About this course

Who is this course for?

This course is primarily for students who are about to start on the first module of the Professional Certificate in Management: B628/BZX628 Managing and Managing People. The course is an introduction to reflection for learning in professional settings. You may already be aware of the importance of reflection for professional learning. If so, this short course is a quick reminder. It can also be used as an introduction for those who are new to the idea of reflection for learning.

Duration

The course provides 6-8 hours of free material which you can cover over a three week period - so two hours a week if you wish to pace yourself. However, you can study whenever you wish and for as long as you wish before your module begins in October - B(ZX)628 or another Business School module perhaps. It's difficult to estimate how long things will take but each of the units should take about 2 hours study time- more if you want to read the extra materials or reflect for a longer time. You will all have your own preferences and approach to this learning.

Aim

The aim of this short course is to help you to understand how reflection can lead to professional learning. The course will also help you practically to prepare for the reflective section of your two assignments on B(ZX)628 by offering guided reflective practice activities. In each of your two TMAs (Tutor marked assignments) you will gain 20 marks (20%) for writing a good 'statement on practice' - a professional reflection on your developing management practice.

The course presents a choice of models for reflection and some practice in writing a reflective statement for learning in the workplace.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this short course you should be able to

  1. Identify your approach to reflection
  2. Explain what is meant by reflection for learning
  3. Recognise the importance of reflection for learning in the workplace
  4. Explain what it is to be a 'reflective practitioner'
  5. Reflect on key experiences in the workplace for learning
  6. Recognise a range of concepts, ideas and theories associated with reflection for learning
  7. Write a professional reflective statement on your management practice
  8. Recognise the importance of feedback for reflection on your management practice
  9. Explain how you could use the cycle of action and reflection to bring about change
  10. Explain how you will use reflection in your future study to achieve your career goals

Please note that there is a private Blog for you to use if you wish and also a Chat room to talk to other students. Do have a look now at these and perhaps try them out if you have time!

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