Reflective Practice Paper and Analysis (40%)
Total marks: 40 (40% of course)
Length: 3000 words; individual assignment
Due date: Week 13, Monday 30 May, 2016 at 18:00
Maximum 3000 words
Please include a cover page and ensure all pages are numbered
On-line submission via TurnItin only (see Learning@Griffith)
This assessment item requires you to draw on one of the experiential learning opportunities listed below:
1. Industry Shadowing (where selected students will shadow an industry manager/s subject to available positions, have a GPA of 5.0 or above, and will undertake 30 hours of un-paid work during the semester – students will need to source their own employment opportunities, with the assistance of the convenor.), or
2. Reflection on previous, or current work experience (75 hours of previous Tourism or Hotel related work experience required within 12 months of entering the course, or completed before the end of the semester of which the student is currently enrolled – workplaces need to be related to degree major’s and need to be approved by the convenor) or
3. An analysis of an organisation (e.g., applied industry project) within the tourism, hotel, and related industries. Students should select an organisation related to the tourism or hotel industries or related industries, and undertake an evaluation of the facility, from the guests and or the staff’s perspective. Organisations must be approved in advanced by your convenor.
Using the selected experiential learning experience, you are required to write 8 journal entries (between 1 – 1.5 pages long or approximately 3000 words) and demonstrate:
• a clear understanding of learning opportunities relating to the organisation,
• an understanding of personal learning objectives / outcomes from the experiential learning opportunity,
• critical self-evaluation of learning from class involvement and incorporation into the workplace organisation,
• critical thinking about personal and professional development, and
• connection between theory and practice.
The reflective practice journal will include 8 journal entries that address 6 compulsory topics, and 2 optional topics.
Six (6) compulsory topics include:
1. one entry related to the summary and discussion of your self-assessment of generic capabilities (SAGC exercise) / career edge on-line assessment (WK2)
2. one entry related to how you learn (using learning theory), including an analysis of the importance and application of independent learning and lifelong learning to professional development and advancement
3. one entry related to professional identity, the establishment of self within the workplace and industry, and the role of self-efficacy in achieving your career objectives
4. one entry related to the role of emotional intelligence (e.g., self management self awareness) in your career development, and a discussion of “it’s your attitude, not your aptitude that determines your altitude”
5. one entry related to reflecting on the outcomes of learning from this course and this final assessment item
6. one entry indicating a five year career action plan including professional development plans and strategies for transitioning out and up. This entry should address the topic “I am seeking a career, not just a job!”
Optional topics include (select two (2) from the list below):
1. It’s not what you know, but who you know, the role of networking
2. The employee orientation process and preparedness for work (e.g., orientation process for new employees; and the role of initial training and development (on-boarding)
3. What type of leader do you want to become and why?
4. The role and effect of teamwork within the tourism and hotel industries (and related industries)
5. Strategies for resilience and wellbeing
6. Mentoring in the workplace, it’s role and how to capitalise
7. Innovation in action, within the tourism, hotel industries or associated industries
8. The “tourism and hotel experience”, the combining of tangible and intangible aspects
9. Greening of tourism and hotels (and related industries), environmental, marketing and profitability considerations
10. Technology and its impacts on the future of tourism and hotels (and related industries)
11. Or other suitable topics as discussed with and agreed by your convenor.
Your Reflective Practice Journal (RPJ) is an important personal document which records ACTIONS and EMOTIONS and your ANALYSIS of it. Writing up your journal can help with analysing what is happening in the workplace (based on hypothetical or real scenarios) and creates reflective and critical habits which can feed back into understanding how you learn and assist in your career development.
Relationships are central to all actions:
relationships between people (eg., employers and employees; employees and customers; leadership and mentoring)
the relationships between people and ideas (eg., creative and innovative workplaces)
the relationship between people and the environment (eg., sustainable workplaces, WH&S issues)
the relationship of emotions between the people (eg., between employers and employees; working as teams)
Through this assessment item, you will be able to focus attention on everyday occurrences and situations in workplace settings (hypothetical and/or real scenarios) and identify what strategies are available to deal with these situations. It is the ability to stand outside an incident or situation and honestly evaluate the quality of what has gone on. Judgements can then be made about the effectiveness of the decisions/ actions that were taken and then further learning can proceed in the light of those judgements and outcomes. You may or may not be involved in these decisions/ actions, but you can learn from observing, reflecting, analysing and evaluating real and hypothetical events occurring around you and/or through discussions with others. This will help develop your understanding of the workplace and the skills, knowledge, competencies you will need to work in this environment. A journal may be a collection of observations, reflective thoughts, questions and feelings about your experience.
3400HSL: CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Marking guide – Reflective Practice Journal and Analysis
Experiential Learning Opportunity: (Industry shadowing, previous/current work experience, OR applied industry project)
Poor Satisfactory Good Excellent
(1-2) (3-4) (5-6) (7-8)
1. Establishment of learning objectives and identification of learning opportunities (The ability to describe what you would like to learn from this evaluation and how your learning can be achieved) (8 marks)
2. The journal incorporates and critically self-evaluates learning from the class environment, based on your personal involvement with lectures and workshops (How have you been able to incorporate information gained from class involvement and discussions into your analysis) (8 marks)
3. The journal demonstrates integration between theory and practice (How has theory been used and linked to practice to help inform your analysis?) (8 marks)
4. The journal critically evaluates and demonstrates learning from the workplace context (Hypothetical or real) (8 marks)
5. The journal is clearly written, well organised and presented, and supported with suitable references, which are correctly formatted (8 marks)
Total marks /40
Reflective Practice Paper and Analysis (40%)