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MQBS3010 – Agility & Excellence in Business
Assessment – Reflective Essay
Weight – 20%
Due – 7th August, 23:59 via Turn-It-In on iLearn
Format – 2,000-words reflective essay submitted as:
Prose essay – 1,000-words – to be marked by your lecturer
and
Visual essay – two A4 pages infographic containing annotations of up to 1,000 words
(400 word minimum) – to be reviewed by your peers / team members
 All of the above items are to be submitted as one PDF with the last two pages being the
peer-review infographic.
Word count: As above (+/- 10% with no penalty)
Prose Essay & Evidence
A capstone unit is a final-year unit in a degree program that brings together the knowledge you
have gained throughout your degree and looks forward to the future. As such, the first thing that
you need to do is to reflect on your journey so far.
To complete this assessment task, you must first go through and compete the
‘Reflection Module’ on iLearn. Applying the knowledge gained from this module to write
your reflection will impact on your performance in this assessment task.
Throughout your reflective essay, you are to provide evidence (the evidence
should be integrated into the body of your essay). This evidence may include
photographs of events, or screenshots of your work in previous units, certificates, employment
or extra-curricular achievements, or any form of evidence that backs-up what you are trying to
convey – there is no restriction on the type of evidence – be creative!
Please do not use an appendix (no evidence should be presented after the end of
the essay).
If you refer to outside sources – please use a reference list that begins on a new page with the
heading “Reference list” – this is not included in your word count. You can use any referencing
style.
If you are using evidence of work from a previous assignment, please do not cut-and-paste the
work, as it will impact on your word count of this assignment – perhaps you may want to include
a brief quote, or a screenshot of a page of your previous work, and size it to be about one-quarter
of an A4 page.
If you do not have access your past assignment responses, you can use the question as evidence
instead.
Your reflection should be about your formal university studies, but it may also include extracurricular activities, and paid or unpaid employment that you have participated in during your
time at university.
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA
Visual Essay component – Peer-review two A4 pages –
Summary as an infographic (two pages, each with
specific requirements):
The peer-review document is not to contain any information that is not already in your
1,000-word essay. It is to be a summary.
The purpose of the peer-review document is primarily for sharing with your team members in
Week 3 and onwards – so that they get a snapshot of what skills and experience you bring to the
team.
 The first page of the peer-review document can take any format you wish – ideally it
should be a summary as an infographic – of the skills you bring to your new
team, but it could be a resume, CV, table, a combination, or any format – be
creative!
 The second page of the peer-review document is the reflective collage that you built in Week
1 – insert this as a screenshot. If not already done – you may need to annotate your collage
for your peers.
The two A4 page peer-review document is not to be marked by the teaching team, it is to be
reviewed by your peers.
Non-completion and submission of the two A4 pages for peer-review will result in
a loss of 5 marks out of 20. When submitting your essay in Turn-It-In, the last two
pages of that PDF file should be your peer-review document.
The peer-review document should display your name clearly.
After you submit this assessment
Based on your reflective essay, your timetable, and your choice of majors, you will be placed into
teams for the rest of the unit. The rest of the unit and the rest of the assessments will be based
on teamwork. Once in teams, you will be sharing the two A4 pages of peer-review
with your team members. The purpose of this is to complete the learning outcomes of the
unit:
•
ULO1: Integrate discipline specific knowledge and skills and apply subject knowledge
critically, analytically with appreciation of cross disciplinary requirements.
•
ULO2: Identify and analyse issues from a variety of ethical and sustainability positions as
applied to the business context.
•
ULO3: Reflect on outcomes of working in multi-functional teams to apply teamwork
knowledge and skills for effective collaboration to achieve business solutions in a range of
contexts.
For the rest of the unit, you will be reflecting on each other’s work, as well as bringing all your
knowledge together to solve a business problem.
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA
Task (continues from this page onwards)
Write a reflective essay, that looks back at your learning so far, keeping in mind that your end
goal is to be an agile and excellent business school graduate. When looking back at your journey
during your time at university – you are to consider the Macquarie University Graduate
Capability Framework:
Source: MQ Graduate Capability Framework
You are to use at least the 4 main themes in the outer circle (Scholarship, Engagement,
Sustainability, and Ethical Practice) of the above diagram as sub-headings in your reflection,
you may use more sub-headings if you wish. Again, going through and completing the
‘Reflection Module’ on iLearn will enable you to address how to write your reflective essay under
each of these themes.
When writing your reflective essay and looking to the future – being an agile business school
graduate, you must also consider: The Business Agility Institute’s Domains of Business Agility.
You must incorporate one / some ideas of Business Agility within the sub-headings
of Scholarship, Engagement, Sustainability, and Ethical Practice – in any way you
wish – ensuring that you explicitly discuss Business Agility.
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA
Source: https://businessagility.institute/learn/domains-of-business-agility/
When writing your reflective essay and looking to the future – being an excellent business school
graduate, you are to consider the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
You must incorporate one / some of these ideas within the sub-headings of
Scholarship, Engagement, Sustainability, and Ethical Practice – in any way you
wish – ensuring that you explicitly discuss one / the UN SDGs.
Source: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
Remember, a reflection critically looks at your past achievements, as well as
encourages you to look forward to improving yourself in the future. This is
perhaps a point to reflect on when considering the Domains of Business Agility.
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA
Marking Rubric
Evidence for development or demonstration of graduate capability (5 / 20)
For the evidence presented in the reflective essay:
Level 1: All or most of the following…
Evidence clearly demonstrates identified capability or improvement in identified
capability.
Comprehensive reflection for identified capability – learning from the past and
looking forward to the future.
Any limitations or disadvantages of the piece of evidence are discussed; and/or there
is discussion of possible better alternatives.
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•
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Level 2: All or most of the following…
Evidence demonstrates identified capability or improvement in identified capability.
Valid reasons given for selection of evidence.
Some reflection is present.
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•
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Level 3: All or most of the following…
Exceeds
Expectations
Meets
Expectations
Unsatisfactory
Evidence is presented but does not demonstrate identified capability.
Inadequate or no reasons provided.
No evidence is presented.
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•
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Analysis and reflection on self-assessment and the nature of evidence (15 / 20)
Level 1: All or most of the following…
Critical reflections – accurately describes and analyses ideas; questions root
causes, assumptions (at many levels). [How did it come to pass? Why? What
if?] The reflection looks at their skills critically, towards the future.
• New ideas, insights or generalisations presented; integrates knowledge from
other sources/experiences; presents valid conclusions based on evidence
and/or experience.
• Report is carefully organised and can be easily followed by the reader. The
writing is clear, the language is appropriate and there are no grammatical of
spelling errors. Extensive application of the Reflection Module.
Level 2: All or most of the following…
•
Analytical reflections – provides descriptions and (possible) explanations;
some attempt to uncover assumptions but limited in scope. [What? Why?
How?] Some attempt is made to look towards the future.
• Some conclusions and/or generalisations presented; synthesis of some
aspects of experience.
• Organisation is evident in the report but is not completely developed.
Improvements in clarity of writing, use of language, grammar and spelling
are needed. Some application of the Reflection Module.
Level 3: All or most of the following…
• Mostly descriptive, with no/little attempt to uncover assumptions behind
ideas. Little to no application of the Reflection Module.
• Inadequate evidence of synthesis of thoughts and/or experiences; ideas are
random or unrelated; few conclusions or generalisations are presented.
• Report is not well organised, is unclear, uses inappropriate language and/or
has grammatical or spelling errors.
•
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA
Exceeds
Expectations
Meets
Expectations
Unsatisfactory
Dr Prashan S M Karunaratne, FHEA

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