The purpose of the assignment is for you to explore and reflect upon your
own (and potentially your organisation’s) approach to learning and
development. This includes the opportunity to apply some of the key
principles of managerial and professional development that the module
seeks to address.
You are required to submit a single ‘portfolio’ assignment (i.e. one
document). This should contain three elements as detailed below:
1. An evaluation of EITHER your own OR your organisation’s
approach to learning.
The focus here should be on critical consideration of existing
approaches. If evaluating at the personal level, you should focus on
exploring your own approach to learning, the strengths and
weaknesses of your learning preferences and practices. You should
include reference to literature and theory on learning at the individual
level. If you chose to evaluate at an organisational level then you
should focus on evaluation of the organisation’s policy, practices and
approaches to learning and development. Again, you are expected to
make critical reference to literature and theory on organisational
approaches to learning and development.
2. A development action plan and commentary on the challenges
you will face in undertaking it.
Your action plan should focus on a specific area of development that
you want to address. You are responsible for identifying the area of
focus for your action plan. Your chosen skill should fall into one of
three broad areas for development:
? PERSONAL SKILLS aimed at improving self-awareness, selfreliance
and personal effectiveness; for example, managing time or
stress, creativity, emotional intelligence, presentation skills, foreign
? PEOPLE SKILLS focused on building effective working
relationships; for example, handling conflict, leadership, coaching,
cross-cultural skills, team working, negotiation, feedback.
? CAREER MANAGEMENT SKILLS for maximising opportunities
arising from the changing environment and job market place, taking
responsibility for your career and managing the relationship with
work and learning throughout your career; for example, CV
development, interviews, networking, assessment centre
Your action plan should include the following features:
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? It needs to express your purpose and intended outcomes; there is a
strong link between your motivation and the likelihood of success.
? It should include both progress goals, which act as milestones,
and outcome goals, to achieve your ultimate purpose. Progress
goals may be priority sub-skills. For example, you could identify
voice projection as a skill which contributes to the overall goal of
improved presentation skills.
? An indication of how you would monitor each activity or progress
goal and ensure it contributes to the final outcome stated.
? It should not rely solely upon one course of action. If you have a
range of options available, you will be less likely to be deterred by
unexpected challenges or obstacles.
? It needs to be written in precise terms, following a rigorous and
Your commentary should briefly discuss the challenges and barriers
you might face (personally and professionally) in undertaking this
action plan and identify how their impact may be minimised.
3. A reflective account
This should address the experience of studying on the MBA in general
and this module in particular. The intention is to consider your
experiences of engaging in this developmental activity. The reflective
account is your opportunity to demonstrate your ability to learn from
experience through analysis and look ahead to consider how it may be
useful to you in the future. This should be a personal account and
therefore written in the first person (‘I’).
All these areas of learning will be directly addressed during this module. If
you fully engage with all aspects of the learning provided then you should
have no significant challenges
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