Assessment 1 Individual Portfolio 2

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Assessment 1 Individual Portfolio 2

Preparing Assessment 1 (Individual Portfolio – Part 2)

The purpose of this assessment is for all students to complete three conversations with people on the problem space their team has chosen.


There is no set structure for these conversations; however, you may find the following general advice useful.

  1. The team needs to settle on a problem before commencing conversation, as you need to have clarity around what you are all asking people about.
  2. Conversations should be completed in a public space around campus. Please be courteous to potential interviewees. It is important that you explain to them why you are asking them questions. If they do not wish to be involved thank them for their time and move on.
  3. When talking to people it is also important that they are under no pressure to answer your questions. Also please do not ask them for any personally identifying information.
  4. If someone says part way through the conversation that they don’t wish to proceed or can’t answer a question that is fine. If this happens you may wish to complete another interview in its place.
  5. You are not allowed to talk people from within your own team, however, you can talk to people that are in your tutorial class or the wider subject if appropriate. Assessment 1 Individual Portfolio 2
  6. I would suggest that you aim to make each conversation no more than about 5 mins in length (it’s fine if they go longer). You are not aiming to discover everything about them. Rather think very carefully about why you are talking to them:
  • Only collect socio-demographic data (e.g. age, gender, country of origin, degree enrolled in etc.) if it is information you need to interpret their other responses.
  • Think carefully as a team what type of people could be useful to talk to. Make sure that every team member doesn’t talk to exactly the same people.
  • In every conversation it is important that you open with a simple question about the problem that is easy for them to answer. This will get them into the headspace for the discussion. After this have a selection of main questions, and then at the very end have one or two relevant socio-demographic questions.
  • Always think carefully, does my interviewee have the ability or knowledge to answer a question. This may seem obvious, but so many people ask questions without thinking about if it is appropriate.
  • Don’t ask them questions that are obvious or they have already answered. Sometimes people will give you information about themselves at the beginning when you first approach them. Don’t ask them again for this information later in the interview.
  • If they say something that you don’t understand or perhaps had never thought of, don’t be afraid to ask them unplanned follow-up questions. It is important that the interviewee guides you.

7. Remember to think carefully how you will record the information. Sometimes you may wish to make your own notes (or have a team mate take notes). Other times it may be best to record on your phone. If you do record on your phone it is important that you get the approval of the interviewee. They may not wish to be recorded.

  • It is possible that you will learn that your team has totally the wrong perspective on the problem
  • To get good insights you and your team must be clear on a) What the problem is? b) What the interviewee’s relationship to the problem is? c) How the interviewee’s responses relate to other information you have on the problem.

General Information

  • Word length is 750 as per the student guide. It is not an essay. The list of questions you provide of the conversations in an appendix at the end does not count towards the word length.
  • A marking rubric is available on UTS Online
  • You’ll notice that one of the marking criteria requires a Selfie of you with the interviewee. It is possible that some people may refuse to have a Selfie taken (this is absolutely fine). You may need to do more than 3 conversations to get the three selfie. If you do, that just means more information that the team can draw on later.




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