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Qualification Unit number, Code and Title
Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma  Business Unit 13, T/601/0943, Personal and Professional Development
Module Leader: Lecturers:
Abimbola Taiwo Abimbola Taiwo
Distribution date Submission deadline
W/C 19/01/2015 07/04/2015  23.59 pm
Assignment title Personal and Professional Development

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Learner declaration
I certify that the work submitted for this assignment is my own and research sources are fully acknowledged.



Student signature:                                                                                 Date:



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This unit is designed to enable learners to assess and develop a range of professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career development. It also aims to develop learners’ ability to organise, manage and practise a range of approaches to improve their performance as self-directed learners in preparation for work or further career development.

The unit emphasises the needs of the individual but within the context of how the development of self-management corresponds with effective team management in meeting objectives.


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Evidence checklist Summary of evidence required by student Evidence presented
Task 1 Essay on understanding how self-managed learning can enhance lifelong development.
Task 2 Portfolio on taking responsibility for own personal and professional development.
Task 3 Essay and portfolio on how to organise a typical production process.
Task 4 Report to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills.

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In addition to the above PASS criteria, this assignment gives you the opportunity to submit evidence in order to achieve the following MERIT and DISTINCTION grades
Grade Descriptor Indicative characteristic/s Contextualisation
M1 Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions Effective judgements have been made.

An effective approach to study and research has been applied.

To achieve M1, you will find appropriate solutions in evaluating approaches to self-managed learning. (1.1)
M2 Select / design and apply appropriate methods / techniques Appropriate learning methods/techniques have been applied. To achieve M2, you will apply appropriate methods/techniques in producing a personal portfolio and a personal presentation for LO2 (2.1,2.2,2.3 and 2.4)
M3 Present and communicate appropriate findings Communication is appropriate for familiar and unfamiliar audiences and appropriate media have been used. To achieve M3, your findings and research should be well presented and communicated within the report. Also you will have met the deadline to submit the tasks and achieve the unit assessment criteria.
D1 Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified.

Realistic improvements have been proposed against defined characteristics for success.

To achieve D1 you will have to justify your critical reflection on own learning against original aims and objectives set in the development plan (3.4)
D2 Take responsibility for managing and organising activities Activities have been managed.

New ideas have been generated

Good referencing and arrangement (Harvard style)

To achieve D2 you will have demonstrated an effective approach to independent research as evidenced from the citations and reference list and study and will have met the deadline to submit the tasks and achieve the unit assessment criteria. (P1-P13)
D3 Demonstrate convergent /lateral /  creative thinking Effective thinking has taken place in unfamiliar contexts. To achieve D3, you will have to creatively justify the need for operational planning and control in a selected production process in question 9



Submission Instructions:


  • This assignment must be completed by all the candidates undertaking Edexcel HNC/HND Diploma in Business.
  • The word limit for this assignment is a maximum of 5000 words, excluding references. (Approximately 25 – 30  pages).
  • Referencing should be provided in Harvard Style Referencing (both in-text and bibliography).
  • Header with the student’s ID number and full name as well as footer with the page number should be present throughout the assignment.
  • Comprehensive reading list can be found in the Unit Handbook (UHB).
  • The assignment should be completed in Font Type: Times New Roman, Size 12 and 1.5 spacing between lines.
  • The authenticity statement must be signed and dated by all students and presented to a lecturer or a Student Support Adviser.


Appendix A: Plagiarism and Collusion:


Any act of plagiarism and collusion will be seriously dealt with according to the regulations. In this context the definition and scope of plagiarism are presented below:


“Using the work of others without acknowledging source of information or inspiration, although you may paraphrase, the result is still plagiarism” (Cortell, 2003).  Please ensure you apply in-text referencing within your assignment to support all information extracted from any published work.


Collusion is when two or more people combine to produce a piece of work for an assessment that is passed off as the work of one alone. For example, one student has copied the work of another, or where a joint effort has taken place in producing what should have been an individual effort.


Appendix B: Harvard Referencing System (HRS):


Any information that is not of your own needs to be referenced, Plagiarising from someone else’s work can be unintentional if you are unaware of the rules of acknowledging and referencing direct quotations.


The Harvard system requires you to acknowledge certain information which are mainly the surname and the year of publication within the text, for example:


According to Bell (1999) – as you write up your assignment you will use a citation to indicate in your text the source of information provided.

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The authors and publication information cited within the main body of your work must be listed in the reference list (This will be at the end of your assignment) for example:



Bell, J. (1999) ‘Doing your research project’. (3rd Edition) Buckingham: Open University Press.


Detailed guidance on the Harvard Referencing System (HRS) will be made available on Moodle (VLE)


Failure to submit on time will lead to penalisation (Capping of grades). Reasonable consideration will be given, in the case of failure to submit the assignments by the deadline period (exemption will be given to those being granted extenuating circumstances provided they submit the relevant documents to support claim).


Appendix C: Learning Outcome for Personal and Professional Development


Learning Outcome  

Learning outcome

Assessment Criteria In this assessment you will have the opportunity to present evidence that shows you are able to: Task no.  


(Page no)



Understand how self managed learning can enhance lifelong development


1.1 Evaluate approaches to self-managed learning. 1  
1.2 Propose ways in which lifelong learning in personal and professional contexts could be encouraged. 1  
1.3 Evaluate the benefits of self-managed learning to the individual and organisation.






Be able to take

responsibility for own

personal and





Evaluate own current skills and competencies against professional standards and organisational objectives.


Identify own development needs and the activities required to meet them.


Identify development opportunities to meet current and future defined needs.



Devise a Personal and Professional

Development plan based on identified needs.





LO3 Be able to implement and continually review own personal and professional

development plan

3.1 Discuss the processes and activities required to implement the development plan. 3  
3.2 Undertake and document development activities as planned.  
3.3 Reflect critically on own learning against original aims and objectives set in the development plan. 3  
3.4 Update the development plan based on feedback and evaluation.





Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills. 4.1 Select solutions to work-based problems. 4  
4.2 Communicate in a variety of styles and appropriate manner at various levels. 4  
  4.3 Evaluate and use effective time management strategies. 4