Frequently asked questions
1) Can I send the questionnaire to more than two people?
Yes you can. But we strongly advise you build your analysis on two external
assessments alongside your own self-assessment. Be mindful of the space
2) Can I use a more personal tone (e.g. personal pronoun) in this
Yes, it is in fact expected of any reflective essay.
3) Is there a minimum number of references expected for this assignment?
As you can tell from the marking guidelines, we pay attention to your efforts
to integrate concepts and theories from class (this includes lectures, and
required readings) in your assignment, in particular the quality/effectiveness
of those efforts. You may feel compelled to engage in independent research as
you realise the importance of learning/increasing your knowledge base for
effective competence development. If done well, integration of independently
sourced materials typically translates into better critical analysis and more
solid/well-informed competence development plans. You may want to think
about how additional readings might support the quality of your analysis and
plans and thus may improve your marks on those criteria (and more
importantly your chance at more effective competence development). The
key is how effectively you use those resources to support your analysis and
development planning, not the number of resources used. The same holds for
concepts and theories from class materials.
4) Can I use other personal assessment surveys in my analysis (e.g. Myer
Briggs, VIA character strengths, etc)?
Use the provided survey on the LMS as primary and any others as
secondary/additional resources in your analysis.
5) Can you look over my assignment before I submit it?
For fairness purposes, we do not read individual essays before submission.
We remain available however to answer specific questions you may have
regarding your essay.
6) Is it necessary to discuss all of the 11 competences?
As suggested by the use of the word “key” in the description of the task, we
clearly do not expect you to present a comprehensive competence profile
with detailed discussion of where you stand with regard to all competencies –
there is no space for that, although it’s important self-knowledge. Instead we
recommend that you focus on what seem to be your key strengths and areas
for improvement. You may choose for example to discuss your
two principal areas of strength and 2 areas for improvement that feel
particularly relevant to you.
7) Do we need to comment on all the differences in assessment?
Similarly, we do not expect you to comment on all gaps between your selfperception and the feedback you received from others. You may want to
focus on the couple of areas with the biggest differences between your selfassessment and that of others (including the interesting cases where one of
the two external assessors is possibly more aligned with you than the other).
Or you may choose to focus on two areas or so where you were most
surprised that there was a gap – positive or negative. The objective is to
critically reflect on why those differences exist and gain self-knowledge in the
8) Is a particular format required for this assignment?
Make sure that the format you choose is readable (e.g. a classic 12-point font
size, 1.5 or double spacing). Also, be sure to consider the layout and
presentation of the report to ensure that it is of a professional standard
(check marking rubric for style guidelines).