What makes a Successful Assignment?
The following is a list of general features which characterise successful assignments. They are provided to help you reflect on what you need to do to achieve a Pass standard in your work. However, each assignment which is issued to you, as part of the Assessment Process for your qualification, is unique. So, you must use this information as a general guide and always follow the instructions given to you by your tutors.
You should also seek your tutor’s guidance if you are unsure how to proceed with an assignment.
- You must complete the tasks which are given in the assignment to the correct standard. Ignoring the assignment and addressing only the individual Assessment Criteria provided in the OTHM / Awarding Body units is Insufficient.
- You must plan your work carefully so that you are ready for the submission dates. Do not leave things to the last minute as work completed quickly may not meet the standards required for success. Unless your school has granted any special considerations, you must submit your work by the deadlines provided.
- You must present the work appropriately so that it is easy for the assessor to read.
- Some tasks in Assignments expect work to be presented in a particular way. You may be asked to draft a report, produce a booklet or prepare slides and other materials for a presentation. You must follow the instructions in the task and present the work as required for the target audience.
- Fundamentally your completed work must show that you have achieved the stated learning outcomes tested in the assignment. These learning outcomes must be achieved at the standards set by the assessment criteria for that learning outcome. Look at the unit specification for the assignment you have been given and you will see the link between the specification and the tasks in the assignment. You must achieve the standards set by the assessment criteria. Check that you have done this, as failure to do so will compromise the success of your work.
- There are definitions of command verbs in this handbook, but check with your tutor what these words mean if you are unsure what is required. In the completed assignment at the end of this handbook, the learner breaks down (analyses) the role of customer service in creating a competitive advantage, writing two sections: ‘Making and Generating Bookings and Sales’ and ‘Building a Reputation’. In each section, the learner provides a number of valid ways that competitive advantage can be gained through the role of customer service, using paragraphs to distinguish different ideas.
- For a successful assignment, the best work is produced from the synthesis of data and ideas. Data has been processed, problems have been solved, decisions taken and the conclusions justified.
- The completed assignment must be coherent, have a logical development of information, ideas, principles and concepts and demonstrate effective thinking. The learner has done this in the completed sample assignment.
- Some tasks may require self-reflection and you need to produce a balanced analytical response which is detailed, factual and wide ranging.
- As stated above, all of your work must be planned and organised but large projects such as a piece of research must also be managed carefully. You must gather sufficient and reliable information and be able to accommodate any unforeseen developments. You should evaluate the validity of results in assignments against stated criteria.
- Wherever possible you should try to apply innovative thought in your work. This can be applied to a wide range of tasks but there are certain tasks in assignments which require creativity such as the production of marketing materials or materials for a presentation. All of your work must take account of the target audience and the communications must use appropriate media
- Your completed work must have a range of sources of information, which need to be relevant and reliable. Where you are quoting specific sources, you must use a standard referencing system and include a bibliography. Look at the completed assignment where the learner has used an established referencing technique. Cited words are in quotation marks and diagrams taken from sources are clearly referenced. As a reader, you are clear which words are the learner’s own and which are attributed to particular sources. You should not copy large sections of text written by others, even if you attribute this, unless there is a clearly justifiable reason for doing so.