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Assessment Task


In this assessment item, you are required to maintain an online reflective blog/journal and write blog posts/entries based on academic articles. For writing each blog post, you will select one of the listed articles from the Additional Readings section of every week in the Moodle site. You will write a reflective blog post after reading how the article has helped you to learn the week`s topic. Ensure that you write the blog post based on the correct article i.e. if you are writing Blog post 1(Business Process Architecture), then refer to the Additional Readings section of week 4 to choose an article since Business Process Architecture is covered in week 4. To find an article for Blog post 2, refer to the Additional Readings section of week 6 and so forth.


Please label the blog posts correctly i.e. provide the correct title. For example- the first blog post should be labelled “Blog post 1: Business Process Architecture”, the second one should be “Blog post 2: Business Process Management” and so forth.


Blog Format


In your reflective blog post, you should demonstrate an ability to reflect on and learn from established practices in the nominated article and the weekly course topic. You will write your blog post in the format as described below.

  • Synopsis - this is a summary of the content of the article (should be objective);
  • Critique - how well you think the author or authors address the article topic (should be objective) and should be supplemented with other views;
  • Your reflection - how you think the article has assisted you in understanding the weekly course topic (can be subjective as you are discussing your own learning). In writing the reflection, link the article to the weekly topic i.e. has it been helpful (or not) in enhancing your learning. Provide reasons.


It is advisable to structure your blog post in three paragraphs: Synopsis, Critique and Reflection. Do not create headings and subheadings as distinct paragraphs will suffice.

Note: You need to use correct Harvard reference citations for each blog to support your critique as you will be referring to other sources too. Refer to this guide for help with Harvard referencing.


The blog post should be free from typographical, spelling and grammatical errors.

You can complete your blog posts before the due dates but feedback will not be released until 2 weeks after the due date of each blog. No comment on your work will be posted on your blog for viewing by the general public.


Instructions for creating and registering your blog


A blog (or weblog) is a website where entries are made in reverse chronological order. It is perhaps the simplest and one of the most popular ways of producing a website. For more information about blogs, see the Wikipedia page for ‘blog’ or follow this link to see a video about blogs.


You will be using Mahara to create your blog. After creating the blog/journal and blog posts/entries in Mahara, you will subsequently need to create a Mahara page, embed the journal in it and create a secret URL. Steps for all of these can be found in the course website on Moodle.


After following all the steps and completing your blog post, submit the Secret URL by pasting it into Moodle for marking and feedback.


In order to be able to submit your blog post as specified in the correct week, please create a new secret URL for every blog post and submit that in Moodle so your marker knows you have submitted.


Late submission penalties may be applied to blog posts that are submitted late. Any blog posts submitted 2 weeks after the submission date may not be marked. Hence, it is advisable to submit on time and adhere to the specified deadlines.


It is IMPORTANT that you:


  • Conduct yourself professionally. Blogs that contain inappropriate material will not be marked;
  • Ensure that your response is within a single blog post;
  • Ensure that the title of your blog post includes the title as advised before.


All assignments will be checked for plagiarism (material copied from other students and/or material copied from other sources). If you are found to have plagiarised material or if you have used someone else’s words without appropriate referencing, you will be penalised for plagiarism which could result in zero marks for the whole assignment. In some circumstances a more severe penalty may be imposed as per University policy.


Marking Criteria for the Blog Posts





Exceptional Response

The response shows insight and demonstrates an ability to compare and contrast ideas being presented. Shows an understanding of the paper and reflects upon the learning value. Correctly referenced and free from typographical, spelling and grammatical errors.


Good Response

There is some evidence of applying knowledge and understanding to the chosen paper. The response lacks clarity.


Acceptable Response

The response lacks in-depth insight but does demonstrate an overall understanding of the paper.


Satisfactory Response

The synopsis provided is generally accurate but no insight or reflection is offered.


No Response

The required weekly blog was not posted. The blog post was for an incorrect article.


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