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Assessment 1 – coursework /2548

Reflective journal (Individual assessment) [50%]

  • 6 x 200 words
  • represents 40% of final grade
  • Submit whole journal (all six responses) by week 25
    – submit to  Turnitin (by 11.59am)

Each case study seminar topic (in weeks 4-5, 7-8, 9-10, 16-17, 18-19 and 20-21) has a set of questions that you will need to prepare for prior to the seminar. For each case study, a reflective commentary question related to that case study will be published at the end of the seminar (on Blackboard and the module site).

So, for each of the case studies you have done in class you will also need to write a brief response to an aspect of that case identified by the relevant question. Your reflective commentary for that case should:

  • Build on the discussion in class and your own preparation for the case study discussion
  • Incorporate your reflection on the case issues
  • Address the specific question set for that case’s commentary

You should ensure that you offer a coherent and suitably structured response to the question chosen and that there is appropriate analysis, drawing on relevant theoretical models where appropriate.

The reflective journal as a whole will comprise all six reflective commentaries. Please ensure that your document clearly identifies and separates the six different responses and presents them in the order that the case seminars have taken place. The most effective approach is likely to be to write up your reflective response for each case within a relatively short period after that seminar, so that the matters discussed are relatively fresh in your mind. Attempting to produce all six responses just before the submission deadline is unlikely to produce the best outcomes.

Further research and reading beyond the case study materials may well be required, as you are aiming to produce a deeper and more considered response that builds on the discussion in class. You may need to add further examples, data or illustration of the issues and draw on the base of established academic literature. You must ensure that your journal is suitably referenced using Harvard format.

Feedback on the reflective journals will be provided on this pro forma.

Reflective commentary questions [these will be added sequentially]

week 3


week 7


week 10


week 16


week 20


week 23


Learning Outcomes

Assessments relate directly to the module’s learning outcomes (below). The coursework’s assessment criteria will reflect the following learning outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate awareness of debates within and about economics
  2. Discuss and analyse economic issues, utilising suitable tools of analysis
  3. Critically assess applications of selected micro and macro models to contemporary economic contexts, with awareness of alternatives to orthodox theory
  4. Critically survey published literature from a variety of sources and engage effectively with online research tools.

Reflective commentary assessment criteria

Within your reflective journal as a whole, each of the six commentaries must:

  • Identify and respond explicitly to the reflective question set for that case.
  • Show suitable reflection and development from the discussion in class for that case.
  • Demonstrate a clear and concise writing style.
  • Where required, provide evidence of suitably relevant reading and research (and reference work appropriately using the Harvard format).
  • Where relevant, demonstrate the student’s understanding of the theoretical concepts that the case addresses.


  • Each commentary should be set in 12 point Arial or Helvetica (with 1.5 line spacing) and follow an essay-style format (ie no headings, not long lists of bullet points etc – just a series of developed paragraphs).
  • The maximum word count is 200 words per case study. Commentaries should not be less than 180 words.
  • Each commentary should be on a separate page.
  • The journal should have a single reference list that covers all six responses.
  • The journal must be submitted in digital form to the Turnitin assignment drop-box on the module’s Blackboard site. Digital submissions must be received by the assignment deadline. Don’t assume instantaneous delivery.
  • Good referencing and academic practice will be credited, as will good standards of written English.
  • Any evidence of plagiarism will be dealt with severely in accordance with DMU regulations.
  • Late submissions will be penalised.

Reassessment opportunity

Non-submission of the reflective responses (and thus a zero mark for that component) and/or non-attendance at seminars causing an overall fail in coursework will normally lead to the Faculty’s standard referral process, with a reassessment in August.

Summer Reassessment – deferral/referral: there will be a reassessment coursework which replaces the seminar P&E activities and the reflective journal. Please see the module’s Blackboard presence. Do not submit reflective journal responses for reassessment.