Posted: February 1st, 2022

MWL101 Trimester 1, 2019 Assessment 1 – My Opportunities

Trimester 1, 2019
Assessment 1 – My Opportunities
Due date and time: Friday 29 March 2019, 10am AEDT (Week 4)
Percentage of final grade: 20%
Hurdle details: No Hurdle
Word Limit: 1500-2000 Words
File Type: Microsoft Word (no PDF)
Assessment Type: Individual
Learning Outcome Details
Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 1: Develop a personal action plan with the context of 21st century career opportunities. GLO 6: Self-Management
ULO 2: Communicate effectively in oral, written and visual forms for different purposes and audiences. GLO 2: Communication
ULO 4: Critically review industry trends and the impact on future employment expectations. GLO 4: Critical thinking
Assessment Feedback:
Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin on 19 April 2019, 5pm AEST.
The business environment is constantly changing and evolving. This leads to changes in business expectations of current and future employees, graduates and interns. The assessment in this Unit is designed to give you the required skills to assist you in your career journey. Assessment 1 commences this process and requires students to:
• Examine personal capabilities and analyse their impact on career aspirations
• Critically review industry trends and the impact on future employment expectations. • Analyse real-world requirements of potential future careers
The remaining assessment in this Unit builds on students developing knowledge and requires students to develop their professional profile (Assessment 2) and prepare a job application (Assessment 3). All three assessments are designed to give students the skills to be career ready in a changing and dynamic employment market. This is consistent with the Unit Learning Outcomes and Graduate Learning Outcomes.

Assessment 1: My Opportunities
This assessment is comprised of five (5) key sections of content that must be addressed. In addition, this is a business report and therefore must be formatted according to the criteria set out in Section 6 of this report.
Section 1: Introduction
Suggested word count: 200 words (approximately)
Section 2: My Capabilities
This section of your report is comprised of two (2) parts.
2a. My Professional Dashboard
Your Professional Dashboard is a one page ‘snapshot’ of your current capabilities and areas where you are developing skills and knowledge. Please refer to the Assessment 1 Resources for the dashboard template and the assessment template.
Your dashboard must include:
1. 16 Personalities Test Avatar and Personality type.
Detailed 16 Personality test results must be included in your appendices (i.e. Personal summary report with percentages, introduction, strengths & weaknesses, career path, workplace habits and conclusion).
2. Personal Performance Style Profile Chart (p.87 Cottrell)
A scanned copy/photo of individual test worksheets (Cottrell pp 78-86) must be included in your appendices
3. SHAPES SHAPES profile (p. 76 Cottrell)
A scanned copy/photo of individual test worksheets (Cottrell pp 72-75) must be included in your appendices
4. Academic Review Your intended major and academic strengths (consider units where you have done well, shown specific abilities, or particularly enjoyed)
5. Values From activities p.32-33 Cottrell
6. Experiences & Capabilities Review your experiences (work, volunteer, sport etc.) and identify the capabilities you have developed from these experiences
7. Development Areas The areas you believe you need to work on, this should include both technical and transferrable skills
Your Professional Dashboard must be included in the body of your report in landscape format (see ‘How to insert your dashboard into your report’ with Assessment 1 resources).
2b. My Capabilities – analysis
Suggested word count: 500 words (approximately).
Critically analyse your Professional Dashboard, what does this say about you? You must consider:
a. Do you agree/disagree with the findings of your tests?
b. Where are your strengths, where are your weaknesses (areas for improvement)?
c. What impact does this have on your career aspirations?
Please note you must analyse the results, do not just describe, copy or list the test results.
Suitable methods for addressing this section and the self-assessment tools will be introduced in the seminars and in the weeks 1-3 resources.
Section 3: My Industry Requirements and Trends
This section of your report is comprised of two (2) parts.
3a. My Industry Dashboard
Your Industry Dashboard is a one page ‘snapshot’ from your research of your chosen industry and must complement your capabilities and career aspirations. Please refer to the Assessment 1 Resources for the dashboard template.
Your dashboard must include:
1. Industry name Please refer to the Week 2 resources for help identifying industries
2. Industry growth areas From your research, list the main growth areas in this industry
3. Industry challenges From your research, list the main challenges facing this industry
4. Emerging jobs/roles From your research, list the ‘jobs of the future’ in this industry. Note the main requirements for these roles.
5. My top 5 organisations From your research, list who you see as the most important organisations in your industry. Note, these may not be the market leaders.
6. Graduate criteria From your research of graduate roles, list the most important technical and transferrable skills required of graduates.
7. Employment challenges From your research, what do you see as the main challenges facing graduates hoping to have a career in this industry?
Your Industry Dashboard must be included in the body of your report in landscape format (see ‘How to insert your dashboard into your report’ with Assessment 1 resources).
3b. My Industry Requirements and Trends – analysis
Suggested word count: 500 words (approximately). Minimum number of references: 5 (for further details please see Section 6 of this assessment brief).
Critically analyse your selected industry’s trends and requirements as highlighted in your industry dashboard. You must address all aspects of the dashboard and forecast what these trends mean for the industry and employability over the next 5 years.
Please note: Suitable methods for addressing this section, including the industry dashboard, and suggestions for suitable sources will be covered in the seminars and weeks 2 and 3 resources.
Section 4: My Gap Analysis
In this section you must compare your current capabilities (professional dashboard) with industry requirements (industry dashboard) and identify areas where you need to develop skills and capabilities. You will bring together the information you have gathered about your target industry and yourself.
This section of your report is comprised of two (2) parts.
4a. My Gap Analysis Table
Prepare a GAP analysis table. Your table must compare your target industry’s required skills (both technical and transferrable) with your personal current skills and capabilities.
Your Gap analysis table must be included in the body of your report.
4b. My Gap Analysis
Suggested word count: 200 words (approximately).
Critically analyse what your Gap analysis means for your career readiness. What skills and capabilities do you need to develop?
Please note: Suitable methods for addressing this section will be introduced in the seminars and in the week 3 resources.
Section 5: Conclusion
Suggested word count: 200 words (approximately).
This is the end of the written part of this assessment item. The information you have gathered and analysed in this report will form the basis for Assessment 2, My Profile. Please see Section 6 for important presentation and formatting instructions.
Section 6: Presentation, formatting and submission instructions
File type
Assessments must be submitted as WORD documents only. Assessments submitted using other file types WILL NOT BE MARKED. Microsoft Word is available to students free of charge, please see:
The assessment must be presented in a Business report format. The template provided with the Assessment 1 resources must be used.
Further tips on how to structure a business report can be found here: As a business report, it is expected that your work will be free from errors (spelling and grammatical). It is strongly recommended that you proof read your work and use a grammar and spell check application prior to submission.
You must include the following sections in your report (you may choose to include additional subheadings):
• Title page
• Executive Summary (Maximum 300 words. Not included in word count)
• Table of Contents
• 1. Introduction
• 2. My Capabilities
• 3. My Industry Requirements and Trends
• 4. My Gap Analysis
• 5. Conclusion
• 6. References
• Appendices
How do I create a Table of Contents?
MS WORD can help you set up a table of contents. To do this, go to References in the top MS WORD toolbar (alongside Home, Insert, and Design). Then click on the Table of Contents icon. When you need to update your Table of Contents, simply right click on the table and select update entire table. The MS WORD table of contents creator requires that you make use of the Style ribbon and the Heading outlined within.
How do I create and insert my dashboard?
To create your dashboard please use the dashboard templates, see Assessment 1 resources
Your Professional and Industry Dashboards must be included in the body of the report. To insert your dashboards into your report please follow the ‘How to insert your dashboard into your report’ instructions found in the Assessment 1 resources.
Writing Style
Please refer to Assessment Resources to help you write you MWL101 report for the following video resources:
• Writing in MWL101 Part 1 Report writing
• Writing in MWL101 Part 2 How to write succinctly
Although not typical for business reports, as this report is a personal review it is appropriate to write in the first person (e.g. ‘I’, ‘me’).
Use clear, precise language for all sections. Business writing requires the author to write for a business audience. Business audiences expect that you will introduce the topic, present all the key findings or information and then provide a clear result. The result may be a summary of your findings or conclusion at the end of this assignment.
Font and Line Spacing
Use a clear font such as Times New Roman, Arial, Calibri or Tahoma. Text font size should be 12 pt. Any tables or diagrams should be 10 pt.
All reports must use 1.5 or double line spacing.
Headings and subheadings must be bold. Use headings effectively to show the reader how you have structured your work. It is useful to number your headings; effective number can help the reader/marker identify content relating to the three areas outlined above.
Word Limit
The word limit for this assessment is 1500-2000 words. This does not include your Cover Page, Executive Summary, Table of Contents, all tables and figures, the Reference List and any appendices. The word limit does include all headings within the report and all in-text citations.
Students must correctly use the Harvard style of referencing. No less than seven (7) good quality references are required in this assessment. Please make sure that the references are current. Reports, news articles and academic journal articles from the last 24 months are recommended.
Executive Summary and Appendices
The executive summary should be a maximum of 300 words in length. The executive summary should be the last thing you write and must summarise the key findings of your report. Please note an executive summary is not an introduction.
The appendices are the last section of your report and appear after the Reference List. Please number your appendices as follows, Appendix 1 (Title), Appendix 2 (Title) etc. You must refer to each appendix in the body of your report. For example, ‘please see Appendix 1 for the detailed results of my 16 personalities tests’.
Your appendices provide the supplementary materials that support your analysis therefore it is acceptable to include screenshots or photographs of your test results in your Appendices. You do not need to re-type the information.
Submission Instructions
Your work must be submitted as a MS Word document (no PDF).
You must keep a backup copy of every assessment you submit, until the marked assessment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assessments is misplaced or corrupted, you will need to submit your backup copy.
Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.
When you are required to submit an assessment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assessment in the Submissions view of the Assignment dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.
Please note: when your submission is being marked, the Assignment dropbox will be hidden. You will not be able to view your submission during this time.
Late submission
Extension Requests
Extensions to the dates for submission of this Assessment will be considered only if a written request with supporting documentation is submitted and negotiated with the Unit Chair. Extensions can be granted for documented serious illness (not just on the day the assignment is due!) or for compassionate reasons under special circumstances. The Unit Chair can ask to see how much work has been completed before granting an extension. You will be asked to provide evidence to support your request.
Work or holiday reasons or other assessments are NOT grounds for an extension – you are expected to manage these issues as part of your studies. You are strongly encouraged to start early and to continually backup your assessment as you progress. Computer crashes or corrupted files will NOT be accepted as valid reasons for an extension of any length.
You may find further information about this at the Special Consideration webpage. Please email if you have an extension/late submission query.
Penalties for late submission
The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks for each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. You will receive 0% for the task. ‘Day’ means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.
There is no separate Turnitin link in the MWL101 Assessment area. You can submit your draft Assessment to the practice Turnitin dropbox on the UniStart CloudDeakin site to check your originality percentage as many times as you like prior to the actual submission date and time.
Academic Integrity, Plagiarism and Collusion
Plagiarism and collusion constitute extremely serious breaches of academic integrity. They are forms of cheating, and severe penalties are associated with them, including cancellation of marks for a specific assignment, for a specific unit or even exclusion from the course. If you are ever in doubt about how to properly use and cite a source of information, consult your lecturer or Study Support
• Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student’s own work, or copies without acknowledgement as to its authorship, the work of any other person or resubmits their own work from a previous assessment task.
• Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose, with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assessment or other work.
Work submitted may be reproduced and/or communicated by the University for the purpose of assuring the academic integrity of submissions.
For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
Can I recycle my own work?
Students are not permitted to recycle their assessment work, or parts of assessment work, without the approval of the Unit Chair of their current Unit. This includes work submitted for assessment at another academic institution. If students wish to re-use or extend parts of previously submitted work, then they should discuss this with the Unit Chair prior to the submission date. Depending on the nature of the task, the Unit Chair may permit or decline the request.
Note that for Assessment 2, you will rely on information you developed for Assessment 1.
• Building evidence of your experiences, skills and knowledge (Portfolio) – Building a portfolio that evidences your skills, knowledge and experience will provide you with a valuable tool to help you prepare for interviews and to showcase to potential employers. There are a number of tools that you can use to build a portfolio. You are provided with cloud space through OneDrive, or through the Portfolio tool in the Cloud Unit Site, but you can use any storage repository system that you like. Remember that a Portfolio is YOUR tool. You should be able to store your assessment work, reflections, achievements and artefacts in YOUR Portfolio. Once you have completed this assessment piece, add it to your personal Portfolio to use and showcase your learning later, when applying for jobs, or further studies. Curate your work by adding meaningful tags to your artefacts that describe what the artefact represents.

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