Procurement Management

Assignment 3
Assignment Three requires you to complete a reflective learning journal. Each topic in
Procurement Management 642 has additional reading material, which are articles from
journals. The journals you require are all on eReserve identified by my name and the
unit title: Procurement Management 642
Assignment Details
You must select TWO (2) journals from these readings, which will form the basis for your
reflective learning journal writing. For EACH of your selected two articles:

DESCRIPTION – Briefly describe an issue/concept/situation/incident within the article
(referred to hereafter as the ‘event’). The event can be a single particular part or overall
theme of the article
ANALYSIS – Critically analyze the event e.g., Connections between event and reality of
experiences or observations from your personal or professional world; what is
important and why; Potential applications of the reading material to your own life.
LEARNING – e.g. what have you learnt from reflecting upon your analysis? What did you
learn about the event and yourself? How can you use what you have learnt? Do you
need t o c h a n g e a t t i t u d es , behav i or , pr oc es s es , v a l ues , e t c .? What
wi l l y ou do differently in the future? How do you plan to use what you have learnt?

Some Guidelines
A reflective learning journal is not simply a diary but a thoughtful description that
follows from reflective thinking. A reflective approach is required rather than a
descriptive summary. Simple restatements of the concepts in the reading would not
meet expectations for a reflective journal entry.
Each journal entry for each article must be structured into three sections – Description,
Analysis, and Learning.
Writing style can be informal; be honest; let words flow; use your own simple words. All
journals will be assured confidentiality.
For each article, 400-500 words are required (mostly in Analysis and Learning sections) –
quality rather than quantity is sought.
Assessment criteria – clarity and depth of understanding, critical analysis, reflective
thinking and learning; grammar
Background – Theory

Part of learning is reflecting upon your learning. A learning journal is essentially a vehicle
for reflection. Reflective learning is the process of internally exploring an issue of
concern which creates and clarifies meaning and results in new understandings. The
creation of a reflective learning journal has three key steps:
Trigger – Reflection is triggered by thoughts and/or feelings about observation, event,
issue, etc.
Analysis/Reflection – A critical analysis of the issue is undertaken. This can involve
associating new knowledge with existing knowledge, linking theory and practice, or
reinterpreting from different points of view. It uses one’s own knowledge and
experiences as well as any new knowledge resulting from the analysis process.
Learning – Reflection is not an end in itself but leads to learning outcomes such as a new
way of doing or perceiving something, clarification of an issue or resolution of a
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