Subject Code: GB560
Subject Name: Designing, Implementing and Improving Processes
Assessment Title: Assessment 1 - Individual participation in the posted Discussion Forum.
Total Marks: 20
Due Date: Sundays Weeks 1- 6
GB560 Assessment 1: Individual: On-line forum discussions
Length: 300 words maximum per post
Due: Postings completed online by 11.55pm (2355) Sunday of Weeks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
Description: Students are required to respond to weekly discussion questions and debate the issues and topics presented. The regularity and quality of the responses will contribute to 20% of the final grade.
Throughout this subject, many discussion opportunities come up where you are encouraged to make a posting and also to respond to other peoples opinions and comments. Please take this opportunity to discuss the topics below after you have completed your reading.
Make your own posting and then respond to at least one other post of another student. At the end of the course you will be required to draw on your contribution to this discussion, including your initial post and responses to other students’ postings to help complete Assessment 4 due in Week 12. Making yourself aware of the requirements of Assessment 4: Critical reflection may help you structure your contributions to the forum.
Remember you are required to make at least two postings. The first is one that you initiate and further postings are to be a response (or responses) to another student’s posts. Please limit your postings to 300 words and see the assessment 1 rubrics for marking criteria.
Discussion Forum participation is a compulsory component of your critical reflection and will be graded based on both level of activity and quality of interaction.
The weekly discussion topics are listed below:
Week 1 - Workplace Change
In this week’s online discussion, think about your current employer or a past employer and reflect on what change means to you in the workplace. Do you accept it well? Are you the type of person who helps others transition to a new way of doing work, or do you look for others to take the lead? What concepts have you learned in Week 1 that will assist you and your colleagues adapt to change?
Week 2 - Persuading Others In this week’s online discussion, reflect on your ability to persuade others when presenting topics. What made you effective in the workplace? How did you overcome the anxiety normally associated with business presentations? How does this relate to the material you have learned this week? How would you present a management plan to your colleagues?
Week 3 - The Meaning of Work
In this week’s online discussion, reflect on what work means to you. What motivates you to succeed at your work? How do you define a productive day? What things do you consider important in motivating and involving people in organisational change? What steps would you use in managing people to improve processes and activities in your organisation?
Week 4 - Working Relationships
In this week’s online discussion, consider your working relationship with a leader who influenced you to be more effective, and one who failed to energise you. Explain the difference by using examples and reflecting on the concepts learned this week.
Week 5 – Using Information Communication Technology (ICT)
In this week’s online discussion, reflect on how ‘comfortable’ you are with using ICT in your work, your study and your personal life. Are you always looking for ways to use technology to make your work and life better or easier? Are you challenged by having to use technology? Do you prefer to find your own way around technology or do you prefer formal instruction with interactive feedback?
Week 6 – Decision Making
In this week’s online discussion, consider how you make decisions. Do you change your decision making style or process depending on the perceived importance of the decision? How do you get good information to help you make your decisions? What is your normal reaction when you find that you have made the wrong decision? How can managers prepare themselves to make the right decision more often?
Assessment Marking Rubric
Criteria HD (High Distinction) 85%-100% DN (Distinction)
75%-84% CR (Credit) 74%-65% P (Pass) 50%-64% NN (Fail)
Timeliness of postings and frequency of postings
5 marks Posts more than one (1) response to questions and more than one (1) response to colleagues’ postings for each assessment, within time frames. Each posting is a minimum of 100 words and a maximum 300 words
4.25 – 5 marks Posts more than one (1) response to questions and at least one (1) response to colleagues’ postings for each assessment, within time frames. Each posting is a minimum of 100 words and a maximum 300 words
3.75- 4.2 marks Posts more than one (1) response to questions and at least one (1) response to colleagues’ postings for each assessment, within time frames. Each posting is a minimum of 100 words and a maximum 300 words
3.25- 3.7 marks Posts one (1) response to questions and one (1) response to most colleagues’ postings for each assessment, within time frames. Each posting is a minimum of 100 words and a maximum 300 words
2.5-3.2 marks Makes incomplete or no postings within time frames. Posts no response to question and/or no response to colleagues for each assessment. Few or no
postings comply with word limits
Quality of postings
10 marks Clearly articulated responses to questions involving argument and discussion. Adds to knowledge and understanding of topic. Interprets and answers questions and acknowledges responses from colleagues, promoting engagement in discussion amongst colleagues and fully advancing discussions. All comments fully supported
8.5 – 10 marks Responds to question and contributes to the discussion. Indicates good understanding of course readings and how they apply. Expanding on postings form colleagues. Contributes well to flow of discussions. Shows good insight into the topic. Regular analysis and reference to materials.
7.5- 8.4 marks Responds to question and contributes to the discussion. Indicates some understanding of course readings and how they apply. Expanding on postings form colleagues. Contributes well to flow of discussions. Some analysis and reference to materials.
6.5-7.4 marks Brief comments. Doesn’t demonstrate an understanding of material. Contributes adequately to discussions acknowledging and reinforcing knowledge in the forum. Adequate references to materials.
5.0- 6.4 marks Postings are off topic or are brief/single word responses. Adds poorly or does not add to discussions. Contradicts others without basis or evidence. Vague or uses assertions. Little or no use of referencing or information to support views.
5 marks Precise and appropriate language/ composition. Includes citations. No grammatical errors.
Appropriate referencing and formatting used. 4.25 – 5 marks Clear statements made.
Minor grammatical errors. Includes citations. Adequate referencing and formatting
3.75- 4.2 marks Mostly clear statements made. Minor grammatical errors. Includes citations. Adequate referencing and
3.25- 3.7 marks Verbose or unclear statements. Lacks citations to support views. Some grammar, formatting and referencing errors.
2.5-3.2 marks Poor structure.
Inappropriate language. No citations and/or references. Serious grammar and/or formatting errors. 0-2.45 marks
Assignment Mark/Grade: Total score
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