You must determine the “newest thinking” by reviewing a minimum of 10 relevant and up-to-date academic articles on your chosen topic. Ensure the majority of articles are published in 2010 or onwards from journals and books. The purpose of this assignment is to go beyond your text book and investigate in depth your chosen topic. You MUST ensure that the content is related to organisational behaviour and include workplace example(s) where appropriate. For those of you who choose to write a report, it must follow the format below: • ECU cover page • Title page • Table of contents • Introduction (Describe the topic and its context, outline the contents of the report) • Discussion (Use appropriate headings and sub-headings, present your findings and relate them to OB theories, concepts and models) • Conclusion (summarise your key points) • References • Appendices (if relevant) Please use font size12, Time New Roman or Arial or Calibri, 1.5 line spacing. Assignments must be typewritten, 1.5 line spacing and font 12. The format of presentation is also important, and a clear font should be used to enhance readability.
The mechanics of writing (spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.) are important, and will be taken into account in the assessment of all written work. Poor syntax results in confused ideas. Check your work carefully and, if necessary, get a friend to check your English. Marks are awarded for content, structure and overall presentation of the report.
Late reports or papers will be penalised five percent (5%) of the total worth of the assessment per day.
You must reference all ideas that are not of your own origination. This includes paraphrasing, or re-stating another’s ideas in your own words. Remember that it is not only direct quotations that must be referenced, but also the ideas. You are being assessed on the basis of your contribution to original thought, and it must be obvious to the reader whose ideas are being presented at each and every point in your paper. If it is not clear to the reader just whose ideas are being referenced, the paper will be returned with a failing mark.
Plagiarism is the attempt to fulfil an academic requirement by using the ideas, words, or work of another person and representing them as one's own. Academic conventions dictate that students and scholars must acknowledge the source of phrases and ideas that they themselves have not originated. Many ideas and phrases are so familiar that they have become the common property of all; these obviously require no documentation. However, the use of ideas or phrases [or entire works] that clearly originate with another author requires that the appropriate credit be given to the original author. Plagiarism undermines the basic relationship of trust that must exist between teacher and student, and among students, in order for the educational process to work. For this reason, plagiarism cannot be tolerated and will be penalized by failure in the unit. A second instance of plagiarism makes the student liable to dismissal from the University.
Assignments should follow the format below:
Table of contents
Discussion (including headings and sub-headings)
Appendices (if relevant)
This must include the title of the report or essay, student name and student number, the title of the unit, the day of week/time of the seminar session, and the due date of the assignment.
Table of Contents
This is a list of the major headings and page numbers of these headings.
A good introduction tells the reader three things:
(1) Background information to enable the reader to better understand the paper’s context.
(2) What it is that you intend to do (the purpose, aim, goal of your paper)
(3) How you intend to do it (how you intend to accomplish your aim)
The introduction should be short, concise, and to the point.
The discussion should be developed in a logical, well thought-out manner. Follow the same logic pattern you established in the introduction. In order to emphasise and clarify the major concepts or issues, the body of the report should be divided into major headings and sub-headings, rather than continuous prose. Avoid lists, and discuss your points in detail instead.
Since students are expected to apply analytical and critical thought, the paper should demonstrate both research skills and analytical capabilities. The paper must be the product of your own work, and assignments from other units may not be recycled. You are expected to contribute your own, original, thought and not merely summarise the ideas of others.
You are expected to write in a clear, concise way. Avoid slang and jargon. Say, exactly and concisely, what it is that you're trying to say. Avoid big words and flowery phrases. Remember that the purpose of your paper is to explain a viewpoint or convince the reader of the validity of your argument. Anything that gets in the way of this only serves to confuse the issue. Assume that the reader is as intelligent as you are, but doesn't have as much information about the topic as you. Your writing style should be aimed at an audience one or two levels above your immediate supervisor.
One of the most important elements of a really good paper is the establishment of a sense of purpose. This means that the report or paper shows a clear direction or argument, and is not just a collection of fragmented, unrelated, points. You should begin the writing process by mapping out the flow of logic in the paper, using a map or outline. This should be done before any of the actual writing of words on paper. It is helpful to begin with a statement that starts with, “The purpose of this paper is ....”, and to refer back to this statement as you compose your argument. A paper without a clear sense of purpose is nothing more than a collection of the writer’s notes, with the logic of the argument left up to the reader to work out.
All sources of information must be fully acknowledged and correctly cited. Quotation marks should only be used when copying verbatim. Any idea which is not your own, original thought must be referenced. This should be done as a matter of courtesy to the original author, and as a means of demonstrating your own critical analysis and original thought. You must reference paraphrased material, that is, ideas that are rephrased in your own words.