Leadership and Management Theories

1. Assessment Question,
2. Guidance
3. Presentation
4. Marking Criteria
5. Plagiarism
This module will be assessed through one written assignment.
1. Assignment Question
Critically evaluate the application of principles and ideas drawn from leadership and management theories in contemporary organisational settings.
2. Guidance
Students will decide on the appropriate structure and content but we would expect to see the following elements:
 Introduction: setting the context, addressing the question, the approach to answering the question
 Main body of the assignment: critical evaluation and application of leadership and management theories referring to selected organisation and relevant and reliable academic sources.
 Conclusion: bring together your main points; address the main question, i.e. evaluate the influence of classical and human relations approaches in leadership and management today.

2.1 Additional guidance:

 This is an individual assessment, not a group task.
 You may use either an organisation with which you are familiar (e.g. for whom you work or have worked) or other organisations
 Identify relevant practices, policies and approaches of organisations; these should be suitably evidenced. For example, classical and human relations approaches to leadership and management have different conceptions of motivation, incentives and rewards, ways of organising work and tasks etc. How are these reflected in company policies?
 To help guide your search, you may want to think of industry sectors and then select companies, for example, the automotive industry – Volkswagen; Information Technology – Google.
 Literature should be sourced from a range of journal articles and textbooks. A limited range of readings will be made available.
 When referring to organisations’ formal practices and policies, appropriate references should be provided to reports, websites and other relevant documents to allow tutors to access it.
 Referencing will be the Harvard system as per University regulations.
 The assessment must be submitted electronically via ‘Turnitin’ (deadline will be provided by tutor) Please see your scheme guidance notes on the use of Turnitin.
 Please note that tutors will not be able to pre-assess draft assessments.
 Include a title page with the module title and module code, assignment question and your student number
 The maximum word for the assessment is 6,000 words, +/- 10%. This word count includes any appendices (which you should not need to any extent) but excludes the words in the reference list. This word count must be adhered to.
 The University’s late submission policy will be adhered to, so you may submit up to 5 working days after the due date; however, the grade will be capped at 40 (submissions after this time will be awarded zero). If there are circumstances preventing you from submitting your assignment you should contact the FBS Advice Shop and they will advise you of the extenuating circumstances procedure. You may make multiple submissions to Turnitin, but please be aware it takes 24 hours to overwrite the previous submission; you must therefore ensure you leave enough time to submit the final version of your work.

3. Presentation
 Be your own independent work and free from plagiarism by ensuring that work that is not your own is clearly referenced
 Use Harvard style citation and referencing using the Drop-in centre published guidelines
 Be written in appropriate academic style
 Be professionally presented
 Have been spell checked and proof-read
 Be anonymous and have your Student Enrolment number on every page
 Have a clearly labelled front page detailing the module code and title, title of the assignment, tutors name, your enrolment number and the date of submission
 Be submitted via the Turnitin link on the module Blackboard site

The assignment hand in date is Friday 4th March 2016(by 23:59).
Feedback will be available within twenty working days (Friday, 1st April 2016).

4. Marking criteria

Element Weight %
Presentation, structure and referencing 10
Introduction 10
Critical evaluation of literature 40
Critical discussion of case(s) – practices, application of principles 30
Conclusion 10

5. Plagiarism

Please note that plagiarism in either examination or coursework will be dealt with in line with University policy.

If you are in any doubt as to the difference between plagiarism and referencing the work of someone else it is absolutely imperative that you seek guidance from the module leader. Ignorance of what constitutes plagiarism will not be a defence. The information below should be read and fully understood.

What is Plagiarism?
Plagiarism is when you take the ideas, thoughts, words or inventions of someone else and presents them as your own. It includes copying from fellow students as well as from books, and taking ideas and images from others as well as their actual words. It is a very serious academic offence.
You must ensure that all work submitted for assessment is your own, and has not been previously submitted for any other award or module. When you use source material, either quote it directly using quotation marks, or summarise or paraphrase it in your own words, and cite your source in the text or footnotes. If you take up an idea from someone else, or wish to discuss someone’s critique of a particular theory, you must again cite the source. Only your own original thoughts and evaluations should remain unreferenced.
Each subject discipline tends to have its preferred method of referencing so you should consult your Award or module tutor for advice, or refer to any guidance notes provided by your tutors, on this issue.
Plagiarism is an infringement of University Regulations. If you are found guilty of plagiarism, you may be failed in the complete stage of the award, and in extreme cases may be discontinued.

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