ICT 301 Professional Experience
Assessment 1 – Reflective journal
The Professional Experience unit includes a focus on assisting students to develop their
understanding of industry practice, through engagement with industry professionals as guest
lecturers or facilitators/trainers, and with case-study and simulated work situations directly
sourced from and relevant to industry settings. In this unit, the student learning experience is
directed and managed through work experiences and academic engagement which is
conducted online (virtually).
A reflective journal requires to write fortnightly entries on work done for the unit throughout a
semester. It is required that it is a reflection on the theories learned in the study program.
Reflective writing also gives an opportunity to think deeply about something learned or an
In this assessment students will work individually to create a fortnightly reflective journal.
Timelines and Expectations
The aim of this assessment is to enable students to create a reflective journal to record their
learning experience throughout the course. Students are expected to work individually for this
Reflective journal (30%)
Due: Week 2,4, 6, 8,10 end of the week, Sunday 11:59 pm
Week 2-31/07/2022
Week 4-14/08/2022
Week 6- 28/08/2022
Week 8- 11/09/2022
Week 10-25/09/2022
Students are expected to submit the journal through the submission folder on Moodle.
Learning Outcomes Assessed
The following course learning outcomes are assessed by completing this assessment task:
CLO1. Demonstrate appropriate knowledge and understanding of ICT infrastructure technologies and
explain the relationships and interdependencies between these (ACSGA2)
CLO2. Skill and ability to identify the need for transformative digital solutions, especially those relating
to provision of ICT systems and infrastructure, elicit requirements from relevant stakeholders and
research and plan solutions to meet these requirements. (GA1, GA5, ACSGA1, ACSGA3)
CLO3. Demonstrate problem-solving skills to apply contemporary technologies to previously unseen
problems in innovative ways when implementing, maintaining, documenting and troubleshooting
systems. (GA3, GA5, ACSGA1, ACSGA3, ACSGA4)
CLO4. Assess and analyse the appropriateness of competing methodologies and technologies for the
analysis, design and implementation of ICT solutions, including consideration of alternative approaches
to enterprise architecture and ICT procurement. (ACSGA1, ACSGA3, ACSGA4)
CLO5. Plan and deploy secure network systems utilising current practices in IP technologies, network
security, and scalable server deployment, considering issues of virtualisation and cloud deployment.
CLO6. Communicate effectively in English in a professional context, adapt interaction style to a given
audience, work efficiently in a team, and identify and address pertinent legal, social and ethical issues in
particular ICT contexts. (GA2, GA4, ACSGA3)
Assessment Details
Students are required to write a fortnightly reflective journal entry (weeks 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10) that
reflects critically upon their professional experience. Students must draw upon both the
workplace skills sessions and the set readings for each fortnight; and are invited to draw upon
other sources that may support their discussions and conclusions. A reflective journal uses first
person but is written in an academic style. It is an expectation that the APA 7th Edition in text
referencing system will be used. Student are required to use the DIEP model to write the
reflections . ( Please refer to the DIEP model example that has been given at the end of this
document .)
Students may wish to discuss:
• Your experiences during the simulated work placement (positives, negatives, and
• What you are learning during the simulated work placement (skills, knowledge, and/or
• The connection between the simulated work placement and your past units of study
(e.g. what previous learnings assisted you the most and why)
• How the articles (set readings) relate to your workplace experiences
• You are also encouraged to include thoughts or feelings about your own skills and
areas for development.
• You must submit five journal entries.
• There is no set word limit for each entry (but suggested 500 words per journal ) as
some readings or weeks may seem more interesting to you.
• Each entry should be submitted separately.
All assessments must be submitted through the submission folder on Moodle.
Marking Criteria / Rubric
Refer to the attached marking guide.
Feedback will be supplied through Moodle.
Authoritative results will be published on
Academic Misconduct
To submit your assessment task, you must indicate that you have read and understood, and
comply with, the Sydney International School of Technology and Commerce Academic
Integrity and Student Plagiarism policies and procedures.
You must also agree that your work has not been outsourced and is entirely your own except
where work quoted is duly acknowledged. Additionally, you must agree that your work has not
been submitted for assessment in any other course or program.

Reflective journal marking guide – Marks 6 marks
Weighting: 6%
Student ID:
Assessment Criteria:

Score Very Good Good Satisfactory Unsatisfactory
Description and Interpretation Excellent (2) Well presented (1.5) Satisfactorily
presented (1)
Poorly presented
/ 2 marks
Evaluation and connection to
content learned previously
Excellent (2) Well presented (1.5) Satisfactorily presented (1) Poorly presented (0.5)
/ 2 marks
Improvements and Future
weeks plan
Excellent (2) Well presented (1.5) Satisfactorily presented (1) Poorly presented (0.5)
/ 2 marks
Total out of 6 0

Writing a reflective journal using the DIEP model
Begin by describing the situation. What did you see, hear, do, read or see? Be as brief and objective
as possible.
Starting phrases:
The most interesting insight from my lecture this week is …
A significant issue I had not realised until now is …
I now realise (understand …) that …
Interpret what happened. What new insights have you gained? How does this experience connect with
other things you’ve learned or experienced before? How did the experience make you feel?
Starting phrases:
This experience idea is relevant to me because…
This reminded me of the idea that…
A possible implication could be…
Make a judgement. How useful was this experience for you? What is your opinion? Why do you think
this might be?
Starting phrases:
Having realised the importance of …, I can now understand…
This experience will change the way I view …
Being able to see… in this way is extremely valuable for me because…
Comment on how this experience might inform your future thoughts or actions. How could you apply
what you’ve learned from the experience in the future? How might the experience relate to your
degree or future professional life?
Starting phrases:
This is beneficial to me as my future career requires…
In order to further develop this skill…I will…
Next time…I will…by…