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1 © Unitec New Zealand 1 Being Successful on the National Diplomas

2 >>FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT © Unitec New Zealand 2 Outline for this session Outline the programme Outline assessment methods Highlight organisational features Identify sources of guidance Give you a try at competency based assessment

3 Where it fits © Unitec New Zealand3 School Industry National Diploma QS CM Career as Technician Bachelor of Construction PD /CE /CM Years of professional experience MNZIQS PAQS MNZIOB MPINZ

4 National Diplomas © Unitec New Zealand4 National – – standards are consistent at providers throughout the country – The qualification is owned and awarded by BCITO, the Industry’s Training Organisation (set up by NZQA and industry) We teach the content on behalf of BCITO(Building and Construction Industry Training Organisation) We can advise about content but do not have the final say. We advise NZQA( New Zealand Qualifications Authority) of your results and they are held by the NZQA The diplomas are under review and some transitional arrangements may be required next year

5 Success depends upon: Cornelius, N., (2001) Human Resource Management: A Managerial Perspective, UK, Thompson Learning5 Effort you put in Being organised Academic capability “TO IMPROVE THE PRODUCT, IMPROVE THE PROCESS” Cornelius (2001)

6 Academic Processes © Unitec New Zealand6 Learning Process – Unit Standard A package of learning. Describes what you must do – Competency based assessment. You must be judged competent in all of the unit standards for each course Competency is within the context of the programme aims – Competency may be completing a task successfully or with minimal errors calculating something accurately describing something completely or with minimal gaps

7 Competency based assessment © Unitec New Zealand7 Competency is not – Getting 50% for each task – Getting 50% overall – Getting 50% in the exam – Getting 80% in the assignments to ease off in the exam – Equal to a C- Getting 50% may not be considered competent Competency can be harder

8 Unit Standards and the Qualification © Unitec New Zealand8

9 Competency based assessment © Unitec New Zealand9 Re assessment – A re-assessment is available for events during the course – Re assessment is not always available for events at the end of the course, especially if there have been previous reassessment opportunities – The opportunity is earned, not a right To earn re assessment you must – Have attended lectures regularly – Made a good first attempt

10 Organisational processes © Unitec New Zealand10 Helpful documents: MyCoursedetails - doing well – One for each course available on your MyUnitec site Student Handbook - avoiding trouble – Hard copy for each student, also available on the Deapartment Moodle site ?id=2047 Programme regulations – someone could be in trouble – Selected sections in the Handbook. Also available on the Course Moodle site Academic Statute - someone IS in trouble! – Available from the Web policies policies

11 College Life tips © Unitec New Zealand11 MTruM

12 Jargon © Unitec New Zealand12 Course Prescription- document that outlines everything you need to know about course content, assessment, and commitment. SDL- self directed learning (what you do outside of lectures) Credits - a measure of the time you should spend on the course. 1 credit = 10hrs of lectures and SDL combined Unit standards – a package of learning that add up to make a course Course – a group of Unit standards that make up a programme Moodle site – web page containing useful information and resources to help you be successful

13 Quiz- Answers © Unitec New Zealand13 How many out of 9 did you get? How many do you think you need to be judged competent in this test?

14 Dependent / Independent learners © Unitec New Zealand14 Traditional Schooling The teacher holds all the knowledge The teacher knows all the answers Answers are usually clear The teacher is focussed on you for a time The teacher will manage compliance with deadlines weekly or daily Homework is a regular& frequent check of your progress and understanding Homework marks are regular feedback Understanding is shown by replicating what the teacher does Working Environment A clear expert is not always obvious or available Sometimes there are no clear answers The “Boss” has many other priorities other than you People are too busy to manage you closely Nobody routinely asks whether you understand You may get a performance review once a year You will need to apply your knowledge and skills to completely new situations DependentIndependent

15 Kick Start © Unitec New Zealand15 In groups, brain storm ten ideas that will help you succeed this year Identify ten things you must not do to ensure you succeed.

16 Academic Integrity (Giving credit where credit is due) © Unitec New Zealand16 Plagiarism A student shall not plagiarise any item of assessment. This is an offence under the Academic Statute, students should refer Academic Statute Part E: Academic Misconduct for full information pages 39-43. Plagiarism is the act of taking and using another's work as one's own. Where plagiarism occurs it is be regarded as, and treated in the same manner as, cheating in an examination. For the purpose of these rules any of the following acts constitute plagiarism unless the work is appropriately acknowledged / referenced: copying the work of another student; – directly copying any part of another's work, including information obtained from the internet; – summarising another’s work; – using or developing an idea or thesis derived from another person's work; – using experimental results obtained by another. Students should be aware that work submitted for assessment maybe checked through a web-based database for plagiarism.

17 Academic Integrity © Unitec New Zealand17 You are not expected to know all the answers You are expected to build on other peoples work Using some one else’s work means you have read widely. This is great. Show us how well read you are by referencing. YOU will get a degree, you don’t share one with anyone else. Industry expects individual competence, not collective. Further help

18 Citing and Referencing “Citing” means making reference to an author in the body of the text. e.g. Referencing means listing them, at the end. You must do Both

19 >>FACULTY OF TECHNOLOGY AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT You can use someone else’s work word for word, but you must show it: And reference it at the end A Bibliography is just a list of books you read while you wrote the assignment and may have influenced your thinking. A Bibliography is not good enough Citing and Referencing Citation Quotation marks indent

20 Further sources of help: Department Moodle page Programme Moodle Page Study Tool Box 835465 From these pages you can link to the Library, Te Puna Ako,MyUnitec portal 835465





25 Common to every Moodle page

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