SH5W01 CWK002 Critical incident journal and reflective summarySuggested OutlineIntroductionThis outline has been prepared in response to a request to provide additional guidancefor the second coursework assessment for SH5W01 Development for Employment. Itis designed to be read in conjunction with the assessment guidance provided on themodule Weblearn page.The outline provides an overview of the assessment requirements both in terms of thegeneric features of a coherent assessment and more specifically of the reflectivesummary. In setting out these requirements, this outline will explain how to structureand organise your work as well as provide more details about how to meet theassessment requirements in the light of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The key to creating an organised and coherent work is the structure. Therefore, thiswill be addressed first.Structure & CoherenceAny assessment requires a clear structure whether this is is an essay, a presentationor, in this case, a reflective summary. There are basically three elements necessary toprovide an effective structure; introduction, body and conclusion.The impact of the quality of an introduction can be out of all proportion to the lengthof this section. An effective introduction creates a positive first impression and shouldclearly set out the overall purpose of the work and the main areas to be discussed inachieving this. The introduction should give a clear picture of the discussion to followand can be reinforced by the use of signposting. On the other hand, a poor (or no)introduction can leave the reader confused and unable to follow the discussion.The key relationship between the introduction and the body of the work is that areasto be addressed identified in the introduction are followed up in full and in the orderset out in the introduction. For example, your introduction might state that you aregoing to reflect on your experience and learning from the seminars, your learningfrom the placement and identify the implications of your learning from the module asa whole for your career planning in the future. In this case, the reader expects thediscussion to start with consideration of your learning from the seminars, that this willbe followed up by discussion of learning from the placement and then by a review ofthe implications of your learning. Therefore your introduction provides a clearstructure which is then explicitly and consistently followed up by the discussion.A further crucial aspect of an effective structure is coherence. This refers to the extentto which your work is presented as a unified whole; in other words, the extent towhich the different sections of your work are explicitly, logically and consistentlylinked to each other. To some extent, this is achieved by an effective introduction andrelated structure described in the previous paragraph but this feature can also beenhanced by consistent signposting. This is the use of brief linking passages orsentences that mark the end of one section of the discussion and the beginning of thenext. One section of a discussion where coherence and signposting are particularlyimportant is the conclusion. 1The conclusion is vitally important to structure and coherence. Structurally, it providesan ending to the work. The first purpose of a conclusion is to provide a summary ofthe discussion. This should be more detailed than the introduction and in order to becoherent must reflect only those key points raised in the discussion; you should notintroduce new material in the conclusion. Secondly, a conclusion should also considerthe main implications arising from the points identified by the summary. The overallcoherence of the work is reinforced by consistency between the points considered inthe discussion, identified in the summary and addressed by the implications.ContentA well structured and coherent discussion is obviously only half the picture. Asuccessful assessment must also address the required content. It is not necessary torestate the assessment requirements here as the content necessary for this work canbe found in the assessment guidance provided on the module Weblearn page.However, it would be useful to highlight two of the important aspects of the contentwhich are commonly overlooked by students undertaking this assessment.The first is the need for a sense of progression in your thinking in respect of yourlearning over the course of the module. The second often overlooked required elementis a critical appraisal of your own development and performance and a considerationof the extent to which you met your own expectations. You should also compare andcontrast your own appraisal of how well you did with feedback received in theuniversity and in placement.Content & Coronavirus RestrictionsIf your placement has been shortened or if you have been unable to start placementdue to restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus you will not be penalised whencompleting this assessment. However, rather than not address this at all, you shouldas fas as possible reflect on any experiences/learning you acquired in attempting toarrange a placement. This might include how/where you found information on theorganisation, why you decided to choose this particular organisation, did you have tocomplete an application form or attend an interview, what communication [phone,email, in person] did you have. You will not be penalised for not having had aplacement but you will be assessed on your reflection on experiences such as thoseidentified. This also extends to the critical incident analysis. If you are unable toidentify an appropriate incident, you should indicate this as part of your submission.Ian PriceModule Leader7 April 20201 The sentence in italics is itself an example of signposting.
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