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.
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:
- You need to demonstrate what you have learned from a particular experience not just describe what happened.
- There is no right or wrong answer reflective writing is about what you learned from the experience.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.
you relate to others in both your personal and work life can make you aware of the values that are important to you as well as the values that you may need to work on to improve your professional standing. This portfolio item is designed to make you think about how to respond to an ethical scenario as a good ICT professional. As you are training to be an ICT professional you should refer to the ACS Code of Ethics and/or ACS Code of Professional Conduct in your response. It should be approximately 400 words.
This portfolio item requires you to justify that you have successfully achieved the Unit Learning Outcomes and to provide feedback about your experiences with the Unit. The response should have two parts and should not be longer than 2 A4 pages.
On successful completion of this Unit, you will be able to:
- Describe the basic principles and importance of effective interpersonal communication, active listening and reading for meaning.
- Demonstrate teamwork skills.
- Communicate ideas effectively both verbally and in written form using appropriate language.
- Create and deliver effective oral presentations.
- Argue the importance of ethics, codes of behaviour, and societal, privacy and legal issues within the ICT industry.
- Demonstrate an understanding of common work practices and values operating in the Australian workplace.
- Assess how ICT can be used to improve organisational processes.
- Evaluate the application of emerging technologies to communication and collaboration.
Write two things you liked about this Unit and provide the reason or reasons you liked them. Also describe two suggested improvements to the Unit and justify why they would improve the Unit. This could be around half an A4 page in length.