Assessment task 1—Academic Essay
Due date: 11:45PM AEST, Monday 21 August 2017 Week 6 ASSESSMENT
Length: 1500 words ±10% (excluding reference list) 1
This assessment task relates to UNIT learning outcomes numbers 1 to 3.
Before starting this assessment read the marking criteria (below) and information about academic essay writing on the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) website:
http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/UNIT/view.php?id=1497 (Click ‘Academic Communication’) There is plenty of useful information on the ALC site that assists with your studies.
The primary purpose of this assessment item is to help students develop skills in critical thinking in relation to organisational change in the contemporary business environment.
The secondary purpose of this assessment task is to give students the opportunity to enhance their analysis, critical thinking and written communication skills; particularly in the areas of developing argument and essay writing. Description
Assessment task 1 requires the writing of an ACADEMIC ESSAY. This essay should be an ‘argumentative essay’, and must therefore contain an argument that is used as the structuring element of the paper. Students are expected to engage in extensive research within the academic literature (peer reviewed journals) relating to organisational change and evidence your argument from scholarly sources.
The underlying paradigm, upon which almost all change models rest, is that change is episodic, a disruption to an otherwise static business. I cautiously predict the next decade will hasten the demise (a demise that has been predicted for some time) of the notion of a business as a mechanistic, static entity, with rigid structures, and punctuated by episodic major change. This old paradigm can be seen in two additional canonical (and I think highly inaccurate) change metaphors, Business as Usual (BAU) and the oldest change model, unfreeze, change, refreeze10. The first of those metaphors suggests that there are things that are changing and things that are stable. The second of those implies that organizations are stable, and then you have to -unfreeze- them. There is no -frozen- in today's businesses.
(Gibbons, 2015, p. 25.)
You are to identify, and critically examine, the key issues raised by Gibbons (2015) in the above statement extracted from the prescribed text. You must undertake research of relevant academic literature (peer reviewed journals); use this research to provide a critical analysis, which must be supported with evidence from the literature including theories and models to develop your argument. It would enhance your discussion to use specific organisational examples to further evidence your claims. Any specific organisational information must be referenced (this may come directly from the organisation, in addition to any material that is available in scholarly works).
Your essay should be a properly constructed ACADEMIC ESSAY. It should contain an effective introduction, body and conclusion. The introduction should introduce the essay and include your argument. The introduction should reflect the task and provide purpose, scope and context. The body should be the critical analysis where you present your argument, which is supported throughout using the evidence you have collected from your research, and the conclusion should restate your argument, summarise the evidence, and make a conclusion regarding your argument. The conclusion should link to the introduction.
The essay should contain a coherent, and appropriate critical review of the academic literature across the issues you identify from the statement. The literature review should be integrated throughout the essay to evidence the critical analysis and develop your argument.
• DO NOT INCLUDE HEADINGS IN YOUR ESSAY.
• DO NOT INCLUDE AN ABSTRACT.
• DO NOT INCLUDE A TABLE OF CONTENTS.
A reference list is compulsory (and prepare according to the CQU APA Referencing Protocol). DO NOT include a bibliography.
This assessment item involves researching your assigned topic to enhance your understanding of organisational change concepts and utilisation of academic literature. The prescribed textbook for the UNIT must be cited in relation to change management principles. You will be expected to present information and evidence from, and cite, relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles. You must undertake research more broadly than articles posted on Moodle. The minimum to pass this criterion [8/15] is EIGHT (8) scholarly references, which must include the prescribed textbook, plus SEVEN (7) relevant academic peer reviewed journal articles. The quality and number of citations will demonstrate the breadth and depth of the literature used to formulate your argument. It is not only about the number of references, but also it is about how you use the content from your research. You can cite an article more than once as appropriate to develop your argument. Keep your research recent so sources from 2011 onwards, unless a defining moment in the topic areas, or you are using the primary source articles of theories and/or models.
Your marker is interested in the analysis that you have developed from YOUR review of the literature and how well you use the literature to respond to the topic. There should be minimal if any use of direct quotes, and you should be paraphrasing, and of course referencing throughout. The referencing must be appropriate and sufficient.
HRMT19020 – Managing Organisational Change
Assessment item 1 - Marking criteria for individual essay
Submissions will be assessed on the extent to which they meet each of the following criteria:
CONTENT: Does your essay demonstrate: Weighting
a thorough knowledge and critical analysis of the change management issues within a well-developed academic essay? 20%
a critical review of the academic literature relevant to the identified change management issues, integrated effectively throughout the essay to evidence the critical analysis? 20%
appropriateness of evidence-based responses relevant to the change management issues? 20%
appropriate use of argument, including a properly constructed introduction and comprehensive conclusion? 10%
relevant and accurate use of the academic literature? (Minimum to pass this criterion [8/15] is EIGHT (8) scholarly references which must include the prescribed textbook plus SEVEN (7) relevant academic peer reviewed journals) 15%
PRESENTATION: Does your essay demonstrate:
clarity of expression – grammar, punctuation and correct spelling using Australian English? 5%
strict conformity to the referencing protocol as set out in the CQU Abridged Guide to APA Referencing Style? 5%
appropriate presentation including formatting as required by the Assignment Writing Requirements document and presented within 1500 ±10% words. 5%