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PROJECTS AND PEOPLE

ASSESSMENT 2 LEADERSHIP ESSAY

Due date: 20 December 2015 midnight 23.59 via


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40% of your mark
Word Count: 2000 words
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YOUR ANSWER.
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ASSESSMENT 2 - LEADERSHIP ESSAY
Assessment 2 consists of 2 essays 1200 words (essay 1) and 800 words
(essay 2)
For Essay 1 - Choose one essay topic from this list (1200 words) :

Leadership and emotional intelligence

Leadership in project teams

Leadership and change management

Self-Leadership

Summarise the key themes from the literature on your chosen topic

For Essay 2 (800 words) :

Discuss how this topic is relevant for project managers


SUGGESTED FORMAT FOR EACH ESSAY:

Introduction
Main Body
Conclusion
REFERENCES
Minimum 6 scholarly references from academic journals.
References from other sources such as textbooks, reputable magazines such as the
Economist etc can be used as long as you have 6 scholarly references.
Wikipedia is not acceptable as it has very little credibility since anyone can go in and
change a Wikipedia page. Wikipedia is a wonderful quick reference for everyday
enquiries but not suitable for academic writing which is aiming for intellectual rigor
which is based on reliable evidence.
ACADEMICWRITING
Thisessay,likealltheassessmentsinthiscourse,usesacademicwritingstyle. Academic
writing is an exercise in higher order thinking and developing intellectual rigor, skills
which are beneficial for all aspects of your life. It is a life long learning skill and the
hallmark of an educated individual so it is worth the endeavour. As William James,
philosopher and psychologist said, A great many people think they are thinking when
they are merely rearranging their prejudices.
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1. GOOGLE SCHOLAR - A VERY USEFUL AND EFFICIENT RESEARCH
TOOL Everyone please read! This document has been compiled by myself and
the Curtin librarians. Google Scholar allows you to find the most cited articles
(articles that have been used by other academics in their own articles) quickly it is
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2. CRITICAL THINKING A very comprehensive and graphically engaging document
from the University of Plymouth - Academicworkisintendedtobescholarly.This
meansitshouldbeofahighstandardandappropriatetotheparticularlevelofstudyit
represents.Animportantwaytodemonstratethequalityofyourarguments,orevidencein
youracademicwritingisbyreferringtoworkbyothers.Thestatusofthisworkdependson
howauthoritativeitis.Ifyouareacriticalreader,youlookforauthorityintheformof
referencestorelevantsupportingworkwhichhasbeenpublishedinacademicjournals,ortext
books.Inthesekindsofpublicationsthecontenthasbeenpeerreviewed.Thismeansthatit
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ProjectAndPeopleSemester32015
MarkingguideforAssessment2:LeadershipEssay(40%)
Name_____________________________________________
Mark/40

1. Summaries the key themes from the literature/ discuss how this topic is
relevant for project managers - 90% /36

Clear and coherent writing style


Use of critical thinking skills such as compare and contrast and putting things into a
context evident
Level of analysis
Writer demonstrates a good understanding of the topic
Research well integrated into the essay
Use of OB theories/models/concepts

2.Academic merit and clarity of presentation 10%

/4

Clear and concise Introduction and Conclusion;


Use of appropriate literature;
Chicago referencing as per Curtin University Library Guidelines;
Good logical sequence of argument
Within word limit
Structure, grammar, spelling, etc.
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