ASSESSMENT ITEM 2: (INDIVIDUAL)
Your second assessment task will focus on the content you have learnt in the second half of the
session. The Individual Assignment (IA) comprises two components: (1) Essay and (2) Reflective
This assessment relates to the following subject learning objectives:
1. apply critical and analytical thinking, including a capacity to question existing practices and
assumptions, to the study of management and organisations
2. evaluate the theoretical foundations of the fields of management and organisational studies;
contextualise contemporary managerial practices in the light of this theory
3. explore management and organisational problems and issues relevant to organisations
operating in a global and diverse workplace.
PART 1: ESSAY
From your learning this semester write an academic essay of 1500 words (+/-10% excluding
references) in which you critically evaluate and draw conclusions about one the topics from Module
3: Management Practices. You will need to support your argument with recent examples of public,
private or non-profit organisational success or failure. Some of these are provided below.
1. MANAGING CULTURES: Does organisational culture have an impact on organisational
performance? In this essay you are required to address this question by choosing an
organisation which has recently had media exposure for its negative cultural practices.
Describe and critically analyse these practices in relation to the theories you have learnt, and
then compare them to those of a company which you critically analyse to be performing
well. Examples include: Atlassian, Australian Parliament, Collingwood Football Club, Google,
Rio Tinto, Theranos.
2. POWER, POLITICS & DECISION MAKING: Does empowerment of employees within an
organisation have an impact on organisational performance? In this essay you are required
to address this question by choosing an organisation which has recently had media exposure
for disempowering women or a minority/disadvantaged group. Describe and critically
analyse these practices in relation to the theories you have learnt, and then compare them
to those of a company which you critically analyse to be performing well. Examples include:
BHP, HSBC, Nike, Procter & Gamble, Surf Live Saving Australia, Tokyo2020 Organising
3. MANAGING COMMUNICATIONS: Does organisational communication have an impact on
organisational performance? In this essay you are required to address this question by
choosing an organisation which has recently had media exposure for its negative
communication practices. Describe and critically analyse these practices in relation to the
theories you have learnt, and then compare them to those of a company which you critically
analyse to be performing well. Examples include: Amazon, An Australian Bank (Hayne’s Royal
Commission), Facebook, Google, The Australian Liberal Party, The Catholic Church (Royal
Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse), Volkswagen, Zappos.
4. MANAGING KNOWLEDGE, INNOVATION & CHANGE: Do disruption and change have an
impact on organisational performance? In this essay you are required to address this
question by choosing an organisation which has failed to innovate. Describe and critically
analyse their practices in relation to the theories you have learnt, and then compare them to
those of a company which you critically analyse to be performing well. Examples include:
AirBnB, Alibaba, Apple, Blockbuster, Qantas, Tesla, Toys R Us, Uber.
We expect you to not just describe material from your sources, but to analyse and critically engage
with this material. You should put forward your own original argument in your introduction and
then compare it to arguments made by the other scholars working on your topic.
Make sure to avoid vagueness at all costs and provide as many specifics as possible throughout the
essay, whether this is in your descriptions, analyses or argumentation. This tells us that you have
read your sources carefully and critically.
Cover Sheet, original authorship statement and reflective response:
Each essay must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet, including the original authorship
statement, signed by the student. By signing this sheet the student acknowledges their role and the
submission process. The completed reflective response should be appended to the end of the essay.
This should be written in essay format with an introduction, body, conclusion and reference list.
Double-space your text and use 2.54-centimetre margins. The text should be in a 12-point Times
New Roman font and left-justified. Pages should be numbered, with the numbers appearing in the
bottom right-hand corner of the pages. It should be submitted as a Word or readable pdf document
and have the weekly topic in the file name.
Your essay must contain at least 10 references. Select at least six sources from the tutorial readings,
prescribed additional readings listed on Canvas Reading List, Extra Activities, and the reference lists
at the end of each lecture (ie. quality academic sources). Supplement your argument with at least
four references from other relevant quality journal articles, and references relevant to your
examples (eg. company websites, reports, etc.). You are encouraged to read widely. All sources must
be properly acknowledged using the APA 7 referencing style. Any source referenced ‘in-text’ must be
listed in the reference list at the end of the essay. Any essay that contravenes the referencing policy
may draw severe penalties and be referred to the student conduct committee.
Note: Further guidance on the process and structure of writing an essay will be provided in tutorials.
Additional resources can be found on Canvas.
PART 2: REFLECTIVE RESPONSE
In preparing your essay, you are expected to engage in a meaningful, reflective drafting process,
making use of writing analysis tools that can provide you with individualised feedback on your
written communication. As such your second task is to write a reflection of 500 words (+/-10%), to
the feedback your tutor provided to your first essay and from other sources listed below.
As part of this exercise you need to (at a minimum):
1. Prepare a draft of your essay by Week 11 (9am, Monday) excluding writing reflection – the
earlier you submit this the more time you have for editing and reflection. This draft will not
be marked or checked by your tutor but will form the basis of analysis and reflection of your
written communication. (NOTE: although there is no grade/mark attached to the draft,
failure or late submission of this draft to Canvas by the due date will result in penalties
applied to your final essay mark.)
2. Self-assess yourself by logging into REVIEW, clicking on the second assessment and assigning
yourself grades according to the marking Rubric. Be honest here.
3. Submit your draft essay to AcaWriter (UTS Academic Writing Analytics):
https://acawriter.uts.edu.au/, using the code: VmZ1QINa. You need to login with UTS
credentials, then click ‘My documents’ and ‘+Add document’.
4. Reflect on the feedback provided by AcaWriter, and the Canvas similarity report.
5. Re-draft your essay using this feedback.
6. Prepare a “written reflection” (instructions below) accounting for how you used the
feedback from the first assessment, AcaWriter, Canvas similarity report and other resources
to improve your written communication in your essay, which you submit with supporting
evidence (e.g. samples of writing analysis reports), in Week 12 (9am, Monday).
We also encourage you to make use of other tools and resources:
Tutor feedback from assessment 1
Multiple online tools (feel free to use one not listed here):
o Grammarly: https://app.grammarly.com/ (free full version available on the UTS
website - https://find.lib.uts.edu.au/search.do?Ntt=grammarly&N=0)
o ProWritingAid: https://prowritingaid.com
o Hemmingway Editor: http://www.hemingwayapp.com/
Several re-drafting stages (i.e. don’t just submit and re-draft once)
U:PASS Write Workshops and other HELPS Advice:
o WriteNow! Writing Support sessions: http://www.uts.edu.au/current-
o Daily workshops: https://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/support/helps/daily-
o One-on-one assignment writing consultations: http://www.uts.edu.au/current-
o HELPS Self Help resources: http://www.uts.edu.au/current-
Accompanying your final report, you are required to submit a written reflective response,
accounting for how you improved the written communication in your essay, and critiquing your own
drafting process. Reflective writing is an important skill which you will develop here and master as a
manager or leader in your chosen profession.
This account should address the following issues:
What tools and resources did you use?
How did you use these tools and resources to improve the written communication of your
essay? (HINT: Try to be as specific as possible in making clear the link between your use and
interpretation of the feedback from these tools and the improvements you made to your
What grade did you give youself and why? (You may like to attach a screenshot of the
REVIEW grades or the rubric indicating your grades.)
In your opinion how helpful do you think these tools and resources are for improving written
communication? (HINT: You can write about your personal experience in using the tools,
your intentions about how you might use these again, or what recommendations or advice
you would make to others about using these tools or resources, etc.)
Think about how you might make use of these tools in the future.
This account should be in the style of a personal reflection informed by wide reading and digestion
of academic sources. You should aim to convey your ideas as clearly as possible. However, the form
and structure are much more flexible than an essay or report. For example, you should write in the
first person (i.e. using “I”) and there is no need to cite other reference material, although you may
The reflective response should be on a separate page following the essay reference list. It can be
structured according to the tools and resources you used or the criteria from the marking rubric.
Double-space your text and use 2.54-centimetre margins. The text should be in a 12-point Times
New Roman font and left-justified. Pages should be numbered, with the numbers appearing in the
bottom right-hand corner of the pages.
Following your reflective response please attach relevant supporting evidence, e.g. pictures or
screen shots of samples of feedback from assignment 1 or writing analysis tools, samples of
feedback from peers, details and notes from other activities, workshops, resources, you used. The
supporting evidence should clearly show the feedback from the tool/resource before your changes
and how you changed your essay in response to this feedback. This should be highlighted so the
marker can clearly see the changes to your essay before and after the tool/ resource. Note: Please
do not append more than 3 pages of evidence.
The weighting of the evaluative criteria of this assessment are as follows: Argument (10%),
Organisation and Structure (10%), Critique (20%), Understanding and Content (20%), Academic
English (10%), Format and Referencing (10%), Reflective Response (20%). Detailed explanations of
unsatisfactory to highly-proficient performance in each of these areas are provided in the marking
rubric. If the academic English and communication skills are of poor quality this will undoubtedly
effect all the other marking criteria as we cannot effectively mark what is not clearly written or
otherwise communicated. In order to receive a High Distinction the standard of work (argument,
communication, organisation) must be of ‘publishable’ quality.
What Where When Feedback
Complete draft of essay
and reference list (cover
sheet and reflective
response not required)
Online – Canvas
Online – AcaWriter
Monday 10 May
report & AcaWriter
Complete final essay,
with cover sheet,
reflective response and
Online – Canvas By 9am,
Monday 17 May
Canvas report and
rubric on REVIEW
GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING ASSESSMENTS USING CANVAS
Your draft and final essays must be submitted electronically in MS WORD format in Canvas (under
the relevant Assignment in the Assignments menu item in the MPO site) by the due date and time.
Final essays submitted late will lose an automatic 10% per day.
Canvas will also produce a plagiarism report that will be available to you once you have submitted,
and will be available to your tutor when they mark your work (you should indicate the % from your
draft essay on your final cover sheet). The report will indicate any passages in your essay that are
not original. You are required to submit a draft of your essay to Canvas to help you to modify your
essay. You are welcome to submit as many versions of your final essay to Canvas however please
remember that it will be at least 24 hours before Canvas will give you your report so factor this in
when submitting your final essay. The essay that is attached by the submission time will be the
only essay that is accepted for marking – please ensure that you upload it correctly and keep a
receipt of the upload.
As a guide, if your overall plagiarism score is over 20% (excluding cover page and references), please
ensure that you revise your essay. If you do not revise, you could face severe penalties and may be
referred to the Associate Dean Education. You must not submit anybody else’s essays except your
own to Canvas for any reason. Also, please do not, under any circumstances, think that you can
present somebody else’s unreferenced writing in your essay as your own – whether this is from
previous student’s essays, material you have found on the web, or elsewhere. The penalties for
plagiarism are extremely severe and all cases will be referred to the Associate Dean Education.
EXTENSIONS AND LATE ASSIGNMENTS
Essays submitted after the due time/date will incur late penalties as listed below unless the tutor or
Subject Coordinator has granted a formal extension of time. This extension should be approved
before the submission deadline where possible and will only be approved in exceptional
circumstances (normally on grounds of ill health or misadventure). Work submitted more than 5
days after the stated submission date will not be accepted for assessment unless the Subject
Coordinator, on receipt of a Special Consideration form, has granted a formal extension of time.
Students cannot expect to receive verbal or written feedback for late work.
Students who do not conform to the submission timeline will incur the following penalties:
1) Draft essay (Canvas) – 2% penalty (of 40 marks) for every day late, applied to final report mark
– maximum of 10%. A day is a 24-hour period or part thereof. For example, if you submit your
draft essay at 9.14am on the due date, you will receive a 0.8 mark reduction of the overall
mark given for the assessment. The submission time is the time Canvas records once the
document has uploaded. During peak assessment periods, upload time can take a while to
upload. Students are therefore advised to submit their assignment well in advance of the time
2) Final essay (Canvas) – 10% penalty (of 40 marks) for every day late, applied to final report
Applying for extensions
If you are unable to submit your assignment on time due to illness or misadventure, and require an
extension of less than one week, you should submit your supporting documentation and request an
extension by emailing your tutor well before the hand-in deadline of the essay. If you require more
than a one-week extension, please submit an application for ‘Special Consideration’ with relevant
supporting documentation attached, prior to the due date of the assessment. The extension
application form is available through the Student Administration Offices or may be downloaded at:
GRADING AND FEEDBACK
Your assessments will be graded according to the criteria indicated in the marking rubric on Canvas.
Your tutor will grade your assessments on REVIEW – there is a link to this on Canvas. You are
encouraged to self-assess your assessments using REVIEW. We strongly recommend that you
familiarise yourself with the marking rubric well in advance, and raise any questions with the MPO
teaching staff before your submission. In addition to the above instructions and guidelines, your
tutors will talk you through the process of assessment and will provide feedback on your written
summary and presentation for you to use in your second assessment.
As specified in the submission timetable above, you will receive different types of feedback relating
to your report, including Canvas reports (about similarity scores), writing analysis feedback, completed
marking rubrics and grades from your tutor.
The draft essay is not formally marked or assessed.1 While your tutor will provide you with
individualised feedback using the marking rubric on the final essay and writing reflection, the reflective
writing exercise encourages you to make use of other sources of feedback on your earlier drafts (e.g.
writing analytic tools, peers, self-review). As this process is central to the assessment exercise (you
will be receiving marks for doing this!), students are expected to complete their essays without
substantive input from MPO teaching staff before the final submission. If you have general questions
about the assessment requirements, please ask your subject coordinator at weekly lectures or on the
dedicated forum in the Canvas Discussion Board. We have also organised in-class activities to ensure
opportunities for informal feedback. Please ensure you attend class to take advantage of these
You can view the completed marking rubric in REVIEW, showing how your submission was assessed
according to the marking criteria.
Marking queries, reviews and appeal process
To maintain consistency between the tutorials, the MPO teaching team meets and confers to discuss
and compare the marking of assessments to ensure consistency in marking across classes. The
coordinator may also moderate the marks prior to releasing the grades back to the students.
However, if you (or the consensus of your team members – for group assignments) have concerns
regarding your marked assessment, please email your tutor for an appointment to discuss your
concerns. Before meeting with your tutor, you must email your tutor a detailed request explaining
precisely which criteria of the grading sheet and elements of feedback you disagree with or have
1 You will attract penalties if these components are not completed on time.
questions on. Your tutors will not be able to discuss your concerns unless such a document has been
submitted to them.
If you are unable to come to an agreement about your final assessment mark with your tutor, then
you may request an appointment with the subject coordinator who may decide to have your
assignment remarked by another tutor. Please be aware that remarking your assessment may result
in, 1) retaining the same mark, 2) increasing the mark or 3) reducing the mark. For group
assignments individual group members can nominate beforehand to not be included in the
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