This portfolio item requires you to write two paragraphs about Critical Thinking.
Your entire submission should be approximately 350 words in length. It should be written objectively in third person.
Your first paragraph should include a paraphrased definition of critical thinking supported by evidence. The reference must be a peer-reviewed, academic source from the last 5 years. It must be selected using the Triple R framework (see textbook). The structure of the paragraph should include a topic sentence, evidence and a concluding sentence summarising your definition.
Write the second paragraph to highlight the need for ICT professionals to be good critical thinkers. This paragraph should begin with a topic sentence. You should then provide two unique examples to explain how ICT professionals would need apply their critical thinking skills. Conclude your paragraph with a sentence that summarises the importance of critical thinking for ICT professionals.
Conduct a Strengths-Weaknesses-Opportunities-Threats (SWOT) analysis of your academic writing skills. An example can be found on page 16 of the prescribed textbook. The SWOT analysis should be presented in a square with four (4) quadrants or in a list as it is presented in the textbook. Each quadrant/section should have at least two (2) unique points. In addition to the SWOT analysis, you should outline some strategies to address one of the weaknesses that you identified in your academic writing skills. That is, if you identified ‘lack of good grammar skills’ as a weakness then describe at least two strategies that you could use to overcome that weakness.
Each section/quadrant of the SWOT analysis must have at least two (2) unique points that are an accurate appraisal of your academic writing skills. You need to provide enough detail so that the marker can understand your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities or Threats (4 marks).
Identify a weakness that is listed in the SWOT analysis section. Must describe at least two strategies that are reasonable ways to overcome the weakness you identified (1 mark).
It is difficult to prescribe a recommended word count for this portfolio item as it will vary depending on how it is presented. It is expected that the length of the submission would be about one (1) A4 page.
Please note that if you have a Title page for your assessment submission, it is NOT counted as a part of the length.
1. If the submission contains grammatical and/or typographical errors or is NOT well structured and easy to understand there will be a penalty of –1 mark.
2. If you present the SWOT analysis as a quadrant it MUST NOT be an image. The marker has to be able to add comments or edit your submission to provide feedback - penalty of -1 mark.
3. If you use bullet points then make sure the intent is clear, e.g. if grammar is a weakness write about ‘Lack of grammar skills’ if it is a strength write about ‘Possess good grammar skills’.
Week 7 – Portfolio: Reflective Writing (5 marks)
By now you should have received feedback and marks for your Participation Activity 1 (email to the lecturer). Discuss that experience in two paragraphs of reflective writing. Describe the experience including your contribution for the outcome in one paragraph. In the second paragraph, demonstrate what you have learnt from the experience, describe how you would handle it or another assignment differently in the future, and evaluate the positives and negatives of the experience (e.g. reading and reflecting on assessment feedback).
If you received full marks for your PA1 and the feedback indicates that you do not require further improvement, then select another assessment from this Unit or another Unit you studied at CQU or at another university where you received feedback on improvement. In this case, you should clearly identify the alternative assessment item when describing your experience. Discuss with your local lecturer if necessary.
Your submission should cover the three key points on reflective writing (see below). This should be approximately 450 words.
The key points to consider when writing reflectively are:
1. You need to demonstrate what you have learned from a particular experience not just describe what happened.
2. There is no right or wrong answer—reflective writing is about what you learned from the experience.
3. Ask yourself the following questions and give your responses in your writing: Why did X happen? What did I do in X situation? What were the positive and negative outcomes in the situation? How might I do things differently next time? What have I learnt and how does this knowledge contribute to my development?
(McCulloch & Reid, 2015, p. 131)