10. Reflective practice for business assignments


Reflective practice for your business studies

On your new module- B(ZX)628, each of the two assignments asks you to provide a report and a 600-word 'Statement on practice' which is based on two of the activity outputs in the module. This Unit  will examine what you have to do in some detail for this reflective statement and make suggestions on how to approach writing it to meet the assignment requirements..

The statement on practice is based on your learning from the module so it offers you an opportunity to demonstrate new knowledge and your ability to be reflective on your learning. The statement accounts for 20 marks or 20% of the marks for each assignment so it is important to consider how you will use your 600 words carefully.

This is a short  extract from this year's presentation of B(ZX) 628 Assessment Booklet explaining what you need to do for the Statement on practice. (Please note that these booklets are updated regularly so this may change slightly in each presentation and could be different in your module. Please read your module's specific Assessment booklet thoroughly when you start the module.)

The statement should describe how your practices have changed or will change in two areas of management and/or how you have developed personally and professionally as a result of studying the module.

The tutor will give you marks allocated to four components on the statement:

  1. Understanding/analysis of the changes in practice that have occurred or will occur and their impacts; and/or of changes in knowledge and attitudes that led or will lead to changes in practice and skills

    (5 marks)

  2. Understanding and application of relevant module concepts and, where appropriate, module themes; where relevant, how the changes were implemented or will be implemented using SMART proposals and implications (5 marks)

  3. Use of critical thinking and reflection, creativity of analysis, personal insights (5 marks)

  4. Effective communication including clarity; the use of management concepts and vocabulary; the structure of the statement; use of relevant diagrams where appropriate; and use of academic referencing (5 marks)

This later extract from the guidance notes includes the following advice on how to use reflection in the statement.

An important requirement for the Statement on practice is the use of critical thinking and reflection. Marks are awarded for evidence of critical thinking and reflection to encourage you to question what you may take for granted. This is designed to help you to develop your management practices.

You can apply critical thinking and reflection by intentionally and systematically questioning your practices and attitudes. However, when writing your Statement on practice, in order to keep within the word count you will have space only to report the results of your critical thinking and reflection - the insights you gained- rather than to explain the process.

This final extract explains the steps you may wish to take to write the Statement on practice for TMA 01 and TMA 02. I have added the bold.

To write the Statement on practice follow the steps set out below.

  1. Identify the management areas under consideration - your previous practices, knowledge, attitudes and skills in those areas.
  2. Set out the changes in your attitudes, skills and practices, making it clear how the newly developed ones differ from your previous ones.
  3. Provide reasons for the changes and relate these reasons and the changes to module concepts and to activities included in Part 2. In the case of intended changes to practices and skills, propose how you will change/acquire them, using SMART objectives.
  4. Say what the impact of these changes/intended changes is or what you hope or expect the impact to be. This should include the impact on yourself and others.

Notice how the Statement is encouraging you to compare and contrast your past management practice with your new practice (as a result of learning from the course). You have to comment on two areas of management which you have developed as a result of studying the module. Note that you need to focus on reflection and insights gained rather than description. As you have only 600 words (and academic references), the plan might look something like this

Statement on Practice

Paragraph 1 Introduction to the statement: The two areas of management to be discussed (including the number and title of the two activities you have chosen) and why you have chosen these two specifically.

Paragraph 2 Management area one: What changes to your personal management style have you changed and why? What are your reflections and insights into your new approach? Which theories are relevant (remember to cite references and add the full reference to your list at the end of the statement) and add a diagram if relevant? What impact have you had/do you hope to have? What might be your SMART objective for future action?

Paragraph 3 Management area two: What changes to your personal management style have you changed and why? What are your reflections and insights into your new approach? Which theories are relevant (remember to cite references and add the full reference to your list at the end of the statement) and add a diagram if relevant? What impact have you had/do you hope to have? What might be your SMART objective for future action?

Paragraph 4 Conclusion: What have you learned after some reflection? What will you differently as a result of your reflection?

References (Remember to always include academic references to your statements)


Activity 10.1 Practise a short Statement on practice on this short course

Thinking about the previous units in this short course on how to approach reflective writing, consider how you can write a short Statement on Practice on the management skill of Reflective practice.Choose one (or two if you have time) key area(s) of learning that you have found useful from this short course and prepare a short reflective statement (300-600 words).

Blog: Reflect on your reflection! Write a full reflection on this activity (10.1) using one of the reflective frameworks of your choice 

If you wish, you may like to post your blog reflection in the Chat room and discuss what you have learned with other students.How do you feel about writing a Statement on Practice for your new module? How confident do you feel about writing reflective statements after completing this SOOC (Short open online course)?


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