HR0381: Personal Impact

In this assignment you are required to:

Explain using a range of references the meaning and importance of self awareness and self development.

Demonstrate your understanding from your reading from a range of academic sources to critically review three appropriate self-development toolkits and present and discuss your findings.

You should support your findings with appropriate personal or professional examples.

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Learning Styles
(80% of marks)


Based on the findings from this self awareness process, complete a Personal Development Plan (PDP), using the template in appendix A. You should indicate the activities that you could undertake to address the areas you have identified to aid your future personal development.
(20% of marks)

Evidence from the self awareness process should be presented in the appendices and analysed within the main body of your report.
Important note about ARNA regulations
The regulations specify that students must complete every assessment component contributing to the modules on their programme. This applies to all forms of assessment as defined in the module descriptor. Please note that:

  • if any assessment component is not completed, students will be failed in the module even if the module pass mark has been achieved;
  • if the requirements for referral specified in section 5 of ARNAare met, a resit opportunity will be given;
  • if unable to complete an assessment component because of extenuating circumstances, students should follow the procedure described in the Student Guide to Extenuating Circumstances1.

This change was approved by Academic Board on 12 October 2009 in consultation with the Students’ Union. Students should consult their Programme Leader or Guidance Tutor if they have any queries. Independent advice and support is also available from the Students’ Union Advice & Representation Centre ( or from a student adviser in Student Services.

1ARNA and the Student Guide to Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Assessed Work are available from
Word limits and penalties for assignments
If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.

The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet. The word count does not include:

·       Title and Contents page ·       Reference list ·       Appendices ·      Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations
·       Glossary ·       Bibliography ·       Quotes from interviews and focus groups.

Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.

If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARNA page 30 Section 3.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.

If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted. For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.

Submission of Assessment:

You will submit your assessments electronically via turnitin on the blackboard module site. This should be submitted no later than 12 midnight (UK Time) on the date on your schedule.
Please note any amendments to submission deadlines will be made via either announcements on blackboard or via email. It is your responsibility to stay up to date with this.
You must save your assignment as one continuous Word document, as your name followed by your student number.
Your assignment will be marked and feedback offered 20 working days from the hand in date.

In some instances you may need to post your completed assessment. If so you should send your work to:

Kirsty Setz-Clarke, International Collaborative Ventures Coordinator, International Collaborative Ventures, Newcastle Business School & Northumbria Law School, Northumbria UniversityRoom 330City Campus East 1Newcastle Business SchoolNE1 2SWUnited Kingdom

You must also keep a copy of your assignment for your own records in case a second copy is required. The assignment submitted will not be returned to you, so again keep a copy for your own use.

It is your responsibility as the student to ensure that you are submitting your final and complete assignment to be marked. Only send your assignment to the above email address to avoid confusion


Referencing your work
The APA method of referencing uses the author’s name and the date of the publication. In-text citations give brief details of the work you are referring to in your text. References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by the author’s name. The general format of an electronic journal reference in the APA style is shown below:

Coutu, D. (2009). Why Teams Don’t Work. Harvard Business Review, 87(5), 98-105. Retrieved 29th April 2012 from EBSCO

Author/s name and initials are listed first, followed by year of publication in brackets. Then there is the title of article and the journal where the article appears, which is in italics. Then state the volume and issue number (in brackets) along with the pages where article can be located. Finally add the date the article was retrieved and then the name of the database, followed by the web address. Wherever possible use the homepage URL rather than the full and extended web address.

For further information on why it is important to reference accurately go to the Referencing and Plagiarism topic in Skills Plus available from the Library website:

For further information on the APA style of referencing see the Concise Rules of APA style and the APA website
Plagiarism and Cheating

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full bibliography and/or a list of references must be submitted as prescribed in the assessment brief).

Please note that this is intended to be an individual piece of work. Action will be taken where a student is suspected of having cheated or engaged in any dishonest practice. Students are referred to the University regulations on plagiarism and other forms of academic irregularity. Students must not copy or collude with one another or present any information that they themselves have not generated.
(Some basic instruction if required here)
For further information on Plagiarism, see the Referencing and Plagiarism topic on Skills Plus.

Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives:
This assessment will contribute directly to the following Undergraduate programme goals and objectives.

  1. Developed and applied knowledge about internationally relevant theory and practice of business, management and/or leadership

Students will be able to:

1. Acquire knowledge of business, management and/or leadership.
2. Apply their knowledge to business and management contexts.
3. Conduct contemporary research into business, management and/or leadership issues.


  1. Enhanced skills and competencies to enable personal, managerial and/or leadership practice

Students will be able to:

X 1. Provide evidence of self reflection and personal development planning
X 2. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication and the ability to work in a team
X 3. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team.
4. Demonstrate critical thinking skills.


  1. Demonstrated awareness of ethical issues impacted on leaders and/or managers and professional practice

Students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of ethical issues for individuals and organisations.

Assessment Criteria (NBS)

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