The purpose of this assessment is to provide students with the opportunity to engage in reflective practice, using a range of diagnostic tools and feedback, to identify two key areas of personal capability that can be addressed (improved) to increase their communication effectiveness. Thi

Task Description             

General Description

· The essay must be 3500 words in length

· Two points will be deducted for those essays that are over or under by 200 words.

· There is a late deduction of 2 points per day after the due date.

· The essay must conform to the APA style guide. There is a minimum of 25 references

· This assessment will be returned to you with feedback when the final marks for the unit are released.

· As this is an essay you must not use headings.

Task Description:

The purpose of this assessment is to  provide students with the opportunity to engage in reflective practice,  using a range of diagnostic tools and feedback, to identify two key  areas of personal capability that can be addressed (improved) to  increase their communication effectiveness. This assessment is aimed to  assess your ability to demonstrate advanced knowledge in written  communication and your skill to autonomously reflect about good  practices in workplace communication. Through the process of  self-reflection, you will be able to improve your communication  competencies through your knowledge of and ability to perform  contextually appropriate communicative behaviours.

This assignment has three specific components.

1. Diagnosis and Reflection. 1500 words

a) Using 5 diagnostic tools related to  communication, you are to analyse your own communication style across  various areas such as verbal communication, active listening, non-  verbal, and assertiveness perception. You will be given the individual  diagnostics during the tutorials. Your tutor/lecturer will check and  sign-off that you have completed each individual diagnostic during the  tutorials. This means that if you fail to attend some or any of tutorial  you will not be able to receive and complete the diagnostics. The  signed diagnostics must be submitted as a separate PDF file.

b) You are to present the findings of  the tools. The scores for each diagnostic must be included in your  essay. In doing so you will show your understanding of the results as  they apply to your personal situation.

c) Based upon your analysis of the  findings you are to identify two key communication issues that you have  identified as requiring development.

d) Reflect on two recent professional  interactions that you have had within the past 12 months. Analyse these  interactions from the perspective of the two key communication issues  that are identified as requiring development. To what extent are these  evident and support the need for personal communication development?

2. Literature review 1000 words

You are to identify and explain the two  issues from your diagnosis and reflection. You are to define the  concepts, outline key models and or behaviours that need to be developed  to demonstrate effective practice. This literature review needs to  outline both the conceptual (theoretical) and behavioural  (interpersonal) skills that you need to acquire to demonstrate  competence in your chosen area of communication.

3. Action Plan 500 words:

As a conclusion, you are to develop an  action plan of key events and activities that you can undertake over the  next 6 months to acquire the knowledge, skills, and behaviors  identified as requiring development in component one. This can include  the following:

· undertaking specific short courses, to develop skills based on actual courses that are available,

· undertaking advanced post-graduate communication courses at CQU or other institutions,

· a reading plan to acquire conceptual  knowledge, that may include specific communication texts and self-help  books which must be specified,

· maintaining of personal journals reflecting on communication interactions,

This section must include actionable  items with timelines (such as a Gantt chart) and an indication of how  you will measure their successful completion.

                 Assessment Criteria             

Introduction (attention-getting statement,  thesis, main points to be covered, diagnostic tools to be used and  applied, transition to the body of the presentation)
HD: Superior articulation of the six elements of an introduction.
D: Above average articulation of the five elements of an introduction.
C: Clearly articulated less than four of the elements of an introduction.
P: Poor articulation of less than three of the elements of an introduction.
F: Introduction contained less than two of the elements of an introduction.
Diagnosis and Reflection.
HD:All results discussed were relevant to the student and in-depth analysis occurred at a very high standard.
D: All results discussed were relevant to the student and analysis occurred at a high standard.
C: Most results discussed were relevant to the student and some in-depth analysis occurred at satisfactory standard.
P: Some results discussed were relevant to the student but in-depth analysis was missing.
F: The five signed diagnostic questionnaires were not attached to the essay.
Discussion  of results of relevant diagnostic tools showing an understanding of the  results and being able to apply each to their personal situation
HD: 2 recent professional interactions identified and analysed based on key areas requiring development which support the need for further personal communication development
D: 2 recent professional interactions were identified and analysed in-depth based of key areas requiring development 2 recent professional interactions were identified but not analysed in-depth based of key areas requiring development.

C: 1 recent professional interaction was identified and analysed indepth based of key areas requiring development.
P: 1 recent professional interactions was identified but not analysed in-depth based of key areas requiring development.
F: No recent professional interactions were identified

Literature Review
HD: Both issues were defined, concepts and key models were clearly identified.
D: Both issues were defined, concepts and key models were identified.
C:  Both issues were defined, however, concepts and key models were hard to  identify. One issue was defined, concepts and key models were  identified.
P: No issues were defined, concepts and key models were  not identified Identification and issues arising from diagnosis and  reflection
F:  No literature review was undertaken
Identification and issues arising from diagnosis and reflection
HD: Theoretical and behavioural skills were clearly identified.
D: Theoretical and behavioural skills were identified but lacking depth.
C: Theoretical and behavioural skills were not clearly identified.
P: Theoretical and behavioural skills were identified.
F: Theoretical and behavioural skills were not identified.
Action plan for next six months
HD: Detailed six month action plan with timeline and success measure included.
D: Six month action plan lacking details with either timeline or some success measure included.
C: Six month action plan lacking details with either timeline or success measure not included.
P: Less than Six month action plan included but lacking a timeline and success measure.
F: No detailed Six month action plan with timeline and success measure included.

Written Communication

HD:  Quality of writing is of a very high standard. Sections are coherently  connected to each other. Correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
D: Quality of writing is of a high  standard. Sections are mostly well structured. Few grammar, spelling and  punctuation mistakes.
C: Quality of writing is of a good standard. Few grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes.  Some problems with sentence structure and presentation. Frequent  grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. P: Use of inappropriate  language.
F: Quality of writing is of a very  poor standard so barely understandable. Many spelling mistakes. Little  or no evidence of proofreading.
References
HD:  All correctly use the APA format 25 pieces of literature used.
D: All correctly use the APA format 20 pieces of literature used.
C: Did not correctly use the APA format 25 pieces of literature used.
P: Did not correctly use the APA format 20 pieces of literature used.
F: Did not correctly use the APA format. Less than 10 pieces of literature used.

Referencing Style

Submission                             Online                          Submission Instructions                   Assessment submitted through Moodle                       Learning Outcomes Assessed

  •                         Demonstrate advanced knowledge and skills  required in written, oral, and interpersonal communication to address  complex business problems
  •                         Demonstrate the skill to autonomously reflect  about good practices in workplace communication in different  organisational contexts

Graduate Attributes

  •                         Knowledge
  •                         Communication
  •                         Self-management
  •                         Ethical and Professional Responsibility

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