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Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED

Module Code: HRO383

Module Title: Contemporary Management Practice

Distributed on: Hand in Date:

Further information about general assessment criteria, ARNA regulations, referencing and plagiarism
can be found on the module’s site on the e-Learning Portal. Students are advised to read and follow
this information.

Instructions on Assessment:

You are required to write a 3000 word (+ 10%) report which critically reviews contemporary
management practice related to a case organisationThe analysis will require you to identify and
analyse a management practice issue linked to one of the topics or themes covered in the HR0383
syllabus. From this you will be expected to make robust recommendations to improve management
practice. You should ensure that you:

1. Identify an issue or area of study in the case organisation that can be explored and analysed
in more depth by drawing on a topic or theme covered in the HR0383 syllabus
2. Carry out a literature review relating to the topic and associate issue as appropriate
3. Critically analyse the organisation’s current practice in relation to the models and frameworks
you have discussed in the literature review, as well as the topic you have chosen.
4. Based on your analysis, identify the strengths and weaknesses within the organization related
to its contemporary management practice.
5. Make recommendations, identifying what the organisation needs to do to maintain/enhance
and/or improve its practice, this should be supported by an action plan, to be in the
appendices, which clearly articulates the short, medium and long term actions linked to the
recommendations

NB. All of the above elements,with the exception of the action plan,must appear in the main
body of the report. The action plan should appear as an appendix.

You must use a professional report structure

 Title page with your name, student number, programme of study, module title, module code and
module tutor name and word count
 A contents page with appropriate page numbers
 An introduction
 The main body of the report separated by sub-headings
 Conclusion
 Recommendations (can be combined with conclusions)
 A comprehensive list of references, which demonstrates your research (these should be in-line
with APA referencing guidelines)
 Appendices (including action plan)

Word limits and penalties for assignments

If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.The word count is to be
declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet. The word count does
not include:

Title & contents page Quotes from interviews/focus groups Reference list
Glossary Appropriate figures & tables Appendices

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123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct. Enhanced skills and competencies to enable personal. Provide evidence of self-reflection and personal development planning. 2.Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED Please note. Apply their knowledge to business and management contexts. Time limits and penalties for presentations Please see the link below regarding the Policy on late submission of work (and extension requests): https://www. x 3. management and/or leadership. It is your responsibility as the student to ensure that you are submitting your final and complete assignment to be marked. (Smith. If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit. students are reminded that under ARNA page 30 Section 3. Developed and applied knowledge about internationally relevant theory and practice of business. management and/or leadership issues. giving a final mark of 63. 2011 p. management and/or leadership Objectives: Students will be able to: x 1. so again keep a copy for your own use.northumbria.ac. Conduct contemporary research into business. HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 2 of 8 . If this word count is falsified. The assignment submitted will not be returned to you. in text citations [e. 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith. managerial and/or leadership practice Objectives: Students will be able to: 1.g. a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed. Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives: This assessment will contribute directly to the following Undergraduate programme goals and objectives. 1. 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e. Students are advised that they may be asked to submit an electronic version of their assignment. For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%.uk/sd/central/ar/qualitysupport/asspolicies/studentguidance Submission of Assessment: Electronic Management of Assessment (EMA): Please note if your assignment is submitted electronically it will be submitted online via Turnitin by the given deadline. 2. Acquire knowledge of business. You must also keep a copy of your assignment for your own records in case a second copy is required.g. You will find a Turnitin link on the module’s eLP site.

Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED 2. Demonstrate the ability to work in a team. 3. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication. Demonstrate an understanding of the implications of ethical issues for individuals and organisations. HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 3 of 8 . Demonstrated awareness of ethical issues impacted on leaders and/or managers and professional practice Objectives: Students will be able to: 1. Demonstrate critical thinking skills. 4. 3.

work is fluent. relationship is Presentation of received and/or to apply illustrated. challenges to presented. thought. understanding is scholarship for awareness of what subject area. concepts are/were superficial.Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED Assessment Criteria (NBS) General Assessment Criteria Trait 0 . Structure and Failure to apply Communication In the most part.59 60 . limited and/or topic/theme. highly Insufficient critical appreciation theory. reasoning is Awareness of significant relationship is to achieve used. Clear evidence sophisticated focus is evident are apparent. theory is slightly focused and limited. ideas of independent and fluent in work the ability to and their inter. skills necessary irrelevant.79 80 . HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 4 of 8 .100 Knowledge and Poor grasp of topic Minimal Knowledge is Sound Knowledge Knowledge and Exceptional Understanding concepts or of awareness of adequate but comprehension of base is up-to. also may be breadth and broad or deep. wisdom. but concepts. the incomprehensible. accurate. but both as to covered in module. displayed. depth.69 70 . date and comprehensive subject.49 50 .39 40 . Reasoning and Higher order A mature ability Outstanding Alignment relevant skills. and/or or logical extensive.29 30 . of knowledge description/ argument are critical to critically ability to apply. A their inter. relevant. Work is inarticulate frequently assertion rather generally relevant appreciation appreciate in the right and/or inarticulate than argument but not necessarily skills are concepts and measure. concepts and ability to apply demonstrated. conceptualize.

management and/or leadership 0-5 6-7 8-9 10 . a foundation requirements.49 50 . leadership models and is not fully business. cohesion debate with logical.39 40 . coherent articulate argument difficult to follow. Programme Goal 1 Objective 1 . discussion logical The debate is argument and to preceding which lacks argument and focused and debate with points. logical Well defined Logical. Limited and Some limited for a logical Sound. and clarity of Discussion is coherence at assignment which provides assignment consistent and Sound. management management literature with wide management literature. requirements.59 60 .79 80 .29 30 . with reasoned points with some links to clear links to clearly aligned to preceding preceding preceding preceding points. 20% nature and evidence that within the within the study is fully within the study is clearly management relevance of the the sources study is study is fully grounded within the study is clearly grounded within the and/or issue referenced grounded grounded business. wholly aligned to superficial sensible and argument. points. assignment criteria. and/or leadership business. and/or grounded within management and/or and/or reading and and/or Extensive reading frameworks the business.69 70 .13 14 . not discussed upon business. grounded business. lacks line with structure with the rational.100 Trait Weight Mark 0-2 3 4 5 6 7 8-10 Lack of logical Structure is Satisfactory Clear and Clear. leadership researched is are based within the within the management within the management and threories. logical and argument. points. and/or leadership leadership research of the leadership and research of the HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 5 of 8 .20 2) Identifies The There is The theory The theory The theory drawn The theory The theory drawn appropriate contemporary some drawn upon drawn upon upon within the drawn upon upon within the business. consistent Fully aligned preceding points. rational and expression unfocussed andtimes.11 12 . with fully in line with Structuring 10% structure.Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED Module Specific Assessment Criteria MODULE HR0383 – Contemporary Organisational Analysis Assessment Criteria Needs improvement to meet Meets Standards Exceeds Standards standards 0 .Aquire knowledge of business. business. structure 1) coherent basic and structure in coherent structure in line structure.15 16 . points.

models some academic Room for is evident.11 12 . sources. . also evident. HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 6 of 8 . however. 0 –8 9 . practitionaer Reading is sources both from a seminal and limited contemporary. number of academic and/or practitioner sources.14 15 . Significant academically perspectives is also and/or and/or the debate is debate at appreciation academic robust debate evident. Synthesis of and/or appropriate underpinning greater the theoretical frameworks academic demonstrated academic perspectives is underpinning but there is underpinning. models literature but lacks critical critical theory. Work is limited and the case study research of the wider reading demonstrates not fully organsation. contemporary academic or within the of academic nature of this practitioner case study and/or evident.30 There is There is clear There is a There is a breadth Literature is Literature is 3) 30% There is limited evidence of evidence of breadth and and depth of discussed. Coherent g of the management management perspectives. contemporary leadership literature. theoretical analysis of the theoretical analysed. theoretical perspectives with a developed and insightful chosen and/or and/or Some breadth perspectives. A evident. the business. significant evident. this to the issue for reading and evident.. is of relevant some wider nature of this Evidence of nature of this literature. Some and debate underpinning to is theories. maturing ability to ability to synthesis of a business. support the debate demonstrated. and lacks appropriate evident. leadership leadership of debate but With some critically debate the engage in range of theoretical management theories.23 24 . significant room for improvement.Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED management or leadership literature and literature with contemporary literature. organisation. leadership frameworks. debated in an Demonstrate discussion of some discussion and depth of dicussion and critically intelligent manner – s an identified alignment to analysis of the discussion and analysis of the reviewed and depth of analysis is understandin business. superficial times.17 18 .20 21 . contemporary and research only basic level aligned to Reading is nature of this of the of reading from the issue from a range evident.

weaknesses weaknesses weaknesses strengths and strengths and and weaknesses - organisation.20 4) Ability 20% Little or no Minimal and/or Some sensible A range of A A comprehensive A comprehensive tocompare. fully aligned to which synthesise conclusions drawn recommenda and/or not ons which are ions aligned to Recommendatio the analysis. aligned to the ions directly and and comprehensive supporting identified case study Basic action case study aligned to the organizationally implementation action plan within the case organization. business. models and A developed ability leadership management concepts is to compare market models and and/or evident. range of management models and study.13 14 .Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED (Traits 4-5) Programme Goal 1 Objective 2 – Apply knowledge to business and management contexts 0-5 6-7 8-9 10 . Recommendat with superficial identified. 5) Identify the 0-5 6-7 8-9 10 . the finding of the with insightful tions and aligned to the not closely the case but ns clearly Recommendat analysis. Some and sector concepts is leadership ability to compare organizations is evident.11 12 .15 16 . and/or leadership the case organization.13 14 . plan with some organisation and organizations aligned plan identifying HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 7 of 8 . clear. models and market and sector also evident to concepts is organizations is extend and evident. study to the case contrast and compare and mature ability and contrast the study organization management organization. ability to superficial examples appropriate comprehensiv range of range of examples contrast and contextualize ability to demonstrating examples in e range of examples in in which a mature contextualise the theoretical contextualize a developing which a appropriate which a mature and insightful ability relevant perspectives the theoretical ability to developed examples in and insightful to compare and contemporar to the case perspectives compare ability to which a ability to compare contrast the case y business. management contemporary and/or leadership concepts is evident. aligned to weaknesses – weaknesses non fallacious make robust ions limited recommendati Recommendat analysis.11 12 . and/or business.15 16 . study contextualize contrast the to compare case study against a range of and/or organization theoretical case study and contrast organization contemporary leadership perspectives organization the case study against a range of business. Exceptional and identification of identification of limited identification of e discussion concise yet discussion related weaknesses strengths and strengths and strengths and strengths and related to the comprehensive to the strengths in the weaknesses. Robust recommendations develop a problems aligned to the generic/vague.20 key strengths 20% Poor Minimal Adequate but Sound Comprehensiv Excellent. models and to the case against organization contemporary management concepts to study contemporary against a business. also evident to enhance the extend and contextualization enhance the contextualization.

multiple choice etc. Students must retain an electronic copy of this assignment and it must be made available within 24 hours of them requesting it be submitted. action plan ns with medium and detailed.Assessment Brief – Level Six Undergraduate CED or the needs of Limited or consideration its needs. Marks will be gained on an accumulative basis. Some needs. multiple choice etc. HR0383_2016-7-DL-SL Page 8 of 8 . marks allocated to each section will be made clear. Full recommendatio clearly short. long term the positive e action plan needs of the actions. action plan. Students must retain an electronic copy of this assignment and it must be made available within 24 hours Note: For those assessments or partial assessments based on calculation. Total 100% TOTAL MARK % Note: For those assessments or partial assessments based on calculation. medium and identification of comprehensiv current and future tasks and actions No action plan. In these cases. present recommendations challenges and the case study superficial of short. comprehensive long term action plan. In these cases. impact of the detailing organization. marks allocated to each section will be made clear. actions.With related to the benefits of the organization. Marks will be gained on an accumulative basis.