Assessment task: Critical Reflection

Final Assessment Guidelines – Part 2
Module title: Critical Reflection and Developing Practice
Assessment Point: Part 2
Assessment task: Critical Reflection
Word count limit: 2,000 words
Submission deadline: Please consult the VLE.
Submission procedure: Please submit via the submission link on the VLE.
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deadline, the module shall be failed as a result of no submission of the summative
assessment.
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General Guidance
Your assignment should be word processed (handwritten assignments are not accepted),
using time new roman size 12 font, double spaced, with numbered pages and your student
number printed as a footer on every page.
The word limits stated for this assignment excludes the reference list at the end of the
assignment but includes all text in the main body of the assignment (including direct
quotations, in-text citations, footnotes, tables, diagrams and graphs).
Please be aware that exceeding the word count limit will affect the academic judgement of
the piece of work and may result in the award of a lower mark.
Appendices are not considered a supplement, and thus, will not be assessed as part of the
content of the assignment. As such, they will not contribute to the grade awarded, however
it may be appropriate to use an Appendices section for any material which is a useful reference
for the reader. Please note that appendices are not included in the word count.
The majority of references should come from primary sources (e.g., journal articles,
conference papers, reports, etc.) although you can also utilise area specific textbooks. You
must ensure that you use the Harvard style of referencing.
Please indicate the word count length at the end of your assignment.
Please note that you are required to submit an extended literature review project where you
will critically evaluate scholarly articles and books in order to answer specific research
questions.
NO STUDENT WILL BE ALLOWED TO COLLECT ANY PRIMARY DATA
Marking and assessment
Your final summative assessment weighs 40% of your final grade.
Learning outcomes assessed in this assessment
 Critically analyse relevant academic sources in the area of interest.
 Critically reflect on own experience in the domain and provide discussion about how
theoretical perspectives may affect practice.
Assessment Guidelines
A critical reflection on two examples of taking a leadership stance and/or application of
mentoring skills in your practice, which are contextualised and evaluated in contemporary
theories and research in the field.
Structure of Professional Portfolio
Your work should include and cover the following sections/aspects and content (as shown
and stated in the table below). The specific percentage marks allocated to each section/aspect
of your work is stated below. Please also note that the Level 7 marking criteria (located
towards the end of this assessment brief) will also be used to reflect this overall grade. Please
remember that achievement and demonstration of both learning outcomes (1 and 2) is being
assessed in this assessment.
Summative assessment criteria for the CRITICAL REFLECTION Available
marks
Criteria Explanation of Criteria 100/100
Introduction and rationale Introduce what the assignment’s focus will
be
Give some background here on your first
thoughts.
Provide the context and the rationale of your
literature review and possible debates around this
research area.
10
Aims and objectives Explain the aims and objectives of the
study. 10
Methodology Explain your search strategy (How did you go
about this? Books? Journals? Databases etc.?) –
ensure the validity and reliability of the research
studies you included in your text.
Examples contextualized and
evaluated in contemporary theories
and research in the field.
20
Findings of the literature
review
What does the literature tell you in relation to
your perception?
Do the findings reflect your leadership stance or
mentoring skills?
25
Conclusions and Implications Try to summarise your work and discuss your
implications and recommendations.
This section should not include any new
material.
20
Presentation criteria Cover Page, Table of Contents, Page numbering,
Margins, Line spacing, Appendices (if it is
necessary),
Font consistency, Separation of paragraphs.
10
Harvard referencing Citations and reference list according to the
Harvard referencing guide.
5
Marking Criteria
Mark
range
Performance
characteristic Grading criteria
90-100 Exceptional
Pass
 Exemplary attainment of all learning outcomes
 Demonstrates an outstanding synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysisof
key issues in the subject area
 Wide-ranging emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefrontof the
discipline
 Offers an exhaustive exploration of the literature and evidence-base
 The material covered is accurate and relevant
 The argument is highly sophisticated
 The standard of writing is refined
 No errors in the use of the specified referencing system
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
80-89 Outstanding
Pass
 Excellent attainment of all learning outcomes, with some met to an exemplarystandard
 Demonstrates a comprehensive synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysis of
key issues in the subject area. Wide-ranging emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are
at the forefront of the discipline
 Extends far beyond expected levels of engagement with the literature and evidencebase
 The material covered is accurate and relevant
 The argument is generally very astute
 The standard of writing is refined
 No errors in the use of the specified referencing system
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
70-79 Excellent
pass
 Excellent attainment of all learning outcomes
 Demonstrates a thorough synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysis of key
issues in the subject area
 Strong emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefront of thediscipline
 Thorough use the literature and evidence-base
 The material covered is accurate and relevant
 The argument is persuasive and there are very perceptive elements
 The standard of writing is refined
 No errors in the use of the specified referencing system
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
60-69 Good Pass
 Good attainment of all learning outcomes
 Demonstrates detailed synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysis of key
issues in the subject area
 Good emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefront of thediscipline
 Good consideration of the literature and evidence-base that develops from
recommended readings
 The material covered is accurate and relevant
 The argument is persuasive
 The standard of writing is refined
 No errors in the use of the specified referencing system
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
50-59 Pass
 Adequate attainment of all learning outcomes
 Demonstrates a limited, but sufficient, synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the
analysis of key issues in the subject area
 Some emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefront of thediscipline
 Sufficient consideration of the literature and evidence-base, but little consideration
beyond recommended readings
 The material covered is mostly accurate and relevant
 The argument is straightforward and relatively clear
 The standard of writing is well clear and readable, with some sophisticatedphrasing
 No errors in the use of the specified referencing system
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
40-49 Needs some
improvement
 Meets most, but not all learning outcomes
 Demonstrates limited synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysis of key issues
in the subject area
 Less than expected emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefront of the
discipline
 Basic consideration of the literature and evidence-base, but restricted to
recommended readings
 Some inaccuracies or irrelevant materials that suggest confusion andmisunderstanding
 The argument is relatively clear, although some elements are difficult to understand
 The standard of writing is well clear and readable, but overly simplistic
 Minor errors in the use of the specified referencing system, but meets keyprinciples
 Well-presented and organised in an appropriate academic style.
30-39 Needs major
improvement
 Approximately half the learning outcomes are met
 Demonstrates very little synthesis of varied theoretical positions in the analysis of key
issues in the subject area
 Little emphasis on knowledge and ideas that are at the forefront of the discipline
 Minor consideration of the literature and evidence-base, with inadequate use of
recommended reading and no exploration outside that

 
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