Assessment 3: Reflective Journal 35%
This assessment comprises four reflections divided into Part A and Part B. For Part A you are required to produce a reflection for Topic 1 or Topic 2. For Part B you need to produce three reflections with one from Topic 3, one from Topic 6, and one from Topic 10.
1. Pt A Topic 1 or Topic 2 (5 marks) — see LMS
2. Pt B Topic 3, Topic 6, and Topic 10 (30 marks) see LMS.
Each reflection should be about individual, different events from each nominated topic, be 500 words, and focus on a specific aspect of your learning.
The theme of this journal is how this unit has assisted you to become an effective manager or employee or citizen in a globalised world. Each of your 4 entries will take an aspect of your journey. You need to reflect on the cognitive and affective dimensions of your learning experiences during this unit. It is a critical reflection of your own learning using a set framework (DIEP — Describe, Interpret, Evaluate, Plan) to demonstrate what you have learnt and how this learning will impact on your future management and goals, supported by academic references.
You need to reflect on the unit content including the text, LMS material, group discussions, activities and assessments using the DIEP model (see LMS). You may reflect on questions such as the following:
• How have these sessions helped me to understand key aspects of organisational life differently?
• What models, key ideas or notions have been transformed through my experience with this unit?
• How have these sessions helped me to engage differently with my organisation (or any organisation that I know well)?
• What skills, personal and organisational capabilities may be more relevant to confront some of my professional challenges — and those of the organisation I work for/or those of a given organisation I know well?
• How do I feel now with regards to certain organisational issues that are important for my life, as a result of taking this unit?
You must submit Part A and Part B through the LMS assignment submission portal.
Your entries will show progression in your ideas and abilities as an employee, leader or citizen (including your skills in reflecting) over this unit. It is not, though, designed to show only advances; identifying questions, doubts, blocks, mistakes will also be useful in appreciating and exploring the unknowns.
Before you make your reflection entries, you should spend some time thinking back on the experience or event about which you are writing. In broad terms, see if you can identify different perspectives in the situation or find explanations for the specific nature of the experience. Your entries should reflect your own views and observations, your own experience and insights, the meaning that you make of the learning events that you experience. You must support your reflections by reference to at least two academic sources per entry, preferably three. These references need to be cited in accordance with APA 7.
Note: Presentation of the overall submission is assessable. Your consolidated submission should be like a book and include a University assignment coversheet, a cover depicting the essence of your journal, a table of contents, the entries clearly labelled, and a reference list at the end.
Like all writing, it is easy to get stuck. When this happens, you could use the following techniques:
• Write a first draft, then go back to review it, making sure that it does not merely describe the events or the experience. It should focus on what the experience meant to you, what you learned from it, why you think it worked or did not work well.
• If you have difficulty, try making a list of the events, then write down your own response to each of the events. Your response is the part that you write in the reflective journal, not the list of events with which you started.
• Do some reading of academic sources as they often provide you with different perspectives for understanding what is occurring.
• Question whether you are writing things that you feel are safe or that you think the Lecturer wants to read: This is not what the reflective journal is for. Dare to write something unusual that makes sense to you.
• Try discussing the topic with a friend. Often the process of expressing yourself in words, of articulating your understanding, will make your thinking clearer to yourself.
Murdoch University MBS538 Unit Information and Learning Guide 11
It might well happen that you read your entry from a few weeks previously and disagree with yourself' That is part of the learning process and shows growth in your understanding and insight. When that happens, do not change your original entry. Include a bit in your next entry to explain why you have changed your mind or how your thinking has changed since the previous entry.
DIEP provides a framework for writing effective reflections:
• D = describe (describe the setting and event objectively and briefly; say what is the event and why it is important to your journey)
• I = interpret (explain the things that happened; the things your learned from it; how this event relates to other events and to your feelings and what you learned; any conclusions that you arrived at; the meaning you make of the event; why did things happen as they did
• E = evaluate (how effective or efficient was the event or your actions; what is the value of what you learned from the experience)
• P = plan (how this will be useful to you; what would you do differently in future because of this experience. Note: you should use SMART in your plan).
Your reflections should show increasing 'depth' of insight into your OBM practice and the workplace environment that shapes it, focusing on the subjects covered in the seminar such as theories and styles of leadership, personality differences, interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. Clarity and detail in presentation are also important. Each entry will be considered against the DIEP framework, with the most important elements being evaluation and planning. Description should be concise and serve only to set the context. Interpretation should reflect your understanding of what you have learned and how you can relate this to other events, concepts and patterns. Evaluate demonstrates your ability to critically analyse on the basis of logic and reason and draw your own conclusions. Plan reflects your personal motivation to make changes as a result of what you have learnt, and most importantly, to commit to personal change.
It is difficult to be precise about the format of journals as they should be highly personalised. The only requirement is that you use the DIEP model. The quality of the reflections and the adherence to the DIEP model, including referencing, will impact on marks. Under Assignment Support on the LMS you will find some further explanation of DIEP and some samples of DIEP entries.
Reflection on managing change in an organisational context
Change management in organisational development is considered an essential aspect of growth. The week 10 module on change management in the organisation has helped me assess various essential areas of an organisation. These included the dominant forces for change in organisations, processes for planning organisational changes, acknowledging various approaches to OD (Organisational Development), overview on resistance to change, identification of the keys to managing successful organisational change and development, and anticipating the organisational learning (Odor, 2018, p. 58). These factors and areas have helped me to understand the critical aspects of organisational life different. Precisely, change is necessary from various perspectives. In this regard, continuous adaptation and learning are required to be possessed by individuals like me to depict credibility in the organisation for continuous growth and development.
I have learnt some theories and models that enabled me to transform into a better professional. For this purpose, the module was designed as per the segregation based on people, technology, competition, and climatic changes that affect the organisational development processes. In the process, I have learned that two factors play the role of forces for change. These include the external forces and the internal forces. Further, the module has also helped me acknowledge various other factors that affect the organisation more comprehensively. These include the political factors, economic factors, socio-cultural factors, technological factors, environmental factors, and the legal factors associated with an organisation (Hayes, 2018, p. 223). In the process, I have also learned Lewin’s process model that included three stages, namely unfreezing, change, and refreezing. While the unfreeze stage focuses on acknowledging change management awareness, change as a stage includes movement from an old stage to a new stage. Lastly, the refreezing stage includes assurance of permanent change in the organisational context.
From the week 10 module, I will like to acknowledge the continuous change process model for organisational change. I have certainly evaluated that this process might help assess various areas that will help me transform my experience into a better version of employability (Thesleff et al., 2014, p. 124). I believe that the forces for change help to recognise the problems and issues that a general employee faces in daily work-life. Thus, the assassination of the problem-solving process becomes easier to interpret. Further, it also helps to measure and evaluating the changes along with implementing them. Hence, a continuous change process model helps to acknowledge the transition stage in an employee's life.
I believe that change management is essential in every employee’s life. In this regard, I have also confronted my folks regarding the organisational development processes. Further, my future assessments will include appreciating the continuous change process model more comprehensively. For this purpose, I will employ problem-solving solid skills and enhance my capabilities to bring change within myself. Thus, the sessions have helped me acknowledge the loopholes I might be possessing as an employee and have helped me deploy all the issues that I have currently assessed.