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Task Objectives

  • To foster self-reflection on (a) the theory presented in the course, and (b) your experience in running a firm whilst being part of a management team.
  • To help with your sensemaking (Weick, 1995) regarding this course.

A casual search using Google Scholar for learning journals provides a plethora of articles extolling their
virtues. Broadly, learning journals foster high quality self-reflection and increase critical thinking. There are two components to this assignment. First, you are to maintain a weekly learning journal. Secondly, you are to use the your weekly journal as the 'data' for a summative journal/essay on your major learnings from
this course. This final part of the assignment is a summativeevaluation of your weekly journals.

Weekly learning journals

For each of the first ten weeks of the course you are to write at a journal entry of \emph

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300 words. The more you write the more grist you will have for your Summative Learning Journal.

The word count includes everything; references, citations, headings, and so on.

In your learning journal entries, you are to explore the linkages between the theoretical content of the course; e.g., the readings and class sessions) with your practical experience e.g., of working in a multi-disciplinary team and running a bike company). As well as content (theory) from this course, you may, if appropriate, draw on material from other courses.

Ultimately, you should be considering the real difference the course is making to your thinking and behaviour.

Each learning journal entry is to be submitted electronically as a
blog entry\footnote{Information on how to do it can be found on the

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page at Bad Dog.} at Bad Dog

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\item[Summative Learning Journal] Drawing on your weekly journal
entries, you are to write a final, summative journal entry of
between 2,000 and 3,000 words. You are to submit you final journal
via Turn It In\footnote{It is anticipate that you have used

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for other courses. However, if you have not used
it before, you should visit the website

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and familiarise yourself with the
information there.}; you should not submit your summative journal
entry to Bad Dog. \emph

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To join this course on \emph

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, and the class password is

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\item For many in the class, this is the first time they will have had
to undertake an reflective writing. As a result, some people will
approach this assignment with some trepidation. For those people,a
the article by \textcite

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will provide
assistance. As you progress, you should find journaling increasingly
easy and natural. As a result, your later journals may be
considerably longer than your earlier ones. Because of this, there
is no upper word limit for your weekly journal entries. Indeed, you
may, if you like, do more than one entry per week\footnote

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\item For your weekly journal entries, and for the summative journal,
using the first person (\emph

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I, me, \emph

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) is acceptable.
\item The quality of your writing matters. For instance, your weekly
learning journals will be on public display, and like much of the
Internet will be available---long after Bad Dog has been
deleted---through the Internet Archive\footnote{The \emph

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) has been trawling the
Internet for decades making copies of what it finds there.}.
\item Although your weekly learning journal is not directly assessed,
it can affect your grade for this course.

\item Being late or missing a weekly journal entry will result in a
10-percent penalty being applied to your summative learning

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\item Failing to correctly cite/reference material in your journal
can incur a 10-percent penalty being applied to your summative
learning journal.

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\item To help you improve your journaling, each week Peter will
provide commentary on a selection of the weekly journals.
\item You are strongly encouraged\footnote

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to read other peoples journals, and, when you
think you have something meaningful to say, to offer your own

.h4 References
Weick, K. E. (1995). Sensemaking in organizations. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

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