MPA701 Accounting

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MPA701 Accounting
Trimester 1, 2018
Assessment Task 3 (part B) _Reflective Piece
An individual assignment
DUE DATE: Sunday 13 May 2018, at 11:59pm (AEST)
This assignment represents 5% (5 marks) of the assessment in this unit. Late submission will not
be accepted. Submissions after the due date will not be marked and only seen as a submitted
item when determining the final result in the unit.
Objective
The objective of this reflective piece is to enhance students’ engagement in their own learning
by reflecting not only on their performance overall in the unit but also on various learning
activities while doing assignments within this unit. This assessment activity is focused on
developing an understanding of the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes and in particular your
knowledge and skill level with regards to Digital Literacy and Self-management. Your final
submission with be as a Word document, but should reflect aspects of an Infographic.
Background
Graduate employers consistently tell us that they are looking for graduates who display not only
technical skills but also those referred to as non-technical or employability skills. Employability
skills are what the Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes are based on. These include
communication, the ability to work in a team and to learn from mistakes, and Self- management.
In this unit, Self-management refers to skills and strategies by which individuals can effectively
identify and action learning opportunities and self-improvements to direct their own learning
activities toward the achievement of personal and professional learning goals. Self-management
skills include:
• setting a future plan and establishing clear personal goals
• reviewing and monitoring one’s own performance
• taking responsibility for one’s own learning
• setting priorities and milestones
• clearly articulating personal ideas and vision
Digital Literacy, in this unit refers to being able to use a variety of digital media to:
• search and navigate,
• think critically and
• analyse, create and communicate.
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It encompasses a broad range of critical skills to engage in the information-driven world in
which we live.
This assignment will also help students to develop their skills in the process of collection,
selection, curation, direction, evaluation and reflection.
What is reflective practice?
Reflective practice is about taking personal responsibility for actions, self-reflecting and
critiquing your own performance and identifying and planning future development needs. In
order to take personal responsibility for your actions you need to keep items that will act as
evidence of this as you work on this unit. You could collect items such as documents used for
assessment pieces and their feedback or personal journal entries that you make about your
experience in the unit. It could be images that you take of a particular class that you found
difficult to comprehend so you might like to take a photo of this as evidence or even a selfie of
yourself in the library studying as you might have had a particular good study session and
achieved many tasks that day. It can even be evidence of a conversation you had with a staff
member who helped you understand an important concept. By having these items that act as
evidence you will be able to reflect back on your activity within the unit during the trimester
and critique your own performance. Once you have reviewed some of the resources about
reflective practice the next stage is deciding what to write down.
Task Requirements
Your task is to develop a reflection highlighting the learning you have achieved within this unit,
specifically in relation to your Digital Literacy and Self-management skills. You will be required
to provide evidence in the form of digital artefacts to support your reflections. Your reflection is
to be presented as a Word document (must be limited to 300 words +/- 10%), taking into
consideration aspects found in Infographics.
It is recommended that you keep records of your thoughts and feelings throughout the
trimester on a regular basis, on the development of your Digital Literacy and Self-management
skills.
Step 1: Before undertaking the computerised and manual case scenario assessment item, think
about your current knowledge and skill level with regard to Digital Literacy and Selfmanagement.
If you are unsure of what these Graduate Learning Outcomes encompass, refer to
the Deakin University website here. Decide whether you are at a beginner, intermediate or
advanced knowledge and skill level for both Graduate Learning Outcomes. Record your opinion
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below by placing a tick in the appropriate cell, and include the table in your final submission, as
part of your introduction. You will need to refer to this table when you are writing your final
reflection to see how your knowledge and skills have improved.
Beginner Intermediate Advanced
I think my Digital Literacy knowledge and skills are
at the following level
I think my Self-management knowledge and skills
are at the following level
Provide a justification as to why you think your knowledge and skills are at the level you have
indicated.
Step 2: It is a good idea to keep weekly notes on how you feel your knowledge and skills are
developing with regards to Digital Literacy and Self-management. Some of the questions you
can use to help you think about your knowledge and skills development are included below:
MPA701 Trimester 3, 2017
• What am I doing to develop my knowledge and skills in regards to Digital Literacy and
Self-management?
• What support resources have I used to develop my knowledge and skills?
• Is there anything else I could be doing or accessing to help develop my knowledge and
skills?
• Is what I am currently doing, working?
• Why is it working or not working?
• How does this make me feel?
• Why am I feeling this way?
• What can I do to change / improve the situation?
• What are my thoughts on how the knowledge and skills I am developing will assist my
future career?
It is not necessary to answer each question each time you write notes to yourself, but it is
important that you consider these aspects of your knowledge development. The act of thinking
about and answering these questions is known as Reflective Practice. The format these notes
take is up to you. Remember to also collect examples of what you are doing in regards to Digital
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Literacy and Self-management and the best examples are to be included in your final
submission. These examples will be your artefacts.
Step 3: Using your notes from step 2 compile your final reflective piece. The reflective piece
should tie together the learning experiences that you have completed with regard to Digital
Literacy and Self-Management. Reflect on where you performed well as well as where you did
not. Within the reflective piece, make reference to the artefacts and the brief reflections that
you have collected during the trimester. The references you make to these artefacts should
support the claims that you are making about your learning. It is expected that you provide at
the minimum 2 artefacts (evidence) that supports both Digital Literacy and Self-Management.
In what format should I produce the final reflective piece?
The final reflective piece must be produced as a Word document, but presented as an
infographic. A sample infographic is provided on the Unit Site that can be used to help develop
your final submission.
Word Limit: +/- 300 words, double-spaced, 12-point Ariel or Times New Roman font. A word
count must be included. Students exceeding the word limit by more than 10% will incur a
mark penalty.
Submission Instructions
Submission instructions will be advised later during the trimester.Deakin’s Bachelor of Commerce and MBA are internationally EPAS accredited.
Deakin Business School is accredited by AACSB.
MPA 701 – Accounting
Trimester 1, 2018
Assessment Task 3 (Part A) –Computerised and manual
practical case studies
DUE DATE AND TIME: End of Week 9, Sunday 13 May 2018, 11:59pm (AEST)
PERCENTAGE OF FINAL GRADE: 15% + (5% part B, self-reflection task)
Learning Outcome Details
Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 2_ Recognise financial transactions and
encode them using computer software
DGLO 1_ Discipline knowledge and capabilities:
appropriate to the level of study related to a
discipline or profession.
ULO 3_ Construct elementary financial reports
via the recording of transactions and the
application of accrual methods.
DGLO 3_ Digital Literacy: using technologies to find,
use and disseminate information.
DGLO 5_ Problem Solving: creating solutions to
authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
DGLO 6_Self-management: working and learning
independently, and taking responsibility for personal
actions
Assessment Feedback:
Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on
CloudDeakin within 15 working days.
Description / Requirements
-The Task’s data (part A) and submission instructions will be released on Monday of week 8. The
delay in release of the Task’s data is because XERO offers the free trial for only 30 days, therefore
we expect students to start working on this task strictly according to the planned time frame.
-A practice set data and manual guide, and XERO program training/instructions will be released in
week 7.

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