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Assignment Briefs 04-11-2024

Understand the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of Leadership and their application to the modern workplace

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Assessment

Reflective Project

Assessment code:

011

Academic Year:

2023/2024

Trimester:

2

Module Title:

Undergraduate Major Project (Leadership in Practice)

Module Code:

MOD009210

Level:

6

Module Leader:

 

Weighting:

70%

Word Limit:

Maximum 4,000 words

Assessed Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of Leadership and their application to the modern workplace
  2. Knowledge and Understanding Collect, organise, interpret, and synthesise information from a variety of appropriate resources, acting autonomously, with minimal supervision
  3. Knowledge and Understanding Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies
  4. Intellectual, practical, affective and transferrable skills Reflect on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models and create solutions in preparation for graduate employment
  5. Intellectual, practical, affective and transferrable skills Communicate effectively in a form appropriate to the topic and produce detailed and coherent work.

 

Submission Deadline:

Please refer to the deadline on the VLE

WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT:

  • This assignment must be completed individually.
  • All courses of study must use the Harvard referencing system for written assessments, apart from LLB/LLM courses where OSCOLA should be applied. Please see the below link for guidance:

https://library.aru.ac.uk/referencing/referencing.htm

  • Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Written assignments must not exceed the specified maximum number of words. When a written assignment is marked, the excessive use of words beyond the word limit is reflected in the academic judgement of the piece of work which results in a lower mark being awarded for the piece of work (regulation 6.74).
  • Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work.
  • Write your student ID number at the top of every page.
  • Where the assignment comprises more than one task, all tasks must be submitted in a single document.
  • You must number all pages.
  • To achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that is submitted late – if your work is submitted on the same day as the deadline by midnight, your mark will receive a 10% penalty. If you submit your work up to TWO working days after the published submission deadline – it will be accepted and marked. However, the element of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of 40%.
  • Work cannot be submitted if the period of 2 working days after the deadline has passed (unless there is an approved extension). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that you have failed the assessment.
  • Requests for short-term extensions will only be considered in the case of illness or other cause considered valid by the Director of Studies Team. Please contact DoS@london.aru.ac.uk. A request must normally be received and agreed by the Director of Studies Team in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. Students will need to provide evidence to support their extension

SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT:

http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

  • Exceptional Circumstances: The deadline for submission of exceptional circumstances in relation to this assignment is no later than five working days after the submission date of this work. Please contact the Director of Studies Team - DoS@london.aru.ac.uk. Students will need to provide evidence to support   their   EC   claim.      See   rules   6.112   –   6.141:

http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

ASSIGNMENT QUESTION

You will write a 4,000-word reflective project discussing the topic below.

Reflecting on your own experience of leading self and others, using conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of leadership:

  • identify two of the below attributes and skills you think are most important to your industry and justify your answer why you think these are important for success.

-  Creativity

-  Communication

-  Resilience

-  Self Confidence

Based on what you have chosen and through analysis and application:

You will produce a personal career development plan to enhance your leadership attributes and skills in the short and medium term. Your development plan will be supported by academic literature as well as analytical model

Learning Outcomes

LO1: Knowledge and Understanding

Understand the conceptual and theoretical underpinning of leadership and their application to the modern world

LO2

Knowledge and Understanding

Collect, organise, interpret and synthesise information from a variety of appropriate resources, acting autonomously, with minimal supervision

LO3: Knowledge and Understanding Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

LO4: Intellectual, practical and transferable skills Reflect on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models and create solutions in preparation for graduate employability

LO5: Intellectual, practical, affective and transferrable skills Communicate effectively in a form appropriate to the topic and produce detailed and coherent work.

 

READING REQUIREMENT:

Northouse, P.G. (2020) Leadership: theory and practice. 9th ed,. Los Angles: SAGE

ADDITIONAL READING RESOURCES:

Askeland, H., Espedal, G., Jelstad Løvaas, B. and Sirris, S., (2020). Understanding Values Work: Institutional Perspectives in Organizations and Leadership. [e-book] Cham: Springer Nature.

Deal, T. E. and Kennedy, A.A. (1982). Corporate Cultures: the rites and rituals of corporate life, Harmondsworth, Penguin

Dinandt, P., and Westley, R., (2021). Business leadership under fire: nine steps to rescue and transform organizations. [e-book] 1st ed. London: London Publishing Partnership

Dwyer, S., (2023). People Behave Badly: Stanford Social Innovation Review. Stanford: Stanford Social Innovation Review, Stanford University.21 (2) pp.89-91.

Franco, M., (2020). Digital Leadership: A New Leadership Style for the 21st Century.

[e-book] London: Intech Open.

Hayes, J. (2014), The Theory and Practice of Change Management (4th Ed). London, Palgrave Macmillan

Johannessen, J., (2020). Knowledge management for leadership and communication: AI, innovation and the digital economy. [e-book] Bingley, England: Emerald Publishing.

Northouse, P.G., (2015). Introduction to leadership: concepts and practice. [e-book] Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications Inc.

Ong, M., Ashford, S.J. and Bindl, U.K., (2023) The power of reflection for would‐be leaders: Investigating individual work reflection and its impact on leadership in teams. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 44 (1), pp.19-41.

Parker, P., Hall, D.T., (Kram, K.E. and Wasserman, I.C., (2018). Peer Coaching at Work: Principles and Practices. [e-book] Redwood City: Stanford University Press.

Tipuric, D., (2022). The Enactment of Strategic Leadership: A Critical Perspective. [e- book] Cham: Springer Nature

Trompenaars, F. & Hampden-Turner (2003)., Riding The Waves of Culture: Understanding Cultural Diversity in Business, London-UK, Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2nd Edition

Waldman, D.A., (2020). Leadership for organizations. [e-book] 1st ed. Los Angeles, California: SAGE

E-journals

Journal of Management Journal of Marketing

Journal of Organisational Behaviour Reflective Practice

The Academy of Management Journal

Please note that the sources listed are expected for your written assessment. These sources will be part of the module and their content is deemed necessary to produce a relevant assessment. Module markers will expect to see them integrated into your work and appropriately referenced.

Failure to include these sources may result in a “Viva Voce” meeting during which you would be required to explain your work and your reasons for not including these key sources.

Marking Criteria

 

0-29

30-39

40-49

50-59

60-69

70-79

80-89

90-100

Failing

Limited

Adequate

Sound

Good

Excellent

Outstanding

Exceptional

Understand the conceptual and theoretical underpinning of leadership and their application to the modern world

Deficient/no knowledge base

 

Core concepts and theoretical underpinning of leadership is missing

 

Whole question not addressed.

 

Application to the modern world is not present

Knowledge and Understandin g is limited Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is limited

 

Application to the modern world is limited.

A number of limited examples are provided.

Knowledge and Understanding is adequate Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is adequate Application to the modern world is adequate. A number of adequate examples are provided

Knowledge and Understanding is sound

Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is sound Application to the modern world is sound. A number of sound examples are provided

Knowledge and Understanding is good

Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is good Application to the modern world is good. A number of good examples are provided

Knowledge and Understanding is excellent

Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is excellent Application to the modern world is excellent A number of excellent examples are provided

Knowledge and Understanding is outstanding Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is outstanding

Application to the modern world is outstanding. A number of outstanding examples are provided

Knowledge and Understanding is exceptional Core concepts and theoretical underpinnings of leadership is exceptional

Application to the modern world is exceptional A number of exceptional examples are provided

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

20 marks

0 - 5

6-7

8-9

10-11

12-13

14-15

16-17

18-20

Collect, organise, interpret and synthesise information from a variety of appropriate resources, acting autonomously, with minimal supervision

Deficient/no knowledge base

 

No collection, organization, synthesis of information

 

A variety of resources are not present

 

 

 

No autonomy over work

Knowledge base and understandin g is limited

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in a limited manner

Knowledge base and understanding is adequate

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in an adequate manner

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is adequate

Knowledge base and understanding is sound

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in a sound manner. Understand the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of Leadership and their application to the modern workplace

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is sound

Knowledge base and understanding is good

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in a good manner

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is good

Knowledge base and understanding is excellent

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in an excellent manner

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is excellent

Knowledge base and understanding is outstanding

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in an outstanding manner

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is outstanding

Knowledge base and understanding is exceptional

 

 

 

Information from a variety of resources has been collected, organised, interpreted and synthesised in an exceptional manner

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is exceptional

 

 

 

Autonomy over work is limited

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 marks

0 -4

5

6-7

8

9-10

11

12-13

14-15

Identify, select and justify the use of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

No appropriate techniques, methods or development strategies are present. No identification, selection or justification of such

Knowledge and understandin g is limited Limited identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is adequate Adequate identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is sound

Sound identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is good

Good identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is excellent Excellent identification,

selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is outstanding Outstanding identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

Knowledge and understanding is exceptional Exceptional identification, selection, justification of appropriate techniques, methods and development strategies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15 marks

0 - 4

5

6-7

8

9-10

11

12-13

14-15

Reflect on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models and create solutions in preparation for graduate employability

Deficient knowledge base. No reflection on personal strengths. Not applied to own development. No insights given

No development plan present

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in a limited manner

 

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is limited

 

Solutions created for

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in an adequate manner

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is adequate

 

Solutions created for graduate employment are adequate. An adequate

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in a sound manner

 

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is sound

Solutions created for graduate employment are sound. A sound development plan is present

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in a good manner

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is good

Solutions created for graduate employment are good. A good development plan is present

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in an excellent manner

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is excellent

Solutions created for graduate employment are excellent An excellent development plan is present

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in an outstanding manner

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is outstanding

Solutions created for graduate employment are outstanding. An outstanding

Intellectual practice and transferable skills are present in an exceptional manner

 

Reflection on personal strengths and vulnerabilities using analytical models is exceptional

Solutions created for graduate employment are exceptional. An exceptional

 

 

graduate employment are limited

Difficult to understand areas where development has occurred

development plan is present

 

 

 

development plan is present

development plan is present

40 marks

0-11

12-15

16-19

20-23

24-27

28-31

32-35

36-40

Communicate effectively in a form appropriate to the topic and produce detailed and coherent work.

Very weak academic referencing skills; Harvard referencing not followed or missing. Major omissions of many references. The hierarchy of sources is not evident.

Deficient/no evidence of use of learning resources

The student has demonstrated weak academic skills with many omissions or wrong references throughout.

 

Likely to have little or no reference to the hierarchy of sources.

Limited use of

The student has demonstrated adequate academic skills and may or may not have omissions or incorrect referencing.

Harvard style is followed but likely not consistent. It may or may not document reference to the hierarchy of

The student has demonstrated sound academic skills and has some omissions and some incorrect referencing.

Harvard style mostly followed with some lapses. There is some evidence of referencing the hierarchy of sources. Sound management of learning resources

The student has demonstrated good academic skills and has some omissions and some incorrect referencing.

Harvard style mostly followed with some lapses. There is some evidence of referencing the hierarchy of sources. Good management of learning resources

The student has demonstrated excellent academic skills with no omissions throughout. Harvard referencing is consistent throughout and may or may not have some originality of sources that exceed the assessment criteria and clearly demonstrate the hierarchy of sources. Excellent management of learning resources

The student has demonstrated outstanding academic skills with no omissions throughout.

Harvard referencing is consistent with obvious originality of sources that exceeds the assessment expectations.

Outstanding management of

The student has demonstrated exceptional academic skills and has extraordinary originality and autonomy of sources.

Exceptional management of learning resources

 

 

 

learning resources.

sources. Adequate use of learning resources with little autonomy

 

 

 

learning resources

 

10 marks

0 -2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9-10

Reflecting on your own experience of leading self and others, using conceptual and theoretical underpinnings of leadership:

  • identify two of the below attributes and skills you think are most important to your industry and justify your answer why you think these are important for success.

-  Creativity

-  Communication

-  Resilience

-  Self Confidence

ARU GENERIC ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND MARKING STANDARDS: LEVEL 6 – the

Depth stage

Level 6 is characterised by an expectation of students’ increasing autonomy in relation to their study and developing skill sets. Students are expected to demonstrate problem solving skills, both theoretical and practical. This is supported by an understanding of appropriate theory; creativity of expression and thought based in individual judgement; and the ability to seek out, invoke, analyse and evaluate competing theories or methods of working in a critically constructive and open manner. Output is articulate, coherent and skilled in the appropriate medium, with some students producing original or innovative work in their specialism.

 

 

Characteristics of Student Achievement by Marking Band

Mar

 

for ARU’s Generic Learning Outcomes (Academic

k

Outcom

Regulations, Section 2)

Ban

e

 

ds

 

Knowledge &

Intellectual (thinking), Practical,

 

 

Understanding

Affective and Transferable Skills

 

90-

 

100

%

 

 

 

 

Achieve s module outcom e(s)

Exceptional information base exploring and analysing the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with extraordinary originality and autonomy. Work may be considered for publication within ARU

Exceptional management of learning resources, with a higher degree of autonomy/exploration that clearly exceeds the assessment brief.

Exceptional structure/ accurate expression. Demonstrates intellectual originality and imagination.

Exceptional team/practical/professional skills. Work may be considered for publication within ARU

 

 

80-

 

89%

 

Outstanding information base exploring and analysing the discipline, its theory and ethical issues with clear originality and autonomy

Outstanding management of learning resources, with a degree of autonomy/exploration that clearly exceeds the assessment brief. An exemplar of structured/accurate expression. Demonstrates intellectual originality and imagination.

Outstanding

team/practical/professional skills

 

70-

 

79%

Excellent knowledge base that supports analysis, evaluation and problem-solving in theory/ practice/ethics of discipline with considerable originality

Excellent management of learning resources, with degree of autonomy/research that may exceed the assessment brief. Structured and creative expression. Excellent academic/ intellectual skills and practical/team/ professional/ problem-solving skills

 

60-

 

69%

Good knowledge base that supports analysis, evaluation and problem-solving in theory/ practice/ethics of discipline with some originality

Good management of learning resources, with consistent self- directed research. Structured and accurate expression. Good academic/intellectual skills and team/practical/ professional/problem solving skills

 

50-

 

59%

 

Sound knowledge base that supports some analysis, evaluation and problem-solving in theory/practice/ethi cs of discipline

Sound management of learning resources. Some autonomy in research but inconsistent. Structured and mainly accurate expression.

Sound level of academic/ intellectual

 

 

 

 

skills going beyond description at times. Sound team/practical/professional/proble m-solving skills

 

 

40-

 

49%

 

 

A

margina l pass in module outcom e(s)

Adequate knowledge base with some omissions at the level of ethical/ theoretical issues.

Restricted ability to discuss theory and/or or solve problems in discipline

Adequate use of learning resources with little autonomy. Some difficulties with academic/ intellectual skills.

Some difficulty with structure/ accuracy in expression, but evidence of developing team/practical/professional/ problem-solving skills

 

 

30-

 

39%

A

margina l fail in module outcom e(s).

Satisfies default qualifyin g mark

 

Limited knowledge base. Limited understanding of discipline/ethical issues. Difficulty with theory and problem solving in discipline

 

Limited use of learning resources. Unable to work autonomously. Little input to teams. Limited academic/ intellectual skills. Still mainly descriptive. General difficulty with structure/ accuracy in expression. Practical/ professional/problem- solving skills that are not yet secure

 

 

20-

 

29%

Fails to achieve module outcom e(s) Qualifyi ng mark

Little evidence of knowledge base. Little evidence of understanding of discipline/ ethical issues. Significant difficulty with theory

Little evidence of use of learning resources. Unable to work autonomously. Little input to teams. Little evidence of academic/ intellectual skills. Work significantly descriptive. Significant difficulty with structure/accuracy in expression.

Little evidence of

 

 

not satisfied

and problem solving in discipline

practical/professional/ problem- solving skills

 

 

10-

 

19%

Deficient knowledge base. Deficient understanding of discipline/ethical issues. Major difficulty with theory and problem solving in discipline

Deficient use of learning resources. Unable to work autonomously.

Deficient input to teams. Deficient academic/intellectual skills. Work significantly descriptive. Major difficulty with structure/accuracy in expression. Deficient practical/professional/problem- solving skills

 

 

1-

 

9%

No evidence of knowledge base; no evidence of understanding of discipline/ethical issues. Total inability with theory and problem solving in discipline

No evidence of use of learning resources. Completely unable to work autonomously. No evidence of input to teams. No evidence of academic/intellectual skills. Work wholly descriptive. Incoherent structure/accuracy and expression. No evidence of practical/professional/ problem-solving skills

 

 

0%

Awarded for: (i) non-submission; (ii) dangerous practice and; (iii) in situations where the student fails to address the assignment brief (eg: answers the wrong question) and/or related learning outcomes

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