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Reflective Journal

Assignment Details

This is an individual report. You are required to reflect back on the project management course including any cases, exercises, simulations, DVD’s presented, and identify your most valuable lessons learned. You should summarise those lessons, perhaps noting where they occurred in the course and explain how they have confirmed or changed your perceptions about project management and how you expect them to affect the way you work in projects in the future.

To help focus your reflection activities, choose at least two cases/exercises or other activities from the class and consider the following questions:

  1. What were the key issues you found in each case/simulation/exercise?
  2. What were the most valuable lessons you have learned?
  3. Would you and how might you apply those lessons in the future? Any barriers to doing so?
  4. How has the material in this class confirmed or changed your ideas about project management?
  5. Do you consider there are there particular gaps in your project management knowledge that you would like to explore more in the future? Note that the posed questions primarily serve as prompts to aid your reflection activities, but may also serve as a guide to structure your report. Set your report out clearly. Use headings, sub-headings, tables and point form lists (with associated explanations) as necessary to ensure the document is easy to read and adequately conveys your reflections. This report does require an introduction and a conclusion but does not require any table of contents or an executive summary.

To assist the development of a high-quality report, it is suggested that students take personal reflection notes during class sessions particularly on cases and exercises conducted and, soon after each session note down some
issues/ideas/lessons they acknowledged from each class. That way, a student
may have a log of useful notes which will contribute to this report.

Students are to submit their reports (in PDF or Word format) to the subject Moodle page – under the item titled ‘Assessment 3 Reports Turnitin’. Instructions for doing that will be available in that item on the Moodle page. No hard copies or emailed copies are to be submitted as they will not be marked. Students do not need to attach a copy of the Turnitin similarity score to their submission as that information is readily available to the Lecturer via the Moodle site.

Additional Information

Students will read the Rock-n-Bands case study (available on the subject Moodle page). Given the information provided and with reference to all the lecture program material up until this week, students will develop a brief report in response to a number of questions about the case. The specific questions to be addressed will be posted on the subject moodle page towards the start of the Trimester.

Note: It is strongly suggested that you bring a copy of your report to the lecture session to assist you during the simulation exercise in week 7. Students are to submit their reports (in PDF or Word format) to the subject Moodle page – under the item titled ‘Assessment 2 Tunitin’. Instructions for doing that will be available in that item on the Moodle page. No hard copies or emailed copies are to be submitted as they will not be marked. Students do not need to attach a copy of the Turnitin similarity score to their submission as that information is readily available to the Lecturer via the Moodle site.

1500 words maximum (excluding references and appendices)

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