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Each student is required to independently design, conduct and analyse an evaluation of an area of personal or organisational practice

MODULE NAME: Reflecting on Business Practice                                      

Assessment Brief

  Assessment title:AS 1: Evaluation Report (6000 words)

Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before starting work on it.

The Assessment Task

Each student is required to independently design, conduct and analyse an evaluation of an area of personal or organisational practice and present a report outlining the key findings. 

This report should include: 

  • a rationale for the work being undertaken with reference to the available literature; 
  • a detailed account of the area being investigated; 
  • a reflection on the appropriateness of the method of investigation undertaken; 
  • an account of the methodologies employed including any specific regulatory requirements required to access the data; findings from the process and recommendations for practice.

Reflection within the report should not only focus on issues specific to the topic being investigated, but should also consider the wider political and contextual issues which may impact on the application of recommendations made.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assessment are:

  1. Critically and reflectively examine the different roles of evaluation and research, determining the rationale for the appropriate use of each within a business or organisational context
  2. Exhibit an understanding of the specific governance requirements underpinning business or organisational work involving evaluation in relation to their setting
  3. Challenge existing paradigms and ways of thinking in the context of current global trends
  4. Critically evaluate a range of potential metrics and tools to conduct an evaluation and make a clearly argued case for selection of the most appropriate
  5. Determine, design, plan and execute the selected approach to evaluation on a specific area of practice including appropriate application of ethics and governance processes required for this work
  6. Develop, prepare and present an evaluation report which offers a range of recommendations which can be applied within a professional context
  7. Disseminate the outcomes of an evaluation project to an appropriate audience.

Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the grading rubric at the end of this assessment brief for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed. 

Feedback and Grades

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LEARNING OUTCOMEPASSFAIL
Critically and reflectively examine the different roles of evaluation and research, determining the rationale for the appropriate use of each within a business or organisational contextThe report identifies the purpose of an evaluation, and provides some justification for why this project is an evaluation project.The report provides a limited commentary on the distinction between evaluation and research and the justification for why this project is an evaluation is limited in parts.
Exhibit an understanding of the specific governance requirements underpinning business or organisational work involving evaluation in relation to their settingThe report gives a critical reflection on the ways in which own role has shaped the approach to the evaluation.The appraisal of own role and its impact upon how this has informed the approach to the evaluation is limited.
Challenge existing paradigms and ways of thinking in the context of current global trendsThe report identifies, and articulates, a relevant and appropriate area for investigation, that is impacted by external factorsThe report may not fully articulate the rationale for the topic.
Critically evaluate a range of potential metrics and tools to conduct an evaluation and make a clearly argued case for selection of the most appropriateThe report gives a sound justification for the choice of evaluation method, and design.The choice of evaluation method is unclear or poorly articulated.
Determine, design, plan and execute the selected approach to evaluation on a specific area of practice including appropriate application of ethics and governance processes required for this workThe report demonstrates that an area of practice has been evaluated, through a systematic planned process.   The report has fully considered the ethical dimensions of the project, and has sought, and had approved, ethical approval.There is a lack of evidence to suggest that the approach to design, planning and execution of the project has been systematic.   The report has not fully considered the ethical dimensions of the project and may not have been awarded ethical approval. 
Develop, prepare and present an evaluation report which offers a range of recommendations which can be applied within a professional contextThe report includes one or more specific, measurable and implementable recommendations that are appropriate to the professional context.The recommendations that arise from the report may be general, or the relevance to the professional context is not fully articulated or justified.
Disseminate the outcomes of an evaluation project to an appropriate audience.Some evidence of dissemination and/or consultation is provided.There is an absence of evidence that shows that the outcomes have been disseminated.

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