Positive Psychology for Success

Solent University

Coursework Assessment Brief

Assessment Details

Module Title:

Positive Psychology for Success

Module Code:

(QHO441)

Module Leader:

Rob Stanford

Level:

4

Assessment Title:

Individual Pitch Presentation

Assessment Number:

1

Assessment Type:

Presentation

Restrictions on Time/Word Count:

10 minutes

6 slides maximum (plus three further slides for references, questions and appendices) – see below for further details

Consequence of not meeting time/word count limit:

There is no penalty for submitting below the word/count limit, but students should be aware that there is a risk they may not maximise their potential mark.

Assignments should be presented appropriately in line with the restrictions stated above; if an assignment exceeds the time/word count this will be taken in account in the marks given using the assessment criteria shown.*

Individual/Group:

Individual

Assessment Weighting:

100%

Issue Date:

w/b 17th October 2022

Hand In Date:

Friday 27th January, 2023 by 4.00pm

Planned Feedback Date:

Within 20 working days

Mode of Submission:

Online upload of slides and on the front slide have link to the Panopto recording.

Number of copies to be submitted:

1

Anonymous Marking

This assessment:

Is exempt from anonymous marking.

Assessment Task

The Confederation of British Industries (2019) undertook an education and skills survey of 190,000 employers and work-readiness was a major theme, in which over a 1/3 of employers felt that young people were not work ready. In addition, they also found that there were “three consistent themes that unite every attempt to define ‘work readiness’ – knowledge, skills and character.”

Your degree journey will cover the knowledge, but the Professional Personal Development (PPD) modules in your degree will help you understand the skills and character elements. Throughout this module we will be identifying and reflecting on these so that we can support you to be as competitive as possible to realise your career aspirations!

You will draw from the activities which you have undertaken throughout this module, firstly, through the development of self-awareness of your skills and behaviours. And secondly, self-management through the development of an action plan to ensure that when you come to apply for your aspirational work placement/internship that you have put yourself in a competitive position to secure this. Of course, you will also need to illustrate your great academic skills in the research, referencing and presentation elements too.

There is one 100% summative assessment for this module which will focus on you undertaking a pitch presentation around your employability skills and mapping to a work placement opportunity, identifying areas for your development and actions to assist you in achieving these aspirations.

Whilst only having one assessment perhaps seems a great thing, please note that this means that your whole grade for this module relies on this one assessment so engaging and attending fully in all the sessions is vital for success on this assessment

HERE’S THE IMPORTANT BIT: You develop no more than 6 slides (plus three further slides for references, questions and appendices) to cover what you want to say; not everything you say has to be on the slide in text. Think about using a range of modes, e.g. verbal, text, images, videos, live showing of LinkedIn etc.

As a minimum we would expect to see the following in your pitch presentations:

Outline of the position you are considering applying for, including what drew you to it

An outline of your research findings on the industry that the company sits within, drawing from a range of credible academic sources

Reflection and discussion around your self-awareness in your skills mapping, related to the position you are considering applying for; clear examples need to be shown of how you know you have these skills, for example, work experience, volunteering, sports, student rep, college opportunities etc.

Reflection and discussion around your self-awareness of the psychometrics and other skills and behaviour surveys you undertook, showing how these illustrate a good match to the job role you applied for

An outline of how you have developed your LinkedIn profile and CV to reflect the necessary requirements for this job/industry

An outline of extra self-development activities that you have undertaken, e.g., networking, job fairs, guest speakers, LinkedIn Learning etc.

Discussion of the development plan you wrote from your analysis of your skills audit, identifying challenges to your career aspirations. This should include SMART goals showing at least 1 x short term goal (end of L4), 1 x medium term goal (end of university) and 1 x long term goal (first promotion)

This is a pitch – so ensure you leave us with the final reasons as to why we should choose you!

Slide 7: At the end of your presentation should be your reference list using the Solent Harvard Referencing style. You should also include Harvard referencing in-text on your slides too.

Slide 8: Finally, close to the submission some questions will be released that you will need to respond to at the end of your pitch.

Slide 9: Appendices

As part of this module, you should complete the academic integrity course on SOL.

https://learn.solent.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=43031

You need to submit a screenshot which shows your name and profile in the top right-hand corner along with evidence of course completion.

A copy of your Guided Learning Log

Your video presentation must be produced using Panopto (See the Assessment tab on our SOL page for guidance on the link that states how to download Panopto). No other submission methods will be accepted.

The folder you need to save it to on Panopto is called:

Positive Psychology for Success (QHO441) [assignments]

Here is the link: https://solent.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Sessions/List.aspx#folderID=%223a607f23-8c2a-4d91-b309-adde007d88b1%22

If you make a mistake while recording, then it is acceptable to correct yourself and continue without having to re-record the whole presentation! Alternatively, you may wish to record the presentation in sections, pausing it at the end of each section to take a break and collect your thoughts. However, the presentation must be uploaded as only one presentation.

In addition, a copy of your slides must be uploaded to the submission link on SOL.

Please note that there is only 1 assessment for this module, which you will need to pass otherwise risk not proceeding onto Level 5 or gaining your Honours degree. You will have been supported through formative/summative assessment checkpoints. Activities are interwoven throughout the module, so it is vital to engage in all activities and ask questions! In this way, you will have done most of the preparation for this assessment as you go and not only given yourself the best chance for success on this module, but also enabling you to progress along the journey towards your aspirational role.

The intention is you use the knowledge and outputs from this assessment to assist you in further job/placement/internship opportunities and you will build on this again on the PPD modules at Levels 5 and 6.

Assessment criteria

See Grademark table at the end

Learning Outcomes

This assessment will enable students to demonstrate in full or in part the learning outcomes identified in the Module descriptors.

Late Submissions

Students are reminded that:

If this assessment is submitted late i.e. within 5 working days of the submission deadline, the mark will be capped at 40% if a pass mark is achieved;

If this assessment is submitted later than 5 working days after the submission deadline, the work will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero;

If this assessment is being submitted as a referred piece of work then it must be submitted by the deadline date; any Refer assessment submitted late will be regarded as a non-submission and will be awarded a zero.

https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/2o-assessment-principles-regulations-temporary-amendments-for-covid-19-contingency-plans.pdf

Extenuating Circumstances

The University’s Extenuating Circumstances procedure is in place if there are genuine circumstances that may prevent a student submitting an assessment. If students are not ‘fit to study’, they can either request an extension to the submission deadline of 5 working days or they can request to submit the assessment at the next opportunity (Defer). In both instances students must submit an EC application with relevant evidence. If accepted by the EC Panel there will be no academic penalty for late submission or non-submission dependent on what is requested. Students are reminded that EC covers only short term issues (20 working days) and that if they experience longer term matters that impact on learning then they must contact the Student Hub for advice.

Please find a link to the EC policy below:

https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/2p-extenuating-circumstances.pdf

Academic Misconduct

Any submission must be students’ own work and, where facts or ideas have been used from other sources, these sources must be appropriately referenced. The University’s Academic Handbook includes the definitions of all practices that will be deemed to constitute academic misconduct. Students should check this link before submitting their work.

Procedures relating to student academic misconduct are given below:

https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/4l-student-academic-misconduct-procedure.pdf

Ethics Policy

The work being carried out by students must be in compliance with the Ethics Policy. Where there is an ethical issue, as specified within the Ethics Policy, then students will need an ethics release or an ethical approval prior to the start of the project.

The Ethics Policy is contained within Section 2S of the Academic Handbook:

https://staff.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/2s-solent-university-ethics-policy.pdf

Grade marking

The University uses a letter grade scale for the marking of assessments. Unless students have been specifically informed otherwise their marked assignment will be awarded a letter grade. More detailed information on grade marking and the grade scale can be found on the portal and in the Student Handbook.

https://students.solent.ac.uk/official-documents/quality-management/academic-handbook/2o-annex-3-assessment-regulations-grade-marking-scale.docx

Guidance for online submission through Solent Online Learning (SOL)

http://learn.solent.ac.uk/onlinesubmission

Criteria

A1 – A2

A3 – A4

B1 – B3

C1 – C3

D1 – D3

F1

F2/F3

Academic skills –

Academic Content

Industry research undertaken and interwoven into presentation with well referenced credible sources

Logical structure

Creativity of presentation of information

Spelling & Grammar

Harvard Referencing both in-text and in bibliography

Exemplary in all aspects. Creative display of structure and design. No spelling or grammar errors and accurate referencing throughout. Exemplary range of industry research.

Excellent clear evidence of preparation and planning. No spelling or grammatical errors. Comprehensive and accurate referencing. Excellent range of industry research.

Comprehensive evidence of preparation and planning. Some minor spelling and grammatical errors. Consistent and accurate referencing. Comprehensive range of industry research.

Satisfactory level of evidence of preparation and planning. Some spelling and grammatical errors. Largely consistent and accurate referencing. Satisfactory range of industry research.

Partial but insufficient evidence of preparation and planning. Several spelling and grammatical errors. Some errors in referencing. Minimum range of industry research.

Very limited or no evidence of preparation and planning. Significant spelling and grammatical errors throughout. Errors/omissions in referencing (or none). Very limited of industry research.

No evidence of preparation and planning. Significant spelling and grammatical errors throughout. Errors/omissions in referencing (or none). No range of industry research.

Self-Awareness

Demonstrate reflection and analysis

Skills audit

analysed and reflected upon

Potential challenges identified with a development plan including goals set

The range of extra opportunities discussed

Exceptional level of understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping demonstrated beyond any improvement, very robust review of skills required with a range of barriers presented along with exceptional development plan and goal actions. An exceptional range of extra opportunities discussed.

Excellent level of understanding in all aspects. Excellent Self-awareness and skills mapping demonstrated beyond very minor improvements, very robust review of skills required with a range of barriers presented along with excellent development plan and goal actions. An excellent range of extra opportunities discussed.

Good level of understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping demonstrated with minor improvements only, good robust review of skills required with a range of barriers presented along with good development plan and goal actions. A good range of extra opportunities discussed.

Satisfactory level of understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping demonstrated with some key improvements needed, generally robust review of skills required with a range of barriers presented along with a satisfactory development plan and goal actions. A satisfactory range of extra opportunities discussed.

Limited level of understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping demonstrated with some major improvements required, limited review of skills required with a range of barriers presented with a limited development plan and goal actions. A limited range of extra opportunities discussed.

Very limited understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping very limited or not present, very limited or no review of skills required with a range of barriers presented not being sufficient or missing. Very limited development plan and goal actions. A limited range of extra opportunities discussed.

No level of understanding in all aspects. Self-awareness and skills mapping very limited or not present, very limited or no review of skills required with a range of barriers presented not being sufficient or missing. No development plan and goal actions. A limited/no range of extra opportunities discussed.

Management of self

Taking responsibility for your development

Employability documents including LinkedIn and CV both updated to be relevant to specific industry

Pitching skills were well matched to the position applying for

Exemplary LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Outstanding pitching skills against the position. Highly professional and exemplary level of articulation and knowledge of subject area.

Excellent LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Excellent pitching skills against the position.

Confident and comprehensive level of articulation and detailed level of knowledge of subject area.

Good LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Good pitching skills against the position.

Good articulation and ability to respond to questions, demonstrating good level of knowledge of subject area.

Satisfactory LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Satisfactory pitching skills.

Satisfactory articulation and ability to respond to questions demonstrating appropriate level of knowledge of subject area.

Poor LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Poor pitching skills.

Limited articulation and ability to respond to questions demonstrating some knowledge of the subject area.

Little to no evidence of LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. Little to no pitching skills. Inadequate articulation / demonstrating some confusion / poor level of knowledge of the subject area.

No evidence of LinkedIn profile and CV relevant to the industry. No pitching skills. Inadequate articulation / demonstrating some confusion / poor level of knowledge of the subject area.

Employer ready!

Demonstration of Professional skills

Audience Engagement

Clear Communication

Persuasive argument through the pitch

Professional look of slides and in personal presentation style

Exceptional ability of persuasion and communication skills, with exceptional audience engagement. No reliance on cue cards and evidence of preparation and exceptional confidence in delivery with exemplary professional style.

Excellent ability of persuasion and communication skills, with excellent audience engagement. No reliance on cue cards and excellent evidence of preparation and confidence in delivery with excellent professional style.

Good ability of persuasion and communication skills, with good audience engagement. No/limited reliance on cue cards and good evidence of preparation and confidence in delivery with good professional style.

Satisfactory ability of persuasion and communication skills, with satisfactory audience engagement. Some reliance on cue cards and satisfactory evidence of preparation and confidence in delivery with satisfactory professional style.

Poor ability of persuasion and communication skills, with poor audience engagement. Over reliance on cue cards and limited evidence of preparation and confidence in delivery with poor professional style.

Limited ability of persuasion and communication skills, with limited/no audience engagement. Complete over reliance on cue cards and limited/no evidence of preparation and /or confidence in delivery with very poor professional style.

No ability of persuasion and communication skills, with limited/no audience engagement. Complete over reliance on cue cards and limited/no evidence of preparation and /or confidence in delivery with very poor professional style.