SUCCEED e EXCEL
Management and Organisation Behaviour BM01102
First Reflective Journal
PREPARED BY: Alan McWilliams
First Reflective Journal
This assessment task accounts for the following proportion of marks for this unit
LEARNING OUTCOMES BEING ASSESSED
1. Critically analyse management practices in the Australasian context.
2. Understand 5. Develop skills and knowledge organisational behaviour and management theory.
3. Critically analyse the underlying values of these theories. 4. Demonstrate knowledge of management theories and evaluate their impact on practical management decision making in the Australasian context
4. with regard to individual and group behaviour in the context of organisations and their environment.
(See the unit of study guide for the full list of learning outcomes for BMOI 102).
Reflections must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document file via the VU Collaborate Assignment Submission process. The file name for your essay must be in the format of Family Name Student ID Assignment.
For example: McWilliams s1234567_First_Reflective_Journal.
Reports submitted with any other file name format will not be accepted.
In Class, Week 2, Session 5
First Reflective Journal
400 - 500 words
Instructions for the First Reflective Journal:
When you started your degree you prepared a Student Success Plan as part of your enrolment. Your Student Success Plan included a number of questions about the career you intend to pursue after graduation. Now that you have been at university for some time and have completed several units of study your plans and expectations may have changed - or they may have stayed the same.
This assignment requires you to reflect on how your Fist Year University studies have affected the career plans that you had when you wrote your Student Success Plan.
Reflections are intended to assist you in articulating and strengthening your understanding of the learning activities covered in class. You are not to merely describe the activity or experience. You must carefully reference your work using the Harvard Referencing System.
Each Reflective Journal entry must include a minimum of 3 References. If you do not include any references in your reflections, your work will be marked to no more than a pass level only.
Below is a suggested format for writing your reflective journal.
REFLECTIVE WRITING: DIEP
Reflective writing aims to help you to organise your thoughts about your learning experiences. The approach in BMOI 102 for reflective writing is to use a DIEP model (adapted from Boud, D 1985, Reflection: Turning Experience into Learning).
The DIEP model
The four steps in this approach are to describe, interpret, evaluate and plan.
D - Describe objectively your experience of what happened.
Answer the question: 'What did I do, read, see, hear, etc?' I - Interpret the events.
Consider why events happened in the way they did. Explain:
what you saw and heard your new insights your connections with other learning your feelings your hypotheses and/or conclusions
Answer the question: 'what might this mean?'
E - Evaluate the effectiveness and usefulness of the experience
Make judgements that are clearly connected to observations you have made. Answer the questions:
What is my opinion about this experience?
What is the value of this experience? Why do I think this?
P - Plan how this information will be useful to you.
Consider: In what ways might this learning experience serve me in my:
subject course future career life generally
Answer the question: 'How will I transfer or apply my new knowledge and insights in the
DIEP strategy for writing a reflection
In your entries you should attempt to:
analyse your own performance as a learner evaluate what improvements you made in understanding and completing tasks say how you feel about your learning make connections with other experiences and ideas demonstrate transfer of learning integrate the concepts taught in other subjects (including the literature where relevant)
Adapted from Turner, K, et al. (2008), p. 93, Assessment of Critical Reflection Writing
Non Reflectors: A very descriptive report on what is/was happening and/or the content, rather than revisiting the material; impersonal account where ideas are substantiated only with reference to other writers and not with personal experiences; and tends to use simple logic, such as if this... then that.
Reflectors: Identify relationships between prior knowledge and feelings about new material; are able to modify the well-known to suit new situations; arrive at insights, possibly some are original but do not demonstrate the validation of assumptions or of making knowledge their own.
Critical reflectors: Always return to experience in discussion; attempt to continually examine experience and self in a critical manner; pursue alternative views and possibilities; draw on a number of resources; are courageous in trying out new ideas are amenable to change; and do not take things for granted but deliberately test proposition.
Source: ECU, 2009, BES1200 Business Knowledge Development, Semester 1, 2009, Business Edge, Perth
The following is a writing strategy for reflective journal entries in four paragraphs.
D — Paragraph 1, Describe objectively what happened
Give the details of what happened. Answer the question: 'What did I do, read, see, hear?'
I — Paragraph 2, Interpret the events
Explain your learning: new insights, connections with other learning, your feelings, hypotheses, conclusions. Answer the questions: 'What was the reason I did this activity?' 'What might it mean?'
E — Paragraph 3, Evaluate what you learned
Make judgments connected to observations you have made. Answer the question: 'How was this useful?'
P — Paragraph 4, Plan how this learning will be applied
Comment on its relevance to your course, program, future profession, life... Answer the question: 'How might this learning apply in my future?'
BMOI 102 Mgmt and Org Behaviour Reflective Journal Assessment Criteria Grid and Feedback Sheet
Content HD+ HD c N- Low
Reflect on how your Fist Year University studies have affected the career plans that you had when you wrote your
Plan All aspects this criteria done to the highest standard, excellent and interesting reflection. Reflected to a very high standard, excellent work.
Very good understanding and explanation of career expectations and link to the units studied in First Year. Good understanding and explanation of career expectations and link to the units studied in First A basic understanding and explanation of career expectations and loose linkage to the goals of the units studied in First Year. Has not shown an acceptable level of understanding or explanation of how career expectations link to the units studied in First Year This section of the reflection has a high similarity index, contact your lecturer. You may have an opportunity to re-submit but only to a maximum of a pass. The lecturer will indicate which areas need addressing.
DIEP HD+ HD C p N- Low
Has used DIEP in reflective writing format. All aspects this criteria done to the highest standard. Excellent example of reflective writing. Good use of DIE-P. All four sections used. Good use of
DIEP but with some limitations. All sections of DIEP mentioned but to a basic Limited use of DIEP, major weakness in reflective writing.
This section of the reflection has a high similarity index, contact your lecturer. You may have an opportunity to re-submit but only to a maximum of a pass. The lecturer will indicate which areas need addressin
Referencing HD+ HD D C p N- Low
Harvard Harvard system used perfectly with no errors. Harvard system used with fewer than 5 minor Harvard system used with fewer than 10 minor Harvard system used with fewer than 15 minor Harvard system used with more than 15 minor Harvard system not used, not used Harvard system not used — no
Referencing System errors (e.g. punctuation, abbreviations). errors (e.g. punctuation, abbreviations). errors (e.g. punctuation, abbreviations). errors (e.g. punctuation, abbreviations, author date order). consistently and/or with many serious errors systematic referencing
Writing HD+ HD c p N- Low
Reflection was clear and concise. Spelling and grammar both correct. Very clearly written with no spelling or grammatical errors.
Sophisticated used of English expression. Very clearly written with no spelling or grammatical errOrS.
Very clearly written with few spelling and grammatical errors. Good refelctions with few spelling and grammar errors, look to edit further to improve your work. Reflections are provided but lack clarity. Several examples of poor spelling and grammatical errors.
Reflections are not considered first year university level. There are some weaknesses with spelling, grammar and structure. This section of the reflection has a high similarity index, contact your lecturer. You may have an opportunity to re-submit but only to a maximum of a pass. The lecturer will indicate which areas need addressing.