INDIP104-23B (HAM)

Critical Reflection

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What this paper is about

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Critical Reflection is the last of four support modules for the International Diploma. This module aims to cultivate students’ ability to think critically about, reflect on, and interpret personal learning and academic material in preparation for entry into the second year of their chosen qualification. This module lays the foundation for developing your critical thinking and English language skills, particularly critical and analytical writing which are vital for your academic success.

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How this paper will be taught

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This module is offered in FLEXI format, meaning students' learning can be done face-to-face (on-campus) and/or online. Lectures will be held on campus and live-streamed for our online learners ( synchronous through Zoom). Lectures will be supported by textbooks, Panopto, online and written resources, videos such as TED talks, prescribed articles, and other resources accessible on Moodle. Your attendance is required, and your success in this module depends significantly on your active participation. All tutorials, workshops, and activities will be included in your lectures. This means each two-hour session will be a blend of lecturing, workshop activities, discussions, and more. Every student is expected to prepare for every session ahead of time and contribute actively to activities and discussions in class. The degree to which you benefit from these sessions depends on your engagement with the material, the lecturers, and your fellow students. Therefore, your learning's success depends on the time and effort you put into your learning. Please refer to Moodle for details.

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Required Readings

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The required textbook for this module is Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection by Stella Cottrell 2017

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking qualities to personal and academic contexts
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  • Evaluate another writer’s position to examine parts of an argument in academic literature
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  • Understand how to present critical reflection to others for academic purposes
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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All assessments for this module need to be completed. Assessments will be submitted either during or after the relevant session via Moodle. Please refer to the assignment instructions, which will be discussed during relevant sessions and are available on Moodle from the start of the module. Marking rubrics are included in the assignment instructions. All assignments will receive a letter grade to demonstrate student performance in alignment with the university grading system. However, this is a Pass/Fail paper; no letter grade will be awarded for the module overall.

Late Submission
Work may be handed in up to 24 hours late with the following deductions applying:

  • Up to 8 hours late, 5%
  • Up to 24 hours late, 10%

Percentages are based on possible marks. For example, if 100 marks are possible on an assignment and a student's work would have earned an 80, but is submitted 6 hours late, 5% (in this case, 4 marks) would be deducted, resulting in a mark of 76.

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Group case study
Sum of All
5 Aug 2023
11:30 PM
30
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Case study: Case analysis
27 Jul 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
3. Case study: Group Report
3 Aug 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
4. Argumentative essay
Sum of All
16 Sep 2023
11:30 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Formulate a thesis statement
10 Aug 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
6. Introduction
17 Aug 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
7. Body
7 Sep 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
8. Conclusion
14 Sep 2023
3:00 PM
-
  • In Class: In Tutorial
9.  Personal plan for transition
12 Oct 2023
3:00 PM
20
  • In Class: In Lecture
10. Participation and engagement
14 Oct 2023
No set time
10
  • Other:
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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