In preparing work for submission there are some who are interested in just getting something (anything) off the their tutor for feedback hitting, as far as possible the word count and then sitting back waiting for the tutor to give feedback line by line. Those who consistently produce the best work do not adopt this approach. Instead they engage in the above before submitting drafts. What they do is review their own work and interrogate it relation to both the Learning Outcomes in the module handbook as well as looking at the grading criteria.
Let us suppose you are aiming for a 2:1 grade in Module 2. The Handbook states that the assessor will be making a judgment about your work using the framework set out below. There is every good reason for your to self assess based on this criteria. Questions you could be asking of your draft before you submit it for review are in CAPITALS.
Your argument about why the line of inquiry is important and worthwhile is very clear and well thought out.
- HOW WELL EXPRESSED IS THE TOPIC OF MY INQUIRY?
- HAVE I CONVINCED THE READER OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TOPIC?
- HOW CAN I IMPROVE MY OWN PRACTICE AS A RESULT OF THIS?
- CAN I IMPROVE THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE WHO ARE THE RECEPTORS OF MY PRACTICE?
- WHY / HOW WILL THE WORLD BE A BETTER PLACE AS A RESULT OF COMPLETING THIS INQUIRY?
The literature is well discussed and you have drawn on a wide range of sources.
- HAVE I FOUND RELEVANT LITERATURE?
- HOW WELL HAVE I DISCUSSED IT?
- HAVE I IDENTIFIED DIFFERENT APPROACHES / ARGUMENTS IN THE LITERATURE?
- DOES THE LITERATURE FALL SHORT OF THE QUESTIONS I WANT TO EXPLORE IN MY INQUIRY?
- HAVE I CITED PROPERLY AND FOLLOWED THE GUIDANCE IN THE PROGRAMME HANDBOOK?
- HAVE I INCLUDED A LIST OF REFERENCES AT THE END OF PROJECT PLAN IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER BY AUTHOR’S SURNAME WITH ALL THE RELEVANT BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION?
Your choice of inquiry tool(s) is both well argued and appropriate and you have provided a helpful critique of tools already tested with your SIG(s) and other networks.
- HAVE I DEMONSTRATED THAT I HAVE COME TO A RATIONAL DECISION ON MY CHOICE OF TOOL(S)
- HAVE I GONE BEYOND THE FACT THAT THEY MIGHT BE EASIER IN ANY WAY OR LESS TIME CONSUMING AND HAVE GIVEN FULL CONSIDERATION TO THEIR APPROPRIATENESS FOR MY INQUIRY?
- HAVE I DEMINSTRATED THE VALUE OF MY NETWORKS FROM THIS BAPP COHORT, MY PROFESSIONAL PEERS AND THE WIDER PROFESSIONAL COMMUNITY (NOT ALL THESE MAY APPLY TO YOU BUT NETWORKING SHOULD HAVE INFORMED YOUR INQUIRY PLAN).
The ethical implications of the inquiry are fully recognized and you have suggested appropriate ways to address these.
- HAVE I DEMONSTRATED MY KNOLWEDGE OF ETHICS?
- HAVE I IDENTIFIED POTENTIAL ETHICAL ISSUES IN MY INQUIRY AND EXPLAINED CLEARLY HOW I AM GOING TO ADDRESS THEM? (ON FORM)
You achieve a high level of reflection in your critical review of learning in this module.
- HAVE I INDICATED THE KEY LEARNING POINTS IN COMPLETING THIS MODULE – EVENTS THAT HAVE MOVED MY INQUIRY PROPOSAL AND PLAN ALONG AND TOWARDS THE COMPLETION OF THE ASSIGNMENT?
- HAVE I PROVIDED EMBEDDED LINKS TO EVIDENCE TO DEMONSTRATE THIS?
The presentation of the assignment is very good – clear and expressive and you draw on a range of media to illustrate points made.
- IS MY STYLE OF WRITING CLEAR?
- HAVE I EXPRESSED MYSELF WELL?
- IS MY SYNTAX, GRAMMAR & SPELLING CORRECT?
- HAVE I REPEATED MYSELF?
- HAVE I ONLY INCLUDED WHAT IS NECESSARY?
- DOES MY SUBMISSION LOOK PROFESSIONAL?
- HAVE I INCLUDED HEADINGS / SUBHEADINGS?
- DOES THE WORK FLOW WELL?
- IS IT PRESENTED IN A LOGICAL ORDER?
The last date that I can accept drafts for review is 6th May and I will try to get feedback to you as soon as possible after that date in order that you can reflect on my comments and amend / edit as necessary. Because of the high volume of feedback full drafts can only be read once. There is nothing to stop you submitting your work ahead of the deadline …
Self assessment is essential in professional practice. We all have to engage in reflection and make adjustments in order to be better at what we do.