|Program||Bachelor of Applied Social Science|
|Name of assessment||Assessment 2: Reflective essay|
|Learning outcomes addressed by this assessment:||A, B, C, D, E, F|
|Submission Date:||End of week 6, Sunday 11.55 pm|
|Assessment brief summary:||Write an essay reflecting upon your own communication skills and experiences using examples from your personal and/or work life.|
|Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day. Please note: you must attempt all tasks in a subject to be eligible to pass the subject. For more information, please refer to the Academic Progression Policy on http://www.think.edu.au/about‐think/thinkquality/our‐policies.|
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Reflect upon your own communication skills and experiences using examples from your personal and/or work life.
In your essay, you should reflect on:
- the role of communication in professional and personal relationships,
- listening and talking styles and the impact on others, and
- barriers to communication and how these make communication challenging,
You should also include:
- Suggestions for overcoming barriers to improve communication.
|Max. in category||Your points|
|Ability to reflect on the role of communication and its impact||5|
|Ability to recognise and reflect on own listening and talking styles and the impact on others||5|
|Ability to recognise and reflect on barriers to communication and how those make communication challenging||5|
|Suggestions provided for overcoming barriers to improve communication||5|
|Appropriate and relevant examples provided to illustrate points||5|
|Number and choice of appropriate references||4|
|Word count, readability, and structure||3|
|In‐text references and reference list, accuracy and use of correct referencing style||3|
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What we want to see:
This essayi will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion; as this is an essay, the introduction and conclusion, as well as individual paragraphs addressing different issues should not be flagged with subheadings, but incorporated in the essay.
The work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you refer to your Academic Writing Guide to ensure that you reference correctly. You will find a link to this document on the main page of every unit, under the ‘Assessments’ section. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn. We recommend a minimum of ten references.
Referencing: References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the Study Guide and lecture notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conducting your own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.
Researching: You can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databases and which can be accessed from the library homepage. Reputable news sites such as The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/au/health), online dictionaries and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic. Government departments, research institutes such as the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), international organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) and local not for profit organisations such as the Cancer Council are also good resources.
Formatting: The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formats may not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in other formats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.
What we don’t want to see:
Plagiarism: All sources of information need to properly be acknowledged. Please refer to the plagiarism website on blackboardii. By clicking the ‘Upload this file’ button you acknowledge that you have read, understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the Flexible and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook. Like other forms of cheating plagiarism is treated seriously. Plagiarising students will be referred to the Program Director.
Word Count: Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you may go over or under by 10% than the stated length.
Late Submissions: Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 30 will incur 3 marks penalty per day.
No submission: Students must attempt all tasks to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website.
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- Academic writing guide link
- Writing & referencing: The link to the Learning and Academic Skills Unit (LASU) is on the left pulldown menu on the blackboard home page:
The Learning Support Hub provides a series of academic skills workshops. Please contact your campus Academic Skills Facilitator in your state through this link http://library.laureate.net.au/learningsupport/all
- Researching: A guide to researching is available on the library page http://library.think.edu.au/research_skills/.
Please contact your campus library staff in your state through this link http://library.laureate.net.au/learningsupport/all for further assistance with research.
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