ASSIGNMENT: Argumentative Essay


Semester/Term/Year Semester 1, 2018
Elements / Outcomes 1,2, 4,6,
Time Allowed/Due Date Wed 2nd May 5pm (week 10)
Assessment Type Argumentative Essay
Value of Assessment 30% of overall assessment
Word Length 2,000 words (+/- 10%), excluding references and title page

ASSIGNMENT: Argumentative Essay
Unhappy employees respond either constructively or destructively to their job dissatisfaction.
Using support from peer reviewed academic journals, *discuss the most effective means for
employees to regain job satisfaction.
*The task word discuss is defined
as presenting the case for or against a particular proposition and
demonstrating weaknesses in the opposing argument.
Present a point of view of your own. This is likely to entail both description and interpretation.
Your opinion should be supported arguments and evidence.
An introduction that:

sets out the context/background of your argument;
introduces the content of the essay;
introduces the theoretical perspectives you will be using;
may define key terms (alternatively you can do the work of defining terms in the second
sets out your thesis statement/line of argument/central contention; and
explains how the essay will be organised (order of points).

A body containing several paragraphs, each of which will:

present a topic sentence or central idea supporting your thesis statement/line of
argument/central contention;
contain developing sentences which extend on or amplify the topic sentence;
give evidence/examples/references that support/relate to your topic sentence; and
provide a concluding/linking sentence.

A conclusion, which:

restates your thesis statement/line of argument/central contention; and
summarises the points and evidence you provided to support your thesis.

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There are several academic stylistic conventions you should follow when writing your
essay, including

Using standard English and avoiding American spelling.
Writing in the third person.
Avoiding slang terms, clichés and colloquial expressions.
Avoiding gender bias and sexist language.
Avoiding emotive language.
Being direct – use the active rather than the passive voice.
Being concise.

You are required to include sources that provide a variety of perspectives of the theories you have
selected using high quality academic peer reviewed journals.
The expectation is that you will have +/- 12 references (or more) cited, of which at least 10 must be
sourced in outstanding scholarly management journals ranked A* or A by the Australian Business
Dean’s Council (ABDC) Journal Ranking List, 2013 (see Brightspace week 2)
Please be aware that severe penalties exist for cheating, plagiarism (copying) and unauthorised
collusion with other students, or external consultants.
Please use APA6 referencing format and include both in-text citations and an end-of –text
reference list. More details can be found at
Avoid the use of references from non-academic sources (e.g. magazines, internet, newspaper,
general management books).
1. Font: 11pt Arial, 1.5 line spacing, double spacing between paragraphs
2. Margins: 1.5 centimetre margins all-around (left/right/top/bottom)
3. Length: 2000 words +/- 10%
4. Professional, academic appearance (consistent formatting, consistent referencing style)
5. Include a title page with your name; student number; Unit Identity (e.g. BBA103); assignment
name/typer (e.g. Assignment 1); word count; submission date (indicating if extension granted).
6. On subsequent pages, inserting your name, student number in a header (right aligned) and
the page numbers in a footer (except the title page).
Your assignment will be submitted BOTH soft copy in Brightspace and hard copy into the BDIT box
with the same deadline.