Problem part one

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As part of your role at a local authority you have been asked to look at your own Personal Development Plan (PDP) and ensure that any objectives that have been set meet the criteria of being SMART objectives.

Your research should look into the following areas:

  • Research what the acronym SMART stands for
  • Find out why it is important to set SMART objectives in a personal development plan
  • Find out what can happen if objectives are not SMART
  • Research why setting goals using the SMART criteria is important


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This resource was created as part of Jisc funded project to create problem based learning resources for Business Administration level 2. These online resources will be designed to provide engaging practical application of theoretical concepts and legislative requirements, in a variety of work and study contexts.

The resources were written by staff from Business Administration tutors from Hopwood Hall College, and were developed by staff from the Educational Development Unit at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The materials have been released under a Creative Commons Attribution licence to encourage wider use and sharing.

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