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Coursework Two – Assignment Brief
 
OVERVIEW of MODULE ASSESSMENT

 
Assessment
 
Activity
% of
 coursework mark
% of
overall mark
Coursework 1 Learning portfolio 40% 28%
Coursework 2
 
2500 word Essay 60% 42%
Presentation Group presentation
(30 mins)
n/a 30%

 
Assessment on this module includes two pieces of coursework and a group presentation. The coursework accounts for 70% (Component B) and the presentation for 30% (Component A) of the module marks. The staff team undertakes an extensive process of moderation to ensure that marking criteria are applied appropriately across the whole cohort.
Once moderation has been completed scripts will not be re-marked.
COURSEWORK 2: ESSAY
 
This element involves a 2500 word essay. The assessment provides an opportunity to reflect critically on managing organizational change and its implications for change management practice. Using relevant theories, your analysis should lead to an evaluation and discussion of the principles of effective change management in organisations. It is recommended that the section on effective change management should account for at least one third of the essay.
 
Objectives
 
This part of the coursework is designed to develop your ability to:

  • Understand theories and conceptual frameworks of the management of organisational change
  • Conduct an insightful analysis of the effective management of organisational change by linking theory and practice
  • Undertake critical evaluation and present a succinct, reasoned, coherent argument

 
Essay Question
 
This essay requires you to review an example of organisational change. This might be an experience that you have had whilst working in an organisation, from a published case study, or events encountered in the media[1]. You should analyse this organisational change using models/theories of organisational change from two of the following themes covered in the study units:  Communications & Resistance; Planned Approaches; Process, Stories & Political Approaches; Change Leadership; Learning Organisation & Organisation Development (OD); Structure and Systems; Culture.
Using relevant theories, your analysis should lead to an evaluation and discussion of the principles of effective change management in organisations. It is recommended that the section on effective change management should account for at least one third of the essay.
 
Assessment Criteria
 
Tutors will mark the essay based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories (T)
  • Analysis linking theory and practice (A)
  • Critical evaluation and coherent argument (C)

 
Format of Written Work
 

  • 2500 words (+/- 10% which is a minimum of 2250 words and a maximum of 2750 words) excluding reference pages. Writing beyond this maximum limit will not be read or marked
  • Word count includes everything in the main body of the essay (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, acronyms and numbers expressed as digits or in words. etc.)
  • The reference/ bibliography pages and any Appendix at the end are excluded from the word count.
  • Appendices may be included for reference but WILL NOT be marked

 
The University’s policy on word count can be found:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/policies.aspx
A guide to referencing can be found at: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/referencing.aspx
Please ensure you adhere to the principles of good academic practice and ensure you use the UWE/ Harvard system to reference your work. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or have more serious implications.
Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/readingandwriting/plagiarism.aspx
For general guidance on how to avoid assessment offences see:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentoffences.aspx
 
Feedback
Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including any public holidays or university closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard.  The teaching schedule for Semester Two will include formal feedback sessions and an opportunity to meet with tutors to discuss your mark and feedback.  When this is released you should aim to go to a session with your first marker to address your specific queries.
 
 

4.    Submission details

 
Please note that the submission deadlines are absolute and based on UWE server time, therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid situations where penalties could be incurred.  If penalties are imposed it will result in late work submissions being capped or not accepted for marking.
Component B:
 
Element 1 – Essay
25th February 2016 2pm online via blackboard
 
Please upload your completed essay and any appendices as ONE document
 
You should note that the submission deadlines are absolute and based on UWE server time. Therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid situations where penalties could be incurred.  If penalties are imposed it will result in late work submissions being capped or not accepted for marking.
 
You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in myUWE, the Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.
 
Please ensure you allow sufficient time to upload your script, noting that the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid ‘overwriting’ your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.
Late submission in the 24 hours following the deadline will be accepted but the assignment mark will be capped at 40%. Submissions after 24 hours will not be accepted. For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see:
http://info.uwe.ac.uk/online/Blackboard/students/guides/assignments/default.asp
Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disc, by email or by fax) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.
 
Before submitting your work, please ensure the following:

  • That you have proof read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately
  • That you have addressed all the required elements of the assessment
  • That you have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided
  • That you have addressed each of the marking criterion
  • That the submission is in the correct format

 
Further Guidance
IMPORTANT: See details given within the Learning Portfolio Proforma (Appendix 2) for specific guidance to help you complete this assessment
Support from the FBL Academic Success Centre (2B076):
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/bbs/aboutus/studentexperience/academicsupportcentre.aspx
Guidance on UWE assessment regulations and terminology: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentsguide.aspx
Guidance on using the library: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary.aspx
Extenuating Circumstances/ 5 day extensions
If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), you should seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity.
Please note the module leader cannot grant extenuating circumstances or extensions.
Appointments with a student adviser can be made via an Information Point or online at:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/studentadvisers.aspx
The Student Support Adviser will advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application.
Further details on ECs can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/extenuatingcircumstances.aspx
Further details on 5 day extensions can be found here:
In some very specific cases it may be possible to apply for a 5 day extension, see http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/5workingdayextensions.aspx


 
Managing Organisational and Individual Change 2015-16 Course Work 2
 
Essay – Feedback Sheet
 
Student Number:
 
 

Feedback From  [Tutor’s FULL name and email address here]    
 
                              Date:
 
Comments:
 
Please see highlighted comments on Marking Criteria grid (attached) and detailed specific comments on your essay.
In addition to the above, the main ways to improve this assignment are:
 

Main ways to improve this assignment:  
To give your work greater credibility support your assertions with references  
Focus more closely on addressing the question.  
Link the theory to your own experiences in/with organisations/case study material  
Define the key terms  
Signpost the reader so that they know how your discussion relates to the question  
Be clear so that the reader understands the point that you are making  
Critically evaluate the material  
Wider reading may have enabled you to have included more critical evaluation  
Less description of theory and/or experience, more analysis and discussion  
Clearer, more consistent referencing  
More specific examples from practice  
   
   
   
Additional Comments (optional)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   

 
 

 
 
 

Managing Organisational and Individual Change 2015 – 2016  Marking Criteria for Essay
  (All 3 criteria are equally weighted)
 
 
 
MARK
THEORY and LITERATURE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING ANALYSIS LINKING THEORY & PRACTICE CRITICAL EVALUATION, COHERENT ARGUMENT
 
 
 
70+
Demonstrates an excellent knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Shows excellent evidence of reading widely.
 
Extensive reference to wide range of relevant literature beyond the core text.
 
Referencing is exemplary.
Insightful analysis that highlights and exposes key issues.
 
Extensive integration of theory with practice.
 
Well chosen number and quality of examples.
Excellent evidence of sound judgement, critical thinking and well supported evaluations.
 
Development of strong, coherent argument.
 
Consistently addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Adept handling of the material, well reasoned, with a clear line of thought.
 
Coherent structure
 
 
 
60+
Demonstrates a good knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Shows good evidence of reading.
 
Reference to a good range of relevant literature beyond the core text.
 
Referencing is consistently accurate.
Perceptive analysis that explores important issues.
 
Good integration of theory and practice.
 
Good number and quality of examples used.
Good evidence of judgement, critical thinking and support for evaluations.
 
Development of a coherent argument.
 
Addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Material is well-handled, with clear evidence of reasoning and narrative thread.
 
Well structured.
 
 
 
50+
Demonstrates an adequate knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Adequate evidence of reading.
 
Some reference to relevant literature.
 
Core text and essential reading only
 
Referencing is accurate in the main.
Reasonable analysis but in places lapses into description of practice rather than analysis.
 
Reasonable integration of theory and practice.
 
Adequate number and quality of examples.
Adequate evidence of sound judgement with some attempt at evaluation.
 
Has an argument but sometimes difficult to follow.
 
Generally addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Satisfactory handling of the material, but the reader may sometimes have to work to follow the line of thought.
 
Reasonable structure.
 
 
 
40+
 
Demonstrates a weak knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Limited evidence of reading.
 
Few references to relevant literature.
 
No more than core text/lecture material
 
Some attempt at referencing accurately.
Some analysis but tends to be descriptive of practice.
 
Weak linkage between theory and practice.
 
Weak or few examples.
Poor judgment and some unsupported assertions.
 
Weak argument – not developed.
 
Does address the purpose of the assignment in parts, but often strays off the point.
 
Poor handling of the material and the reader has to work to follow the line of thought.
 
Some structure
 
 
 
37
 
Marginal Fail
 
Knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts is very weak
 
Little evidence of reading
 
Very few references to relevant literature.
 
Inaccurate referencing.
No analysis and is predominantly descriptive of practice.
 
Minimal linkage between theory and practice.
 
Very poor or very few examples.
Unsupported assertions and value judgments.
 
Little obvious argument.
 
Fails in large part to address the purpose of the assignment.
 
Handling of the material is weak, with little obvious line of thought.
 
No obvious structure.
 
 
Fail
Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and concepts is non-existent.
 
No evidence of relevant reading – not even the core text,
 
No references to relevant literature.
 
No referencing.
No analysis and is void of application.
 
No linkage between theory and practice.
 
Irrelevant examples.
 
 
 
Unsupported assertions and value judgments.
 
No obvious argument.
 
Fails to address the purpose of the assignment.
 
Handling of material is weak, with no obvious line of thought.
 
Unstructured.

 
[1] NOTE: You should ensure that the analysis of case study is your own. It is an assessment offence to copy an analysis from another source (e.g. internet, text book, tutor notes in lecture/seminar, or other students).
Coursework Two – Assignment Brief
 
OVERVIEW of MODULE ASSESSMENT

 
Assessment
 
Activity
% of
 coursework mark
% of
overall mark
Coursework 1 Learning portfolio 40% 28%
Coursework 2
 
2500 word Essay 60% 42%
Presentation Group presentation
(30 mins)
n/a 30%

 
Assessment on this module includes two pieces of coursework and a group presentation. The coursework accounts for 70% (Component B) and the presentation for 30% (Component A) of the module marks. The staff team undertakes an extensive process of moderation to ensure that marking criteria are applied appropriately across the whole cohort.
Once moderation has been completed scripts will not be re-marked.
COURSEWORK 2: ESSAY
 
This element involves a 2500 word essay. The assessment provides an opportunity to reflect critically on managing organizational change and its implications for change management practice. Using relevant theories, your analysis should lead to an evaluation and discussion of the principles of effective change management in organisations. It is recommended that the section on effective change management should account for at least one third of the essay.
 
Objectives
 
This part of the coursework is designed to develop your ability to:

  • Understand theories and conceptual frameworks of the management of organisational change
  • Conduct an insightful analysis of the effective management of organisational change by linking theory and practice
  • Undertake critical evaluation and present a succinct, reasoned, coherent argument

 
Essay Question
 
This essay requires you to review an example of organisational change. This might be an experience that you have had whilst working in an organisation, from a published case study, or events encountered in the media[1]. You should analyse this organisational change using models/theories of organisational change from two of the following themes covered in the study units:  Communications & Resistance; Planned Approaches; Process, Stories & Political Approaches; Change Leadership; Learning Organisation & Organisation Development (OD); Structure and Systems; Culture.
Using relevant theories, your analysis should lead to an evaluation and discussion of the principles of effective change management in organisations. It is recommended that the section on effective change management should account for at least one third of the essay.
 
Assessment Criteria
 
Tutors will mark the essay based on the following assessment criteria:

  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories (T)
  • Analysis linking theory and practice (A)
  • Critical evaluation and coherent argument (C)

 
Format of Written Work
 

  • 2500 words (+/- 10% which is a minimum of 2250 words and a maximum of 2750 words) excluding reference pages. Writing beyond this maximum limit will not be read or marked
  • Word count includes everything in the main body of the essay (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, acronyms and numbers expressed as digits or in words. etc.)
  • The reference/ bibliography pages and any Appendix at the end are excluded from the word count.
  • Appendices may be included for reference but WILL NOT be marked

 
The University’s policy on word count can be found:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/policies.aspx
A guide to referencing can be found at: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/referencing.aspx
Please ensure you adhere to the principles of good academic practice and ensure you use the UWE/ Harvard system to reference your work. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or have more serious implications.
Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/readingandwriting/plagiarism.aspx
For general guidance on how to avoid assessment offences see:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentoffences.aspx
 
Feedback
Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including any public holidays or university closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard.  The teaching schedule for Semester Two will include formal feedback sessions and an opportunity to meet with tutors to discuss your mark and feedback.  When this is released you should aim to go to a session with your first marker to address your specific queries.
 
 

4.    Submission details

 
Please note that the submission deadlines are absolute and based on UWE server time, therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid situations where penalties could be incurred.  If penalties are imposed it will result in late work submissions being capped or not accepted for marking.
Component B:
 
Element 1 – Essay
25th February 2016 2pm online via blackboard
 
Please upload your completed essay and any appendices as ONE document
 
You should note that the submission deadlines are absolute and based on UWE server time. Therefore you are strongly advised to submit work well ahead of the deadline dates to avoid situations where penalties could be incurred.  If penalties are imposed it will result in late work submissions being capped or not accepted for marking.
 
You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in myUWE, the Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.
 
Please ensure you allow sufficient time to upload your script, noting that the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid ‘overwriting’ your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.
Late submission in the 24 hours following the deadline will be accepted but the assignment mark will be capped at 40%. Submissions after 24 hours will not be accepted. For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see:
http://info.uwe.ac.uk/online/Blackboard/students/guides/assignments/default.asp
Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disc, by email or by fax) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.
 
Before submitting your work, please ensure the following:

  • That you have proof read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately
  • That you have addressed all the required elements of the assessment
  • That you have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided
  • That you have addressed each of the marking criterion
  • That the submission is in the correct format

 
Further Guidance
IMPORTANT: See details given within the Learning Portfolio Proforma (Appendix 2) for specific guidance to help you complete this assessment
Support from the FBL Academic Success Centre (2B076):
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/bbs/aboutus/studentexperience/academicsupportcentre.aspx
Guidance on UWE assessment regulations and terminology: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentsguide.aspx
Guidance on using the library: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary.aspx
Extenuating Circumstances/ 5 day extensions
If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), you should seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity.
Please note the module leader cannot grant extenuating circumstances or extensions.
Appointments with a student adviser can be made via an Information Point or online at:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/studentadvisers.aspx
The Student Support Adviser will advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Extenuating Circumstances (ECs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application.
Further details on ECs can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/extenuatingcircumstances.aspx
Further details on 5 day extensions can be found here:
In some very specific cases it may be possible to apply for a 5 day extension, see http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/5workingdayextensions.aspx


 
Managing Organisational and Individual Change 2015-16 Course Work 2
 
Essay – Feedback Sheet
 
Student Number:
 
 

Feedback From  [Tutor’s FULL name and email address here]    
 
                              Date:
 
Comments:
 
Please see highlighted comments on Marking Criteria grid (attached) and detailed specific comments on your essay.
In addition to the above, the main ways to improve this assignment are:
 

Main ways to improve this assignment:  
To give your work greater credibility support your assertions with references  
Focus more closely on addressing the question.  
Link the theory to your own experiences in/with organisations/case study material  
Define the key terms  
Signpost the reader so that they know how your discussion relates to the question  
Be clear so that the reader understands the point that you are making  
Critically evaluate the material  
Wider reading may have enabled you to have included more critical evaluation  
Less description of theory and/or experience, more analysis and discussion  
Clearer, more consistent referencing  
More specific examples from practice  
   
   
   
Additional Comments (optional)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   

 
 

 
 
 

Managing Organisational and Individual Change 2015 – 2016  Marking Criteria for Essay
  (All 3 criteria are equally weighted)
 
 
 
MARK
THEORY and LITERATURE KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING ANALYSIS LINKING THEORY & PRACTICE CRITICAL EVALUATION, COHERENT ARGUMENT
 
 
 
70+
Demonstrates an excellent knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Shows excellent evidence of reading widely.
 
Extensive reference to wide range of relevant literature beyond the core text.
 
Referencing is exemplary.
Insightful analysis that highlights and exposes key issues.
 
Extensive integration of theory with practice.
 
Well chosen number and quality of examples.
Excellent evidence of sound judgement, critical thinking and well supported evaluations.
 
Development of strong, coherent argument.
 
Consistently addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Adept handling of the material, well reasoned, with a clear line of thought.
 
Coherent structure
 
 
 
60+
Demonstrates a good knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Shows good evidence of reading.
 
Reference to a good range of relevant literature beyond the core text.
 
Referencing is consistently accurate.
Perceptive analysis that explores important issues.
 
Good integration of theory and practice.
 
Good number and quality of examples used.
Good evidence of judgement, critical thinking and support for evaluations.
 
Development of a coherent argument.
 
Addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Material is well-handled, with clear evidence of reasoning and narrative thread.
 
Well structured.
 
 
 
50+
Demonstrates an adequate knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Adequate evidence of reading.
 
Some reference to relevant literature.
 
Core text and essential reading only
 
Referencing is accurate in the main.
Reasonable analysis but in places lapses into description of practice rather than analysis.
 
Reasonable integration of theory and practice.
 
Adequate number and quality of examples.
Adequate evidence of sound judgement with some attempt at evaluation.
 
Has an argument but sometimes difficult to follow.
 
Generally addresses the purpose of the assignment.
 
Satisfactory handling of the material, but the reader may sometimes have to work to follow the line of thought.
 
Reasonable structure.
 
 
 
40+
 
Demonstrates a weak knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts used.
 
Limited evidence of reading.
 
Few references to relevant literature.
 
No more than core text/lecture material
 
Some attempt at referencing accurately.
Some analysis but tends to be descriptive of practice.
 
Weak linkage between theory and practice.
 
Weak or few examples.
Poor judgment and some unsupported assertions.
 
Weak argument – not developed.
 
Does address the purpose of the assignment in parts, but often strays off the point.
 
Poor handling of the material and the reader has to work to follow the line of thought.
 
Some structure
 
 
 
37
 
Marginal Fail
 
Knowledge and understanding of theories and concepts is very weak
 
Little evidence of reading
 
Very few references to relevant literature.
 
Inaccurate referencing.
No analysis and is predominantly descriptive of practice.
 
Minimal linkage between theory and practice.
 
Very poor or very few examples.
Unsupported assertions and value judgments.
 
Little obvious argument.
 
Fails in large part to address the purpose of the assignment.
 
Handling of the material is weak, with little obvious line of thought.
 
No obvious structure.
 
 
Fail
Knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and concepts is non-existent.
 
No evidence of relevant reading – not even the core text,
 
No references to relevant literature.
 
No referencing.
No analysis and is void of application.
 
No linkage between theory and practice.
 
Irrelevant examples.
 
 
 
Unsupported assertions and value judgments.
 
No obvious argument.
 
Fails to address the purpose of the assignment.
 
Handling of material is weak, with no obvious line of thought.
 
Unstructured.

 
[1] NOTE: You should ensure that the analysis of case study is your own. It is an assessment offence to copy an analysis from another source (e.g. internet, text book, tutor notes in lecture/seminar, or other students).
FAQs: Common Questions and Answers
MOIC Coursework Two – Individual Essay
 
Q1: I have no work experience and can’t think of a good example of organisational change that I have experienced. What can I do?
A: If you are struggling to identify a suitable experience of organisational change that you have had, you may use an exercise from a MOIC seminar or a case study (e.g. Mybank, core text pp.144-7). You should ensure that the analysis of the exercise or case study is your own. It is an assessment offence to copy an analysis from another source (e.g. internet, text book, tutor notes in lecture/seminar, or other students).
 
The question is designed for you to analyse one organisational example, either from your experience or a case you have found (see below).  We recommend you do NOT use more than two different organisational change examples within your essay.
 
For the organisational change the example can be

  1. You own experience whilst working in an organisation
  2. From a published case / cases we have worked with – but the analysis MUST be your own – not copied from a text book or another source (e.g. internet, text book, tutor notes in lecture/seminar, or other students)
  3. Other media or sources again the analysis MUST be their own – not copied from a text book or another source (e.g. internet, text book, tutor notes in lecture/seminar, or other students).
  4. It could be one example or maximum a couple – the key is not to spend too many words describing the examples as it is analysis with theories that earns marks

Q3: How many theories should I use?
A: The assignment brief requires you to use a range of theories from two of the study units listed below:
Study Unit 7 – Leading Change/ Change Leadership
Study Unit 9 – Choices, Communication & Resistance
Study Unit 10 – Planning Approaches to Change Management
Study Unit 11 – Process Approaches: Context, Stories, Politics and Substance of change
Study Unit 12 – Organisation Development & Learning Approaches to Change
Study Unit 13 –  Can we manage organisational Culture
Study Unit 14 – Changing organisational structure and systems
 
A model or theory typically contains a number of different elements/concepts that can be used in your analysis – the more specific your analyses relating to these elements the better. It might be possible to do a first class piece of work using a minimal number of models/theories. However, equally, you might choose to use a range of models/theories, but be more selective about which concepts you use to analyse your experience.
 
Remember most study units have additional articles and references within them.  Also the core text book has a list of recommended reading at the end of each chapter and these are relevant sources of theories and models. For example, Study Unit 9 has a link within the  further reading Ford J D, Ford L W, & McNamara R T (2001) Resistance and the background conversations of change  which helps makes links to reviewing organisational change from alternative perspectives and brings some of the themes together.
 
Q4: How many references should I have?
A: To get a first class mark in this assignment, the assessment criteria state that you should make ‘Extensive reference to wide range of relevant literature beyond the core text.’ The important first point to make is that we are looking for you to use the core text, lectures and seminars, as a stepping off point for your own literature searches. We expect to see evidence of you using the library resources to find, read and utilise a range of books and articles for your essay. The precise number is less important than the quality of the references that you cite and how you use them. For example, how relevant are they to the arguments that you make? Do you demonstrate good understanding? etc. If you have put a good amount of work into further literature research then you will generate an appropriate number of references to include in your essay.
 
Q5: Do my references need to be recent (e.g. from the last 10 years)?
A: We would expect most of your references to be recent. However, it is the currency and quality of the arguments rather than the age of the reference that is most important. In other words, your references should contribute to arguments that are relevant to the management of individual and organisational change in the world today. Some good literature from 20 years ago, or more, can still be relevant to our understanding today.
 
Q6: What is required in Part 2? Is Part 2 a critical evaluation and conclusion of Part 1?
A: Part 2 requires you to critically evaluate your learning from the analysis in Part 1  and discuss the effective and/or ineffective management of change.  You need to make new points, and draw some overall conclusions and/ or recommendations. This should show additional insight and not merely repeat or summarise what has already been said in Part 1.  The focus on the effective or ineffective management of change is likely to need some different theories/ approaches/ models to those already discussed in Part 1. Remember Study Unit 8 also covered Managing Change and may have some relevant theories within it
 
If you decide to use some of the same theories/ approaches/ models the points and arguments made in Part 2 should be NEW ones or a definite development of NEW levels of detail to the points made in Part 1.  Repetition will not earn more marks.
 
To earn higher marks the points they make about managing change and change management should be related to specific examples, either the one or ones they have used in Part 1 or specifically draw on other relevant examples.  A literature review about ‘change management’ will get less marks even if it has lots of theory within it (T + A + C); again no or little theory will also get less marks because it is still (T + A + C).
 
Q7: Do the two parts of the essay require their own introduction, body and conclusion? What format is expected? Do parts 1 and 2 need to integrated somehow?
A: You have some freedom to determine the format of your essay and how the three parts relate to one another. Given the restrictions on word count you are advised not to write repetitive introductions/conclusions for each of the parts. You will meet the requirements of the assessment if you complete the following in a clear and coherent manner: present an analysis of (Part One) an organisational change. In Part 2, draw upon the learning from your analysis of these experiences to present an insightful discussion of your understanding of what contributes to the effective management of change in organisations. Remember Part 2 should be at least one third of your essay.
 
This means you have a choice to write Parts 1 and 2 as separate parts (Part 1 up to two thirds and part 2 up to one third) OR write these as a combined essay.  If you write your essay in a combined rather than separately be careful to make sure this one-third is clearly and visibly about managing change (visible to markers not just to you).
 

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