Master of Business Research
Unit: Organisational Behaviour and Leadership
Unit Code: BUS 501
Type of Assessment: Assessment 4 – Major OB Assignment
Unit Learning Outcomes addressed: Learning outcomes – (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e)
(a) Demonstrate a critical understanding of organisational behaviour.
(b) Demonstrate an ability to synthesise and apply knowledge and understanding of contemporary theories and research on organisational behaviour to the analysis of case study and research data.
(c) Demonstrate an ability to research in depth an element of organisational behaviour, and present a coherent argument in essay form.
(d) Integrate biblical frameworks into a contemporary understanding of leadership and organisational behaviour.
(e) Apply knowledge in a critical evaluation of the organisation in light of a specific element of organisational behaviour, within an overview of organisational behaviour theory.
Criteria for Assessment: · Criterion 1 – Description of the organisation – (5/50)
· Criterion 2 – Understanding of organisational behaviour concepts or theories – (10/50)
· Criterion 3 – Organisational behaviour/leadership issue analysis – (10/50)
· Criterion 4 – Recommendations (20/50)
· Criterion 5 – References and structure – (5/50)
Assessment Task: The purpose of this assessment is to allow students take on a management perspective to analyse organisational behaviour and leadership and propose recommendations with the aim of improving the situation. This project seeks to create a case study of an organization that requires a change intervention.
Students will be required to choose an organisation that they are familiar with and analyse it using relevant organisational behaviour and leadership theories or frameworks to identify areas where improvements need to be made.
The organisational change project covers the following:
1. An introduction to the organisation.
2. Description and analysis of the organisational behaviour or leadership issue
3. Literature review – overview of application theories to the identified issue
4. Evaluation of possible alternative solutions required to improve the situation.
5. Recommendations of the most suitable strategies.
Submission Date: Week 14 (online submission via Turnitin)
Total Mark & Weighting: 50 marks (50%)
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 3000 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.