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ARTD3052 Reflective Journal

Module Overview

This module is one of the common core modules taken by all students on the University of Southampton undergraduate programmes taught at Dalian Polytechnic University. Whilst the learning outcomes are the same no matter which of the programmes you are following, your output from this module will reflect the media and approaches of your chosen programme. Your final Part 3 degree mark will be made up of 33% from your overall Part 2 mark and 67% from your overall Part 3 mark.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

• enable you to better understand your work by evaluating the work which you produced in Specialist Practice 3 • assist you in the review and redefinition of the parameters of your work by developing a broader understanding of your ideas which will assist you in your Final Major Project. • promote the development of critical and reflective abilities through the analysis of visual and written material. • define the context in which you place your work. • enable you to successfully produce a summary of your findings and identify working methods that will enable you to take your ideas forward once you have graduated.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • the relevance of key discipline-specific theoretical and contextual themes to your work
  • ways of communicating an informed and critical understanding of your work in the context of the discipline you are studying
  • an appropriate selection of material for the Reflective Journal supported by relevant analysis of the ideas it encompasses.
  • approaches involved in undertaking a clearly written and presented journal summary
  • how different facets of your work inter-connect: the relationship between your discipline, context, concepts, materials, techniques and audience.
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • demonstrate organisational skills
  • identify, select and draw upon a wide range of visual, printed and electronic sources
  • work independently on the analysis and evaluation of your ideas
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • formulate and develop an idea and broadly research its context in a sophisticated way, for example using search methods and / or abstract association
  • recognise useful links between your contextual data suitable to advance your work in the Final Major Project
  • recognise issues and analyse their relationships to the formation of more developed ideas relevant to your discipline.


This module will facilitate reflection on ideas and practice, including any professional experience you have gained, to enable an understanding of the development of your work undertaken in the Specialist Practice 3 module and the Final Major Project. The Reflective Journal will enable you to understand the parameters of your discipline-specific practice and increasingly focus your thinking. It will assist you in increasingly applying insights drawn from enquiry into your practice in the development of work for the Final Major Project. You will produce a reflective account of your learning experiences that recognises the importance of some ideas over others in your discipline, and draws links between thoughts and information particularly with regard to honing your work into more sophisticated finished pieces. In this way, the Reflective Journal will also provide a method for tracking the development of your work in the final phase of your degree programme. It can take different forms, appropriate to your discipline, but will normally be a file containing visual references, annotations of practice and a written 1000-word summary of how the work produced in Specialist Practice 3 developed into the work undertaken in the Final Major Project. It is a requirement that the 1000 word critical summary must be typed. The ongoing journal supported with annotated images can be handwritten but it should be legible. This is accompanied by a bibliography with a minimum of 10 academic references.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include • Face-to-face tutorials as appropriate Learning activities include • Reflective Journal • Self-reflection • Independent analysis Relationship between the teaching, learning and assessment methods and the planned learning outcomes Learning in this module builds on the skills you developed through the Placement and Reflective Journal. It is intended to be highly independent and self-directed, supported by a framework of face-to-face tutorials. The approach encourages you to reflect on your specialist skills in a contemporary, discipline-focused context and the development of your ideas and work in Specialist Practice 3 and on-going work in the Final Major Project. A self-reflective approach is essential that takes account of your now highly independent working practices. If you undertake professional experience you may receive formative face-to-face feedback from staff where you are located and will receive support electronically from WSA academics. The assessment of this module is the Reflective Journal itself. It is intended that it will lay foundations for your work and research after graduation.

Completion of assessment task60
Preparation for scheduled sessions40
Wider reading or practice10
Total study time150





MethodPercentage contribution
Journal  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Journal  (4000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Journal  (4000 words) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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