Reflective Journal #2

Introduction

You will need to complete Reflective Journal #2 in parallel to your team Sustainable Startup project. Similar to the previous journal, you will again need to reflect on the development of your employability ‘soft’ skills that will set you apart from others in the eyes of employers. 

The Sustainable Startup project provides you with the perfect opportunity to practice contributing creative and meaningful input towards addressing a real-world complex challenge as part of a collaborative team. Throughout the project, you will need to reflect on your contributions to the team and how these may be important to your future professional careers. You must also continue to actively work the 3 employability skills which you chose to develop during this unit – identified in the Employability Skills Reflection #1 activity. As you engage in the team project and complete the weekly readings, you will need to consciously make connections between what you experience, what you read and how you see yourself progressing. This should be recorded in Reflective Journal #2.

Process In Week 5, you will begin your Reflective Journal #2 by identifying what type of collaborator you are based on the 10 Faces of Innovation proposed by Tom Kelley and Jonathan Littman https://www.fastcompany.com/54102/10-faces-innovation This activity will help you to define the type of role you wish take in the team project, while continuing to work on the 3 employability skills that you committed to developing during this unit – identified in the Employability Skills Reflection #1 during Week 1.   Following each class(including Week 5), you must complete an entry into your Reflective Journal #2. Each reflection should focus on your skill development as a result of completing that week’s design activities, video lecture and reading. You will then need to discuss how this experience and skill could translate into a professional business context.  In summary, try to think about: What was your experience with this week’s activities, readings and lecture?How did the team project progress this week? Were there any creative breakthroughs, innovative ideas or insights?What was your experience with the team project this week and what did you contribute?How does this relate to the employability skills that you are trying to develop?How could this relate to a professional business context?   Each reflection should be no more than 200 – 700 words and about 2-4 pages (A4 size). Reflections can include a combination of text, images and diagrams. Extra points go to those that use their own images and create their own diagrams to help communicate their reflections.   You will then complete this journal by re-reflecting on your employability skills to see how they have progressed during the semester. This should be done using the Employability Skills Reflection #2 worksheet provided under the Weekly Activities folder on Moodle.

Task objectives

It enables you to continue developing your self-awareness of employability skills and a greater appreciation for how Design Thinking approaches may be applied on a contemporary and complex business challenge. Completing the Reflective Journal will assist you in being able to identify your contributions within a collaborative environment and articulate your strengths with confidence. It will act as evidence for the development of your employability skills and your competence in Design Thinking for Business.

Assessment criteria

Your journal submission will be assessed against the following criteria:

  1. Consistency and completeness (5% of unit) 

This criterion focuses on the level of consistency and completeness throughout your journal. It will consider if you have included a comprehensive reflection each week and how consistent this is across all of the weeks.

  1. Insights and awareness (10% of unit)  

This criterion focuses on the quality of your reflections in relation to the development of your skills, in particular to the 3 skills that you have identified as wanting to develop during this unit.

  1. Capacity to connect ideas (10% of unit)

This criterion focuses on your ability to make clear and direct connections between your understanding of professional business contexts, the weekly readings, and your own personal skills developed through experience with the creative activities.

  1. Expanding the topic (10% of unit)

This criterion focuses on how you were able to productively contribute to your team each week and how your team was able to expand on your specific topic of sustainability each week through the project. This should be demonstrated through your reflections on the weekly activities and project progress.

  1. Professionalism (5% of unit)

This criterion focuses on the level of professionalism displayed in your work. This refers to how your work has been completed, how it is presented, and how seriously you have appeared to take the tasks.

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