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Assignment 3
Description Marks out of Wtg(%) Due date
Assignment 3 100 50 31 May 2013
Length
Task 2: 2000 words (maximum) exclusive of appendices, diagrams, tables, references etc.
Task 3: 300 words maximum
This assignment deals with the material covered in Modules 6 to 10 (inclusive).
Task 1 (500 words)
(The scenario does not form part of the overall word count)
Think of the organisational change scenario in an organisation which has occurred or is currently occurring and in which the concepts of leadership, conflict, power and politics, organisational structure, culture and managing organisational change are relevant.
Write this scenario down (in no more than 500 words or one page).
Be sure to describe the organisational change event, the type(s) of change, the main forces of change and the targets of change. Also include the descriptions of key players in this change scenario and descriptions of relevant situational events/variables (who?, what?, where?, why?, how?).
This scenario should meet the following criteria:
The scenario should commence with an opening statement which sets the scene in terms of the relevance of the scenario to you. The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem.
The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem which could be analysed from a leadership and power perspective.
The scenario must describe an organisational change event/problem which could be analysed from an organisational culture perspective.
The story/scenario should be concrete (about real people, actions and events); familiar to a work setting and believable to those who read it.
Structurally your story should involve a setting, a build-up (trouble’s coming!) and a crisis, problem or climax.
Task 2 (2000 words)
Analyse the scenario/event/problem by critically discussing the following organisational behaviour issues as they pertain to the scenario:
1. Critically discuss the leadership approach(es) which have been employed during the change process and comment on their effectiveness (Module 6). (500 words)
2. Critically discuss the power and politics issues which emerged or could have emerged during the change process (Module 7). (500 words)
3. Critically discuss the conflict management process (and associated stages) which emerged or could have emerged during the change process (500 words). (Module 8)
4. Critically discuss the role of the organisation’s culture in the change process (consider current culture and possible future culture) (Modules 9). (500 words)
Task 3 (400 words)
Conclusion
Write a conclusion in which you draw conclusions regarding the most significant points in your essay.
Structure of the assignment
This assignment should be prepared in three parts.
Part 1: An opening statement and the description of the scenario/telling the story (500 words: Does not form part of the word count)
Part 2: An analysis of the scenario/story according to the guidelines above. Use sub headings to reflect the main themes above; (2000 words in total)
Part 3: Conclusion (400 words)
Please see the home page of this course for an example of a change scenario.
Marking criteria for Assignment 3
The content is the most important regarding the relative contribution of each of the dimensions. ‘Understanding and interpretation of assignment questions’, ‘critical analysis’,‘research’ and ‘interpretation and application of theory’ account for 90% of the final grade on the assignment. Technical and academic care such as ‘presentation’, ‘written expression’, ‘structure’ and ‘academic referencing’ account for 10% of the final grade on the assignment.
Student name:
Total: _____/100
CRITERIA F 50% C 50 – 64% B 65 – 74% A 75 – 84% HD 85% Mark
Content Weighting: 90%
Understanding and interpretation of assignment question:
Task 2.1 Approximate Weighting:10% Inadequate understanding and interpretation of questions/
misconception of the assignment questions Very basic understanding of the questions Sufficient/satisfactory understanding and interpretation of questions Very good understanding and interpretation of the questions Unequivocal understanding and interpretation of questions
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Understanding and interpretation of assignment question:
Task 2.2 Approximate Weighting:1 0% Inadequate understanding and interpretation of questions/
misconception of the assignment questions Very basic understanding of the questions Sufficient/
satisfactory understanding and interpretation of questions Very good understanding and interpretation of the questions Unequivocal understanding and interpretation of questions
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Understanding and interpretation of assignment question:
Task 2.3 Approximate Weighting:10% Inadequate understanding and interpretation of questions/
misconception of the assignment questions Very basic understanding of the questions Sufficient/satisfactory understanding and interpretation of questions Very good understanding and interpretation of the questions Unequivocal understanding and interpretation of questions
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Understanding and interpretation of assignment question:
Task 2.4 Approximate Weighting:10% Inadequate understanding and interpretation of questions/
misconception of the assignment questions Very basic understanding of the questions Sufficient/satisfactory understanding and interpretation of questions Very good understanding and interpretation of the questions Unequivocal understanding and interpretation of questions
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Understanding and interpretation of assignment question:
Task 3 Approximate Weighting:10% Inadequate understanding and interpretation of questions/
misconception of the assignment questions Marginal demonstrated understanding of questions Sufficient/satisfactory understanding and interpretation of questions Very good understanding and interpretation of the questions Unequivocal understanding and interpretation of questions
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Critical analysis (whole assignment) Approximate Weighting:20% No evidence of critical analysis Essay relies on restating major themes from sources; little evidence of critical analysis Some evidence of critical analysis Critical analysis of sources/ critical appraisal of evidence and sources Highly developed critical analysis and assessment of sources
Mark out of 20 10 10 – 12.8 13 – 14.8 15 – 16.8 17+
Research (whole assignment) Approximate Weighting:10% Insufficient research/very limited sources/ Limited research on the relevant themes/ minimal effort to obtain original material evident/ essay relies on restating major themes from sources Sufficient research is displayed on relevant themes/evidence that original material obtained but little depth Thorough research on the topic/ evidence of both original material and good effort to obtain relevant theoretical information Display broad and in-depth research of the topic/ original material is the result of in depth investigation
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Interpretation and application of theory (whole assignment) Approximate Weighting:10% Incorrect or poor interpretation and application of theory Marginal interpretation and application of theories Adequate interpretation and application of theories Clear and appropriate interpretation and application of theory Excellent interpretation and application theories
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+
Technical Weighting: 10% whole assignment
Presentation Poorly presented Average presentation of assignment Well presented assignment Very good presentation Excellent presentation
Written expression Gross spelling and grammatical errors Basic understanding of rules of grammar however spelling and syntax, errors still occur Some evidence of fluency in writing, no obvious errors in grammar Clear and fluent writing/ clear structuring of ideas and paragraphing Well constructed and crafted piece of work; a pleasure to read/ logical and superb progression of argument
Structure No idea of structure/no evidence of structure Some evidence of structure and progression in argument Sufficient structuring although internal problems in structuring may still be evident Good structure Excellent structure/ well constructed essay
Academic referencing Incorrect/
limited referencing Basic level of academic referencing Satisfactory level of referencing however inconsistencies in referencing still exist Very good referencing Excellent and correct referencing throughout the assignment
Mark out of 10 5 5 – 6.4 6.5 – 7.4 7.5 – 8.4 8.5+

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