Reflection on professional roles through case studies
This assignment is designed to help you gain an understanding of the breadth of roles possible in Construction Management and to begin thinking about your own career trajectory. It requires you to demonstrate both a basic knowledge of the possibilities for CM graduates and a more comprehensive understanding of ONE specific construction management role.
This assignment is structured in three sections.
1. Overview of roles possible for CM graduates – 100 words
2. Case study of ONE specific CM role – 300 words
3. Personal reflection on why you wish to pursue a career as the role you identified in section 2 – 400 words
Section 1: Overview of roles possible for CM graduates – 100 words.
Construction Management (CM) is a diverse field with many possibilities. Research and write about the different jobs that may be undertaken by a CM Graduate. You are expected to provide tittles for the jobs, together with brief descriptions of their roles. You may use bullet points for this section, after you have introduced the general topic with a topic sentence.
Section 2: Case study of ONE specific CM role – 300 words.
In this section you will be required to develop a ‘case study’ of one particular CM job. The case study should include at least the following information:
• Job title
• Duties / Responsibilities (activities) and reporting relationships
• Outline of what the daily routine could look like
• Essential skills / qualities
• Pay scales
• Good and not so good things about the job, and/or challenges
These bullet points can be used as headings in the case study.
You can develop the case study in two different ways.
Option1. If you have contact with someone working in a CM job that you would desire to do yourself, you may choose to interview them. You should make sure that the questions you ask will give you enough information to cover the required information listed above. It is a good idea to audio-record the interview (with the permission of the person you are interviewing). If you do not record the interview, ensure that you take good notes. Some sample interview questions are provided at the end of this document.
Option2. If you do not know someone in the Construction Management industry to interview or you prefer to research on your desired job, you could build a kind of ‘composite case’. You could gather information from different sources to give a fuller picture of what carrying out a particular Construction Management job would be like. You might use information from published interviews (print or video), blogs, professional organisations, job-seeking websites and other places to build up this picture.
You will need to indicate which option you are using to build your case study. If you choose to interview the person, you will be required to provide details of your interview in the appendix. If you choose to do research on the job, you will be required to provide references and all references should be in Harvard format.
Section 3: Personal reflection on why you wish to pursue a career as the role you identified in Section 2 – 400 words
In this section you will be asked to write a reflection on the particular job you identified in Section 2. The purpose is for you to explore why you are interested in this particular construction management role and whether you think it is the right type of job for you. You may use the following questions in guiding your reflection, which are suggestions only and not an exhaustive list:
• What interests you about the job?
• Why do you think you would be suited to that particular job?
• What challenges would you face in the job?
• How would it extend and develop you?
Remember that while this is personal reflection, and therefore use of the first person pronoun ‘I’ is acceptable, you are still writing academically for an assignment. Take care that your expression is not too much like casual speech and that you pay attention to spelling, sentence structure and paragraphing. You should not use bullet points in writing up this section. You can refer to the academic writing resource available on vUWS for more information about academic writing.
Advice for Option 1: Sample Interview questions
Some suggested questions are provided below if you decide to interview a professional contact in the field. This is not an exhaustive list, but is meant to be a guide to get you thinking.
• What are the main duties and responsibilities in your job?
• Who do you report to and does anyone report to you?
• What does your typical day look like?
• What are the essential skills or qualities for a person to be a good [insert job title]
• What does a graduate get paid and how high can the salary go for a [insert job title]
• What opportunities are there for promotion and career development?
• What are your working hours? Do you work overtime, weekends? Do you have flexible hours?
• Are there many jobs for a [insert job title]?
Advice for Option 2: Sources of Information
You will be required to search a variety of pages for the information to complete this assignment using appropriate keywords. Some suggestions for places which may have the information you require are provided below. Make sure that you provide a reference list at the end of your assignment of the sources you used to obtain your information (in-text referencing is not necessary for this assignment).
• Careers advice pages (for example from universities)
• Professional Organisations
• Job search websites
• Blogs, videos
• Interviews (either transcribed or video sources)
You will be required to submit this assignment on vUWS through TurnitIn. You should ensure that you do not cut and paste from websites, even if you reference them, as this is considered plagiarism. As your word limit is quite small, you will need to summarise and synthesise information where possible, especially in Section 2 of the assignment. More information on TurnitIn is available on the library website and in the academic writing resource available on vUWS.
The assignment should be submitted individually online through TurnitIn (under your tutorial group) by Friday 4pm in Week 4. Later, your tutors will request you to submit a hard copy (including the TurnitIn receipt and standard cover sheet) in Week 5 tutorial classes.
A student who submits a late assessment without approval for an extension will be penalised by 10 per cent per calendar day up to 10 days (see Learning Guide for further details). Extension will only be considered under Special Considerations such as severe and/or grave illness, misadventure, accident, or extenuating circumstances beyond your control. The reports that do not adhere to the word limit of 800 (with +/-10%) will be returned by the tutors for resubmission.
Learning Outcome addressed in this assignment Why you’re Doing It
1. Identify and reflect upon the professional roles and responsibilities in Construction Management.
Assessment criteria & Standards How You’ll be Marked
A detailed rubric is given in below table. Your mark for this assignment will be awarded by your tutor, based on this.
Criteria / Allocated marks Unsatisfactory Satisfactory Credit Distinction High distinction
Overview of roles possible for CM graduates Unable to identify jobs with their roles in the CM area Lists some common jobs with description of basic roles, though the roles can be remotely relevant to the jobs. Lists some common jobs and correctly describes their roles. Lists most common jobs and correctly and clearly describes all their roles. Lists a breath of both common and rare jobs; concisely describes roles that are highly relevant to the jobs.
2 marks 0-0.5 mark 1 mark 1.25 mark 1.5 mark 2 marks
Case study of a specific role Fails to state the option to develop the study or provide relevant interview data (for option 1) or relevant sources in correct Harvard referencing style (for option 2);
Unable to state the job title, or the title is incomprehensible;
The case study misses all/almost all the required information. States the option to develop the study and provides interview data (for option 1) or sources (for option 2), though the data or the sources can be remotely relevant, attempts to use Harvard style for references, though with many errors (for option 2);
Attempts to state the job title, but the tittle can be lengthy, not listed or not recognised in the CM field;
Provides basic information (duties, daily routine, skills, qualities, pay, advantages, disadvantages and/or challenges), though some information can be irrelevant to the job. States the option to develop the study and provides some relevant interview data (for option 1) or some relevant sources – referencing follows Harvard style, but with some errors and/or inconsistencies (for option 2);
States the job title that can be recognised in the CM field;
Provides basic relevant information (duties, daily routine, skills, qualities, pay, advantages, disadvantages and/or challenges. States the option to develop the study and provides adequate interview data (for option 1) or a large number of sources (for option 2), most of which are relevant, referencing mostly follows Harvard style both in-text and in the reference list, with only minor errors (for option 2);
Clearly states the job title that is highly recognised in the CM field;
Provides comprehensive information (duties, daily routine, skills, qualities, pay, advantages, disadvantages and/or challenges. States the option to develop the study and provides comprehensive interview data (for option 1) or a variety of sources (for option 2) that are highly relevant and informative, referencing consistently follows Harvard style both in-text and in the reference list (for option 2);
Clearly and accurately states the job title;
Provides succinct information (duties, daily routine, skills, qualities, pay, advantages, disadvantages and/or challenges.
5 marks 0-2 marks 2.5 marks 3-3.5 marks 4 marks 4.5-5 marks
Reflections on the identified role Limited reflections on the job; fail to address the suggested questions; reflections are impersonal Some reflections on the job that aim to address most of the suggested questions, though some information can be irrelevant, missing, or lack in details;
Attempts to make reflections personal, though your own career trajectory is hard to be identified. Adequate reflections on the job that address the suggested questions, though some information can be irrelevant or lack in details;
Reflections are mostly personal, with some reference to your own career trajectory. Comprehensive reflections on the job that clearly and concisely address all the suggested questions;
Reflections are personal that point to your own career trajectory. Insightful reflections on the job that clearly and concisely address all the suggested questions and beyond;
Reflections are highly personal, which clearly identify your own career trajectory.
5 marks 0-2 marks 2.5 marks 3-3.5 marks 4 marks 4.5-5 marks
Academic writing Academic writing style unacceptable.
Paragraphs poorly constructed / confusing. Purpose of paragraphs difficult to determine. Paragraphs have no clear point.
Non-conventional spelling, punctuation and grammar interfere with meaning Academic writing style needs improvement in some areas.
Paragraphs adequately constructed. Topic sentence to indicate purpose of paragraph sometimes missing and contents of paragraph sometimes relate remotely to the topic.
Frequent errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar but they do not interfere with Academic writing style generally acceptable.
Paragraphs mostly well- constructed, usually including topic sentence. Information in the paragraph sometimes varies from topic.
Some minor errors in spelling, punctuation, grammar and typos. Academic writing style mostly acceptable.
Paragraphs well-constructed, usually including topic sentence. Information in the paragraph all related to one topic.
Conventional spelling, grammar and punctuation, though with some typos. Academic writing style highly acceptable.
Paragraphs are consistently very well constructed with a topic sentence clearly signposting the content of the paragraph and information in the paragraph all related to the one topic.
Conventional spelling, grammar and punctuation.
3 marks 0-1 mark 1.5 marks 2 mark 2.5 marks 3 marks
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