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Organisational

Behaviour
Department: Leadership and Management
Module Code: MOD001120
Level: 7
Academic Year: 2015/16
Semester/Trimester/Session: SEM2

www.anglia.ac.uk

Module Guide

Contents
1. Key information, Introduction to the Module and Learning Outcomes
1.1 Key Information
1.2 Introduction to the Module
1.3 Learning Outcomes
2. Employability Skills in this Module
3. Outline Delivery and Reading Lists @ Anglia
3.1 Outline Delivery
3.2 Reading List and Learning Resources
4. Assessment on this Module
Feedback
How to View Your Feedback in Turnitin Grademark
4.1 Assessment Information and Marking Criteria
4.1.1..........................................Element 010 ASSIGNMENT, 800
Marking Criteria for Element 010 ASSIGNMENT, 800 WORDS
4.1.2........................................Element 011 ASSIGNMENT, 2200
Marking Criteria for Element 011 ASSIGNMENT, 2200 WORDS
4.2 Re-assessment Information
4.2.1............Re-assessment for Element 010 ASSIGNMENT, 800
4.2.2...........Re-assessment for Element 011 - ASSIGNMENT, 2200
5. Report on Last Delivery of Module
Links to Other Key Information

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1. Key information, Introduction to the Module and Learning Outcomes


1.1 Key Information
Module title: Organisational Behaviour
Module Leader: Bronwyn Betts
Campus / Building / Room: Chelmsford Campus, Room 301
Extension: 6859
Email: bronwyn.betts@anglia.ac.uk
Module Tutors: TBA
External Examiners DAP: Leadership and Management
Every module has a Module Definition Form (MDF) which is the officially validated
record of the module. You can access the MDF for this module in three ways via:

the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


the My.Anglia Module Catalogue at www.anglia.ac.uk/modulecatalogue
Anglia Ruskins module search engine facility at www.anglia.ac.uk/modules

All modules delivered by Anglia Ruskin University at its main campuses in the UK and at
Associate Colleges throughout the UK and overseas are governed by the Academic
Regulations. You can view these at www.anglia.ac.uk/academicregs. An extract of the
Academic Regulations, known as the Assessment Regulations, is available at this
website too (all new students will have received a printed copy as part of their welcome
pack).
In the unlikely event of any discrepancy between the Academic Regulations and any
other publication, including this module guide, the Academic Regulations, as the
definitive document, take precedence over all other publications and will be applied in
all cases.

1.2 Introduction to the Module


The nature of organisations, the role of management and its relationships with the
environment are issues which are undergoing continual redefinition. The purpose of this
module is to provide a number of conceptual frameworks to help students make sense
of their professional practice and context. The focus of the module is to seek insights
into behaviour in organisations from a behavioural science perspective. The module
develops student's critical awareness of the key debate between contending theories of
organisation and management, particularly in relation to organisational processes. The
module will evaluate the underlying assumptions of particular perspectives and
concepts and what these mean for management practice. The content of the course
will be based around the major topics of relevance to the challenges faced by
organisations and their impact on human behaviour and organisational effectiveness.
One of the main focuses for the design of this module has been the further
development of relevant employability and professional skills. Such skills are implicit in
the learning outcomes.
Multiculturalism will be considered when the assessment brief is written.

1.3 Learning Outcomes


This module, like all modules at Anglia Ruskin, is taught on the basis of achieving
intended learning outcomes. On successful completion of the module, the student will
be expected to be able to demonstrate the following:
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Knowledge
understanding

and LO 1. Demonstrate
a
critical
perspective
of
organisational theories and related management
practice.
LO 2. Understand the complexity of organisational life
and view organisations as socially, historically and
Intellectual, practical,
psychologically constructed.
affective
and LO 3. Critically
examine
competing
organisational
transferable skills
theories and alternative theoretical frameworks
around the study of organisations.
LO 4. Analyse the complex nature of the behaviour of
people in work organisations.

The assessment is based on meeting these learning outcomes, shown explicitly in


section 4, where the assessment task is linked to these learning outcomes.

2. Employability Skills in this Module


It is important that we help you develop employability skills throughout your course
which will assist you in securing employment and supporting you in your future career.
During your course you will acquire a wide range of key skills. In this module, you will
develop those identified below:

Skill

Skills acquired in this


module

Communication (oral)
Communication (written)
Commercial Awareness
Cultural sensitivity
Customer focus
Data Handling
Decision making
Enterprising
Flexibility
Initiative
Interpersonal Skills
Leadership/Management of
others
Networking
Organisational adaptability
Project Management
Problem Solving and analytical
skills
Responsibility
Team working
Time Management
Other

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3. Outline Delivery and Reading Lists @ Anglia


3.1 Outline Delivery
The table below indicates how the module will be delivered. However, this schedule is
indicative and may be subject to change.
1

Introduction/Key
concepts

Explore key concepts


underlying
Organisational Dynamics
and its implications for
organisations

Mullins (2013), ch. 1, 2,


3
Applicable
journal
articles

Organisation Structure

Discuss the impact of


Organisation Structure
on behaviour

Mullins (2013), ch. 13,


14
Applicable
journal
articles

Motivation

Recognise the concept


of motivation and
implications for
behaviour in
organisations

Mullins (2013), ch. 7


Applicable
journal
articles

Group Dynamics

Mullins (2013), ch. 8, 9


Applicable
journal
articles

Organisational
and Change

Explore the nature of


group behaviour and
how it influences work
performance
Explore the impact of
culture on organisation
behaviour and
management of change
in organisations.

6
&7

Management
Leadership

and

Mullins (2013), ch. 10,


11, 12
Applicable
journal
articles

Power, Authority
Conflict

and

Discuss the nature of


management and
leadership, factors that
determine relationships
with other people and
the effectiveness and
responsibility of leaders
Critically evaluate the
issues of Power and
conflict within
organisations and its
impact on behaviour.

Implications
Synthesis

and

Explore implications of
what we have learned in
relation to
Organisational
effectiveness and
development.
Summation

Mullins (2013), ch. 19


Applicable
journal
articles

Culture

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Mullins (2013), ch. 18


Applicable
journal
articles

Mullins (2013), ch. 16


Applicable
journal
articles

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Discussion and revision

Class discussion to
identify the
interconnectedness of
the topics and
constructs covered in
the module to date.

3.2 Reading List and Learning Resources


The reading list and learning resources for this module are available on Reading Lists at
Anglia, you can access the reading list for this module, via this link:
http://readinglists.anglia.ac.uk/modules/mod001120.html

4. Assessment on this Module


The assessment for this module consists of two elements. Final submission dates for
elements of assessment vary.
Element

Type of
assessment

010

ASSIGNMENT,
800 WORDS

Word
or
time
limit

% of Total
Mark

Submission
method

Final
Submission
Date

25%

Quick Guide to
Submitting on
TurnitinUK
GradeMark

NO LATER
THAN:
6th May
2016 by 2pm

TurnitinUK
Grademark

011

ASSIGNMENT,
2200 WORDS

75%

or
in hard copy
(off main UK
campus only)
Quick Guide to
Submitting on
TurnitinUK
GradeMark

NO LATER
THAN:
6th May ,
2016 by 2pm

TurnitinUK
Grademark
or
in hard copy
(off main UK
campus only)
All forms of assessment must be submitted by the published deadline which is detailed
above. It is your responsibility to know when work is due to be submitted ignorance
of the deadline date will not be accepted as a reason for late or non-submission. Any
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late work will NOT be considered and a mark of zero will be awarded for the assessment
task in question.
You are requested to keep a copy of your work (excluding exams).

Feedback
You are entitled to feedback on your performance for all your assessed work. For all
assessment tasks which are not examinations, this is accomplished by a member of
academic staff providing your mark and associated comments which will relate to the
achievement of the modules intended learning outcomes and the assessment criteria
you were given for the task when it was first issued. This feedback will be available online via Turnitin/Grademark or may be sent directly to your Anglia Ruskin e-mail
account.

The marker of your assignment will include feedback on written assignments that
includes answers to these three key questions:
1.
2.
3.

What is your overall feedback?


How does your assignment compare to the marking criteria?
How can you improve in the future?

Examination scripts are retained by Anglia Ruskin and are not returned to students.
However, you are entitled to feedback on your performance in an examination and may
request a meeting with the Module Leader or Tutor to see your examination script and
to discuss your performance.
Anglia Ruskin is committed to providing you with feedback on all assessed work within
20 working days of the submission deadline or the date of an examination. This is
extended to 30 days for feedback for a Major Project module (please note that working
days excludes those days when Anglia Ruskin University is officially closed; e.g.:
between Christmas and New Year). Personal tutors will offer to read feedback from
several modules and help you to address any common themes that may be emerging.
On occasion, you will receive feedback and marks for pieces of work that you
completed in the earlier stages of the module. We provide you with this feedback as
part of the learning experience and to help you prepare for other assessment tasks that
you have still to complete. It is important to note that, in these cases, the marks for
these pieces of work are unconfirmed. This means that, potentially, marks can
change, in either direction!
Marks for modules and individual pieces of work become confirmed on the Dates for the
Official Publication of Results which can be checked at www.anglia.ac.uk/results.

How to View Your Feedback in Turnitin Grademark


Click on the class that you wish to view and then you will see the assignments for the
module listed. Click the blue view button to open up the document viewer.

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The Document Viewer will open and the main feedback on your work is shown in the
General Comments:

There may also be Quick Marks on your assignment or a Grading Form/Rubric to show
how you performed against the marking criteria, click on the tabs to open them.
Comments List
Expands
/collapses
comments
on all
pages
Expands
/collapses
comments
on a page

Rubric/Grading Form
Number of
comments
on a page

Jumps to the
comment
within your
assignment

Expanded
comment
s

Scroll to
see how
your work
compared
with the
marking
criteria

4.1 Assessment Information and Marking Criteria


4.1.1 Element 010 ASSIGNMENT, 800 WORDS (25%)
Drawing on the prescribed text and/or relevant academic literature, discuss how
leadership behaviour, and may influence (positively or negatively) motivation of
individuals in organisations.
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Identify and critically discuss traditional and contemporary theory. Support your ideas
and arguments with material from the academic literature.
Your work should have a brief introduction to the work, a discussion and a brief
conclusion. Recommendations are not required.
Mark

1.

Identification of theory and critical discussion of relevant


literature
TOTAL MARKS:

100

Learnin
g
Outcom
e
1, 4

100%

TurnitinUK Grademark assignments


This assignment is submitted online via Turnitin Grademark, there is information on
preparing
your
assignment
at:
https://vle.anglia.ac.uk/sites/LTA/Grademark/Content/Preparing%20my
%20Assignment.aspx
Information on submitting your assignment must be read and guidelines adhered to,
please ensure you read: https://vle.anglia.ac.uk/sites/LTA/Grademark/Content/QuickStart.aspx
The direct link to Turnitin UK Grademark is: http://www.turnitinuk.com
Hard copy assignments (Associate College partners)
This assignment is submitted via hard copy at office/location at your college. Academic
staff CANNOT accept work directly from you. If you decide to submit your work by post,
it must arrive by midday on the due date. If you elect to post your work, you do so at
your own risk and you must ensure that sufficient time is provided for your work to
arrive. Posting your work the day before a deadline, albeit by first class post, is
extremely risky and not advised.

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4.1.2 Element 011 ASSIGNMENT, 2200 WORDS (75%)


You are required to critically analyse your own organisation OR other organisation that
you are familiar with from an Organizational Behaviour perspective. Focus your analysis
on a critical problem or issue(s) the organisation is facing.
You must use a variety of OB concepts, models and theories relevant for the problem /
issue(s) you are focusing on in your analysis. Ideas, arguments and discussion must be
supported with material (references) from the academic literature.
The analysis should include discussion and evaluation of implications for the
organisation with suggestions or proposed solutions.
Use a report style with a clearly articulated introduction, body and conclusion with
recommendations.
Note: You may find it useful to discuss your approach and framework with the module
tutor before starting your assignment.
Mark

1.

The degree to which the concepts have been explained and


understood

30%

Learnin
g
Outcom
e
2, 3, 4

2.

The clarity of application

30%

1, 3, 4

3.

The reasoning behind the evaluation

30%

1, 3, 4

4.

The presentation and structure of report

10%

TOTAL MARKS:

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Marking Criteria for Element 011 ASSIGNMENT, 2200 WORDS

70% +

1. The degree to
which the concepts
have
been
explained
and
understood

Sample comments
The relevant concepts, models and theories of Organisational
Behaviour (OB) used in the analysis have been researched in depth
and are explained in a way that demonstrates superior
understanding. Supporting references demonstrate that the area has
been researched very comprehensively
Some indicators of an A grade:

The concepts are explained expertly and this is well


referenced with supporting literature

The writing is eloquent and well-argued

6069%

Sample comments
There is good evidence of research into relevant OB concepts,
models and theories using relevant literature and they are
understood and has been researched well
Some indicators of a B grade:

The concepts are understood and defined, however, in


places could be more in detail

There is good use of references

5059%

Sample comments
The discussion of relevant OB concepts, models and theories is
clear, but it is more descriptive than exploratory. There is an
acceptable level of understanding.
Some indicators of a C grade:

The concepts are described and understood but there


needed to be more depth

There are some linkages to the theory, however, more


references needed

4049%

Sample comments
The explanation of concepts, models and theories is largely
descriptive, and only somewhat understood. There are very few
references to literature
Some indicators of a D grade:

The concepts have been described, but explanation is basic

Below
40%

Sample comments
No real explanation of concepts, models and theories, the
explanation is not adequate and lacks references.
Some indicators of an unsuccessful attempt:

Brief description of the concepts

2.

The clarity
application

There is minimal evidence of reading

Lacks references to theory

Sample comments
There is an excellent level of analysis. The analysis benefitted from
the adept application of a range of analytical tools.
Some indicators of an A grade:

Thorough, in-depth analysis

of
70% +

6069%

Full range of relevant concepts, models and theories applied


well to the organisation
Deep, insightful analysis - critique of the important aspects
for the organisation is given in the application of concepts,
models and theories
Section flows really well

Sample comments
Very good analysis of issues using a good range of analytical tools.
Some indicators of a B grade:

Good analysis throughout

Full range of concepts, models and theories applied mostly


well to the organisation

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5059%

Sample comments:
Some consideration of the issues has been made; this could have been more
detailed. You consider how well they currently operate, but, there could have
been more depth and understanding shown.
Some indicators of a C grade:

Some good analysis has been conducted

4049%

Below
40%

3.

The reasoning
behind
the
evaluation

70% +

6069%

4049%

Models applied, but in places with limited depth and


analysis
The analysis needed to be deeper and more thought was
needed

Sample comments
There is a basic grasp of organisational issues. But you don't apply enough of
the relevant concepts, models and theories or apply well enough to get a
higher mark.
Some indicators of a D grade:

There is some discussion of the issues

Needed to be much more focus on applying concepts to the


organisation

In places, difficult to see whether the models are fully understood


Sample comments
There has been no real analysis of the issues. You should have applied
models to the issues the organisation is facing.
Some indicators of an unsuccessful attempt:

General discussion no evidence of application to organisation

No or few models applied, pure case description


Sample comments
There is an excellent level of discussion related to the reasoning
behind the evaluation.
Some indicators of an A grade:

Convincing analysis of outcomes and consequences of


situation the organisation is facing

Thoughtful and creative solutions are proposed for the


organisation
Sample comments
Very good level of discussion of issues using a good range of analytical
models.
Some indicators of a B grade:

Good analysis of outcomes and consequences of the


situation the organisation is facing

Good ideas are put forward for improvement

5059%

Evidence of insightful analysis including consideration of


issues and their implications for the organisation

Improvements are somewhat applied to the specific


organisation

Sample comments:
Some consideration of the issues and evaluation has been made; this could
have been more detailed.
Some indicators of a C grade:

The analysis needed to be deeper and more thought was needed

Improvements have some merit


Sample comments
There is a basic grasp of the organisations issues and some evaluation. But
you don't apply enough of the models and theories or apply well enough.
Some indicators of a D grade:

There are some ideas put forward for the organisation

There is either no depth provided on any of them or no coherent link


to the issues the organisation face

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Below
40%

4. The presentation
and structure of the
report

70% +

6069%

5059%

4049%

Below
40%

Sample comments
There has been no discussion of the issues and no evaluation
Some indicators of an unsuccessful attempt:

General discussion no emphasis on the organisation

No clear improvements given.


Extremely professional layout and formatting of your assignment. It is wellwritten and makes good use of diagrams and figures.
Some indicators of an A grade:

Professional presentation

Clear focused structure

Uses headings and sub-headings well with a table of contents

Written in the right tone

Excellent use of diagrams and figures

References used to good effect and Harvard referencing consistently


applied
Sample comments
Your assignment is well written and well-presented. In the main it has a clear
structure and the layout and presentation is good.
Some indicators of an B grade:

Mostly professional presentation

Mostly clear structure that uses headings and sub-headings well with
a table of contents for report navigation

Mostly written in the right tone

Good use of diagrams and figures

References used to good effect and Harvard referencing applied for


the most part
Sample comments
Your assignment is clear and there has been some attempts to make it
professional.
Some indicators of an C grade:

An effort has been made for professional presentation but could be


more polished

Structure is clear

Could have used more headings and sub-headings

Needed to improve the tone

Some good diagrams and figures

References used to good effect but could improve the use of


Harvard referencing
Sample comments
The presentation of your assignment was average and there was an effort
made to structure your report.
Some indicators of an D grade:

Much more effort needed for professional presentation

Structure is not clear enough

Needed to use far more headings and sub-headings

Needed to improve the tone

Not enough diagrams and figures

Not enough references used and needed to apply Harvard


referencing more fully
Sample comments
Your assignment needed a lot more work to improve its presentation and
structure. You needed to clearly indicate the sections.
Some indicators of an unsuccessful attempt:

Presentation was not at all professional

The structure was non-existent

No headings and sub-headings used

Inappropriate and/or disrespectful tone

None or one/two diagrams and figures

None or one/two references used and needed to apply Harvard


referencing more fully

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4.2 Re-assessment Information


If you are required to complete a re-sit assessment for this module, please ensure you
are aware of the assessment as it will be different to the original assessment.

4.2.1 Re-assessment for Element 010 ASSIGNMENT, 800 WORDS (25%)


Drawing on the prescribed text and/or relevant academic literature, discuss how
organisational culture may influence (positively or negatively) the way in which
organisational change is managed.
Identify and critically discuss traditional and contemporary theory. Support your ideas
and arguments with material from the academic literature.
Your work should have a brief introduction to the work, a discussion and a brief
conclusion. Recommendations are not required.
Mark

1.

Identification of theory and critical discussion of relevant


literature
TOTAL MARKS:

100

Learnin
g
Outcom
e
1, 4

100%

4.2.2 Re-assessment for Element 011 - ASSIGNMENT, 2200 WORDS


(75%)
The assignment brief is the same as for the first submission (see 4.1.2 Element 011
Assignment, page 11), but the following addition applies:
For those students who have analysed their OWN organisation: You can still use your
own organisation if you wish, but you have to submit a new assignment where you
focus the analysis of your organisation on a different critical problem or issue(s) using
different OB concepts, models and theories. Alternatively you can choose a (case)
organisation.
For those students who have chosen a (case) organisation: You need to choose a
different organisation. You have to submit a new assignment analysing a different
organisation, focusing on a different critical problem or issue(s) using different
concepts, models and theories.
Note: You may find it useful to discuss your approach and framework with the module
tutor before starting your assignment.
Mark

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g
Outcom
e

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1
.

The degree to which the concepts have been explained


and understood

30%

2, 3, 4

1. The clarity of application

30%

1, 3, 4

2. The reasoning behind the evaluation

30%

1, 3, 4

3. The presentation and structure of report

10%

TOTAL MARKS:

100%

It is recommended that you prepare and submit your (re)assignment in line with the
assessment submission guidance given above (online via Turnitin Grademark and/or
hard copy)

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5. Report on Last Delivery of Module to be populated once data is


available
MODULE REPORT FORM

Module Code and Title:


Anglia
Department:

MOD001120 Organisational Behaviour

Ruskin Leadership and Management

Location(s)
Delivery:

of

Academic Year:
Enrolment
location):

Numbers

Module Leader:

Semester/Trimester:
(at

each

Christine Menges

Other Module Tutors:


Student Achievement Provide a brief overview of student achievement on the
module as evidenced by the range of marks awarded. A detailed breakdown of marks
will be available at the Departmental Assessment Panel.

Feedback from Students Briefly summarise student responses, including any written
comments

Module Leader/Tutors Reflection on Delivery of the Module, including


Response to Feedback from Students (including resources if appropriate)

Developments during the current year or planned for next year (if appropriate)

External Examiners Comments State whether the external examiner agreed


the marks and/or commented on the module

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Links to Other Key Information


Assessment Offences: As an academic community, we recognise that the principles
of truth, honesty and mutual respect are central to the pursuit of knowledge. Behaviour
that undermines those principles weakens the community, both individually and
collectively, and diminishes our values. There is more information on these principles
and the types of Assessment Offences here: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/modguide4.aspx
Penalties for poor academic practice can be severe so ensure you are aware of what is
expected and how to reference correctly.
There
is
a
guide
to
http://anglia.libguides.com/plagiarism

Good

Academic

Practice

here:

Attendance Information: Attending all your classes is very important and one of the
best ways to help you succeed in this module. Link to more details on the Attendance
Requirements here: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/modguide1.aspx
Assessments and TurnitinUK: TurnitinUK is used for submitting the majority of your
assessments, it is important that you read the information on preparing your
assignment at:
https://vle.anglia.ac.uk/sites/LTA/Grademark/Content/Preparing%20my
%20Assignment.aspx
Information on submitting your assignment must be read and guidelines adhered to,
please ensure you read: https://vle.anglia.ac.uk/sites/LTA/Grademark/Content/QuickStart.aspx
The direct link to TurnitinUK is: http://www.turnitinuk.com
Examinations: Examinations are held in January (semester/trimester 1), May
(semester/trimester 2) and in August (trimester 3). All examinations are scheduled by
the Examinations Unit, the dates and locations will be posted on the following website:
http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/students/exams/
External Examiners: An up-to-date list of external examiners is available to students
and staff at http://www.anglia.ac.uk/eeinfo The external examiner for this module is in
the Leadership and Management department. These are academic examiners from
other institutions who independently approve and confirm the quality and standard of
our modules and assessments.
Feedback in TurnitinUK: Link to more details on the viewing feedback is here:
https://vle.anglia.ac.uk/sites/LTA/Grademark/Content/Feedback.aspx
How is My Work Marked and Flowchart of Anglia Ruskins Marking Process:
After you have handed your work in or you have completed an examination, Anglia
Ruskin undertakes a series of activities to assure that our marking processes are
comparable with those employed at other universities in the UK and that your work has
been marked fairly, honestly and consistently. More information about this is given
here: http://www.anglia.ac.uk/modguide5.aspx
Module Evaluation: During the second half of the delivery of this module, you will be
asked to complete a module evaluation questionnaire to help us obtain your views on
all aspects of the module, more about this process is included here:
http://www.anglia.ac.uk/modguide6.aspx
Reading Lists: These are now all available online: http://readinglists.anglia.ac.uk
Re-assessments: Re-assessment dates will be stated on e-vision, you can check the
specific date your re-assessment assignment is due in on: http://e-vision.anglia.ac.uk or
alternatively, if it is an examination, these are scheduled by the Examinations Unit, the
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dates
and
locations
will
be
posted
http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/students/exams/

on

the

following

website:

University Generic Assessment Criteria: This module is at level 7, information on


the criteria that the university uses to mark your work can be found here:
http://www.anglia.ac.uk/criteria

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