The Assessment Task
The Communication Skills module is designed to assist you in developing the skills needed to communicate effectively in professional and academic situations. The first assignment is worth 50% of the module and is primarily focused on developing writing skills for professional and academic contexts. You will be given articles with a range of views on a topic and use these to show your ability to effectively evaluate issues from different perspectives and communicate appropriate outcomes, solutions or recommendations. You will develop the ability to organise and structure these ideas into a professional report format using appropriate academic and professional language, style, and support.
- You will be given 3 articles and a scenario relating to a particular issue
- There will be 3 suggested solutions given in the scenario
- Using the skills you have learned over the module, produce a 1,500 word report using these article to evaluate the 3 possible options and recommend which ONE should be chosen
- Your report should examine and explore a range of possible solutions to the situation in the scenario and all relevant aspects.
- You should make as much use of the materials provided as appropriate and explore as many ideas and solutions as possible.
- Marks will be awarded for appropriate use of the communications skills learned on the module (see marking rubric below)
Your 1,500 word Report should follow the structure and suggested word counts below:
Cover page (not included in the word Count)
- Title of report
- Title of the module and module code
- Student number
- Date of submission
- Word count (excluding Cover Page, Executive Summary, Contents page, and Reference List)
Executive Summary (not included in the word count)
- Summary of each section of the report and its key points
Contents Page (not included in the word Count)
- Main section headings with page numbers
Introduction (suggested: 200 words approx.)
- Outline of the situation and issue being addressed
- Summarise the three possible options given in the scenario
- Explain the aim of the report
Analysis (suggested: 800 words approx.)
- Key ideas and argument related to the issue and supported with the 3 articles provided
- Several subsections with clear subheadings
- Clear use of paragraphs within subsections to organise ideas and arguments
Conclusion (suggested: 200 words approx.)
- Summary of the key points of the analysis section
Recommendations (suggested: 300 words approx.)
- Include ONE clear overall recommendation for action based on your analysis
- You could also include:
- Justification for not recommending other solutions from your analysis
- any other related recommendations
Reference list (not included in the word count)
- This should follow Harvard referencing conventions
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
- LOA: Demonstrate appropriate academic and professional communication skills
Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Unless this is a group assessment,the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. For the avoidance of doubt this means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted.
For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. You will also find useful resources on the VLE: Referencing and Academic Integrity page.
N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.
To submit your work, please go to the relevant to the module page –
Assessments tile and submit to Turnitin. Please note that essays and text-based reports should be submitted as Word documents and not PDFs or Mac files.
Written work will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database.
N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked.
Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:
- Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade (D-).
- More than one week from original deadline – grade achievable LG (L indicating late).
For resits there are no allowances for late submissions.
The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.
For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits.
Module Title and Code: Communication Skills UNL001
Assessment Item Type and Code: Assignment AS1
Assessment Period: September 2021
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