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COIT20249 Assessment Details
Assessment item 4—Portfolio
Due date: 11:55pm AEST, Friday, Week 12 ASSESSMENT
Weighting: 30% 4
Length: Not applicable
This assignment is designed to develop a portfolio of resources that you can use during your degree. The compilation of your Portfolio is progressive throughout the term. Please refer to the course profile to see how this assessment item relates to the course learning outcomes.
These objectives will be measured by the ‘closeness of fit’ to meeting the requirements and the marking criteria below.
General Assessment Criteria
Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.
All assessment items must focus on the topics given in the specifications for each item. Any assessment items outside the required topic may be awarded 0 (zero) marks.
All portfolio items require students to write about your views, reflections and/or experiences from a personal viewpoint. Therefore, all items should be written in first person where such requirements are made. However, various written communication conventions have been discussed in the course content and you should follow the writing styles appropriate for each assessment item. Do NOT simply write in ‘conversational’ style.
The length of each submission must be within the recommended range. If the submission exceeds the maximum word count the marker will stop marking.
If you use Track Changes when writing your submissions you must ensure that the submitted document is the final and correct version of the document. That is, if your submitted document contains Track Changes or Comments or any other editing marks it may be awarded 0 (zero) marks. It is your responsibility to submit the final and correct version of your report.
ALL assignments will be checked for plagiarism (material copied from other students and/or material copied from other sources) using TurnItIn. If you are found to have plagiarised material or if you have used someone else’s words without appropriate referencing, you will be penalised for plagiarism which could result in zero marks for the whole assessment item NOT just the individual submission. In some circumstances a more severe penalty may be imposed.
The University’s Academic Misconduct Procedures are available at: policy.cqu.edu.au/Policy/policy_file.do?policyid=1244.
Useful information about academic integrity (avoiding plagiarism) can be found at:
CQUniversity referencing guides
Note: You need to ensure that your portfolio submissions are free of any spelling, grammatical and typographical errors before submission.
Submit each file individually into Moodle using the Portfolio links in the Assessment block for Assessment item 4 on the course website. Please note there should be five (5) files submitted; one file for each portfolio item. Be sure to check that the correct file is submitted for each portfolio item.
The due date for this assignment is the Friday of Week 12. It is STRONGLY recommended that students complete the work during the term using the timeframe suggested in the Requirements section below.
All uploaded documents must be fully submitted for marking. At the due date of the assessment Moodle will auto-submit files that have been uploaded and left as a draft. However, any files uploaded after the due date must be manually submitted. This means that if you have been granted an extension or are uploading a late assessment (after the due date) you must complete the Moodle submission process. Further details on completing the submission process are available via the ‘Moodle Help for Students’ link in the Support block of your Moodle website.
If your report is left as a draft in Moodle after the due date it will accrue a late penalty. Late submissions will attract penalties at 5% per day of the total available mark for the individual assessment item. See details in the Assessment of Coursework procedure at policy.cqu.edu.au/Policy/policy_file.do?policyid=1242.
Week 3 – Portfolio: Critical Thinking (5 marks)
This portfolio item requires you to write about Critical Thinking. The document should have two parts.
Part A – Critical Thinking
Write approximately 200 words describing why you need to be a critical thinker. You should refer to study, work and personal life. You should include your definition of the term critical thinking.
Part B – ICT professionals
Explain why it is important for ICT professionals to be critical thinkers. You need to provide at least three (3) relevant unique points in your discussion. This should be approximately 250 words.
• Your definition of the term Critical Thinking. Please note that this is to be your definition; do NOT just quote from other sources. If you do use other sources to support your definition then you should acknowledge the reference using Harvard citation and referencing guidelines or APA referencing style (1 mark).
• Statement about why you need to be a critical thinker - study, work and personal life (1 mark).
Note: Some students may not have previous or current work experience. In that case, focus on your expectations in a future work scenario. Use ICT work experience if you have, otherwise, any work experience is accepted.
• At least three (3) relevant unique points about the importance of ICT professionals being critical thinkers (3 marks).
Note: If you have current or previous ICT work experience, you may use examples from that for this section as well. However, the focus here and the examples have to be different from the previous section where you are discussing about ‘you’. This is a generic discussion. You may use third person perspective and examples here.
Note if the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand or it is too long or too short (less than 400 or greater than 500 words) there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
Week 5 – Portfolio: SWOT Analysis (5 marks)
Conduct a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis of your presentation skills. An example can be found on page 16 of the prescribed textbook. The SWOT analysis should be presented in a square with four (4) quadrants or in a list as it is presented in the textbook. Each quadrant/section should have at least two (2) unique points. In addition to the SWOT analysis, you should outline some strategies to address one of the weaknesses that you identified in your presentation skills. That is, if you identified ‘fear of public speaking’ as a weakness then describe at least two strategies that you could use to overcome that weakness.
Each section/quadrant of the SWOT analysis must have at least two (2) unique points that are an accurate appraisal of your presentation skills (4 marks).
Identify a weakness that is listed in the SWOT analysis section. Must describe at least two strategies that are reasonable ways to overcome the weaknesses you identified (1 mark).
It is difficult to prescribe a recommended word count for this portfolio item as it will vary depending on how it is presented. It is expected that it would be about one (1) A4 page.
1. If the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
2. If you present the SWOT analysis as a quadrant it MUST NOT be an image. The marker has to be able to add comments or edit your submission to provide feedback - penalty of -1 mark.
Week 7 – Portfolio: Reflective Writing (5 marks)
Some people love Social Networking through technology (for example, Facebook and Twitter) whilst others loathe it. Write reflectively about your experiences with the use of a Social networking technology (Facebook, Twitter or another technology). You will need to provide a brief description of the experience and then write three paragraphs of reflective writing where you analyse the experience, what you have learnt from the experience and how you would handle it differently in the future. If you can, choose a significant event such as your account being hacked or negative comments about you or a friend being posted. Your submission should cover the three key points on reflective writing (see below). This should be approximately 400 words.
If you do not use Social networking technologies you could write a reflection on why you do NOT use Social networking technologies or choose another life experience that really challenged you and write about that.
Note this experience must be about a situation where you played a major role. It should not be about someone else’s experience or where you did not play a significant role.
The key points to consider when writing reflectively are:
1. You need to demonstrate what you have learned from a particular experience not just describe what happened.
2. There is no right or wrong answer—reflective writing is about what you learned from the experience.
3. Ask yourself the following questions and give your responses in your writing: Why did X happen? What did I do in X situation? What were the positive and negative outcomes in the situation? How might I do things differently next time? What have I learnt and how does this knowledge contribute to my development?
(McCulloch & Reid, 2015, p. 131)
Note 1: You should re-read pages 130-132 of the textbook to ensure you know what is meant by reflective writing.
Note 2: This reflective writing is about evaluating yourself; it is NOT about evaluating social media.
The reflective writing on Social Networking through technology should:
1. Include a brief description of the experience (1 mark).
2. Reflect on why the experience happened and how you contributed to the experience (include both positive and negative contributions as applicable) (1 mark).
3. Demonstrate what you have learned from the experience (1 mark).
4. Describe how you would handle the experience differently in the future (1 mark)
5. Explained the positives and negatives of the situation (1 mark).
You should format your submission as 5 paragraphs (each one addressing one of the marking criteria). You must use relevant headings to make it clear to the marker that you have covered the five criteria above. Use the three key points listed above to check that you have written reflectively about your experience.
Note if the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand or it is too long or too short (less than 350 or greater than 450 words) there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
Week 11 – Portfolio: Personal Ethical Framework (5 marks)
In week 9 you learnt about how to develop a personal ethical framework and last week you learnt about work and cultural issues. Understanding who you are and how you relate to others in both your personal and work life can make you aware of the values that are important to you as well as the values that you may need to work on to improve your professional standing. This portfolio item is designed to make you think about how to build a reputation as a good ICT professional. It requires you to write about your perceptions of a good ICT professional, your work ethic and values, how you communicate with work colleagues and how to work with others from diverse backgrounds. As you are training to be an ICT professional you should refer to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or ACS Code of Professional Conduct when writing this personal ethical framework. It should be approximately 500 words.
Use the following headings:
• ICT professional
• Work ethic and values (you may want to use sub-headings. See marking criterion 2 below)
• Communication with colleagues
• Diversity in the workplace
Your Personal Ethical Framework should include:
1. Your perception of a good ICT professional. Note this should refer to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or ACS Code of Professional Conduct (1 mark).
2. Statements about:
a. your work ethic (1 mark).
b. values that are important to you (1 mark).
3. How you relate to and communicate with work colleagues (1 mark).
4. Your views on working with diversity in the workplace and how to be sensitive to the people who have been brought up in cultures different to your own (1 mark).
Note if the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand or it is too long or too short (less than 450 or greater than 550 words) there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
Week 12 – Portfolio: Successful Completion (10 marks)
This portfolio item requires you to justify that you have successfully achieved the course learning outcomes and to provide feedback about your experiences with the course. The document should have two parts.
Part A – Justification
Create a document called ‘Successful Completion’ and write a reflective analysis that demonstrates you have satisfied all eight (8) course learning outcomes that are listed in the course profile for COIT20249 Professional Skills in ICT (they are listed below). In no more than two (2) A4 pages justify how the work you have completed this term has satisfied all eight (8) course learning outcomes. Please note it is important that you JUSTIFY that you have satisfied the course objectives do NOT just summarise the course content and/or assessment items OR define the course learning outcomes.
From the Course Profile:
On successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
1. Describe the basic principles and importance of effective interpersonal communication, active listening and reading for meaning.
2. Demonstrate teamwork skills.
3. Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in written form using appropriate language.
4. Create and deliver effective oral presentations.
5. Argue the importance of ethics, codes of behaviour, and societal, privacy and legal issues within the ICT industry.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of common work practices and values operating in the Australian workplace.
7. Assess how ICT can be used to improve organisational processes.
8. Evaluate the application of emerging technologies to communication and collaboration.
Part B – Feedback
Write two things you liked about this course and provide the reason or reasons you liked them. Also describe two suggested improvements to the course and justify why they would improve the course.
Upload the Successful Completion document into Moodle.
Justify that you have successfully achieved all eight (8) course learning outcomes (1 mark per successful justification of each course learning outcomes). Please note that a summary of the course content and/or assessment items or defining the course learning outcomes will receive ONE mark only.
1. Two things you liked about this course plus reasons (1 mark).
2. Two suggested improvements to the course plus justification (1 mark).
Note if the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
If the submission is larger than two A4 pages you mark will be reduced by –1 mark. Please note that if you have a Title page for your assessment submission that is NOT counted as part of the length.