ACC00207-2019-S3 Reflective Learning Journal
Reflection is an important process for learning. It will allow you
to engage with the material taught and to figure out what this
means to you now and what it might mean In the future.
Here are some commonly used definitions of reflection:
-Reflection is an important human activity in which people
recapture their experience, think about it, mull over & evaluate
it. It is this working with experience that is important in
learning.- (Boud et al. 1985, p. 43)
-Reflection is a deliberate and conscientious process that
employs a person's cognitive, emotional and somatic capacities
to mindfully contemplate on past, present or future (intended or
planned) actions in order to learn, better understand and
potentially improve future actions.- (Harvey, Coulson &
McMaugh, 2016, p.9).
In your Reflective Journal, every week (from week 2 to 6) you
should write about your learnmg for this unit. Reflecting is more
than just writing down -WHAT- was taught or -WHAT- you
learnt. It's about analysing what you have learnt from different
perspectives, what does this mean to you. Are there concepts
you found particularly challenging and Why? What can you do
to become more comfortable with the challenging concepts? Are
there concepts that you feel you will apply in your workplace or
in further learning?
Reflective Learning Journal Brief:
The aim of this reflective learning journal is to record and
analyse your learning experience in this unit. In your journal you
will need to document your thoughts and provide information
regarding what you are learning, how you are learning and your
reflections on what you have learned regarding accounting
concepts and principles.
You must complete the following:
Reflective Learning Journal
24 January 11pm (Turnitin submission)
• Word limit should be within the range of 10% either side of
the limit. A loss of of the total marks will apply if you
do not follow this instruction.
• Referencing: If there are any references used, they should
follow Harvard Referencing Style.
• Before you submit, make sure you have followed the rules
of Academic Integrity (available on Blackboard) to ensure
you are submitting your own work.
• Submission of Reflective Learning Journal:
o Please submit your reflective learning journal online
through the link for Turnitin assignment submission
provided on the Blackboard site.
o You must use the electronic Assignment Cover Sheet
provided, fill in details and then make this sheet the
first page of your assignment. Do not send it as a
o The file name should include (in order) your surname,
first name and your student number. For example
'Smith, D 1235456'.
o Your assignment needs to be submitted as a Word
document (type .docx) or pdf file.
The expectations/assessment criteria for your Reflective
Learning Journal include the following:
You need to demonstrate critical engagement with the subject
matter throughout weeks 2 — 6 (Topics 2-5) including (but
not limited to):
• Building up an accounting glossary or list of terms used in
this unit and providing explanations of accounting
concepts m your own words.
• Accumulating a list of definitions, equations, formulas etc.
that need to be memorised and being aware of which will
be helpful when recording day-to-day business operations.
• Preparing a summary of the knowledge and skills you are
developing from topic to topic, demonstrating a degree of
synthesis and integration rather than being just a list of
• Showing evidence of learning activities undertaken,
demonstrating the application of accounting principles to
practice and/or reinforcement of technical skills.
You should demonstrate active engagement In your learning
experiences. This can include - self-evaluation of
progressive assessment tasks completed, how you feel you
could have improved your results in quizzes, and in the self-
test questions, and how you plan to make best use of
feedback provided for future practices.
You can make meaningful reflections on your progressive
learning experience, showing how the results of your
reflection on learning in earlier topics improved your
learning in later topics. Self-evaluation allows you the
opportunity to reflect and comment on the way you
approach assessments, such as quizzes and is a critical part
of your learning journey.
Your thoughts and comments need to be integrated, and
should be expressed clearly and concisely.
Content you should include in the Reflective Learning
You should cover the content introduced in learning materials of
topics 2 — 5 during weeks 2 — 6 of the study period.
The topics that you will cover in your Reflective Learning
Journal will include, but should not be limited to - pricing
decisions, operational budgeting, inventory management, cash
budgeting and fraud management and budget variances
You do not need to cover all topics listed above. However, make
sure your Reflective Learning
Journal meets the four expectations/assessment criteria listed
Helpful thought provoking questions
The following is a list of thought questions that may help you to
address the required areas as you develop your reflective
• What am I learning in this unit and why am I learning it?
• How am I learning in this unit and how am I using what I
• What are my priorities and challenges as a learner in this
• How can I overcome my learning weaknesses and build on
my strengths in this unit?
• What different skills you needed for different components of
my learning in accounting?
• How can I use the feedback from my assessment tasks to
improve my learning?
• How are different parts of my learning connected?
• How is my learning in this topic affected by my learning (or
lack of learning) in earlier topics?
• How well am I achieving my goals in accounting? How can
I improve my learning process?
• How are my attitudes and ideas changing through the
• What are my strategies for achieving my goals and
ambitions, and for overcoming my identified weaknesses in
learning this unit?