Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Research
Unit: Organisational Learning and Change
Unit Code: BUS 510
Type of Assessment: Assessment 2 – Individual essay
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed: Learning outcomes – (a), (c), (d), (e) and (f)
a) Critically analyse and critique the major theories of organisational learning.
c) Critically review and evaluate the reasons for different approaches to change, and demonstrate an ability to apply this understanding to volatile or novel organisational contexts.
d) Critically analyse and critique common perspectives on the role of, and relationship between, individuals, teams and leaders in the change processes.
e) Integrate biblical frameworks into a contemporary understanding of organisational learning and change.
f) Integrate the concepts of organisational learning, strategic and innovative change management with leadership theory and practice
Criteria for Assessment: • Criterion 1 - Extent to which question is answered (5/30)
• Criterion 2 - Understanding of the theoretical concepts (10/30)
• Criterion 3 - Extent of critical analysis (10/30)
• Criterion 4 - Structure and references (5/30)
Assessment Task: The purpose of this assessment is to improve the analysis of organisational learning concepts within the organisations and the ability to design of relevant solutions.
Students will be expected to write an essay in response to the question below.
Discuss any five (5) key barriers to organisational learning in organisations in your home country. Explain in detail, any four (4) strategies that that can be implemented to improve organisational learning.
Support your discussion on the barriers with examples drawn from your home country.
Submission Date: Week 8 (online submission via Turnitin)
Total Mark & Weighting: 30 marks (30%)
Students are advised that any submissions past the due date without an approved extension or without approved extenuating circumstances incurs a 5% penalty per calendar day,
calculated from the total mark e.g. a task marked out of 35 will incur a 1.75 mark penalty per calendar day.
GENERAL NOTES FOR ASSIGNMENT
Assignments should usually incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion, and will be fully referenced including a reference list.
The word count for the assessment is 1500 words (+/- 10%)
Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count
GENERAL NOTES FOR REFERENCING
References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but not the lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you can conduct your own research. Also, in order to help markers, determine students’ understanding of the work they cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s if shown in the original.
Work that includes sources that are not properly referenced according to the “Harvard Referencing Workbook” will be penalized.
MARKING GUIDE (RUBRIC):
Your assessment would be marked based on the following marking guideline.
Total marks – 30
Criteria Mark Fail Pass
Distinction High Distinction
Extent to which the question is answered 5 Below 2.5 2.5 – 3.0 3.5 – 3.8 3.9 – 4.4 4.5 and above
Not all parts of the question are addressed
Individual parts of the questions addressed in a reasonable way with limited integration Individual parts of the questions addressed soundly with some degree of integration Individual parts of the questions addressed strongly with strong integration Questions addressed strongly in all dimensions with a high level of integration
Understanding of the theoretical concepts 10 Below 5.0 5.0 – 6.0 7.0 – 7.6 7.8 – 8.8 9 and above
Understanding of the individual organizational learning concepts not demonstrated Understanding of the individual organizational learning concepts is satisfactory Understanding of the individual organizational learning concepts is sound Understanding of the individual organizational learning concepts is detailed Understanding of the individual organizational learning concepts is highly integrated
Extent of critical analysis 10 Below 5.0 5.0 – 6.0 7.0 – 7.6 7.8 – 8.8 9 and above
Lack of critical analysis, with no application of theoretical concepts
Limited critical analysis, with limited application of theoretical concepts Some critical analysis, with theoretical concepts applied Competent level of critical analysis, with correct application of theoretical concepts Clear and thorough critical analysis, with adequate application of theoretical concepts
Structure and references
- Coherence and organization
- APA format 5 Below 2.5 2.5 – 3.0 3.5 – 3.8 3.9 – 4.4 4.5 and above
An unfocussed, incoherent essay, characterized by disorganization and/or missing required sections.
References are inconsistent with required format; a notable number of errors present. A somewhat focused, slightly incoherent essay, characterized by some disorganization and/or missing required sections.
References are inconsistent with required format; a number of errors present. A somewhat coherent and organized essay and including most required sections.
Referencing format is adhered to throughout the essay, with some errors present. A clear and coherent essay, organized and including all required sections.
Referencing format is rigorously adhered to throughout the essay, with very few errors present. An exceptionally clear, concise and coherent essay, critically organized and including all required sections.
Referencing format is rigorously adhered to throughout the essay, with no errors present.