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The assignment consists of both formative and summative elements detailed below.

Formative assessment

Calling and culture (use the forum for this module)

This simple activity is designed to get us 'mapping' contrasting meanings and definitions of calling and vocation in relation to career development. The emphasis is on idea generation as opposed to evaluation at this point. I have posted in the forum to get us started and you can use the Calling and culture page for ideas.
The idea is to construct a daisy chain of posts with each of us both posting and commenting on someone else's post. For instance, if you are the second person to post (following mine) then you are asked to comment briefly on one of the examples from the Career and culture section. The third person will comment on the second person's post and add an example, the fourth will comment on the third and add one, and so on, leading to a daisy chain effect.

Posts are intended to be fairly informal and short. There are no right or wrong answers. Posting is voluntary and you are alternatively welcome to discuss your formative work on this module individually in tutorial.


Summative assessment

Career, Vocation and Calling Project (5000 word limit: weighting 100%)

This module is summatively assessed via a project consisting of two parts. The first part consists of an essay and the second a group work critique.

1/ Essay (2500 words)
Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of including vocation and calling in our work with groups and individuals and develop your own position.

2/ Group work critique (2500 words)
You are asked to design, arrange, deliver and video record a group work on a topic related to this module. The group work should be at least 30 minutes long and consist of at least three participants. Each critique should contain the following sections:

  • Very short description of the context.
  • Rationale for the choice of topic and learning outcomes.
  • Review of planning and delivery methods (including consent and confidentiality).
  • Analysis of participants’ achievement of the learning outcomes.
  • Consideration of participants’ evaluation.

The appendix should contain a detailed session plan including: aim, learning outcomes, group activities, assessment strategy and evaluation methods.

The video recording must be submitted on DVD or memory stick playable on a standard Windows PC. A hard copy is required for archive and moderation purposes. It is essential to check sound and visual playback prior to submission as inaudible or unplayable recordings may be failed.

Consent and confidentiality: within the review section of the critique, please confirm that all participants consented to the process and were informed how any data would be handled. Guidance is available here.


Final points
Submit all parts of the project at the same time. The assignment must be submitted using the the online submission system and the recording should be posted. You will be invited to give overall feedback on the module as part of this. Word limits must be adhered to within a 10% leeway and excessive length will be penalised. Coursework will be assessed against the learning outcomes described in the module specification and postgraduate assessment criteria. The course guide to referencing (e.g. citation style, use of reference list and bibliography) must be used. Links to all these elements are available in the online student handbook in the student course space.

You are invited to contact Gill or Phil to discuss any aspect of this module prior to submission. If you would like to have a tutorial, please visit the tutorial thread in the forum.