TOPIC NAME :- Change Management Module Assessment: 2019 semester 2 Assessment Overview Assessment 1 Assessment 2 Assessment 3 Type Individual essay Students will be rewarded for: Attendance compulsory Word count 3500 +- 10% ? Active participation Reward: Weighting 100% ? Engaging students noted Full attendance +5% Deadline 29st April 2019 ? Active conversation ? Registers kept Return date 29thth May 2019 ? Ask questions ? Not marked Note: This task must be submitted electronically via Turnitin The assessment task for this module consist of a 3500 (+-10%) critical literature review. The review must to be submitted on TURNITIN and should reflect the individual effort of the student. The task accounts for the full 100% of the mark for the entire module. The primary focus of the task is to explore key debates, differences in opinion, approaches and findings from published work in selected themes within Organisational Behaviour (OB) and Human Resource Management (HRM). The articles to be reviewed must be those that were published in highly- ranked 3* and 4* academic journals within the ABS rankings as recommended below. The task: ? Present a critical literature review of 3500 words on one of the themes or topics studied in the weekly lectures. You are restricted to include only articles from the recommended journals recommended below published in the last five years 2014- 2019. ? All articles must be on the same theme or topic and should address themes topic studied within the module and ultimately relating to OB/HRM. ? Your critically review should evaluate the key issues, debates, theories, findings and methodological approaches adopted by the authors in ABS-ranked journals as identified below. You are advised to stay within the recommended list as these are all credible journals. ? You must only choose articles from the10 journals provided below that were published between 2014 and 2019. Restrict your choice to the following topical areas: ? Leadership ? Change Management ? Organisational/National Culture ? Emotional Intelligence ? Groups and teams ? Communication in Organization ? Perception and attitudes ? Motivation and performance ? Personality ? Motivation ? Power and politics List of journals ? International Journal of Human Resource Management ? Work, Employment and Society ? Human Resource Management Journal ? Management learning ? Employee Relations ? Human Relations ? Journal of Organizational Behaviour ? Human Resource Management ? Leadership quarterly ? Leadership journal These journals and the articles can downloaded from DMU library website from the following repositories: ? ABI/Inform Global (From ProQuest) ? Academic Search Premier (Ebsco – used to be Elite) ? Business Source Complete (Ebsco) ? Emerald Full text ? Google Scholar Seek advice from a library staff should you face difficulty in finding these journals and the articles you wish to consider. Main task: 3500 word essay. You are required to identify articles from the 10 selected academic journals above as sufficient for a 3500 word essay. You will then present a critically literature review in which you examine keys issues, debates, research, theories highlighted in the selected articles. In your analysis, you should aim to compare and contrast between content in the publications. In doing so, you will be required to identify the different perspectives, positions and main arguments of the articles. In the process, you will consider highlighting similarities and differences in the arguments developed, evaluate the value and contribution of the articles as well as examine the suitability of the theories, research methods, and sources of reference included by the author(s). Other aspects of the critical review should include the currency of issues/sources considered, depth/scope of exploration clarity, etc. Further, examine wider limitations, strengths, weaknesses, contribution, implication for theory and practice etc. etc. Expectation General ? Use key terms to search electronic databases for the right journals. ? Select the right articles from one topic from the recommended journals. ? Examine the key debates from slides and reading from other articles and books. ? Limit yourself to 10 articles that will form the basis of the actual review Expectation: specific ? Avoid summarising each of the articles and presenting as a composite review. Rather the review should consistently interweave debates, issues and compare different viewpoints, research findings, methods, content etc. ? The review should engage with the key themes/issues underpinning the topic of focus. ? Review should examine the topic as a whole, considering strengths, limitations and unexplored possibilities that could contribute new knowledge. ? Review should note, methodological/philosophical approaches and their implication for the adopted perspectives and points of view. Expectation: Academic discipline ? Your review must be structured into specific sections/parts/sub-headings. ? Each section will constitute subsections which all focus on a particular issue. ? Avoid rumbling and babbling. Cover one issue or sub-topic at different places/paragraphs/section of your essay. ? Think of your essay as separate shopping baskets with oranges to one side, meat to one side, vegetable to one plastic bag and so on. ? Be clear about what you are exploring at every section of your essay. ? You are allowed to use sub-headings ? Avoid using the 1st person, ‘I’ think; in ‘my’ opinion, I strongly believe etc. ? Take the independent position of the reviewer, express yourself as: it is clear from the review/analysis/comparison that…., Comparing the views of X and Y, it is evident that…..what these two perspective suggest is that…….It could be argued that. From this student’s experience, this perception would be misleading etc, etc. Assignment Submission – You are required to make one submission only via TURNITIN. Hard copy submission is not required for this task. All appendices must be part of the single word document submitted. Appendices: Your appendices should be located at the end of your review after the reference list. Appendix should include: ? Full references of all ten articles reviewed. ? Your evaluation (marking) of your performance using the marking grid provided. Links on writing a literature review. https://research.aston.ac.uk/portal/files/190007/Jesson_and_lacey2006.pdf https://sociology.fas.harvard.edu/files/sociology/files/literature_review.pdf MARKING GRID Mark Range Criteria 90-100% Distinction Demonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technical competence. The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be of publishable/exhibitable quality. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard. 80-89% Distinction Demonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and a very high level of technical competence. The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close to publishable/exhibitable quality. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level. 70-79% Distinction Demonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technical competence. The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with ambiguity in the data. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level. 60-69% Merit Demonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application of concepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws. The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level. 50 – 59% Pass Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown by conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques. The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level. 40 -49% Fail Demonstrates limited subject knowledge. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or weak use of appropriate techniques. The work tends toward the factual / derivative, or lacks sound development. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically. Relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 30-39% Demonstrates inadequate subject knowledge. The work lacks coherence and evidence of capacity to reflect critically. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 20-29% Demonstrates seriously inadequate knowledge of the subject. The work contains minimal evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 10-19% The work is almost entirely lacking in evidence of knowledge of the subject. No evidence of awareness of relevant issues or theory. The quality of the relevant generic skills do not meet the requirements of the task. 0-9% The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task. No evident awareness of appropriate principles, theories, evidence and techniques. MARKING CRITERIA EXECUTION OF ASSIGNMENT BRIEF STRUCTURE, PLANNING AND ORGANISATION CONTENT/QUALITY OF ANALYSIS (including application of key concepts) APPROPRIATENESS OF CONCLUSIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS (if applicable) PRESENTATION, LAYOUT, REFERENCING IN CASE OF RESUMISSION, ADVICE TO STUDENT Submission Requirements 1) Your assignment will not be anonymously marked so you must identify yourself by stating your student number (P number) and name within, the assignment. 2) Your assignment must be submitted online via Turnitin only 3) The front cover of your assignment should include:- • Your P Number • Name • Module Code • Name of the Module Leader • Date of Submission • Word Count • Title of the Assignment. No other information should be included on the cover. You do not need to write an abstract please….. 4) Coursework must be submitted in Arial point 12 font, and double-line spacing. 5) There should be no header or footer that identifies you on any page of your assignment – either by name or number. 6) Harvard referencing rules apply. 7) There should be a single alphabetic bibliography, in Harvard style, placed at the end of the assignment. 8) There should be one single bibliography for all the published sources that appear in your essay. There is no need to divide your bibliography into books and journal articles. 9) An assignment uploaded to Turnitin, after the 11:59pm 29 April deadline will automatically be capped at a maximum of 40%. 10) Faculty penalties for Bad Academic Practice and plagiarism apply. What the markers will be looking for Your essay will be marked in consideration of the following: 1. Reading: The depth of your reading (number, range and quality of sources). You are expected to have read most of the sources listed for the question that you choose. 2) Objectivity: Your ability to develop and sustain an objective and balanced argument/discussion. 3) Support: The extent to which your argument/discussion is supported using relevant material (theory and references) from your reading. You cannot rely on personal opinion or making unsupported statements. 4) Critical: The level of critical analysis in your writing – you cannot rely on simply description. Being critical means, considering, evaluating, weighing, questioning different perspectives, theories, claims, findings etc. etc. 5) Communication: Your ability to express yourself clearly in English using appropriate terminology, correctly spelling and grammar. 6. Structure: Your ability to develop a clear, logical structure for your essay which addresses the question and guides the reader. 7. Referencing: The extent to which your essay is correctly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing. GENERAL ASSIGNMENT GUIDANCE • A focused and well thought out piece of work that shows insight and answers the question will get a higher mark. Marks will be deducted however for waffle, repetition, padding and irrelevance. It is quality not quantity that is important. • It is not enough for you to put forward points in your essay that are essentially “correct”. You must support those points using appropriately referenced material derived from your reading and cited in your text and added onto your reference list. • It is not acceptable to use lecture notes and lecture hand-outs as a reference source for example, do not use references such as: according to the lecture slides of (Eyong, 2018), it says that team work is good/bad. The slides are intended as a guide only and you must do your own additional reading. • If your assignment contains only material that has simply been paraphrased from lecture notes, and a limited number of sources, it will be given no more than a fail of 40%. • Using only the citation or abstract of an article is not acceptable, and you should not ‘cut and paste’ from on-line or hard copy sources. • I will discuss assignment ideas and arguments with you weekly so please ask questions during these sessions and debates. When assessing your performance using the marking grid, do not speculate. Rather, look at the expectation and be objective. If you do this well and in good time, you might wish to review your work and make it better/stronger. Try and produce an essay plan before writing and seek guidance all the time from your teacher, friends or other academics. • Your critical review should have a coherent, incrementally developing and logical structure that would normally follow the simple model of introduction, main body and a conclusion. • You can use sub-headings but if you are able to communicate well using connecting paragraphs, then you don’t need sub-headings. Planning Sections of your essay The Introduction At the introduction, you need to “set the scene” for what is to follow and the introduction is a key element in the essay. As marker, I do not know what is coming and you need to lead me through your argument(s). In this paragraph you could: • Identify what the task is and say how you intend to address the question • Indicate what the key issues to be developed are in relation to the question • You can use a quote that sums up the main ideas you will discuss • Explain the structure or the roadmap that says how many sections or parts and what each will cover. In this section you need to define clearly the key concepts used. However, you should not put forward only a single definition. The selection of two or three definitions is better, and you should choose definitions so that they illustrate different aspects of the concept. Here you might also highlight any definition issues. For example, is there agreement in the literature on how the concept can be defined? Can the concept be defined? Don’t simply list your chosen definitions as you also need to comment on them. If the question has asked you to argue either for or against a statement, you also need to identify which side you are arguing for. The Main Body This should be the longest part of your assignment and should contain the key points that you are aiming to develop Example: in leadership there are issues about universality and contextual/cultural differences/resonance, mainstream and emergent theories, qualitative and quantitative approaches, masculinity and feminism, individual and collective, leadership as focused at top of organization and distributed leadership, etc. etc.. These main debates are found in each of the other themes or topic areas. Make sure that you spend equal time discussing different angles of an argument. The Conclusion The conclusion is very important, yet many students neglect it, often finishing their essay in a single sentence. In the conclusion you should reiterate and highlight the key points, perhaps emphasising what you think are the most important points. If you have been asked to discuss an issue it is here you should identify on which side of the debate you stand. You should not however introduce new material in the conclusion. It is important you check back with the introduction to ensure that you do not contradict yourself, and that you have done what you said you would do in the introduction. In this respect, perhaps the way to begin is to remind the reader what the task was. Exit on a high by suggesting a new approach, identifying an area for future studies and a reflection of what you have learnt whilst completing the task, the good, the bad and the ugly and how you would do things differently if you were to repeat the task. Reassessment The failed coursework will have to be retaken and submitted within one month of the release of results. The lecturer will inform candidates retaking the assessment of the exact date and time for submission. This will also be communicated by the admin office. Note however that if you fail to achieve a passing grade of at least 50%. Your mark will be capped at a maximum of 50%. The articles to be analysed at the retake will not be same as those originally examined. Assessment Regulations Normal MSc/MA regulations apply. The assignment has a marking rubric by which all grades will be allocated. This is available in the group assignment guidance section of Blackboard and is attached below. As indicated below, please use this marking grid to assess your own performance and attach this as another appendix. Copy and paste the marking grid below and indicate by highlighting the corresponding section where you think your work deserves. General matters relating to the assignment. Throughout the module you will develop an understanding of the main debates, issues, critique, contribution and some sources of reference. The expectation is that you will benefit from this knowledge and your previous studies to satisfactorily complete the assessment. You are warned to avoid all forms of malpractice including plagiarism, copying and pasting previous work or including large portions of books, articles and other sources as part of your work without observing approved rules on assignment tasks at DMU such as not citing correctly. Note that you may be disqualified from the programme if you are found to have engaged in any form of academic malpractice after due process.