Submitting your Assignment
1. Assignments should be typed, 10 or 11 point font size (Times Roman or similar if possible) double spaced with a 4 cm margin on the right side of the page with the
page size specified as UK A4. All pages must be numbered.
2. Assignments should be submitted in either Microsoft Office and/or PDF format (.doc, .docx, .pdf etc.). File names should be kept simple and only contain alphanumeric characters (a-z0-9), spaces and underscores (e.g. Valid_filename_1.doc). Files with other characters such as apostrophes, brackets or commas may not be accessible by markers.
The self-selected, self-driven reflective practice paper provides you with an opportunity to examine a real life commercial or contracting issue, which should lead to a discernible improvement in your performance and enable you to produce a tangible benefit as a result of your participation in the module.
The Reflective Practice Paper
An introduction to appropriate concepts is used as the source of questions for reflecting on your current approach to commercial and contract management, resulting in various insights and actions that might be implemented in the future. Your selection of relevant literature, concepts and principles is a key part of the process, but whatever concepts are chosen, they should always be specific to your work role, thereby enabling the learning process to be self-driven and directly centred on your particular interests and concerns. To summarise, the whole process is about enriching your current knowledge and experience through structured reflection and clearly connecting the codified knowledge discussed in the classroom with the tacit knowledge of commercial and contract management in practice.
The reflective practice paper has five parts (see Figure 1):
A. Delegate in Work Role: In this section you are asked to pose structured questions about your current work role, and appropriate prior experience.
B. Programme Concepts and Principles: This part requires you to research more deeply and fully understand the programme concepts and principles appropriate to your current and future work role.
C. Reflective Assessment: Ideas and Insights. This is about linking theory to practice and is, therefore, the core of the reflective practice paper where you are asked to connect components A and B to generate new insights into how your role can be performed more effectively.
D. Key Learning Points and Actions: This section summarises your learning through the reflective practice process and identifies potential routes for implementation.
E. Critical Reflection: This is a critical review of the process of preparing the reflective practice paper and how the experience has developed your competence: the aim being to identify what you will do differently in the future.