what will be done with their data and how confidentiality will be ensured.

Please note: at the end of the module, the marks from both components will be merged into one overall mark.

NOTE: The guidance offered below is linked to the five generic assessment criteria overleaf.

1. Engagement with Literature Skills

Evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary techniques to improve workplace efficiency and employability.

Your work must be informed and supported by scholarly material that is relevant to and focused on the task(s) set. You should provide evidence that you have accessed an appropriate range of sources, which may be academic, governmental and industrial; these sources may include academic journal articles, textbooks, current news articles, organisational documents, and websites. You should consider the credibility of your sources; academic journals are normally highly credible sources while websites require careful consideration/selection and should be used sparingly. Any sources you use should be current and up-to-date, mostly published within the last five years or so, though seminal/important works in the field may be older. You must provide evidence of your research/own reading throughout your work, using a suitable referencing system, including in-text citations in the main body of your work and a reference list at the end of your work.

Guidance specific to this assessment:

We expect to see good use of Harvard Referencing from you that points to third parties agreeing or disagreeing with the argument you are making. We expect to see around 6 references, with at least 2 coming from the books/e-books on the Online Resources List for the module. Further relevant reading exceeding this recommendation will be awarded higher marks.

2. Knowledge and Understanding Skills

At level 4, you should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with your area(s) of study. Knowledge relates to the facts, information and skills you have acquired through your learning. You demonstrate your understanding by interpreting the meaning of the facts and information (knowledge). This means that you need to select and include in your work the concepts, techniques, models, theories, etc. appropriate to the task(s) set. You should be able to explain the theories, concepts, etc. to show your understanding. Your mark/grade will also depend upon the extent to which you demonstrate your knowledge and understanding.

Guidance specific to this assessment:

We expect to see you understanding your research topic (VLE) well. You should use the data you gathered through investigation and turn it into knowledge in the way we teach in class. You should prepare a questionnaire, conduct a survey and then analyse your survey results to justify your argument. You will be marked down for including random charts that do not fit with your argument. Do not include a chart that simply looks good but does not carry any relevant information.

3. Cognitive and Intellectual Skills

You should be able to present, evaluate and interpret qualitative and quantitative data, in order to develop lines of argument and make sound judgements in accordance with basic theories and concepts of your subject(s) of study. You should be able to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems related to your area(s) of study and/or work. Your work must contain evidence of logical, analytical thinking. For example, to examine and break information down into parts, make inferences, compile, compare and contrast information. This means not just describing what! But also justifying: Why? How? When? Who? Where? At what cost? You should provide justification for your arguments and judgements using evidence that you have reflected upon the ideas of others within the subject area and that you are able to make sound judgements and arguments using data and concepts. Where relevant, alternative solutions and recommendations may be proposed.

Guidance specific to this assessment:

Here we are looking at your ability to apply the theories and the concepts of your subject into practice. Your writing should reflect your analytical and logical thinking. The way you think should be clear to your audience through your writing. Read your work after you have written it. Get someone else to read it as well. Does your writing make sense to others? Try not to use words you do not understand. If you need to use “big” words, make sure you know what they mean.

Try to express your knowledge depth, which you have achieved step by step throughout the course, in your report.

4. Practical Skills

At level 4, you should be able to apply the basic underlying concepts and principles to evaluate and interpret these within the context of your area of study. You should be able to demonstrate how the subject-related concepts and ideas relate to real world situations and/or a particular context. How do they work in practice? You will deploy models, methods, techniques, and/or theories, in that context, to assess current situations, perhaps to formulate plans or solutions to solve problems, or to create artefacts. This is likely to involve, for instance, the use of real-world artefacts, examples and cases, the application of a model within an organisation and/or benchmarking one theory or organisation against others based on stated criteria.

Guidance specific to this assessment:

We are looking here for you to collect data of your own and compare it with data you have found elsewhere. One way you could do this is to find a survey that exists already and develop your own way of testing it. You need to show the marker that you have an ability to analyse your primary data as well as your secondary data and then compare your findings with the secondary findings.

5. Transferable Skills for Life and Professional Practice

Your work must provide evidence of the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring the exercise of some personal responsibility. This includes demonstrating: that you can communicate the results of your study/work accurately and reliably, and with structured and coherent arguments; that you can initiate and complete tasks and procedures, whether individually and/or collaboratively; fluency of expression; clarity and effectiveness in presentation and organisation. Work should be coherent and well-structured in presentation and organisation

Guidance specific to this assessment:

We expect to see you produce a piece of work that would be received well in a professional environment. Use your own words but avoid slang. Imagine you are writing a report for someone important like your bank manager. You can ask a “critical friend” to go through your report with you (only to proof read). If you do not have access to someone else, you can read the document out loud. This will help you spot any errors.

Your document should use the features of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint and it may include Microsoft Excel if necessary but do not go overboard with excessive colours or fonts. Only include charts that are appropriate.

Students are required to look into the learning outcome which is to evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary techniques to improve workplace efficiency and employability and start answering as this is the key to your passing marks

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