This module builds on the skills such as those of academic referencing, academic writing, researching and reflection.
The IPE module requires reflection on issues and experiences within your work environment, past or present, constructed as a reflective learning log and related to a management field.
The reflective learning log(s) and management issues will form the basis of a 4000 word academic report.
The reflective learning log(s) should be referred to in the report and will form the appendices of the report. To clarify, the combined word count for the assessed piece of work is 6000 words (including the log appendices, but excluding the executive summary, contents page, and references list). The details of how to construct a reflective learning log and a report are found within your IPE module guide, located on the IPE module site on Blackboard and a template reflective learning log under the IPE module resources.
The key to this module is in choosing the experience for your reflective learning log(s). You are advised to choose an experience which is rich in detail. The experience needs to have you as the focus of the reflection, as it is you who is learning and developing as a person and as a manager. Previous students have discussed issues such as motivation in the workplace or the importance of communication, conflict resolution, team working, leadership etc. While you might be tempted to write on an experience which went particularly well, it might be worthwhile to consider a situation where events did not go as planned or there were significant problems, as this will allow for more powerful themes and subthemes to be explored.
The report needs to be robustly researched using a wide range of high quality academic resources, including books, journals, e-books, e-journals and academic online material. The report must be referenced using the University of Harvard Referencing Handbook.