Research Essay – 30% (Individual Assessment 2)
Due Date: 11:30 pm (Friday – 22nd September 2017) Length: 1500 words (10% leeway)
All students are required required to develop an arguable proposition on which to write an essay. Your paper should be presented in standard academic essay format. The format must be in 12pt font and 1.5 spaced.
The purpose of this assignment is to develop/improve skills in writing, analysis, and argumentation in addition to adding to the depth of understanding about organizational behavior in the workplace.
You will be assessed on the quality of sources of information, how well you use these resources to support your arguments and your referencing skills. You are expected to use at least six (6) different peer-reviewed journals. The use of WIKIPEDIA online encyclopaedia is not allowed. Use of Wikipedia may result in a fail grade in this essay. You must use the HARVARD referencing system to acknowledge your sources of information (both in-text and as a reference list at the end).
You should submit an electronic copy (Word Document .doc or .docx format) of your assignment to Turnitin only. Please do not supply a hardcopy.
Learning Outcomes Targeted:
Outcome a) Explain how theories of organisational behaviour may be applied in an organisational setting.
Outcome b) Evaluate potential organisational problem situations and formulate proactive managerial interventions, with special sensitivity to cultural, ethical and social concerns.
Outcome c) Locate relevant research and compare and critique the findings on current developments in organisational behaviour
Grading of Assignment
The following criteria will be used to allocate grades for this assignment:
Research Essay Marking Guide: Marks will be awarded as follows: (a detailed marking rubric will be provided via Moodle)
Assessment Criteria Max Marks
Quantity & depth of literature and other research
How clearly the major relevant OB themes and issues related to the topic are identified
Sound summary, conclusions and recommendations are logically drawn from the literature
The overall structure of the essay: Development of logical and well supported arguments.
Clarity of written work 4
Adherence to presentation standards
Citations & Referencing
Please ensure that you use a critical approach and raise arguments for and against. Your arguments need to be well supported by relevant research (academic journals mainly). Please see unit outline for more details.
In what circumstances do attitudes determine behaviours at work? Why are attitudes useful for a person? Examine how much is known about what factors determine either job satisfaction or organisational commitment. To what extent does organisational commitment suggests that managers in organisation should care about how committed their staffs are?