I will miss the first week, will this be a problem?
You can do almost everything online the first week. Remember, if you don't successfully submit a CV then you won't be placed in a team (then you will have problems).
How do I submit my CV if I'm not in the country?
Get a friend to print it out for you and have them hand it in to the Student Resource Centre on Level 0 of the SOGGB.
I'm going to miss the first two weeks of class, will that be a problem?
See the notes above about the first week. Regarding the second week, assuming you successfully submit a CV, you'll be placed in a team. I have no idea how your team will respond (in the peer evaluation) to you missing any team meetings (e.g., Team Time).
I'm feeling a bit confused as to the journals. What are we meant to focus on for the first one?
Many folks find that the article by Daudelin (1996) provides a guide to getting started with reflective journals. If you want to discuss possible ideas for journals, feel free to drop in and talk with Peter.