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BUMGT5970 Leadership
Assessment 3 –
Leadership Journey – Reflective Journal and Report
This document contains the details for Assessment 3 for BUMGT5970 Leadership. Included are aspects such as:
• The assessment overview and report structure;
• How the assessment is to be formatted; and
• How it will be assessed by using an Assessment Criteria Sheet.
You should read this along with the Course Description, which includes information on due dates, submission, etc. If you are not clear on any aspect, please speak with your lecturer who will be happy to answer your questions.
Overview of the Assignment
You are required to demonstrate your ability to critically reflect on your leadership skills across various settings, comparing and contrasting with theories and materials we have looked at throughout the course.
You are required to keep a journal over the course of the semester that outlines how your understanding of the topic of leaders and leadership has been shaped by your participation in the course.
Then, you will reflect on these weekly journal entries and write up a 1500 word report that describes your growth, or journey, showing how your reading, participation in class activities and reflection have shaped your view of what leadership is and isn’t. It can incorporate any reflections you may have noted during, or following, a class.
You will need to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the ways in which reflection is defined and understood academically
2. Describe how the various class activities have shaped your understanding of yourself and others and the effect this is having on your capacity to lead, as well as to follow.
3. You must in some way connect or relate your reflection to the readings assigned throughout the course. You must reference at least 10 academic articles as well as making use of the textbooks on the topic of leadership. These references must be cited correctly.
4. Describe other experiences that you consider relevant to describing how your thoughts, ideas and views of leading and leadership have emerged, or remained constant, for example, any work place experience such as a restructure, change of manager, or significant change that affected your employer, or your employment, or your life circumstances generally.
Why is reflection important?
Effective leadership is central to leading and managing an organisation at all levels. Reflection is increasingly being recognised as an important tool to “cultivate on-the-job learning conditions” (Seibert 1999, p.201).
Reflection is a critical aspect of an authentic learning environment (Herrington, 2012; Herrington, Reeves, & Oliver, 2010; Lombardi, 2007).
General Formatting Requirements for the Report
For those students who are unfamiliar or do not feel confident with academic writing, there are many sources on the Federation University and Library websites. The formatting of assignments should adhere to the following requirements:
• Report format
• Follow the headings outlined under the Assignment Instructions section
• Use a report Title page containing all of the relevant information
• Correct page numbering (e.g., the Cover Page is not numbered, the number format for the Executive Summary and the Table of Contents is i, ii, etc. The body of the report starting with the Introduction is numbered 1, 2, 3, etc.)
• FOR THE SAKE OF THIS REFLECTIVE REPORT – you may write in first person, your writing should still be academic in nature
• Proof-read before submission for spelling, grammatical and logic errors
• Fonts should be plain and easy to read (e.g., Tahoma, Arial, Times New Roman)
• Font size is typically between 10 and 12 for the body of the assignment
• Paragraphs are to be fully justified
• Paragraph spacing typically uses one space before and after a paragraph
• Any tables and diagrams used should be labelled (they do not form part of the word count)
• APA referencing style to be used (information on this can be found at the following link: http://federation.edu.au/current-students/learning-and-study/online-help-with/referencing)
Assessment Criteria Sheet
BUMKT5902 Marketing Management
Assessment 3 – Leadership Journey – Reflective Journal and Report – Rubric (page 1)
Criteria Weight F (0-49) P (50-59) C (60-69) D (70-79) HD (80+)
Executive
Summary 10% The executive summary has not been included, is not of sufficient length and/or does not cover the critical elements of the personal reflection. The executive summary communicates very few of the critical elements of the marketing report so that it reads as a stand-alone document. The length of the executive summary may not be adequate. The executive summary communicates some of the critical elements of the personal reflection so that it reads as a stand-alone document. The length of the executive summary is suitable, but could be more detailed. The executive summary communicates most of the critical elements of the personal reflection so that it reads as a stand-alone document. The length of the executive summary is adequate. The executive summary clearly communicates the critical elements of the personal reflection so that it reads as a stand-alone document. The length of the executive summary is sufficient (1 page max).
Self reflection of leadership understanding and application 20% Very little or no
Demonstrates reflection and analysis of current situation. Adequate attempts have been made to reflect and analyse current situation. Demonstrates good level of ability to reflect and analyse current situation. Demonstrates focused and insightful reflection and analysis of current situation. Demonstrates clear, focused and highly insightful reflection and analysis of current situation
Selfawareness of leadership strengths and weakenesses 20% Little knowledge and self awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses. An adequate level of knowledge and self awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, with some general ideas to maximise and/or address these as necessary. A good level of knowledge and self awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, with strategies to maximise and/or address these as necessary. A high level of knowledge and self awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, with strategies to maximise or address these as necessary. In-depth knowledge and self awareness of personal strengths and weaknesses, with justified strategies to maximise or address these as necessary.
Assessment Criteria Sheet
BUMKT5902 Marketing Management
Assessment 3 – Leadership Journey – Reflective Journal and Report – Rubric (page 2)
Criteria Weight F (0-49) P (50-59) C (60-69) D (70-79) HD (80+)
Integrates theory with practical experience of leadership 30% Utilises little, if any, current, appropriate and credible sources which provide little, if any, support to the student's argument throughout. Utilises some current, appropriate and/or credible sources which provide some support to the student's argument in parts. Utilises mostly current, appropriate and credible sources which at times support the student's argument. Utilises a range of current, appropriate and credible sources which mostly support the student's argument throughout. Utilises a range of current, appropriate and credible sources which strongly support the student's argument throughout.
Written communication 10% Quality of writing is at a poor standard (i.e., paragraphs poorly structured or absent and are not linked). Many spelling mistakes. Little or no evidence of proof reading. Writing of adequate standard, with inconsistencies throughout. Some problems with sentence structure and presentation (i.e., frequent inconsistencies from one paragraph to the next, introduction and conclusion provided although lacks detail and/or reflects information irrelevant to the actual document). Frequent grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. Use of inappropriate language. Writing is of a good standard (i.e., some guidance to the document however some minor
inconsistencies in relation to introductory and concluding sections, attempts to compose clear paragraphs follow a logical flow in most parts. Some grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. Writing is of a high standard (i.e., a mostly well thought-out structure, including introductory and concluding sections, clear paragraphs and attempts to link these throughout). Occasional grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes. Writing at a very high standard (i.e., clear structure to the document including introductory and concluding sections, clear, cohesive and linked paragraphs, concluding summary is clear and concise). Correct grammar, spelling and punctuation throughout.
Referencing 10% Utilises little, if any, current, appropriate and credible sources which provide little, if any, support to the student's argument throughout. Utilises some current, appropriate and/or credible sources which provide some support to the student's argument in parts. Utilises mostly current, appropriate and credible sources which at times support the student's argument. Utilises a range of current, appropriate and credible sources which mostly support the student's argument throughout. Utilises a range of current, appropriate and credible sources which strongly support the student's argument throughout.
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