MBA600: Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis

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MGT 600 Portfolio

Workshop 1

Activity- Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis

Part A

The basis of effective management lies in the concept of knowing-doing-being (Pfeffer & Sutton, 2000). This implies one must know what requires to be done, practically apply theories and methods, and being focused on personal values and goals. These elements have an important component of knowing one’s competencies to effective apply this concept. One of the interesting activities we undertook in this workshop was a reflection on individual skills audit. We were required to reflect on our theoretical skills, applied skills, practical skills, and reflective skills, which forms the basis for competence in MBA.  I did an audit of my skills and noted that I had deficiency in all the skills, especially in applied and practical skills. I have a good understanding of theoretical skills because these I can easily gain from reading theoretical materials, but fall short of applied skills because I always find it hard to transfer what  I have learned  in theory to practice.  Reading the course materials on building theoretical, practicals, applied, and reflective skills, I realized that I need to learn more and practice more to become and effective business manager.

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MBA600: Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis

Assessment Information
Subject Code: MBA600
Subject Name: MBA Capstone
Assessment Title: Assessment 3: Portfolio
Assessment Type: Written and visual
Word Limit: No limit
Weighting: 50%
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Assessment Description

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As this is your capstone subject, this assessment will consolidate and explore the knowledge you
have accumulated throughout the subject. This assessment requires you to develop a portfolio of
your work accumulated from the learnings and activities in class. MBA600: Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis.
This assessment as an individual Assignment however all activities in the workshops that you are
writing up and reflecting on, are completed in teams throughout the workshop sessions. Online
students you must complete these in the chat sessions and as individuals
The activities include short informal presentations, worksheets and activities and are spread over
the whole term so be prepared to participate and communicate in what is being covered each week.
Task Description: A portfolio is a collection of documents, images, and reflections that you
assemble in order to demonstrate what you have learnt. You need to show your creativity in
constructing your portfolio and the document needs to be professional in appearance. Your portfolio
should include a minimum of 12 activities, a reflection from each workshop topic, at least 1 activity
from that topic and an overall personal reflection on what you learnt.
You should also reflect on what you learnt from the team interactions/participation. You should
include images and figures in your portfolio. The portfolio assignment consists of several parts.
Part A – Activities completed: Coverage of the activities from each week with the main purpose of
the activities, to improve your ability to work in groups, interact, develop a peer network and to take
a theory /concept from the appropriate week’s workshop and explain it. An important component of
the activities and workshop each week is the question and answer sessions to clarify concepts and
knowledge, ideally you should report on this. There are a number of helpful readings on the subject
site that cover each topic and these should be integrated into your portfolio. You should use at least
one resource each week to reflect on with your activities.
Part B – Self Reflection commentary and criticism on each activity and your learning
outcomes.

Assessment Information

This is a valuable learning technique that allows you to critically reflect on the content. In this
section, you should assess things you did well, things that you could improve on and provide
suggestions and recommendations that may help your performance in the future.
We are very interested in what you have learnt from the class experience and what you may
change and improve in the future. Reflect on how your level of understanding of the subject and
the theoretical models has developed an advanced level of knowledge for you as an effective
manager.
Part C – Self Reflection commentary and criticism on your learning outcomes from working
in a team.
This is a valuable learning technique that allows you to critically reflect on your ability to work in a
team. In this section, you should assess things that you did well, things that you could improve on
and provide suggestions and recommendations that may help your performance in the future as a
member of a team. Consider your role in the group, your level of participation and what you could
do to become an effective team member and team leader.
It is important to be guided by the following points that are weaved throughout the subject:
 Demonstrating theoretical skills
 Demonstrating applied skills
 Demonstrating practical skills
 Demonstrating reflective skills
Since this is a reflective essay, you only need to include referencing when specifically referring to
academic theories, all of which should be annotated as per the Harvard method.

CONTENT / RESEARCH
Understanding of
the activities

Key points left out. No grasp of
issues in activities

Includes some issues but
analysis glossed over. Tonly
offeres key facts.

Includes all issues, analysis and
recommendations but with little
elaboration. Not integrated with
theory or are not justified.

Builds convincing argument
showing how key issues, analysis
and recommendations are
integrated together.

Builds convincing argument
showing how all key points are
integrated together. Uses
examples to elaborate the key
points and theory.

Introduction / Conclusion Introduction missing or
underdeveloped. Audience has
no idea what the activities will be
or was about. No conclusions.

Limited clarity of purpose /
overview. Highlights key issues
but interpretation of these.
Conclusion weak. Doesn’t tie in
with what was introduced.

Provides purpose for activities
highlights and interprets key
issues to be addressed but
recommendation but not
integrated.

As for level below plus shows
consistency between activities
and theory

Engaging conclusion clearly
sums up activities

Evidence of completing
activities and
analysis

No references to any sources.
Suggestions/recommendations just
seem appear.

Steps used in analysis shown but
little justification why or how
these are used to develop
recommendations.

Background research and analysis
of this is clearly identifiable.
Steps used are shown and some
rationale for the development of
recommendations provided.

Evidence of extensive research
and analysis: journals, prescribed
text, other books, verified
websites, primary research. Used
references to justify analysis

As for level below plus able to
use references to back up claims
and recommendations made.
Recommendations clear come
from the analysis of the project.

Recommendations Recommendations and outcomes

missing

Recommendations very general
in nature

Recommendations given in a way
that they could be implemented
but no justification given or
benefits explained

Recommendations are logical
and feasible.

Recommendations can easily
be implemented.

STRUCTURE
Organisation of portfolio No structure to the portfolio o
introduction or conclusion.

Ideas not focused. Main ideas presented in logical

manner.

Main ideas presented in logical
manner.

Ideas clearly organized

Reflection on self
learning and content

No reflection some reflection Solid reflection good reflection excellent and insightful
reflection

Creativi
ty
Use of visual aids Presents content not extra

materials

uses graphics but are not
supported by text or Text is too
dense –

uses graphics and offered some
support materials

Text clearly summarises the key
points. Graphics and text are
good

Graphics and text well
integrated into pinto portfolio
and Visual presentation
complements rather than
dominates th portfolio

Total Comments. MBA600: Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis.

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MGT 600 Portfolio

Workshop 1

Activity- Self Skills Audit and Gap Analysis

Part A

The basis of effective management lies in the concept of knowing-doing-being (Pfeffer & Sutton, 2000). This implies one must know what requires to be done, practically apply theories and methods, and being focused on personal values and goals. These elements have an important component of knowing one’s competencies to effective apply this concept. One of the interesting activities we undertook in this workshop was a reflection on individual skills audit. We were required to reflect on our theoretical skills, applied skills, practical skills, and reflective skills, which forms the basis for competence in MBA.  I did an audit of my skills and noted that I had deficiency in all the skills, especially in applied and practical skills. I have a good understanding of theoretical skills because these I can easily gain from reading theoretical materials, but fall short of applied skills because I always find it hard to transfer what  I have learned  in theory to practice.  Reading the course materials on building theoretical, practicals, applied, and reflective skills, I realized that I need to learn more and practice more to become and effective business manager.

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