MQBS3010 – Agility & Excellence in Business
Assessment – Reflective Essay
Weight – 20%
Format – 2,000-words submitted as:
1,000-word essay (to be marked by your lecturer) and two A4 pages peer review infographic containing up to 1,000 words (400 word minimum) à submitted as one PDF with the last two pages being the peer-review infographic.
Word count: As above (+/- 10% with no penalty)
Essay & Evidence
A capstone unit is a final-year unit in a degree program that brings together the knowledge you have gained throughout your degree and looks forward to the future. As such, the first thing that you need to do is to reflect on your journey so far.
To complete this assessment task, you must first go through and compete the ‘Reflection Module’ on iLearn. Applying the knowledge gained from this module to write your reflection will impact on your performance in this assessment task.
Throughout your reflective essay, you are to provide evidence (the evidence should be integrated into the body of your essay). This evidence may include photographs of events, or screenshots of your work in previous units, certificates, employment or extra-curricular achievements, or any form of evidence that backs-up what you are trying to convey – there is no restriction on the type of evidence – be creative!
If you refer to outside sources – please use a reference list that begins on a new page with the heading “Reference list” – this is not included in your word count. You can use any referencing style.
If you are using evidence of work from a previous assignment, please do not cut-and-paste the work, as it will impact on your word count of this assignment – perhaps you may want to include a brief quote, or a screenshot of a page of your previous work, and size it to be about one-quarter of an A4 page.
If you do not have access your past assignment responses, you can use the question as evidence instead.
Your reflection should be about your formal university studies, but it may also include extra- curricular activities, and paid or unpaid employment that you have participated in during your time at university.
Peer-review two A4 pages – Summary as an infographic (two pages, each with specific requirements):
The peer-review document is not to contain any information that is not already in your 1,000-word essay. It is to be a summary.
The purpose of the peer-review document is primarily for sharing with your team members in Week 3 and onwards – so that they get a snapshot of what skills and experience you bring to the team.
è The first page of the peer-review document can take any format you wish – ideally it should be a summary as an infographic – of the skills you bring to your new team, but it could be a resume, CV, table, a combination, or any format – be creative!
è The second page of the peer-review document is the reflective collage that you built in Week 1 – insert this as a screenshot. If not already done – you may need to annotate your collage for your peers.
The two A4 page peer-review document is not to be marked by the teaching team, it is to be reviewed by your peers.
The peer-review document should display your name clearly.
After you submit this assessment
Based on your reflective essay, your timetable, and your choice of majors, you will be placed into teams for the rest of the unit. The rest of the unit and the rest of the assessments will be based on teamwork. Once in teams, you will be sharing the two A4 pages of peer-review with your team members. The purpose of this is to complete the learning outcomes of the unit:
For the rest of the unit, you will be reflecting on each other’s work, as well as bringing all your knowledge together to solve a business problem.
Task (continues from this page onwards)
Write a reflective essay, that looks back at your learning so far, keeping in mind that your end goal is to be an agile and excellent business school graduate. When looking back at your journey during your time at university – you are to consider the Macquarie University Graduate Capability Framework:
You are to use at least the 4 main themes in the outer circle (Scholarship, Engagement, Sustainability, and Ethical Practice) of the above diagram as sub-headings in your reflection, you may use more sub-headings if you wish. Again, going through and completing the ‘Reflection Module’ on iLearn will enable you to address how to write your reflective essay under each of these themes.
When writing your reflective essay and looking to the future – being an agile business school graduate, you must also consider: The Business Agility Institute’s Domains of Business Agility.
You must incorporate one / some ideas of Business Agility within the sub-headings of Scholarship, Engagement, Sustainability, and Ethical Practice – in any way you wish – ensuring that you explicitly discuss Business Agility.
When writing your reflective essay and looking to the future – being an excellent business school graduate, you are to consider the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
You must incorporate one / some of these ideas within the sub-headings of Scholarship, Engagement, Sustainability, and Ethical Practice – in any way you wish – ensuring that you explicitly discuss one / the UN SDGs.
Remember, a reflection critically looks at your past achievements, as well as encourages you to look forward to improving yourself in the future. This is perhaps a point to reflect on when considering the Domains of Business Agility.
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