Reflective Essay Assignment

For this assignment, you are required to write 5 reflective essays, each of 300 – 400 words length. These essays

would be based on the videos that are part of the learning material for this unit. You are required to choose ANY

five of the videos and write a reflection on each of the chosen videos. Each of these essays will account for 6%

of your semester grade (all five together determine 30% of your trimester grade).

The purpose of the reflection essay is to encourage a deeper exploration of the learning videos. Focus on

interpreting a specific aspect of the videos rather than skimming the surface or giving general comments or

opinions. A good starting point is to briefly identify how the ethical views/concepts impacted you, then move on

to a critical approach, theme, or analysis of basic elements (such as identifying how the video’s point of view and

the ethical concepts taught are presented). Support your reflection with personal observations, reasoning and

academic references.

Due Date: Friday, Week 11 – 11.55pm

Essay requirements: Your essay should be between 1500 and 2000 words in length. In addition, you should:

 Ensure your main idea is clear (what is your insight?)

 Engage the reader by using personal anecdotes

 Effectively use dialogue to help the reader understand your subject

 Support your reflections with personal observations and reasoning

 Clearly document sources using Harvard referencing style

Conclude your essay by doing more than just summarizing what you’ve learnt so far. Revise to clarify and

strengthen your reflections and edit to remove errors in spelling, grammar and mechanics so your writing is clear

and readable.

Format:

Please submit the following in a folder:

 At least one previous draft in the draft submission folder to assess the similarity level using SafeAssign.

 The final submission of your essay should be formatted with default Microsoft Word margins, double-

spaced, and printed in Times New Roman or Arial font size 12. This should be submitted in the final

submission folder.

Reflective essay marking rubric

Criteria Superior (4.6 – 6.0 points) Sufficient (2.6 – 4.5 points) Minimal (1- 2.5 points) Unacceptable (0 points)

Depth of

Reflection

Response demonstrates an

in-depth reflection on, and

personalization of, the

theories, concepts, and/or

strategies presented in the video. Viewpoints and

interpretations are

insightful and well

supported. Clear, detailed

examples are provided, as

applicable.

Response demonstrates a

general reflection on, and

personalization of, the

theories, concepts, and/or

strategies presented in the video. Viewpoints and

interpretations are

supported. Appropriate

examples are provided, as

applicable.

Response demonstrates

a minimal reflection on,

and personalization of,

the theories, concepts,

and/or strategies presented in the video.

Viewpoints and

interpretations are

unsupported or

supported with flawed

arguments. Examples,

when applicable, are

not provided or are

irrelevant to the

assignment.

Response demonstrates a

lack of reflection on, or

personalization of, the

theories, concepts, and/or

strategies presented in the video. Viewpoints and

interpretations are

missing, inappropriate,

and/or unsupported.

Examples, when

applicable, are not

provided.

Required

Components

Response includes all

components and meets or

exceeds all requirements indicated in the

instructions. Each

question or part of the

assignment is addressed

thoroughly.

Response includes all

components and meets all

requirements indicated in the instructions. Each

question or part of the

assignment is addressed.

Response is missing

some components

and/or does not fully meet the requirements

indicated in the

instructions. Some

questions or parts of the

assignment are not

addressed.

Response excludes

essential components

and/or does not address the requirements

indicated in the

instructions. Many parts

of the assignment are

addressed minimally,

inadequately, and/or not

at all.

Structure

Writing is clear, concise,

and well organized with

excellent

sentence/paragraph

construction. Thoughts are expressed in a

coherent and logical

manner. There are minor

spelling, grammar, or

syntax errors in the

reflection.

Writing is mostly clear,

concise, and well organized

with good

sentence/paragraph

construction. Thoughts are expressed in a coherent and

logical manner. There are

few spelling, grammar, or

syntax errors in the

reflection.

Writing is unclear

and/or disorganized.

Thoughts are not

expressed in a logical

manner. There are major spelling,

grammar, or syntax

errors in the reflection.

Writing is unclear and

disorganized. Thoughts

ramble and make little

sense. There are

numerous spelling, grammar, or syntax

errors throughout the

response.

Evidence and

Practice

Response shows strong

evidence of synthesis of

ideas presented and

insights gained

throughout the entire

video. The implications of these insights for the

respondent’s overall

understanding are

thoroughly detailed, as

applicable.

Response shows evidence

of synthesis of ideas

presented and insights

gained throughout the entire

video. The implications of

these insights for the respondent’s overall

understanding are

presented, as applicable.

Response shows little

evidence of synthesis of

ideas presented and

insights gained

throughout the entire

video. Few implications of these insights for the

respondent’s overall

understanding are

presented, as

applicable.

Response shows no

evidence of synthesis of

ideas presented and

insights gained

throughout the entire

course. No implications for the respondent’s

overall understanding are

presented, as applicable.

Adherence to

format

guidelines

Adheres to the guidelines

in all ways.

Adheres to most of the

guidelines.

Adherence to format

guidelines

Submitted late or does

not adhere to any

 

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