The reflective journal is worth 55% of the full mark for this module. It is based on your attendance at tutorials in which you are expected to participate.
You will be writing a total of 5 journal entries, out of a possible 6 tutorial classes – which 5 you decide to reflect on is your choice.
The possible weeks you may choose to reflect on include week 3 (w/c 12th Oct), week 4 (w/c 19th Oct), week 5 (w/c 26th Oct), week 7 (w/c 9
th Nov), week
8 (w/c 16
th Nov) and week 9 (w/c 23rd Nov).
The journal format used is open to students to decide, however, example reflective journal templates are provided on KEATS for students to review and
consider. There are many suggested formats available for reflective journals – the onus is on students to do the reading provided (and to read more widely)
on reflective practice before choosing a format for their own reflective journals.
Basis of grading
Students are marked on a) attendance b) quality of reflections and c) ability to demonstrate engagement with literature/theory.
Attendance records are kept for the term. These are then checked against the journal to ensure that students are not fabricating journal entries for
sessions that they did not attend. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure that their name has been called on the register or that they have
signed the register, as appropriate.
b) Quality of reflections.
A tutorial is dedicated to this assignment and students are provided with reading on reflective practice, as well as some exemplar templates for
reflective journals. These are not exhaustive, so students should do wider reading in order to gain a complete understanding of the purpose of
reflective writing and how to ensure the highest quality when keeping a reflective journal. Where students show understanding of the purpose of
exercises for leadership, as well as personal engagement with the exercise, they will be awarded better grades. Students who demonstrate the
process of reflective practice through their journaling, will do well.
c) Ability to demonstrate engagement with literature/theory.
Students are expected to show that they have completed reading around the subject. Word limitations may mean that this is not possible for all
entries and in particularly great depth, but some indication of engagement with the literature is expected for good grades. Please include a
bibliography (this will not be included as part of the word count).
The overall word limit is 2,500 words. You are expected to adhere to this guideline and will be penalised for doing otherwise. The word limit on
individual journal entries is 500 words. Headings and references are not included in this word limit.