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Weekly portfolio
In this course you are required to complete a weekly portfolio. A portfolio provides evidence of previous experience and
presents a dynamic record of your growth and professional learning over the duration of this course. Your portfolio provides
an account of your learning based on your prior and current learnings and your critical reflection.

A portfolio is increasingly being used in Universities as a means of:

Being able to tell much more about you than exam results;
As a means of reflecting your development through the course;
To reflect your attitude and values as well as your skills and knowledge.

(Race 2010, p. 58)

Timmins states that A portfolio is a cohesive account of work based learning that contains relevant evidence from practice
and critical reflection on this evidence. Its primary purpose is to display achievement of professional competence or learning
outcomes and knowledge development (Timmins 2008: p. 115).

Youll find much more information about the use and application of portfolios on the Internet. However, it will require you to
take some time to think through how you are going to complete the portfolio on a weekly basis. It is very easy to trivialise
the portfolio and write nearly the same thing each week. But that wont gain you many marks. Instead you should try to
focus on the topic and learning outcome for the week and your reflections regarding them.

Task
Your task is to write a weekly portfolio reflecting upon your learnings from the prior week. In your portfolio you will identify:

1. The learning outcomes and module/topic of the course;


2. A description of your experience, including reading samples or records;
3. Your learning from your experiences;
4. Any supporting documentation of prior or current learning.

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Instructions for completing the portfolio


1. Type your name and student id at the top of the page in the header section.
2. You can then delete this first section, save the file so that it can be used each week, and concentrate on writing your
weekly portfolio.
3. Each learning outcome and the topics appropriate for the learning outcome have been included as the first column of
portfolio table on the next page. You should review these columns and make changes as the course progresses and
you gain more familiarity with the learning outcomes and course content. You will find that you will progressively
elaborate on the content of the second, third and fourth columns as you work through each of the weeks of the course.
4. Please appreciate it takes time to complete the portfolio therefore you must think always of what is required and be
taking notes to update your portfolio as you read, study videos, or undertake other course related activities. You are
expected to be working 12 to 16 hours each week on this course so you have plenty of time to get the portfolio right!
5. The portfolio will be discussed in the course online videos and tutorials please listen carefully and you may find the
portfolio is easier to complete than it first appears.
6. You may disagree with the allocation of the learning outcomes to the topics in the portfolio table. This is your right and
you are free to move things around as you become more familiar with the portfolio and the course material.
7. At the beginning of the course all of the learning outcomes may be not appropriate for the first week, so you should
reflect upon what you believe is required from the portfolio for the first week. As the weeks progress then you will find
that you will add more learning outcomes. The content of the first weekly learning portfolio table in this file includes all
of the topics and reading samples to save your time in typing.
8. At the end of the course you should review your weekly portfolios and then consolidate them into a single submission.
This is the assessment that gets marked. Since the objective of the portfolio is to show your learning journey as well as
your reflections then you should not be surprised to find that your opinions have changed during the course. You do
not have to change your portfolios from prior weeks.

Future directions
In the future you should expect that portfolios will be used increasingly at the academic post graduate level. Eventually they
may even replace exams. Therefore there are a number of things to note for the future:

1. You will be required to complete more portfolios in other courses as you progress in your academic career;
2. As portfolios begin to replace exams you will need to make your portfolio comprehensive and deeply reflective to gain
a good grade;

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3. You may find that other course assessments, such as presentations, will be aligned with the content of your portfolio
submissions as a means of validating your knowledge.

Acknowledgement and references


This portfolio structure was based on an example (a psychology course) located at Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada

Race P. (2010) A Practical Guide to Assessment, Learning and Teaching. Abingdon, England: Routledge.

Timmins F. (2008) Making Sense of Portfolios: An Introduction to Portfolio use for Nursing Students. Glasgow, Scotland:
McGraw-Hill Education.

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Weekly Portfolio Learning Table


Topic and Your personal learning Learnings from your Supporting documentation
reading outcomes from this course. experience. including your prior
samples. learnings.
Why Project
Management?

Kerzner
Chapter 1

Egelstaff
(2013)
Academic
assignments:
Critical
thinking and
writing
critically

Journals &
Standards
IJPM
PMJ
SAI
Global

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Topic and Your personal learning Learnings from your Supporting documentation
reading outcomes from this course. experience. including your prior
samples. learnings.

Portfolio Reflection
You can write anything here that assists you to reflect upon your learning journey using each weeks portfolio as evidence of
the learnings that have occurred.

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