Programme Title MSc Management
Module Title Organisational Behaviour
Module Code 07 28306
Assignment Title Individual Essay
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Assignment Format Essay
Assignment Length 1500 words
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The essay gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your individual understanding of one aspect of organizational behaviour theory and practice.
You have a choice of TWO essay titles:
1. To what extent is resistance to change inevitable in organisations and to what extent can it be managed? Critically discuss this question by drawing on relevant theories and case study examples to support your answer.
2. To what extent do traditional ‘content’ and ‘process’ theories of motivation inform more contemporary approaches to employee engagement and job design? Critically discuss this question by drawing on relevant theories and case study examples to support your answer.
You are expected to Write a 1500 words essay on any ONE of the above titles
Module Learning Outcomes:
In this assessment the following learning outcomes will be covered:
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key organisational behaviour theories, models and frameworks such as organisational culture, motivational theory and group behaviour;
• Critically evaluate how organisational behaviour drives performance and competitiveness;
• Critically evaluate the effectiveness of organisational policies and procedures in a variety of organisations;
Fail (Below 40) (40-49) (50-59) (60-69) (70+)
Appropriateness of answer (relevance and scope of subject material; explanation and justification of subject material in relation to the question).
A significant degree of the subject material is not directly relevant and / or is only partially justified; an inadequate answer with only limited explanation.
The majority of the subject material is directly relevant and is justified to a satisfactory standard; the answer is adequate but there is scope for further development and clarity of explanation.
All subject material is directly relevant and is well justified; the answer is effective, but there is scope for further development and clarity of explanation. All subject material is directly relevant and is used effectively and creatively to answer the question; the answer is well focused and there is very clear and concise explanation.
An excellent answer. The subject material is highly relevant and is comprehensive; the answer is extremely well focused and answers the question in a creative, innovative and rigorous manner.
Appropriateness of theoretical analysis (relevance of theoretical frameworks / concepts; effectiveness and quality of theoretical analysis, evaluation and critique in relation to the question). The answer fails to include appropriate theories and concepts; the answer is descriptive and there is a lack of theoretical analysis, evaluation and critique. The answer includes some, but not all of the appropriate theories and concepts; the answer is descriptive in places and the standard of theoretical analysis, evaluation and critique is limited. The answer includes all appropriate theories and concepts; there is effective theoretical analysis, evaluation and critique but the depth of analysis is sometimes limited. The answer has a very effective theoretical analysis and evaluation; there is strong evidence of in-depth theoretical knowledge and critical reflection. The answer has an excellent theoretical analysis and evaluation; an excellent degree of theoretical knowledge is demonstrated and there is strong evidence of critical reflection and originality of thought.
Ability to compare theory to practice (quality of theoretical application; appropriateness and range of company illustrations(case studies & examples There is little or no comparison between theory and practice; a very limited range of appropriate illustrations is applied. There is only partial comparison between theory and practice; a limited range of appropriate illustrations is applied. There is an adequate comparison between theory and practice; a wide range of appropriate illustrations is applied. There is a very effective comparison between theory and practice; a comprehensive range of appropriate illustrations is applied to good effect. There is an excellent comparison between theory and practice; a comprehensive range of appropriate illustrations (case studies & examples) is applied in a critical and innovative manner.
Essay structure and presentation (cohesion of answer, use of academic English; Grammar). The essay lacks a cohesive and logical structure; arguments do not flow; grammar may be incorrect and presentation is poor. The essay has a basic structure but lacks cohesion; arguments are disjointed at times; grammar and presentation are satisfactory. The essay has a logical structure, and is largely cohesive; arguments are fluid; grammar and presentation are good; academic terminology is adequate.
The essay has a logical, creative and very cohesive structure; arguments are extremely fluid and grammar, presentation and academic terminology are all very good. The essay has an excellent structure; arguments are extremely fluid and grammar, presentation and academic terminology are all faultless.
Evidence of research and standard of referencing (range and appropriateness of sources of information; correct use of academic referencing techniques. There is limited evidence of research; very few sources are utilised and the standard of referencing is inadequate. There is partial evidence of research; only the obvious sources are utilised and the referencing is adequate but inconsistent. A range of appropriate sources is used effectively; the referencing is largely consistent. A wide variety of different research sources are used effectively; there is very good evidence of researching skills and the standard of referencing is good.
In-depth research has been undertaken and the research sources are highly effective; the standard of referencing is excellent throughout.
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