Reflective essay on working as a team on a Business Consultancy Project

Reflection based on issues during the project and working in a team.
concept/ theories should be based on the issues that occurred and linked.

The task is:
“To write a report (1000 words) that reflects on an aspect of your learning during the
Unit in relation to working in a consultancy project team, and your plan to develop
yourself in light of what you learned”.
You should structure your report into 3 Parts.

Part A. Critically discuss an event or series of events where you tried out one or more
concepts from the Unit. 30% of CW2 marks.
Part B. Critically discuss how well the concepts worked out, or not. 30% of CW2
marks.
Part C. Building on your Part A and B, critically discuss how you might develop
yourself, given the sorts of team-working situations you might encounter in future.
40% of CW2 marks.
Guidance notes
This coursework assesses progress towards Learning Outcome 1. “Work effectively in a
consultancy project team, being aware of team roles and dynamics using reflection, creativity
and conflict resolution”.
The word “concept” is used to include a theory, concept, model or framework. You should use
a reflective approach, drawing on academic concepts, and not simply a narrative of what
happened.
This coursework focuses on what you have learned about working in a team, and how you
might be more effective in the future.
You can choose to write about any aspect of team-working, such as in leadership, conflict
resolution, managing client relationships, or emotional and social aspects of working in a team.
U25880 Unit Guide – Business Consultancy Project 2017/8

Some guidance on the different parts.
Part A. You might choose a key meeting, or an ongoing issue that you tried to resolve.
It might be about team dynamics, or conflict resolution, how tasks are coordinated in a
project. It is important to show that you tried out one or more concepts, and what you
were hoping to achieve by using them. You need to select your event or events
carefully.
Part B. You may not have been successful, or your concept(s) might not have helped
you – what matters is to discuss this critically, such as what you might have done
differently in the specific situation. For example, if the team reflexivity model did not
help the team to see how they could have been more effective, is there another concept
that might have helped instead.
Part C. Think of Part C as part of a development plan. You can build on the ideas or
concepts discussed in Part A or B, or bring in new ideas or new concepts. Part C is
about showing that you have learned from your experience, and how you will take your
learning forward to become better at working in a team.
The coursework is only 1000 words, but it is important to use concepts from the unit materials.
It is not about how many concept you use, but the quality of your discussion.
Please apportion the word count roughly to match the weighting. eg a Part A of only 100
words, a Part B of 300 words, and a Part C of 600 words is likely to reduce your overall mark.
Try to aim for about 300 words for Parts A and B, and about 400 words for Part C.
Reflection is a key skill in many fields of practice and assists development of business and
managerial skills, and improves self-awareness. Some useful questions to ask oneself might
include the following. However, this is NOT a checklist of items to consider, simply some
examples to help you:
1. What did you find out that surprised you or challenged your assumptions?
2. What kinds of skills in leading or managing have you gained, and what helped with
this?
3. How did the group dynamics affect your progress in the task? What can you do to
resolve conflicts better in the future?
4. How would you approach working a team better or differently the next time?
5. What did you learn about working with the client and other people?
Use your learning journal to record your experiences, and record how you felt at the time. You
can choose an aspect or events from any time in the project.
Format
You must write it in the first person. Use a report format, with distinct headings for Part A, B
and C, and maybe a small number of subheadings within each part. You need a short executive
summary (about 50 words) and a references section. Do not use footnotes.
Annexes
These are optional, and the content is up to you. Maximum length: 3 pages – more than this will
not be read. Most of the best CW2 in the past have no annex.