Final Assignment Brief and Guidance (21sep)

Module Code: UMODML-15-3

Module Title: Managing Organisational Change      

Submission Deadline: 1400 on 18 January 2022      

Assessment Component: A

Assessment Weighting: 100 per cent of total module mark

Marking and feedback deadline: 18 February 2022

[N.B. all times are 24-hour clock, current local time (at time of submission) in the UK]

Assessment Instructions

Assignment task

Critically evaluate the implementation of a specific case of organisational change. Building on this, reflect on what you can personally learn from this case analysis about change management and how you might benefit from these insights in the future.

General guidance for completing the assessment

The assignment is to be written in essay format and submitted (via Blackboard) as a single Microsoft Word document. 

This assignment incorporates two interrelated tasks: analysing organisational change and reflecting on its implications. Make sure that you are critical rather than descriptive in approach – this means evaluating implications and reaching judgements. The emphasis should be on discussion, analysis, application and argument informed by theory and literature.

First, critically evaluate the implementation of a specific case of organisational change.

  • You should select a suitable case study for your organisational analysis. (Note: you should not use MyBank case studies or case studies you have previously used on other modules).
  • You should draw on relevant literature and academic ideas (e.g. theories, models, and frameworks) from two or three Study Units. This should include one or more of the later Study Units (e.g. 06, 07, 08, 09) which develop a more complex view organisational change.
  • This should equate to about two thirds of your essay.

Second, reflect on what you can learn from your critical evaluation of the case study and how you might benefit from these insights in the future.

  • You should draw on relevant literature and academic ideas (e.g. theories, models, and frameworks).
  • You will gain more credit by drawing on additional literature and academic ideas (e.g. theories, models, and frameworks), not merely using the same as in your critical evaluation of the case study.
  • This should equate to about one third of your essay.

The best essays have something to say. The essay is an argument that shows that you have thought deeply about the issues. Typically, the argument is described early in the essay and then builds throughout the essay with relevant conclusions. A strong argument clearly addresses the two purposes of the assignment, has a clear line of thought, and demonstrates sound judgement, critical thinking and is well-reasoned.

There are extensive materials supporting the assignment embedded in every study unit that guide your assignment work. Study Units 10 and 11 focus on understanding the guidance and completing the assignment. Further guidance is available within the ‘Assignments’ tab on Blackboard (LH menu).

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:

  1. Understand and critically evaluate different conceptual frameworks of the management of individual organisational change.
  2. Appreciate the range of approaches to organisational change and the challenges of working with uncertainty.
  3. Systematically understand the interrelationship of organisation theory and organisational practice.
  4. Reflect critically on the ethical dilemmas and challenges of organisational change.

All the indicated outcomes are assessed in the summative assessment. For full Module Specification use this link: UMODML-15-3.

Marking Criteria

To be successful, you need to give careful thought to demonstrating the module learning outcomes. 

The following criteria will be used in evaluating this assessment:

  • Theory and literature – knowledge and understanding (T)
  • Application and analysis – linking theory and practice  (A)
  • Critical engagement with the challenges of organisational change – the coherence of your response (C)

Meeting these assessment criteria will require the following:

Theory and literature – knowledge and understanding  

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of different conceptual frameworks of managing organisational change. 
  • Demonstrate evidence of reading and references to relevant literature and academic ideas. 
  • Use UWE Harvard Referencing. 

Application and analysis – linking theory and practice 

  • Demonstrate understanding of the interrelationship of theory and practice. 
  • Demonstrate analysis that highlights and exposes key issues.  
  • Use illustrative examples from the case study.

C: Critical engagement with the challenges of organisational change – the coherence of your response 

  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of the challenges of working with uncertainty and the ethical dilemmas and challenges of organisational change. 
  • Demonstrate you are addressing the purpose of the assignment. 
  • Use material in a coherent way to present an assignment that is well-reasoned and with a clear line of thought. 

Formative feedback and support during the module

Every study unit includes assignment support to help you to understand what is expected of you and to perform well. This will include how to answer the question, what is expected of you, assistance with writing, and constructing/planning your answers. Watch the videos giving a step-by step guide to completing your assignment. 

You will receive formative feedback in seminar discussions and through the formative assignment, which all provide opportunities for you to check your progress. Study Units 10 & 11 will have a specific focus on understanding the whole module and how to do well in the assignment. 

Make good use of your seminar tutor. Be aware that we do not read draft assignments but will discuss any issues or question you have. 

Further information about this assessment is available on the Blackboard site for this module and includes:

  • Introduction to the assignment task (video)
  • Guide to doing well on the MOC assignment (video)
  • How to do case study analysis (video)
  • Tips on how to choose the case study you will analyse (video)
  • How to write academic assignments (video)
  • Guide to the future of change – learnings, insights, benefits (video)

Formatting

Please use the following file format(s) (.doc and .docx). We cannot ensure that other formats are compatible with markers’ software and cannot guarantee to mark incorrect formats.

All work should be word processed in 12-point font Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial and double spaced.The first page of your coursework must include:

  • Your student number.
  • The module name and number.
  • Your word count.
  • The coursework question.

Word Limit

The maximum word limit for this coursework is 3,300 words.

There is no +/- 10% and anything after the word limit will not be marked, in line with UWE Bristol’s Word Count Policy.

  • In line with UWE policy, this word limit includes everything in the main body of the text (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, etc.).
  • The references, bibliography and footnotes (provided footnotes only include references) are NOT included in this word limit.
  • Appendices are not expected and will NOT be marked.

Referencing and Assessment Offences

Please ensure you reference all sources used when developing your assessment, using the UWE Harvard system. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or more serious implications. Further guidance on correct referencing is available on UWE’s Study Skills referencing pages.

UWE’s Assessment Offences Policy outlines potential offences and it is your responsibility to understand this policy and avoid potential offences. Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found on UWE’s Study Skills pages about avoiding plagiarism.

Text-matching software (e.g. SafeAssign) is used to check every submission against other submissions made at the same time, previous submissions to UWE and other universities, and internet sources. We may also manually search for matches. When submitting your work, you will be required to confirm that the work is your own.

It is an assessment offence to:

  • Copy work from any source, including your own previous assessments, and present it as your own work for this assessment, or to provide your own work to others.
  • Work with others on the assessment in any way, or for anyone to make amends on your work (including proof-readers, who may highlight issues but not edit the work).
  • Change individual words but keep, essentially, the same sentences and/or structures from other sources: this will be detected by text-matching software. Please write in your own words and style to convey your own learning.

Instructions for submission

You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in myUWE, the Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.

Please allow sufficient time to upload your assignment, as the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid overwriting your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.

Late submission in the 24 hours following the deadline will be accepted but the assignment mark will be capped at a pass. Submissions after 24 hours will not be accepted. For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see UWE’s Academic Advice pages on Assignments.

Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disk or by email) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.

Before submitting your work, please ensure that:

  • You have proof-read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately.
  • You have addressed all the required elements of the assessment.
  • You have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided.
  • You have addressed each of the marking criterion.
  • The submission is in the correct format.

Final feedback and marks release

Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including public holidays or university closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard.

Feedback on this module is not limited to the written comments you will receive on individual written assessment submissions.

Feedback and marks for this module will be available by 18 February 2022. For further guidance on feedback, please refer to the module handbook.

Further guidance and support

There are a number of sources of support to improve your study skills, including:

Specific study skills pages relating to this module include:

For further guidance on UWE assessment regulations and terminology see UWE’s Academic Advice pages.

Personal Circumstances

If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity. Appointments can be made via an Information Point or online via the Student Support Pages.

Student Support Advisers can advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Personal Circumstances (PCs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application. Further details on PCs can be found on the Student Support Pages.

The module leader cannot grant personal circumstances or extensions.

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