Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Reflective Analysis for Professional Development

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit is unique in that it spans the entire duration of the programme. The study-unit will be delivered using the blended approach, including some face to face teaching sessions (which will focus predominantly on equipping the students with the skills to work with the technology that will be used during this study-unit, mainly Mahara- the E-portfolio system) as well as online synchronous sessions.

This study-unit seeks to enable the students to apply the learning from each study-unit to the reality of their own professional lives. More significantly, this study-unit will equip the students with the reflective skills required to analyse how this learning may be applied to their own professional development. Since today's world is becoming increasingly technological, the reflective writing will be carried out using a range of digital and mobile technologies.

Study-unit Aims:

The aim of this study-unit is to enable students to develop reflective skills through using digital technologies, to analyse their own learning and professional development.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the concept of reflective practice;
- differentiate between reflective processes and reflective practice;
- illustrate how reflection can be an effective strategy for learning;
- examine how reflective practice can help to bridge theory and practice;
- recognise opportunities for learning within one's own professional environment;
- demonstrate how learning can occur from reflecting on experience.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- create own personal approach to reflective writing;
- present their reflections using a range of digital technologies;
- demonstrate effective peer reviewing feedback skills using the E-portfolio platform;
- create a digital story.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:


- BRADBURY, H., FROST, N., KILMINSTER, S. and ZUKAS, M., 2012. Beyond reflective practice: New approaches to professional lifelong learning. London: Routledge.
- JOHNS, C. 2004 Becoming a Reflective Practitioner, 2nd edition, Oxford: Blackwell Publishing.
- SCHON, D.ON, D.A., 1995. The reflective practitioner: How professionals think in action. UK: Taylor and Francis.


- SCHÖN, D.A., 2009. Educating the reflective practitioner: Toward a new design for teaching and learning in the professions. John Wiley and Sons.
- CAMBRIDGE, D., 2010. Eportfolios for lifelong learning and assessment. John Wiley & Sons. [NOT available in Library] ZUBIZARRETA, J., 2009. The learning portfolio: Reflective practice for improving student learning. John Wiley & Sons.

STUDY-UNIT TYPE Blended Learning

Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Portfolio See note below Yes 100%
Note: Assessment due date will be notified by the Faculty/Institute/Centre/School.

LECTURER/S Gillian M. Martin
Valerie Visanich (Co-ord.)

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