Title: Assignment 2 – Reflective Case StudyMarks: 35 (which is 35% of the unit grade)
Due: Prior to 11pm on Friday 20th May (week 12), 2016.
Task: Drawing on your own personal experience, write a mini case-study (max 1500 words) on one of the following OB-related topics:
• When Teamwork failed to meet its objective
• The appropriate use of power in the workplace
• Organisational Change
Following the case-study, two questions should be posed which encourage the reader to examine and analyse different aspects of the case in close detail. Students should also provide a brief 200-300 word example answer for each question in order to demonstrate the potential learning outcomes of the case.
Purpose: This assignment seeks to achieve 2 key learning outcomes.
Firstly, it seeks to develop a student’s awareness for the way in which ‘teamwork’, ‘power’ or ‘change’ is manifest in organisations.
Secondly, understanding workplace behaviour can be greatly informed by periodic ‘reflection’. Through this assignment it is hoped that students recognise the value of setting aside time in their busy work schedule to reflect upon and analyse, issues that influence the behaviour of themselves and others in the workplace.
Format: The single document submitted for this assignment is to contain the following components and formatting features:
a) Assignment ‘Coversheet’ (document is available in the Assignment file on Blackboard).
b) Assignment ‘Coverpage’ identifying the unit name & code, assignment title, student name & ID, and the report word count (note: Reference List content does not contribute to the word count).
c) Case Study (maximum of 1500 words). See below for the type of structure and style to adopt.
d) Two Case Study questions and example answers (max 300 words each)
Adopt the following formatting features for the paper:
o Apply page numbers. Page 1 comes after your coverpage.
o Font style: Times New Roman, 12pt, justified, 1½ line spacing.
o Margins – top and bottom to be 2.54cm. Left and right to be 2.54cm. No page boarders.
o Spelling – if using a Microsoft package, specify Australian English language/grammar when running your spell-check.
o Writing and grammar must conform to the standards of a professional report.
Submit Process: All assignments are to be submitted through ‘Turn-it-in,’ which can be accessed from the ‘Assignment 2’ folder on Blackboard. The link will be activated in week 10 and you can submit the assignment at any time leading up to the due date.
The file you submit should be labelled in the following manner:
Surname, initial, student code, MNG82001, asmt 2
For example – Gillett, P, 012345, MNG82001, asmt 2
Feedback: Students who submit their report by the due date will receive feedback within 2 weeks. This feedback will be in the form of a marking rubric and a copy of your report with electronic comments made by the marker.
Structure and style of the Case-Study
There is no prescribed structure for the case.
It is advised that students develop a catchy title; one that gives a clue as to the focus or purpose of the case.
Although not mandatory, students might use sub-headings to help structure their case story.
The general aim is to write an interesting story which clearly illustrates a good lesson in Organisational Behaviour. It is important that the key concepts associated with the lesson are discussed in the case and that this information is presented in a logical manner (i.e. it is effectively ‘contextualised’ and the story has good ‘flow’).
At the same time, students should avoid being too blatant with the learning-related details. It is important for readers of the case to pick-up numerous small clues about the particular OB concept themselves and to recognise the relevance.
While the case is based on your own experience, you should not be referring to yourself specifically (e.g. I thought…, I did…, etc). Rather, you should adopt the perspective of someone who is observing and subsequently describing the case details as they unfold.
Many textbooks across a range of disciplines provide case studies that adopt this type of perspective. Students who are unfamiliar with the approach should therefore review various textbooks for examples.
For students who have no workplace experience on which to base their case, it is suggested that they identify and interview someone who can provide the required first-hand insight. This will provide for a more realistic case story; as compared to simply making things up. Students can however, use a small degree of ‘artistic license’ to help promote the OB issue at the centre of their case.
It is important that you use pseudonyms to protect the identity of the organisation and the individuals concerned.
Refer to the documents ‘How to write the Case Study’ and ‘Reflective Writing’ (located in Assignment 2 folder) for further advice and tips that are specific to this assignment.
A. Written communication
(weight = approx 31% of marks)
1) Unsatisfactory. The writing is ineffective due to numerous spelling and/or grammatical errors.
2) Pass. Proof-read the final document to identify and correct minor errors in spelling and grammar. Plan for and undertake additional drafts as this will help to improve the quality of your written work.
3) Credit. A good standard of writing is provided (no spelling errors), however there is room for improvement in terms of higher-order writing skills (e.g. vocabulary and sentence structure). Work on developing the logic within your discussion.
4) Distinction. Higher-order writing skills are evident in parts. Greater consistency will improve the overall quality of your work.
5) HD. The quality of writing is exceptional. Well done.
B. Case Content
(weight = approx 29% of marks)
1) Unsatisfactory. The case details are highly ambiguous. No lesson in Organisational Behaviour can be logically deduced from the case story.
2) Pass. The case story highlights a basic lesson in Organisational Behaviour. Some of the details may be unnecessary or unrelated to the OB topic.
3) Credit. The case details offer good insight into the OB topic. Presenting the content in a more subtle manner will increase the learning impact.
4) Distinction. The case details reflect a good understanding of the OB topic. Further details could be provided which provide a more comprehensive lesson outcome.
5) HD. The case provides a very effective lesson in Organisational Behaviour. It is well constructed, believable and relevant to the OB context.
C. Questions and Answers
(weight = approx 23% of marks)
1) Unsatisfactory. The Q&As are poorly conceived. They do not contribute in any noteworthy way to a particular learning outcome
2) Pass. The questions are appropriate however the answers are ambiguous or they identify issues that are not present in the case.
3) Credit. Both the Q&As are linked to the Case details. The answer content reflects a solid basic learning outcome.
4) Distinction. The questions clearly encourage the reader to consider and analyse key OB features imbedded within the case. The answers could be developed a little further to show greater insight into the OB topic.
5) HD. The Q&As reflect a very strong understanding of the OB topic. In combination they clearly reveal how the case provides the opportunity for a very effective learning outcome
D. Features and Formatting
(weight = approx 17% of marks)
1) Unsatisfactory. The assignment document is unprofessionally presented (refer to the assignment guidelines).
2) Pass. A number of formatting style features are missing which should have been picked up in the final proof-read.
3) Credit. Two formatting style features are missing.
4) Distinction. One formatting style feature is missing.
5) HD. The assignment document adopts all the required formatting features and is professionally presented.
U P C D HD
A. 3 6 7 9 11
B. 3 6 7 8 10
C. 2 5 6 7 8
D. 1 3 4 5 6