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Your task is to prepare an Individual Presentation Paper based on your analysis of why businesses should practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) including any challenges of doing so within the current competitive business environment.

Course/Programme:

BA Business Studies

Level:

4

Module Title:

Personal and Professional Development

Assignment titles:

  1. Task 1-Individual Presentation Paper
  2. Task 2-Reflective Journal

Assignment number:

1 and 2

Weighting:

  1. Individual Presentation Paper- 50%
  2. Reflective Journal- 50%

Employability skills assessed:

C1-Reading, selecting, analysing and synthesising information from a range of sources

C2-Producing different types of document

C4-Making presentations

LP1-Develop a strategy for using a range of skills to improve own learning and performance

IT1-Preparing information

IT2-Processing and presenting information

LP2-Review and Critically Reflect on Progress

LP3-Evaluate overall effectiveness of strategy and present achievements

PS1-Develop a strategy for using skills in problem solving, for a short-term routine problem and a longer term extended problem.

S1-Plan personal work schedules

S2-Monitor and manage progress on prolonged tasks

S3-Review achievement of objectives and the effectiveness of your own self-management skills

Learning outcomes assessed:

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts of reflective learning and personal development

LO2: Appraise the relevance of personal development to the role of a manager, for one`s own and others` development

LO3: Manage one`s own development effectively and apply newly acquired skills

LO4: Monitor one`s own and others` performance through giving and receiving feedback.

LO5: Assess development needs and identify resources and opportunities to address them

LO6: Develop your own approach to reflective learning and continuing professional development.


Referencing:

In the main body of your submission you must give credit to authors on whose research your work is based. Append to your submission a reference list that indicates the books, articles, etc. that you have read or quoted in order to complete this assignment (e.g. for books: surname of author and initials, year of publication, title of book, edition, publisher: place of publication).

Disclosure:

 

Please include the following statement on the title page of the submitted assignment, followed by your name:    

I declare that this assignment is all my own work and that I have acknowledged all materials used from the published or unpublished works of other people. All references have been duly cited.

  

LO1: Demonstrate a critical understanding of the concepts of reflective learning and personal development

  • Complete a Reflective Journal that assesses your learning process in relation to the Employability/Study Skills of the module.

LO2: Appraise the relevance of personal development to the role of a manager, for one`s own and others` development

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of CSR and the challenge that mangers have in implementing such a strategy.

LO3: Manage one`s own development effectively and apply newly acquired skills

  • Recognise the importance of taking control of your individual Personal Development Planning (PDP).

LO4: Monitor one`s own and others` performance through giving and receiving feedback.

LO5: Assess development needs and identify resources and opportunities to address them

  • Identify your individual strengths and weaknesses and how you can utilise the conversion and matching strategies to take advantage of available opportunities and minimise the threats.

LO6: Develop your own approach to reflective learning and continuing professional development.

  • Identify individuals areas for professional development

TASKS DESCRIPTION:

TASK 1 Individual Presentation Paper -50%

Your task is to prepare an Individual Presentation Paper based on your analysis of why businesses should practice Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) including any challenges of doing so within the current competitive business environment.

Notes for Undertaking the Presentation:

ü  You are expected to research from credible sources on the role that Corporate Social Responsibility practices plays in the overall achievement of the organisation goals.

ü  Use a range of credible sources for your research and reference your sources.

ü  Prepare a maximum of 15 Power Point slides and notes.

ü  The PPT Slides will be submitted as a Presentation Paper and should have explanatory notes underneath the slides.

ü  Apply relevant academic models and business examples in your presentation.

LENGTH


15 Power Point slides and explanation notes up to a maximum of 1000 words.

marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK – Assignment (50%)

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark.

The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers will use the space provided to comment on the achievement

of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit

from development/improvement.

Common Assessment Criteria (applied to all parts of the project)

Marks available

Marks

awarded

1. Research-informed Literature: Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.

20

 

 

 

 

2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject: Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.

20

 

 

 

 

3. Analysis: Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence

15

 

 

 

 

4. Practical Application and Deployment: Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.

15

 

 

 

 

 

5. Skills for Professional Practice: Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.

30

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

 

 

Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the Exam Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )

72 Hours Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate)

%

 

 

TASK 2- REFLECTIVE JOURNAL -50%


Prepare a reflective journal that discusses how the completion of the above task and the module in general has contributed to your achievement of the employability and study skills listed on pages 1 and 2 of this Assignment Brief which relate to;

  • Communication skills-verbal and written
  • Research skills
  • The use of ICTs
  • Team work
  • Time and self-management
  • Problem solving skills

ü  You should consider applying a relevant model in your personal reflection process such as; Kolb’s Reflective Cycle or Gibbs Reflective Cycle etc.

ü  Include evidence with examples to support the achievement of these skills.

ü  You can use the first person for this task.

LENGTH

1500 words

FORMATTING AND LAYOUT

Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a bibliography using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  4. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive.
  5. All referencing should be in Harvard style.

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