Management and Organisation Behaviour

Management and Organisation Behaviour
BMO1102
ASSIGNMENT BRIEF:
ASSESSMENT 2b
RESEARCH ESSAY
Trimester 2, 2018
PREPARED BY: Alan McWilliams

ASSIGNMENT TITLE
Research Essay
This assessment accounts for the following proportion of marks for this unit 10 %
LEARNING OUTCOMES BEING ASSESSED
1. Critically analyse management practices in the Australasian context.
2. Understand organisational behaviour and management theory.
3. Critically analyse the underlying values of these theories.
4. Demonstrate knowledge of management theories and evaluate their impact on practical
management decision making in the Australasian context
(See the unit of study guide for the full list of learning outcomes for BMO1102).
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS:
Essays must be submitted electronically as a Microsoft Word document file via the VU Collaborate
Assignment Submission process. The file name for your essay must be in the format of Given Name_Family
Name Student_ID_Number_Assignment. For example Alan_McWilliams_s1234567_Essay
Essays submitted with any other file name format will not be accepted.
SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
Midnight, 07/09/2018 (Friday week 7)
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF ASSIGNMENT
1500 word essay based upon the comprehensive essay plan submitted for assessment task 2a. This essay
is to be a discussion of a specific management topic and to be presented as a review of the relevant literature
(the essay requires at least a review of the relevant chapter from the prescribed text and at least three
refereed management journal articles relating to the set topic: the use of additional references is also
encouraged).
Your essay should include at least three in-text citations of refereed management journal articles you have
drawn on, and indicate where you are using your subject textbook. The use of additional references is
encouraged.
NOTE: ‘Wikipedia’, ‘answers.com’ and other non-peer reviewed online sources of information are not
acceptable references.
The Harvard referencing system must be used both for your in-text citations and List of References

 

Essay Questions
1 Define organisational change and differentiate between change and innovation in the context
of business management. Give an example of both change and innovation in your university
and using the definitions in your textbook explain why they are suitable examples by clearly
linking them to relevant theory. (Chapter 7)
2 Define what is meant by “global business”. Identify and briefly describe the basic forms of
global business described in your textbook. Explain the strengths and weaknesses of each
form. (Chapter 8)
3 Identify a job that you had, or a job that you know of, that was particularly boring and that had
the characteristics of a specialised job. Analyse that job in terms of the five core job
characteristics from the job characteristics model (JCM). Make specific recommendations for
redesigning it by using three to five of the redesign techniques presented in the model.
(Chapter 9)
4 Keeping people focussed on their work and willing to make a positive contribution to the
company is an important role of management. Define motivation and briefly describe
expectancy theory. Using expectancy theory, describe what has motivated your academic
performance at university. (Chapter 12)
5 Some people say that many companies are over managed and under led. Define leadership
and explain what the path-goal theory of leadership is. Identify the four leadership styles of
path-goal theory and explain when they are most appropriately used. (Chapter 13)
6 What are the steps of the control process? Describe the elements of the control process and
explain how this essay assessment task can be seen as part of the control process at your
university. (Chapter 15)

BMO1102 Mgt and Org Behaviour Essay Assessment Criteria Grid and Feedback Sheet

CRITERION HD D C P Refer / FAIL
Presentation & Style 10 8 6 5
Organisation of assignment Shows a well-developed and
imaginative approach to the topic
Carefully and logically organised Shows organisation and
coherence
Shows some attempt to
organise in a logical manner
Disorganised / incoherent
Clarity of expression (incl.
accuracy, spelling,
grammar, punctuation
Fluent writing style appropriate to
document. Grammar and spelling
accurate.
Language fluent Grammar and
spelling accurate
Language mainly fluent Grammar
and spelling mainly accurate
Meaning apparent, but
language not always fluent
Grammar and/ or spelling
contain errors
Meaning unclear and / or
grammar and / or spelling
contain frequent errors
Academic Integrity 20 15 12 10
Referencing (in-text and
reference list)
Referencing is consistently
accurate
Referencing is mainly accurate Some attempt at referencing. Referencing is absent /
unsystematic
Demonstration of scholarly
writing
Strong synthesizing skills
(including well selected and
integrated quotes/paraphrasing
that extend student’s argument)
Reasonable ability to
paraphrase and summarise
Some evidence of paraphrasing
and summarizing.
Reliance on quotations Over-reliance on quotations and
/ or copying
Content and knowledge 60 50 40 30
Content and range Detailed knowledge of topic with
areas of specialisation covered in
depth and awareness of limited
nature of theoretical knowledge
demonstrated.
Reasonable knowledge of topic
and an awareness of a variety
of ideas / contexts / frame –
works
Has given a factual and / or
conceptual knowledge base and
appropriate terminology
Evidence of limited knowledge
of topic and some use of
appropriate terminology
Lacks evidence of knowledge
relevant to the topic and / or
significantly misuses
terminology
Use of literature / evidence
of reading
Has developed and justified using
own ideas based on a wide range
of sources which have been
thoroughly analysed, applied and
discussed
Able to critically appraise the
literature and theory gained
from variety of sources,
developing own ideas in the
process
Clear evidence and application of
readings relevant to the subject;
uses indicative texts identified
Literature is presented
uncritically in a purely
descriptive way and indicates
limitations of understanding
Either no evidence of literature
being consulted or irrelevant to
the assignment set
Knowledge of theory Assignment demonstrates
integration and innovation in the
selection and handling of theory
Insightful and appropriate
selection of theory in key areas
Most key theories are included in
the work in an appropriate straight
forward manner
Selection of theory is
appropriate but some aspects
have been missed or
misconstrued
Inaccurate or inappropriate
choice of theory
Subject’s limitations and
boundaries / relation to
other frameworks
Boundaries of the subject and
relationships with other disciplines
and frameworks have been
explored and tested. Examples
illustrating subject boundaries are
provided
Some boundaries are explored
and the relevance of
relationships with other
disciplines and frameworks are
recognised
Awareness of subject boundaries
is demonstrated and some
connections with other disciplines
and frameworks identified
Limited awareness of subject
boundaries and / or
relationships with other
disciplines and frameworks
demonstrated
Lacks awareness of subject
boundaries or relationships
Thinking / analysis / conclusions 10 8 6 5
Critical reasoning Consistently demonstrates
application of critical analysis well
integrated in the text
Clear application of theory
through critical analysis / critical
thought of the topic area
Demonstrates application of theory
through analysis of the topic area
Some evidence of critical
thought / critical analysis and
rationale for work
Lacks critical thought / analysis /
reference to theory

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