The expected word count of the reflective journal is 300-500 words per active week and it is worth 10% of the module total.


If you are not sure what the layout should be please see an example here: Reflective Journal Template


The purpose of your Reflective Journal is to articulate your expectations, learning journey and practical application of your new knowledge and should include your personal experience on the course and how you plan to apply the knowledge gained. Students continue to track these milestones as the module progresses.  

 

Methodologies for this component are discussed in detail in the Study Skills module, but we recommend using the module learning outcomes to help identify your personal aim(s) for each module; using a structured framework to order your thinking; and using an event or issue as the basis for reflection, describing it and then reflecting upon it. The reflection may include further observations or thoughts; relevant other knowledge, experience and feelings; suggestions from others; new information; formal theory; and new ideas being tested in practice or revisited and revised.


You will develop your aptitude for reflective thinking and be able to demonstrate the ability to work with unstructured material; the linking of theory to practice; the viewing of issues/events from different points of view; and the ability to "step back" from a situation.

 

Best practice will also include a concluding statement of either what has been learnt or solved that relates to the description; or identification of a new area for further reflection.


To add a reflection in Week 1, locate the link to the Reflective Journal entry below the Academic Forum for that week.  Then click "Add Submission". Then click "Save Changes" when you have finished inputting your entry. To add a new entry go to the next submission area for the following week. The reflective journal has 6 submission areas in the Postgraduate Diploma, one for each week of the module.  You can locate these below the 'Go to the Academic Forum' link in the topics for Weeks 1-6.


 For the MSc students, there is only one singular Reflective Journal Submission area to add to.  Please do not delete previously submitted work, but click edit and paste your additional content beneath your previous week's entry.  Your Assignment will automatically be saved and submitted at the end of the MSc module 1.

 

Adapted From:
 
Moon, J., 1999. Learning Journals: A Handbook For Academics,
 Students, And Professional Development.
London: Kogan Page.