You are required to effectively research the topic given in the assignment brief above to produce an academic essay on the topic below:
Critically analyse the effectiveness of strategies adopted by TWO (2) countries of your choice to attract talented professionals.
The essay must demonstrate critical reading and writing, using a range of sources to demonstrate your research skills (which should be correctly referenced). Furthermore, the essay must be well presented, making use of appropriate structure to support arguments so that meaning is conveyed effectively. The recommended word count for this task is 1400 words, excluding the reference list.
In preparation for the essay, it is suggested that you make use of a concept map and also a project plan to outline your intentions to plan and manage the project. Please note: This will be expected as evidence for Task 2 below.
Task 2 – 60 Marks Portfolio of professional practice You are required to submit a portfolio demonstrating reflection of the skills that you have accumulated and exercised in Task 1. You must consider the skills that you have developed and used and the extent to which they need further development. Self-reflection and honesty are critical to this task. The portfolio must include the following aspects and the recommended word count is 1600 words:
a) A concept map, outlining the interrelated dimensions forming structure to your research. (15 marks)
b) A project/research plan outlining your plan to manage Task 1 – consider time allocated to research, evaluation and synthesis, and writing up. Clearly outline intended activities, time allocated and deadlines imposed for completion of the academic essay. (15 marks)
c) A reflective journal, outlining your experiences whilst following your project plan to produce the academic essay – consider what skills you used, how they were used and if this was effective use. You should also consider where you perhaps encountered problems and explain how you overcame them as part of the project management process. (15 marks)
d) A skills audit – list the skills you feel you would need/like to develop further and consider how you might achieve this, taking into account your individual learning style. (15 marks)
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Guidance Complete all the tasks in order. Consult with your tutor if you are uncertain about any aspect of the assignment.
Submission requirements ï‚· A word-processed document containing all material for presentation, including the academic essay and portfolio of professional practice. ï‚· The word count is 3000 words, not including the appendices. ï‚· The document should be properly structured with a bibliography (online and literature sources) and appendices (where necessary). Refer to the Assignment Presentation Requirements on Campus for more information (see front cover).