1 | P a g e ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS Assessment Data Skills Portfolio Assessment code: 013b Academic Year: 2020/2021 Trimester: 1 Module Title: Data Skills Module Code: MOD006960_3 Level: 3 Module Leader: Austin Case Weighting: 13% Word Limit: 1000 This excludes bibliography and other items listed in rule 6.75 of the Academic Regulations: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs. pdf Assessed Learning Outcomes 1 – 4 Submission Deadline: This assignment must be received by no later than 14:00 on Tuesday, 15 December 2020 WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT: This assignment must be completed individually. Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work. Write your student ID number at the top of every page. Where the assignment comprises more than one task, all tasks must be submitted in a single document. You must number all pages. SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT: In order to achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that is submitted late – up to five working days after the published submission deadline – will be accepted and marked. However, the element of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%. 2 | P a g e Work cannot be submitted if the period of 5 working days after the deadline has passed (unless there is an approved extension). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that you have failed the assessment. Requests for short-term extensions will only be considered in the case of illness or other cause considered valid by the iCentre Adviser. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk. A request must normally be received and agreed by the iCentre Adviser in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. See rules 6.56- 6.65: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf Mitigation: The deadline for submission of mitigation in relation to this assignment is no later than five working days after the submission date of this work. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk See rules 6.103 – 6.132: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf 3 | P a g e ASSIGNMENT QUESTION Portfolio assignment NW Kent Group of Medical Practice operates three medical Centres in rural Kent – Kirkwood Medical Centre, Broadleaf Medical Centre, and Sycamore Medical Centre. Each medical centre has over 5,000 patients with Broadleaf being the largest with 9,500 patients. You are employed as the Practice Manager for the NW Kent Group of Medical Practice and as such attends the monthly management meetings of the partners. The NW Kent Group of Medical Practice is a partnership comprising of four doctors. Two of the partners practice medicine at Broadleaf Medical Centre, while Kirkwood and Sycamore Medical Centre has one partner each. At their last monthly meeting, the partners at NW Kent Group of Medical Practice expressed a desire to investigate an increase in the number of patients’ complaints levied against NW Kent Group of Medical Practice. You were asked to investigate the three medical centres to determine which of the three medical centres, if any, can be used as a model for the others. The results of which is hoped to be used to make positive changes within NW Kent Group of Medical Practice. To achieve this, you used a questionnaire to collect data during the two months ending August 2020. You also received data regarding complaints made by patients from each of the three medical centres. Task Examine the tables of data for the three medical centres. This data appears on the VLE in the folder marked “ASSIGNMENT – NW Kent Group of Medical Practice DATA.” The two data files consist of: 1. Medical Centre Data – Complaints Received. A spreadsheet that shows the number of complaints received at each medical centre. 2. Medical Centre Data – Patient Survey Results. A spreadsheet showing details from Patient Surveys run across the three medical centres taken in July and August 2020. You need to examine this data and then create a small data portfolio (no more than 1,000 words) that explains which medical centre you would recommend to be the model medical centre, and areas of best practice that can be used in redesigning the business model for NW Kent Group of Medical Practice. Using the data, create a briefing document that explains which medical centre is your preferred choice. 4 | P a g e You will want to think about the different things that you have learned on the module. Look back at different topics that you have covered and consider how you might apply those ideas to the data. Write the briefing document as though you are addressing the four partners: Dr James Dawkins Dr Michelle Francis Dr Stephen Greaves Dr Chloe Jackson You may use visual methods, such as creating graphs, charts or putting the data into different tables, to help to demonstrate your findings if you wish to (you may earn additional marks for use of tables, graphs and charts but it is possible to pass the assignment without doing so). If you use any textbooks or other sources to assist in making your arguments, you must indicate the source of the information in your writing. They key to scoring good marks in this assessment is looking at the numbers and explaining what they mean. To make comparisons more credible, use a common unit of measurement. NB: Numerical information given in tables is not included in the word count. 5 | P a g e ASSESSMENT GUIDANCE This assignment requires you to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the use of data to inform and to make decisions. You are required to convert primary data, also known as ‘raw data’, into useable units of measurement that will allow commonality for comparisons to take place. In your script, you need to use the data to analyse and compare each of the medical centres’ strengths and weaknesses and be able to express an opinion on areas working well and those that require management action. Your answer should seek to identify and explain how the data has informed your conclusions. Below, you will find guidance on what is expected of you in your submission. 6 | P a g e MARKING SCHEME Task 1 – Key Trends (20 marks) Look to identify key trends and patterns in the data. Task 2 – Visuals (15 marks) Produce visuals representations of the data, such as creating graphs, charts, and tables to help demonstrate your findings. Task 3 – Expand Data (20 marks) Expand on provided data and produce further comparative information. Using the data, analyse and discuss the findings by comparing trends and patterns from each of the medical centres. Task 4 – Best Practice (15 marks) Identify and discuss the best practices from each of the medical centres and show how these practices can improve the other medical centres. Task 5 – Management (20 marks) Identify and discuss key areas requiring management actions. Explain how these key areas may impact negatively on the business. Task 6 – Data Limitations (10 marks) Identify areas of data limitations – both in volume and collections – and state how data limitations may affect decision making.
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