1. Adopting an established reflective model (e.g., the Gibbs Reflective Cycle 1988, or the Driscoll Reflective Model, 1994) and relevant aspects of topics covered in Modules 1 and 2, you are required to write up to 1000 words of ‘initial reflection’ on the reasons for undertaking your current course of study. The topics you are expected to cover may include, but are not limited to business environment and reflective business practices, business structures and government regulations, including economic principles. Please note that you are required to adopt ONLY ONE (1) reflective model in this assessment
2. The reflection should address the following questions: • How did your experiences (academic and/or work) prepare you for the current course of study? • What are the past experiences (or interests) you have in this area? • How would you ensure the required outcomes of your course of study are being met? • How would you manage and monitor your academic activities to ensure a successful conclusion of your course of study? • Looking into the future, what are the implications of your current course of study in later life (post-career)? • What are the goals you would like to set for yourself, with respect to your current course of study?
3. Key points to consider: • Start the reflection with a brief description of your initial understanding of business environment, reflective practices, economic principles and others. With reference to these subject contents, justify your choice of current course of study, identify how your course of study relates to your own experiences, and how you may apply your knowledge in the future. • You are expected to carefully analyse your previous experiences and current expectations. Your reflection should be clear and succinct, and demonstrate that you have short-term and longterm goals, including an understanding of what you want to do with your degree. • Please note that the reflection is about your course of study and career/professional projections. You need to integrate some theoretical implications of this subject into your reflection. For example, if the reason for embarking on an MBA program is to change your profession, start a new business, or advance your career, you may need to reflect on the consequences/implications of some business environment issues — stakeholders, business structures, macro- and microenvironments, etc.
4. Structure and Format: • Please structure the reflection as follows:
Introduction: Brief (one sentence) aim of the assessment, and how you intend to achieve it (brief outline of your adopted reflective model [e.g., Driscoll, 1994] and its stages). Main body: Use the reflective model stages as your main headings (e.g., Driscoll, 1994 — what, so what and now what) to address the suggested reflective points. Conclusion Reference List • Please write the reflection in the first person (e.g., me, my, mine, or I), because this is about YOU, your reflections and your interpretations. For example, “I considered this advice to be…… because it had a big impact on my………and it helped me to understand the reason for my…………”). • Try to be as specific as possible. Provide brief examples to illustrate your points, including those that would enable you to demonstrate learning. • Please make sure to make significant references to the subject contents, including other reading