Assessment Task 2: Mentoring in the Workplace – Support Document
Objective(s): a, b, c, d and e Weight: 60% Length: 3000 words Due: Sunday 1st November 2020, 11.59pm (Australian Eastern Standard Time) through UTS Canvas Task: This task provides an opportunity to design a workplace mentoring program relevant to the student’s professional context (OR evaluate an existing workplace mentoring program making recommendations for improvement) and reflect on the peer mentoring experience and implications for their program/evaluation design and professional practice. This task comprises a report and a (compulsory, but not graded) peer presentation.
Your assessment will be graded against the following criteria.
Relevance and appropriateness of mentoring program design/evaluation to the professional context
Relevance and criticality of analysis of literature used to support program design/ evaluation
Extent of identification of implementation issues 20%
Depth of reflection on peer mentoring experience and implications for program/evaluation design and professional practice
Clarity of expression and logical structuring of argument
A marking rubric will be available on Canvas.
Your Workplace Context
Your ‘Workplace’ context in Assessment 2 should be the same as Assessment 1. If you want to change contexts for Assessment 2, please discuss this with your Lecturer first.
COMPONENT A: Peer Presentation
This task is compulsory, but not graded. It is intended to help you get formative feedback on your mentoring program design/evaluation. Students will create a short video/online presentation (no more than 5 minutes) of their mentoring program design/evaluation to post on UTS Canvas for feedback. Once having posted their video, they will provide feedback to at least 2 other students as part of the peer review process for Assessment 2. Dates:
• Post presentation: 21-27 September
• Comment on your peers’ presentations: 28 September – 2 October Further instructions are available in Canvas in the “Peer Presentation” module.
COMPONENT B: Report
In addition to an introduction and conclusion (approx 10% or 300 words), there are four key parts to this assessment:
1. An outline of the mentoring program design OR details of the evaluation plan of the mentoring program and recommendations for improvement (30% – approx. 900 words).
2. Critically link to and analyse relevant literature to support your program design/evaluation (30% – approx. 900 words).
3. Identify key issues in implementing the mentoring program in your professional context (20% – approx. 600 words).
4. Reflect on your peer mentoring experience and implications for program/evaluation design and professional practice (10% – approx. 300 words).
These word counts are only suggestions to give you an idea of where to concentrate your energy when writing your report. You can structure the report and distribute the word count in different ways.
Part 1: Mentoring Program Design/Evaluation Outline
Approximate word count: 900 words This part outlines your mentoring program design OR outlines the details of your evaluation plan of a mentoring program and provides recommendations for improvement. If you are designing a mentoring program, this should include:
• What is the format of your program? (E.g. Length, frequency, location, tools/platform)
• A consideration of the dimension of your program (e.g. formal/informal, etc)
• How you will select and match your mentees and mentors
• Any guidance or expectations around mentoring session design
• What training and other support provisions and activities will your mentoring program include?
If you are evaluating an existing mentoring program, then you will analyse the design of the mentoring program (see the dot points above for ideas) and provide critique and recommendations for improvements. In writing up your outline of your design/evaluation, you should include a discussion and justification of your design/evaluation decisions with reference to the relevance and appropriateness to your professional context. What factors did you consider in your design/evaluation plan that make it relevant to your professional context? How does this design fit the program purpose and goals?
Part 2: Supporting Literature Analysis
Approximate word count: 900 words Note: you might find this part is better combined with the above discussion of your design/evaluation outline decisions rather than a separate section and word count. More important than word count for this section is that your design/evaluation decisions are supported with relevant literature analysis. The aim for this section is for you to engage with mentoring literature and resources to inform your program design/evaluation. Critically link to and analyse relevant literature to support your program design/evaluation. This can include peer-reviewed sources and ‘grey literature’ (practice/policy based non-peer reviewed sources). Avoid poor quality and generic sources. Your selection of literature can include (but is not limited to):
• Models of mentoring practice
• Literature and resources on the design and implementation of mentoring programs
• Literature and resources on mentoring in particular contexts or with particular group Consider:
• What models/frameworks/examples/evidence support your design/evaluation decisions?
• How directly applicable are these to your specific context?
• Are there any concerns with or considerations for applying these to your specific context?
Part 3: Identification of Implementation Issues
Approximate word count: 600 words Identify key issues in implementing the mentoring program in your professional context and consider how you might deal with them. Consider questions such as:
• What barriers or challenges might you encounter in implementing this program design or evaluation plan/recommendations and how could you mitigate the impact?
• What issues may arise from implementing your mentoring program or evaluation plan/recommendations and how will you deal with them?
• What issues may prevent your program from being sustained in the longer term and how will you address these?
Issues raised can be specific to your mentoring program, as well as more systemic issues.
Part 4: Peer Mentoring Reflection and Implications
Approximate word count: 300 words Reflect on your peer mentoring experience to discuss implications for your program design/evaluation and your professional practice. Questions that you could consider for this section include:
• What has worked well in your peer mentoring?
• What issues were experienced?
• What have you learnt from this experience?
• Did your views on mentoring change or develop as a result?
• What are the implications for your program design/evaluation?
• What are the implications for your future professional practice?
The format for this assessment is a report so you have more flexibility and options than your Assessment 1, which was an essay. The use of tables, diagrams and other visual means of presenting your information, including video, is acceptable in this assessment task. Should you choose to craft your assessment as a video, the suggested length is no more than 15 minutes with the submission of a written bibliography. Your references are expected to comply with APA 6 or UTS Harvard referencing style. Your references should include peer reviewed sources (i.e. journal articles), books, or other periodicals as appropriate. Inclusion of relevant, practice-based, non-peer reviewed sources is also acceptable (e.g. referencing other mentoring programs and practice-based frameworks). However, avoid low-quality and generic sources like Wikipedia articles.
- Assessment Details
- Assessment Criteria
- Your Workplace Context
- COMPONENT A: Peer Presentation
- COMPONENT B: Report
- Part 1: Mentoring Program Design/Evaluation Outline
- Part 2: Supporting Literature Analysis
- Part 3: Identification of Implementation Issues
- Part 4: Peer Mentoring Reflection and Implications
- Report Format