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Assignment Briefs 12-15-2022

LO2 Reflect on your own capabilities in an organisational context and start to define your motivational goals in relation to work.

Assessment 2 Brief

Module Title: Behaviour in Organisations

Module Code: 4HURM010W

Assessment title: Reflection and Essay

Assessment weighting: 75%

Assessment deadline: 15th December 2022 at 13:00 UK time.

Word count: 3,000 words (excluding reference list/bibliography)

Semester 1, 2022/2023

The Assessment

LEARNING OUTCOMES ADDRESSED:

LO2 Reflect on your own capabilities in an organisational context and start to define your motivational goals in relation to work.

LO3 Identify Key areas of the knowledge base and terminology of Organisational Behaviour in relation to managing others.

LO4 Identify concepts and approaches that can help you to explore contemporary organisational issues, such as sustainability, and changing organisational forms.

ASSESSMENT SUMMARY: Assessment Two (Individual piece of work) should be divided as follows:

a) Reflection on your tutor feedback from the first assessment and contribution of module to your learning goals this semester. (500 words)

b) Reflection on your motivation/passion and how you might take your first steps towards achieving it. (700 words)

c) Essay (1,800 words)

All three stages must be fulfilled, and all must be included in your final piece of work you upload to Turnitin.  You should upload them as one document. Remember, the total WORD COUNT: 3000 words (excluding reference list/bibliography). Do not exceed 3,000 words.

Parts b) and c) are assessed in the mark and part a) is an essential stage towards completing a better essay (Part c), allowing you to build on your learning from the first assessment.

1. DETAILED ASSESSMENT GUIDE AND STRUCTURE:

a) Reflection: on your tutor feedback from first assessment and a final review of your learning on the module (500 words).

This continues the theme and practice of reflection started for assessment one by looking at reflection for development.  Your reflection should indicate how the feedback and learning from the first piece of assessment has been used to prepare the final essay.  To do that you should list TWO aspects of your writing and learning which you wish to improve upon and detail how you have started to and plan to address these.  Please comment on how you have used the tutor feedback constructively and your time in this module to learn about the transition to higher education and to aid preparation for your essay/assessment 2.   It should also include a final review paragraph which considers how the learning on the module has helped you to work towards your learning goals for this semester.

b) Reflection on your motivation and passion and first steps to achieving your goal (700 words).

On the module we consider motivation and passion and how work environments can facilitate creativity or hamper it. Please write approximately 500 –700 words outlining your motivation and passion as it is currently in relation to a desired work environment/career that you think you would like to pursue, contemplating where your motivation for this stems from.  We would like you then to explore how you might try to take a ‘first step’ towards achieving your motivation/passion goals during the work-based learning (35 hour) requirement between levels 4 and 5 of your degree. This may be through voluntary work for example, and you might cite some examples of organisations that you could approach. This part of the assessment 2 is designed to encourage you to reflect on your own capabilities in an organisational context and start to define your motivational goals in relation to work.

c) Essay (1,800 words).

Choose ONE of the following essay questions to answer

Please note that you should make reference to some of the reading you have done and some of the theory we have covered on the module when answering the questions.  

Q1. Choose one organisation and discuss how it motivates and retains talented staff, drawing on aspects of the main motivational theories to show why this might be effective.

Q2. ‘Stereotyping and other perceptual errors in judgement could lead to talent loss and organisational inefficiency’. Discuss this statement, suggesting some of the reasons why stereotyping and perceptual errors might occur in organisations.

Q3. Using a company example of your choice, illustrate how the organisation is managing their workforce to address ONE United Nations sustainable development goal to make a positive impact.

Q4. Discuss the advantages and challenges of ONE contemporary leadership theory and how relevant the chosen theory is in organisations today.

Useful resources for this assessment:

https://libguides.westminster.ac.uk/essaywriting/essays

Assessment criteria

The assessment criteria and weightings show you what is important in the assessment and how marks are shared across each criterion. When you are completing your assessment remember you need to fulfil the brief and the assessment criteria below. At the end of this document, we have provided you a more detailed marking grid, which describes both the expectation for each criterion and how marks would be awarded based upon performance.

The assessment will look at to what extent you have shown an ability to:

  • Outline relevant concepts/ideas and theories covered from the field of organisational behaviour;
  • Demonstrate relevant knowledge from reading and research;
  • Write clearly, effectively and concisely in an essay format and use sources/references appropriately;
  • Describe and apply some of the organisational behaviour theories and writers, which have influenced our thinking about individuals in organisations; for example, in relation to perception, stress, motivation, structures, personality, organisational structures or leadership.
  • LO2 Reflect on your own capabilities in an organisational context and start to define your motivational goals in relation to work.

Criterion – Reflection and Essay

Weighting

Reflection:

Ability to reflect on motivational goals and plan for short term actions towards these.

Essay:

Structure and Development of argument.

Use of reading/research/ appropriate writers;

Use of relevant case studies and examples to illustrate understanding;

Writing style and referencing;

Understanding of concepts/ideas presented on the module.

100%

The University has arrangements for marking, internal moderation and external scrutiny. Further information can be found in Section 12 of the Handbook of Academic Regulations, westminster.ac.uk/study/current-students/resources/academic-regulations

4HURM010W: Assessment 2

Outstanding (80%+)

 

Excellent (70%+)

Very Good (60%+)

Good (50%+)

Minimal Pass (40%+)

Poor (30%-39%)

Fail (less than 30%)

Reflection Part B:

Ability to reflect on motivational goals and plan for short term actions towards these.

Outstanding ability to reflect on your motivational goals and plan for short term actions, showing advanced reflection and analysis 

Your work shows a deep and thoughtful reflection on your motivational goals and excellent ability to plan in the short term for actions.

Clear evidence of reflective ability on motivational goals and short-term actions towards these

 

Your work shows the development of reflective skills but needs more thought and work.

Your work shows the beginnings of reflective ability but overall is descriptive rather than analytical, with reflection under-developed.

Inadequate use of reflection with no clear understanding of motivational goals and/or no action plan for the short term

No evidence of reflection /planning.

Essay Part C:

Structure and Development of argument.

 

Clear evidence of independent and original thinking in the development of argument and sophistication in expression

Excellent ability to compare critically different arguments/theories and arrive at some conclusion in your arguments and structure

Clear focus on question set and a suitable and fluent structure

Mostly focused on question and evidence of an attempt at logical essay structure

Only partially focussed on question and rather disjointed in presentation of ideas and linking the ideas

A lack of appropriate structure and/or understanding of question set and material used so that overall it is disjointed

Disorganisation and/ or inadequate length

Use of reading/research/ appropriate writers;

 

Evidence of extensive reading/research, drawing on a wide set of sources and an ability to connect to different perspectives in the literature

Evidence of wide or in-depth reading/research to support points made

 

 

Selective and appropriate use of research and reading material which shows evidence of engagement and wider reading than the module material

Some correctly referenced research material/reading used, relevant to the question set

Little use of reference material and evidence of appropriate reading

 

 

Very little appropriate research/reading

No evidence of sufficient appropriate reading

Use of relevant case studies and examples to illustrate understanding;

 

 

Numerous examples showing sophisticated ability to connect theory/concepts to practical experiences/case studies in an integrative way

Several examples which show ability to connect theory/concepts to practical examples/case studies

Some relevant, well-chosen examples/case studies which demonstrate practical implications of concepts/theory 

A few relevant examples but not sufficiently explored

Little evidence of being able to relate the ideas to examples

Absence of examples which show understanding

No suitable examples included

Writing style and referencing;

 

Mastery of academic style and referencing

Fluently written and well-argued essay with very good referencing

Well-written answer in clear English with appropriate referencing

Writing and/or referencing style could be improved to be more academically appropriate

Writing style needs to be improved as it is difficult to understand. Inadequate referencing

 

Inappropriate writing style for academic work

Writing very difficult to understand, substantial errors.

 

Understanding of concepts/ideas presented on the module.

 

Excellent awareness of the subtlety of concepts and ideas presented

 

Wide or deep understanding of relevant concepts and ideas presented

Very good identification and grasp of appropriate concepts and ideas

 

Evidence of identification of some of the issues but largely descriptive rather than analytical. Ideas presented as unsupported opinions. Some gaps in knowledge

Entirely descriptive, with ideas presented as unsupported and generalised opinions.  Significant gaps in knowledge

Poor understanding of ideas and concepts presented on the module.

 

Misunderstanding of questions and concepts covered on the module

 


Anonymous marking

Do NOT include your name or student number within the file name or anywhere within your submission. The submission will be subject to anonymous marking. Having logged into blackboard the system will record your details anonymously and tutors will only see your name after the entire submission has been assessed and provisional marks have been released to all students at the same time.

Referencing requirements for the assessment

Statements, assertions and ideas made in coursework should be supported by citing relevant sources. Sources cited in the text should be listed at the end of the assignment in a reference list. Any material that you read but do not cite in the report should go into a separate bibliography. Unless explicitly stated otherwise by the module teaching team, all referencing should be in Westminster Harvard format. If you are not sure about this, the library provides guidance (available via the library website pages)

The deadline and submitting your coursework - checks

Unless indicated otherwise, coursework is submitted via Blackboard.

The deadline for this assessment is Thursday 15th December 2022 at 13:00 UK time. This means that your work should be fully uploaded before 13:00. The University would treat your submission as late, if your work has not been fully uploaded and stored on the server before 13:00. In order to avoid your submission being marked as late, you should upload your work as soon as possible before the deadline and must not wait until or just before the deadline to start uploading your work.

At busy times the coursework submission process may run slowly. To ensure that your submission is not recorded as a late submission, avoid submitting very close to the deadline.

To submit your assignment:

  1. Log on to Blackboard at  http://learning.westminster.ac.uk;
  1. Go to the Blackboard site for this module;
  1. Click on the ‘Assessment’ area for the module
  1. Click on the link for the assignment to submit
  1. Follow the instructions, ensuring that you have selected the correct file to upload.

REMEMBER

It is a requirement that you submit your work in this way. All coursework must be uploaded by 13:00 (UK Time on the due date).

If you submit your assessment late but within 24 hours or one ‘working’ day of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that assessment will be deducted as a penalty for late submission, except for work which is marked in the marginal pass rate range (9% above the pass mark) and in this case the mark would be capped at the pass mark.

If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours after the specified deadline you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question.

Difficulties in submitting assignments on time

If you have difficulties for reasons beyond your control (e.g. serious illness, family problems etc.) that prevent you from submitting the assessment, make sure you apply to the Mitigating Circumstances board with evidence to support your claim as soon as possible. Further details can be found on the following URL: https://www.westminster.ac.uk/current-students/guides-and-policies/assessment-guidelines/mitigating-circumstances-claims

If you are unsure about the above information, you should seek academic support from your module leader, personal tutor or your course leader. You will find details of your module leader in this module’s handbook and you can find the name of your course leader and personal tutor from your “My Student Records” page via the University’s student portal. LO2 Reflect on your own capabilities in an organisational context and start to define your motivational goals in relation to work.

ACADEMIC SUPPORT & FEEDBACK ARRANGEMENTS

For this assessment there will be an opportunity for an academic support & feedback drop-in session, where you will receive support and feedback on your assessment prior to submission. Further details are provided in the module handbook. There will also be opportunities to receive academic support during seminars and through the discussion board on the module blackboard site.

After submission, summative feedback will be provided online via blackboard, where feedback takes the form of an indication of performance on the provided making grid. You will also receive a number on key points of strength, weakness and academic skills you can improve upon. We aim to provide you this feedback within 15 working days and after the feedback has been released online there will also be an opportunity to meet with marker for oral feedback [26th January 2023 at 13.00 UK time]. If you are unsure about how to see your provisional marks and feedback, the following LINK will explain how you cand do this - https://blog.westminster.ac.uk/blackboardhelp/marks-and-feedback/

We would strongly encourage you to read this feedback to improve your understanding of the module and potentially areas of weaknesses in your academic skills which you could develop before your next submission within your course.

Academic integrity

What you submit for assessment must be your own current work. It will automatically be scanned through a text matching system to check for possible plagiarism.

Do not reuse material from other assessments that you may have completed on other modules. Collusion with other students (except when working in groups), recycling previous assignments (unless this is explicitly allowed by the module leader) and/or plagiarism (copying) of other sources all are offences and are dealt with accordingly. If you are not sure about this, then speak to your class leader.

University of Westminster Quality & Standards statement

Plagiarism is a particular form of cheating. Plagiarism must be avoided at all costs and students who break the rules, however innocently, will be penalized.  It is your responsibility to ensure that you understand correct referencing practices. As a University level student, you are expected to use appropriate references and keep carefully detailed notes of all your sources of material, including any material downloaded from the www.

Plagiarism is defined as submission for assessment of material (written, visual or oral) originally produced by another person or persons, without acknowledgement, in such a way that the work could be assumed to be your own. Plagiarism may involve the unattributed use of another person’s work, ideas, opinions, theory, facts, statistics, graphs, models, paintings, performance, computer code, drawings, quotations of another person’s actual spoken or written words, or paraphrases of another person’s spoken or written words.

Plagiarism covers both direct copying and copying or paraphrasing with only minor adjustments:

  • a direct quotation from a text must be indicated by the use of quotation marks (or an indented paragraph in italics for a substantive section) and the source of the quote (title, author, page number and date of publication) provided;
  • a paraphrased summary must be indicated by attribution of the author, date and source of the material including page numbers for the section(s) which have been summarized. 
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