Information & Communication Technology

COIT20249 Assessment Details

Assessment item 2—Portfolios


Depends on each activity


This assignment is designed to encourage the development of professional skills through the completion of weekly activities relevant to the role of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professional. Please refer to the Unit Profile to see how this assessment item relates to the Unit Learning Outcomes.

These objectives will be measured by the ‘closeness of fit’ to meeting the assessment requirements and marking criteria.

General Assessment Criteria

Assessments provide the opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to achieve the required standard. To do this, assessment responses need to be both clear and easy to understand. If not, the University cannot determine that students have demonstrated their knowledge and skills. Assessments will, therefore, be marked accordingly including the potential for 0 (zero) marks where relevant.

Portfolio items 1 (PF1) and 2 (PF2) must focus on the topics given in the specifications for each item. Any assessment items outside the required topic may be awarded 0 (zero) marks. These Portfolio items must be submitted as per the requirements.

PF2 is focused on addressing requirements of the Report (Assessment 3). The intent of PF3 is to provide you with constructive feedback to help you successfully complete the Report. Therefore PF2 must focus on the case study scenario given in the Report Assessment Specification (Assessment 3) or you may be awarded 0 (zero) marks and receive minimal feedback.

If you use Track Changes when writing PF1 or PF2 you must ensure that the submitted document is the final and correct version of the document. That is, if your PF1 or PF2 submissions contains Track Changes or Comments or any other editing marks that impact on the marking process, your submission  may be awarded 0 (zero) marks. It is your responsibility to submit the final and correct version of all your written submissions.

Portfolio item 3 (PF3) consists of three on-line Quizzes identified as PF3A, PF3B and PF3C. You will get one (1) chance only to complete each of them. They must be completed before the due date and time. Owing to the nature of quizzes individual extensions are not possible.

Formatting and Structure:

Written submissions for PF1 and PF2 should demonstrate a logical flow of discussion, and be free from typographical, spelling and grammatical errors. They should be prepared in MS-Word (or equivalent) using 12 point font (Times New Roman), 1.5 line spacing and have margins of 2.54 cm. Each assessment should address the specific requirements outlined in this document.

Students may use separate title/cover pages for each written submission. Cover/title pages are not considered as a part of the length.

Academic Integrity

Please note that students may be required to provide proof that they completed the assessment themselves.

All assignments will be checked for plagiarism (material copied from other students and/or material copied from other sources) using TurnItIn. If you are found to have plagiarized material or if you have used someone else’s words without appropriate referencing, you will be penalised for plagiarism which could result in zero marks for the whole assignment. In some circumstances a more severe penalty may be imposed. Useful information about academic integrity (avoiding plagiarism) can be found at the following location:

The University’s Academic Misconduct Procedure is available in the policy portal

CQUniversity referencing guides

Guidelines with respect to self-referencing are available in Week 5 of the COIT20249 Moodle Unit website.

Submission requirements

PF1 and PF2 are to be uploaded to Moodle. The submission links can be accessed through the Assessment block on the Moodle Unit website.

PF3 (three online quizzes with different deadlines) need to be completed in Moodle. The submission/quiz links can be accessed through the Assessment block on the Moodle Unit website.

For PF1 and PF2, the uploaded documents must be fully submitted for grading purposes. That is, the assignment status should be ‘Submitted for grading’.

When uploading PF1 you can fully submit it for grading purposes or it can be uploaded as a draft before the due date and time, unless there is an approved extension. At the due date and time Moodle will auto-submit any submissions that are in draft status. Students should not leave drafts on Moodle before the submission deadline if they are not ready for the assessment to be submitted through the auto-submission process. Be aware that any late submissions could attract late penalties.

If your PF1 is uploaded after the original due date and time OR you have been granted an extension by the Unit Coordinator you must manually submit PA1 by completing the submission process until the assessment status is ‘Submitted for grading’.

PF2 must be fully submitted for grading during the workshop in Week 7 when the local lecturer instructs you to submit (internal students). Distance students must manually submit PF2 at the end of their allocated completion time. The Unit Coordinator will advise them of the submission time. Do NOT leave any draft PF2s in Moodle. Only fully submitted assessments will be regarded as proof of completion of PF2 DURING CLASS TIME. Unless a PF2 is ‘Submitted for grading’ during class time, it will NOT be marked nor will feedback be provided.

Assessments left as drafts on Moodle after the deadlines accrue late penalties (does NOT apply to PF2 which must be submitted in class). Late submissions attract penalties at 5% per day of the total available mark for the individual assessment item. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure – Higher Education Coursework in the policy portal

PF1 files that are auto-submitted will not be reverted to draft status except in extenuating circumstances, and may attract late penalties. Students need to request a reversion to draft from the Unit Coordinator and will need to provide evidence to support their request. Any assessments downloaded for marking cannot be reverted to draft as the marking process will have commenced.

PF2 assessments MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR GRADING in class time when directed by the local lecturer. Owing to the nature of this in-class assessment LATE submissions WILL NOT be marked nor can submissions be reverted to draft. See PF2 specifications for further details.

Distance students must submit PF2 files for marking when directed by the Unit Coordinator.

Further details on completing the submission process are available via the ‘Moodle Help for Students’ link in the Support block of your Moodle pages.

Portfolio Items (Individual Assessments)

Portfolio 1 – PF1 (10 marks)

This assessment will be discussed in Week 3 to be submitted in Week 4.

Please Note: Moodle uses AEST time. That is, if you live outside Queensland you will have to adjust the time for final submission (due date and time).

Description: This assignment aims to develop awareness among students of becoming a lifelong learner. Students need to use the ARE process in this assignment. Students also require to write a reflective analysis on their experience of doing this task.


1.  To succeed in an ever changing ICT profession, it is very important to become a lifelong learner. Do some background research, evaluate the information and write about your understanding on being a lifelong learner and why it is important for ICT professional (write with an example).

2.   Analyze the information you gathered in step 1, do some further research, evaluate the information and write in your own words how you can become an effective lifelong learner (include your plan for that).

3.    Write your reflection on this task. Your reflection should include the followings:

a.     Briefly describe how you did the task (about the process).

b.    Evaluate and write a brief description of your experience of doing this task. Was this task easy or hard? Justify your answer briefly (your justification may include if your past knowledge helped you doing this task or if it was a total new experience for you).

c.     Analyze critically and explain what have you learnt from this task? If you think you did not learn anything then give reason why you think so?

d.    How this experience will help you in the future? If you think that this experience will not help you in the future, then provide your reasoning for that as well.

Submission details:

1.    Submit the MS-Word file to Moodle.

2.    You should use the Unit and ALC materials from Weeks 1, 2 and 3 as relevant to get the skills needed for this assessment.

3.    The entire Word file must be able to be processed in Turnitin – that is, it must contain text and NOT images.

4.    Total Word count should be around 500 words +/-10%. Any coversheet you provide is not included in the word count.

5.    Check spelling/grammar/structure of your submission.

6.    You do not need to provide any references.

7.    Please Note: Moodle uses AEST time. That is, if you live outside Queensland you will have to adjust the time for final submission (due date and time).

Portfolio 2 – PF2 (15 marks)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: This activity MUST be completed as an in-class assessment in Week 7 for internally enrolled students. The Unit Coordinator will contact Distance students to organise completion of the activity in Week 7. Internal students are expected to arrive on time AND be present in class for the WHOLE workshop. Latecomers may be barred from entry as late arrivals could disturb the other students who are completing the assessment. People who disturb other students may also be asked to leave. This activity will be completed under conditions similar to those applied during exams.

This assessment activity must be completed and submitted by internal students during the class in Week 7. Any students who cannot attend their workshop (in-class or online as scheduled by your local lecturer) will receive zero (0) marks. Please note that in line with the University’s Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework), work, other assessments or family commitments will not be an acceptable reason for being late or missing the class. Distance students also must plan for completing this assessment in Week 7. You will have to provide acceptable evidence if there is an unavoidable reason why you cannot complete in Week 7. All students must be aware that you may not receive timely feedback for the Report if you do not complete this activity in Week 7.


By now you should start organising your ideas and arguments for the Report (Assessment item 3). To ensure that you submit the best Report possible, it is important that you seek constructive feedback from your local lecturer. PF2 requires you to demonstrate your understanding of the report case study requirements and the type of information you need to gather through the research process. This will be marked and returned to you in time for you to use the feedback to improve your Report.

You must not use any pre-prepared materials for this assessment as that will breach the requirements for an in-class assessment. Your local lecturer will provide further details. You will be provided a template to complete the assessment. Internal students must upload and submit this assessment during the class when directed the local lecturer and or supervisor of the test. Distance students must complete the submission at a time advised by the Unit Coordinator. Any assessments which are not submitted for grading as directed will not be marked as late submissions cannot be accepted.

There are three parts to PF2:

1.    There will be two random questions about the report case study for the current term.

2.    In Week 6 you will be provided with details of two references relevant to the technology topic covered in the report. You are expected to read and understand the contents of those references before coming to the Week 7 workshop. You need to review and evaluate those references using the Triple R framework and the Annotated Bibliographies work covered in Weeks 2 and 3 of the Term. There will be random questions from the materials provided.

3.    The final question requires you to paraphrase a short paragraph from a provided reference. You will be provided with a particular paragraph and you will have to paraphrase it during the time you complete PF2 in class. The paragraph should be paraphrased and structured according to the paraphrasing and paragraph structuring guidelines covered in ALC sessions.

PF2 responses for section 1 and 2 must relate to the case study described in the Report Assessment Specification (Assessment 3) and the provided references. Section 3 must focus on the given paragraph
– random selection. Otherwise, these sections will receive a 0 mark and no feedback.

Marking Criteria (Total 15 marks)

·    Brief Analysis of the Report Case Study (Assessment 3 Specification) as set out in part 1 (5 marks).

·    Review and evaluate two references as set out in part 2 of requirements above, using the Triple R framework and/or Annotated Bibliographies framework (5 marks).

·    Paraphrase a paragraph as given in Part 3 of Requirements (5 marks).

Portfolio 3 – PF3


Portfolio 3 (PF3) consists of three online Quizzes with Multiple Choice Questions. These quizzes are scheduled for completion in Weeks 5, 9 and on Monday after Week 12. These quizzes test various skills and knowledge covered during the term, including weekly topics, scheduled class activities and also ALC embedded sessions.

It is highly recommended that students attend all workshops and review all relevant materials before attempting each quiz.

The total mark for Portfolio 3 is 15 marks while each quiz is worth 5 marks. Check the deadline for each quiz on Moodle.

·    PF3A – deadline in Week 5, covers materials from Week 1 to 4.
·    PF3B – deadline in Week 9, covers materials from Week 5 – 8.
·    PF3C – deadline on Monday after Week 12, covers materials from Week 9 – 12.

Each quiz will consist of 10 random questions (Multiple Choice) from the Weeks covered above. You will get 45 minutes to complete each quiz.

You do not have to complete the quizzes in class but it is your responsibility to complete on time.

Note you will have one (1) attempt only to complete this quiz.

You are strongly urged to complete each quiz well before the due date and time. It is not possible to provide individual extensions for online quizzes for any reason including technical problems that are beyond your control.

Save your responses as you keep working. Avoid losing your work. TaSAC has advised that students should use two different browsers if you are referring to the Unit materials while completing the quiz. This will help reducing the risks of losing your work that may occur if a technology issues occurs during the checking the unit materials.

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