Project #160346 - people and organisations essay

Business Tutors

Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 12/14/2016 12:00 am

Assessment Two should be divided as follows:

1) Reflection on your tutor feedback from the first assessment and contribution of module to your learning goals this semester. (500 words)

2) Essay plan (approx 500 words).  This will be looked at during the seminar session in week 8 and given some peer and tutor feedback)

3) Essay (from above plan): word count approx 2,000 words.

This second assessment continues from the first piece of assessment with a ‘patchwork’ ethos or approach started in assessment one: 


In assessment Two we ask you to submit a piece of work which has three parts as above, which are separate but connected in the learning aims.  The first two parts (a) reflection on your tutor feedback and contribution of the module to your learning goals this semester (b) essay plan isdesigned to help you work towards, and gain a better mark, in the (c) essay.  They are three stages towards the essay; allof which must be fulfilled and all must be included in your final piece of work you upload to Turnitin and which we hope will be useful to you.  You should upload them as one document and it is the essay which will be given a mark according to the criteria below.


1Reflectionon your tutor feedback from first assessment and a final review of your learning on the module (500 words).

This continues the theme and practice of reflection started for assessment one by looking at reflection for developmentYour reflection should indicate how the feedback and learning from the first piece of assessment has been used to prepare the final essay.  To do that you should list TWO aspects of your writing and learning which you wish to improve upon and detail how you have started to and plan to address these.  Please comment on how you have used the tutor feedback constructively and your time in this module to learn about the transition to higher education and to aid preparation for your essay/assessment 2 It should also include a final review paragraph which considers how the learning on the module has helped you to work towards your learning goals for this semester.

This part will not be given a mark but it is compulsory to include it and we anticipate it will help you in your studies.


2Essay plan (500 words)

This draft essay plan will be discussed in the seminars in weeks 8 (essay plan) and week 11(draft essay) and given peer feedback and some tutor guidance.  It is aimed at improving the structure and development of your arguments in your essay (something we have found students can find difficult). You can use any presentation you wish (linear, mind map, etc), as the aim is for you to gain peer feedback at the seminar and through this to improve the final essay.


The essay plan will not be given a mark but it is compulsory to include it as part of the assessment submission and it is a vital stage in effective academic writing.


3Essay (2,000 words)

This is worth 75% of your final module mark and will be assessed and given a mark according to the criteria listed below, i.e.

The assessment will look at to what extent you have shown an ability to:


• Outline relevant concepts/ideas and theories covered from the field of organisational behaviour;


• Demonstrate relevant knowledge from reading and research;


• Write clearly, effectively and concisely in an essay format and use sources/references appropriately;


• Describe and apply some of the organisational behaviour theories and writers, which haveinfluenced our thinking about individuals inorganisations; for example in relation to perception, stress, motivation, structures, personality, organisational structures or leadership;


Final essay of 2000 words (+/-10% of word count - excluding reference and bibliography list at end). You must keep your work within the word limit or penalties apply.  Please note that you should make reference to reading you have done when answering the questions.




Choose ONE of the following essay questions to answer:

1) What are some of the effects of stress for both the individual concerned and for organisations that the individual is part of? To what extent is stress inevitable in work?


2) In your opinion which TWO motivation theories most helpfully explore the relationship between pay and motivation? You must clearly justify the choice of theories chosen and give organisational examples.


3) ‘Rational work design can bring about cost savings for an organization, but it can create human costs’.  Discuss this comment in relation to either a) one of the organisations we have looked at on the module, for example Amazon; or b) an organisation of your choice.


4) Choose ONE of the four themes of the module (the social process of joining an organisation, work and private life, identity and negotiating differences and constraints and creativity). Describe the importance of this theme for individuals in the organisation, using TWO of the lecture topics to illustrate your argument.


Grading indication for final essay (worth 75% of module mark)


70+​Most of the following: Clear evidence of independent and original thinking in arguments and analysis; evidence of wide or in-depth reading/research to support points made; wide or deep understanding of relevant concepts, writers and ideas; mastery of academic style; fluently written and very well-argued essay.

60+​Most of the following: Clear focus on question set and a well-written answer in clear English; Selective and appropriate use of research or reading material, correctly referenced; Very good identification of, and ability to apply appropriate concepts and theories to case studies or experiences; 

50+​​Most of the following: Mostly focused on question and â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹evidence of an attempt at a logical essay structure; Correctly referenced â€‹â€‹research material/reading used, relevant to the question set; identification â€‹â€‹of some of theconcepts/writers and appropriate essay style; Descriptive â€‹â€‹rather than analytical, with ideas presented as unsupported opinions

​40+​​Most of the following: Attempt to answer the question set  but only partially â€‹â€‹â€‹focussed on the question set; disorganised in presentation of ideas;  Little â€‹â€‹â€‹use of reference material and little evidence of reading; inadequate â€‹â€‹â€‹â€‹referencing;.

Failure (less than 40%)​Two or more of the following: Lack of understanding of question set and/or material used; substantial errors and inadequate length, evidence of serious plagiarism., lack of any evidence of  reading/understanding of concepts and ideas covered.

Assessment format:

The required format for the presentation of your assessment is as follows:

Cover Front page to show: Student name, Student ID registration number,  Module code/title, Full assignment titleSeminar leader’s name, Due date.


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