The Assessment Task
This assignment is a theoretically informed individual 3,500-word report to address the identified challenges outline in your poster presentation.
This report should develop a critical theoretical discussion using up to date credible sources to debate the different options for leaders/managers to deal with your outlined specific challenges. You should demonstrate the depth of your research by comparing and contrasting a range of theories to develop an analysis of the topic areas to provide practical solutions to the identified challenges.
Please refer to the below guidance for further Clarity
1. Structural Guidelines
Introduction – a brief introduction to the report, please make sure that you write clearly and succinctly (there is only 3500 words)
Leadership and Management Challenges within Current Business Environment
a. Discuss challenges of leadership in terms of the chosen area 1 and possible ways of addressing them in your (or chosen) organisation
b. Discuss the challenges of leadership and management of the chosen area 2 and possible ways of addressing them in your (or chosen) organisation
Case Study Analysis – Link above discussed theories to analyse potential solutions for the challenges/issues identified.
a. The analysis on first chosen area
b. The Analysis on second chosen area
Conclusion and Recommendations – Provide an overview of the report and some recommendations based on the above analysis
References – Please make sure to follow University guidance for Harvard Referencing and provide the list of references.
2. Quality Related Guidelines
Academic Support – It is mandatory that you support your arguments using current research and theories extracted from relevant and recognised journal articles.
Academic Writing – You are expected to write succinctly and critically in line with the assessment task.
The maximum word limit for this assignment is 3,500 words.
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
Knowledge and understanding
a. Successfully critique and evaluate the different theoretical approaches around organisational behaviour.
b. Contextualise theoretical understanding by analysing current issues related to the discipline of Human Resource Management and Organisational Behaviour
f. Provide an extended argument and justification in an appropriate written format.
Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the grading rubric on NILE for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.
Specific support sessions for this assessment will be provided by your tutor and notified through NILE. You can also access individual support and guidance for your assessments from Library and Learning Services. Visit the Skills Hub to access this support and to discover the online support also available for assessments and academic skills.
Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Unless this is a group assessment, the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. For the avoidance of doubt this means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted.
For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. Also useful resources to help with understanding academic integrity are available from UNPAC .
N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.
To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area on the NILE site and use the relevant submission point to upload your report. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local time) on the date of submission. Please note that essays and text based reports should be submitted as word documents and not PDFs or Mac files.
Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database. Work
When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your record and proof of submission. If your assessment is not submitted to TURNITIN, rather than a receipt, you will see a green banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.
N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked.
Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:
· Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
· More than one week from original deadline – grade achievable LG (L indicating late).
For resits there are no allowances for work submitted late and it will be treated as a non-submission.
Please see the Assessment and Feedback Policy for full information on the processes related to assessment, grading and feedback, including anonymous grading. You will also find the generic grading criteria for achievement at University Grading Criteria. Also explained there are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale including LG mentioned above.
The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.
For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits.
For guidance on Mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating Circumstances where you will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application.
Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.
Feedback and Grades
These can be accessed through clicking on the Feedback and Grades tab on NILE. Feedback will be provided by a rubric with summary comments.