Assessment item 4—Portfolio
Due date: 11:55pm AEST, Friday, Week 12 ASSESSMENT
Weighting: 30% 4
Length: Not applicable
This assignment is designed todevelop 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.
Common 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 not be marked and may also receive a 0 (zero) mark.
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, note the various written communication conventions discussed in weeks 5 to 7 and follow the writing styles appropriate for each assessment item. Do NOT simply write in ‘conversational’ style.
Only the final versions of documents that have been submitted will be accepted for marking. Incomplete submissions in track change mode will not be marked and will receive a 0 (zero) mark. It is the responsibility of the students to submit the final versions of their documents. Markers will not change track changes submitted by students to prevent any disputes about the marks or the marking process.
Length of assessments must be within the recommended range or reasonably close to it. Excessively long assessment items may be marked in the following manner. If the length of the assessment exceeds 25% of the recommended length, only the first 125% (approximately) of the submission may be marked. Students should comply with assessment requirements.
ALL assignments will be checked for plagiarism (material copied from other students and/or material copied from other sources, or including self-plagiarism) 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.
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 thatfive (5) separate files must be 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. Moodle implements an auto submission process for those items uploaded and left as drafts before the original deadline. However, any assessment uploaded after the original deadline must be manually submitted by the students. Assessments left as drafts on Moodle accrue late penalties. Please note that auto-submission process does not apply for extensions – only works for original deadlines.
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 tostudy, work and personal life.You should include your definitionof 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 must acknowledge the reference using Harvard citation and referencing guidelinesor APA referencing style(1 mark).
• Statement including examples 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.
• At least three (3) relevant unique points (using examples) about the importanceof ICT professionalsbeing critical thinkers(3 marks).
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 up to –1 mark.See page 1 about potential penalty for excessive length.
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 thatare an accurate appraisal of your presentation skills (4 marks).
Identify a weakness that is listed in the SWOT analysis section.Must describeat least two strategies that are reasonable ways to overcome the weaknesses you identified(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*, there will be a penalty up to –1 mark.See page 1 about potential penalty for excessive length.
*Note that this portfolio item does not have a word count requirement due to practical issues. Approximately 1 A-4 page can be consideredas a reasonable length.
Week 7– Portfolio: Reflective Writing (5 marks)
Some people love Social Networking through technology (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) whilst others loathe it. Write reflectively about your experiences with the use of a Social networking technology (Facebook, Twitter or other 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).
If you do not use Social networking technologies you could write a reflection on why you do NOT use Social networking technologies, or write about another life experience that really challenged you.
• 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 submission should be approximately 400 words in length.
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 Xhappen? What did I do in X situation? What were the positive and negative outcomes inthe situation? How might I do things differently next time? What have I learnt and howdoes 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) (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 may format your submission either as 3 paragraphs (see requirements above) covering the five points above, or write under the 5 points given in this criteria. You may use relevant headings in either format.
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 up to –1 mark. See page 1 about potential penalty for excessive length.
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. Itrequires 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/orACS Code of Professional Conduct when writing this personal ethical framework.It should be approximately500 words.
It is recommended that you use the following headings:
• ICT professional
• Work ethic and values
• 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 up to –1 mark. See page 1 about potential penalty for excessive length.
Week 12– Portfolio: Successful Completion(10 marks)
This portfolio item requires you to justify in no more than 2 A-4 pages how 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’ andwrite a reflective analysis that demonstrates you have satisfied all eight(8) course learning outcomes that are listed in the course profiles for COIT20233 and COIT20249 Professional Skills for ICT (they are listed below).Justify how the work you have completed this term has satisfiedall eight (8) course learning outcomes.Please note it is important that you JUSTIFYthat you have satisfied the course objectives. Do NOTjust 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.
Part A – Justification:
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 for this part.
Part B – Feedback:
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 up to –1 mark. If the submission is longer than two A4 pages you mark will be reduced by another –1 mark. Please note the potential for losing up to 2 marks as penalty for this submission. Also see page 1 about potential penalty for excessive length