The written Class Reflections assessment contains two (2) parts; each part covers three (3) seminars. Class Reflection part 1 covers seminars 4-6, and Class Reflection part 2 covers seminars 9-11. A submission is expected for each seminar (meaning six (6) submissions are expected). At the conclusion of each parts submissions, students will choose which one (1) of the three (3) will be selected to be marked; the mark will equal 15% of the unit (x 2 = 30%).
Each submission is due within 48 hours of the completion of YOUR seminar – late submissions will NOT be accepted. Each Class Reflection must be a minimum of 600 words and a maximum of 800 words; anything under or over this will incur a penalty of 10% for everything up to and including 100 words (i.e. 10% penalty for every 100 words under or over).
Each submission must reflect upon what you learnt from that week’s seminar, not just what you did in the seminar. As per the title of this assessment (Class Reflection), every submission must mention what happened during the seminar; please note we do NOT want an explanation of the in-class exercise (not descriptive), rather an analysis of how the specific exercise had an effect on you (make it emotive). A Class Reflection simply explaining the seminar will not score a pass mark. Any student who did not attend the seminar, and yet submitted a Class Reflection will be given a zero grade for their submission (if that is the submission chosen to be marked).
Each Class Reflection should critically analyse what you learnt from your participation (or possible lack of participation) within the seminar, and be honest; if you learnt nothing, feel free to say that – you will not be marked down; if you should have done something but didn't, say that – that is a reflection; if the exercise taught you and/or opened your eyes to a number of things, pick the most important ones – it will be difficult to fit everything in 800 words – more detail on fewer things is better than little detail on lots of things.
As this is a Class Reflection, references are not compulsory. HOWEVER anything, theories and ideas included, that is not your own MUST be properly acknowledged (i.e. referenced). There are NO excuses for students in their third year of study to not know how to reference properly. Students should use the Chicago referencing style if taking information that is not their own; more information can be found on this style from Library web site: http://libguides.library.curtin.edu.au/referencing
These submissions will pass through Turnitin; if large sections of text are matched, and NOT properly referenced, the submission will be investigated for Academic Misconduct. Failure to submit an assignment to Turnitin will result in marks for this assignment being withheld or the assessment failed. Turnitin's electronic closing date is not the due date.
Any use of Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen-AI), such as Chat GPT, RESEMBLE.AI or Midjourney, is NOT permitted and will be investigated for Academic Misconduct.
Students are expected to be sensitive to other students’ feelings throughout the Class Reflections. At all times students should not personally criticise fellow students; each Class Reflection must remain objective. Any personal criticism will not be tolerated, at university nor in the workplace. Refer to the Student Charter for information about Curtin’s Values of Integrity, Respect, Courage, Excellence and Impact.
Refer to the following for details on how to conceive and write a compelling written Class Reflection: the document is expected to be semi-formal in nature, but it should not be complicated – to this end there are only two (2) sections required within each submission (remembering that it must be between 600-800 words total):
An abstract is a concise summary of a particular subject and is used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose. An abstract must be fully self-contained and make sense by itself, without further reference to outside sources or to the actual paper.
The body is what comes to mind when most people think of a paper; it is, of course, the main text of the paper. The body of a paper is the primary content; a detailed discussion of the work to provide some depth and completeness of what was learnt.
Refer to the following for developing a high quality Abstract:
The reflection should be written in the first person narrative; ensure you inform the reader about your experience in the class, not just the exercise per se; remember that your tutor was with you in the class, so they DO NOT NEED you to explain the exercise to them! You can and should use aspects of the exercise to support your examination and discussion of your own behaviour and thoughts as an individual and as a team member.
The refection should specifically mention the dynamics of the team you were in for the exercise
– was there a leader in the team? Was the team able to effectively delegate tasks to one another? Was the teams’ communication good or bad? Both positive and negative aspects of the team should be analysed. The reflection should also highlight what you would do differently in the future, within the team as well as more generally for the exercise, as this has the ability to effectively show your learning.
Students are strongly advised to read and address the Marking Rubric on page 3 of this document closely before undertaking this assessment.