People and Organisations – Assessment Two
The whole ethos of the assessment of this module is a ‘patchwork’ approach which allows you to build up smaller pieces of work which are connected but which give you the chance to gain regular feedback.
‘ The essence of a patchwork is that it consists of a variety of small sections, each of which is complete in itself, and that the overall unity of these component sections, although planned in advance, is finalized retrospectively, when they are ‘stitched together’ Winter (2003: 112).
Please read this document alongside the module handbook and the information you find there relating to the assessment requirements for this module.
This document describes the requirements for Assessment Two
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 is designed to help you work towards, and gain a better mark, in the (c) essay. They are three stages towards the essay; all of 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.
1) Reflection: on 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 development. Your 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.
2) Essay 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.
3) Essay (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 have influenced our thinking about individuals in organisations; 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.