BCM203 MANAGEMENT

BCM203 MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AMITY

BCM203 MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP AMITY

MODULE: MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Module Code BCM203
Module Level Level 5
Credit Value 20
Module Leader Udayan Raut-Roy
Academic year 2019/2020, Sem 1

Assignment Brief

BCM203 Management and leadership

1. Purpose of the Assessment

This formative assignment is designed to enable you to show a critical appraisal of key principles and concepts on which business, management and leadership practices are based. The assignment is concerned with examining and evaluating issues dealing with effective management and leadership. With-in this context we have covered the themes of the role of management, motivational challenges, group dynamics, managing change, organizational culture and their impact on the central role of leadership.

2. Assessment Task

2.1 Group Presentation Task (AS1), 15 minutes presentationweighting 40 % of the mark (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO5)

‘As a manager, how do you create a “value-added” environment in your organization?’ Present your group’s findings.

  • What are some of the critical success factors?
  • What are the likely barriers?
  • Why?
  • What are your recommendations? à Make a reasoned argument.

Note: Relate your investigation to the issues and themes covered in class

Guidelines:

  1. Remember you are telling a story
  2. Do have a beginning, middle and end.
  3. Introduce your purpose clearly.
  4. Have a clear conclusion and recommendation.
  5. You are free to make reasonable assumptions.
  6. You are presenting to the whole class. Make appropriate eye contact.
  7. There is no “right answer”. We are interested in your analysis, application and logical reasoning.
  8. Do link your ideas to issues and theories discussed in class.
  9. Do not overcomplicate your slides. Keep it simple and direct.
  10. Do not read the slides.
  11. To discuss your approach and format with your tutor.
  12. To submit your presentation slides, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area of the Module Moodle site. It is important that you submit your work to the correct module Moodle site, and that your work is submitted on time.

Style requirements:

Separate presentation skills guidance will be provided by the tutor in the class. It’s advisable to discuss your presentation format with the tutor.

2.2 Individual assignment (AS2), management report, weighting 60% of the mark (LO1, LO3, LO4)

Task:  

Research the topic of organizational and management Leadership and write a management report using the following framework.

  • What is meant by management and organizational leadership? Is there a difference between managers and leaders?
  • Why do individuals/organizations find it difficult to understand the nature of effective leadership?
  • What are some of the best practices in the area of management leadership? Are there any specific theory/ies which helps you to answer this question?
  • What are the common barriers to effective leadership? How would you overcome them?
  • What are the take-home messages from your investigation? Give your reasons.
  • What are your general and specific recommendations?
  • Do think like a manager and “not” a student.

Note: We will have in-class briefing session. You are encouraged to discuss your approach with your tutor.

Word Limit: The assessment should be limited to 2,500 words (+/- 10%).

Style requirements: Except for the Titles and subtitles, you are not allowed to highlight text, which will be in Arial size 11, and without indentations. The main title is highlighted in size 16, and the subtitles are highlighted in size 14. The margins should be justified, not aligned to the left. Additionally, the space between lines should be single and the space between paragraphs should be double. The work will be in Management Report form and not the Essay form requiring and Introduction, the main body with subtitles, and a conclusion. You must have an Executive Summary and a Content page.

3. Sources

It is expected that the Reference List of the reports will contain between five and ten sources. As a MINIMUM the Reference List should include at least ten refereed academic journal and academic books.

4. Specific Assessment Criteria

Assignment 1:

Highest marks will be awarded to students who present well-connected work in good English6. At this level of marking, the work will adhere to all the requirements, and will provide slides that are linked logically, are visible, attractive, leading to a sensible conclusion. Analytical comments by students are vital. Slides are well-referenced with a list of references reflecting the sources mentioned in the slides.

Weakening of these standards will result in lower grades: The degree of connectivity between slides and the level of analysis and cooperation will determine the decline of marking to very good and good.

40% + Evidence of reasonable effort in research using traditional and IT sources with a satisfactory selection of evidence but having substantial omissions leaving many areas for improvement. Lack of synthesis and shallow application with some evidence of analysis but little attempt to identify and relate theoretical concepts to practice. Lack of good presentation. Weak group preparation and poor link to theories. All areas dealt with superficially.

50% + Evidence of good effort in research and using traditional and IT sources with a satisfactory selection of evidence but having some omissions and leaving some scope for improvement. The report is well presented with some weaknesses in structure. Good level of analysis with some attempt to relate theoretical concepts to practical examples. Partial analysis of the theories and application. Fair evidence of group preparation. Fair use of referencing and a good level of analysis of the learning outcomes.

60% + Evidence some of the relevant information/skills accurately deployed.  Adequate grasp of theoretical, conceptual, analytical, and practical elements.  Fair integration of theory, practice, and information in relation to the objectives of the assessment. Some evidence of originality and creativity as appropriate to the subject.

70%+ Evidence of a substantial level of research using traditional and IT sources with a clear and relevant draft covering all of the learning outcomes in the brief. Very good level of content and analysis relating theoretical concepts to practice. Some evidence of originality in the approach to the assignment. Key elements of the economic/business environment clearly identified and analyzed. Well presented with accurate referencing. Good group work.

85% + Professionally presented work, presented with appropriate style and structure. Extensive evidence of relevant research using traditional and IT sources with an appropriate selection of evidence and constructed into a clear and relevant synthesis covering all the items requested in the brief. Excellent level of content, analysis and evaluation relating theoretical concepts to practical examples. Excellent group work.

Each key element of the brief clearly identified and analyzed. Evidence of originality in the approach to the work.

Assignment 2:

40% + Evidence of reasonable effort in research using traditional and IT sources with a satisfactory selection of evidence but having substantial omissions leaving many areas for improvement. Lack of synthesis and shallow application with some evidence of analysis but little attempt to identify and relate theoretical concepts to practice. Lack of good presentation. Poor referencing generally. All areas dealt with superficially.

50% + Evidence of good effort in research and using traditional and IT sources with a satisfactory selection of evidence but having some omissions and leaving some scope for improvement. The assignment is well presented with some weaknesses in structure. Good level of analysis with some attempt to relate theoretical concepts to practical examples. Partial analysis of the economic/business environment and application. Fair use of referencing and a good level of analysis of the learning outcomes.

60% + Evidence some of the relevant information/skills accurately deployed.  Adequate grasp of theoretical, conceptual, analytical and practical elements.  Fair integration of theory, practice and information in relation to the objectives of the assessment. Some evidence of originality and creativity as appropriate to the subject.

70%+ Evidence of a substantial level of research using traditional and IT sources with a clear and relevant draft covering all of the learning outcomes in the brief. Very good level of content and analysis relating theoretical concepts to practice. Some evidence of originality in the approach to the assignment. Key elements of the economic/business environment clearly identified and analyzed. Well presented with accurate referencing.

85% + Professionally presented work, written with appropriate style and structure. Extensive evidence of relevant research using traditional and IT sources with an appropriate selection of evidence and constructed into a clear and relevant draft covering all the items requested in the brief. Excellent level of content, analysis, and evaluation relating theoretical concepts to practical examples.

5.Assessment Submission

Your assignment must be word-processed and presented in a report format with simple sub-headings. The word count should be as specified in the assignment above±10% (tables, diagrams and appendices are excluded from the count).

The Assignment report should have a Front Sheet showing your name, your student number, the module name, the module number, the assignment title, the module tutor’s name, the date and the word count.

All assignments will be submitted, graded and fed-back electronically via TURNITIN. Several submissions will be permitted before the hand-in date in order to enable you to refine the content in your report.

To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area of the Module Moodle site. It is important that you submit your work to the correct module Moodle site, and that your work is submitted on time.

Feedback on assignments for everyone will be provided electronically via TURNITIN.

A student may obtain an individual appointment to discuss feedback with the tutor.

Submission Deadlines

Assignment 1, Group Presentation: 19th November 2019

Assignment 2: Written Assignment: 19th January, 2020

6.Assessment Guidance

The quality of your presentation and academic referencing is very important. Please, use the Harvard Referencing System.

Within your assignment, your tutor will be looking for content that addresses the key elements of the assignment brief.

Try not to overcomplicate your answers by choosing a company that you know little about. Keep to simple processes that you know well.

7. Academic Practice

AS 2 is an individual assignment. Amity University [IN] London policy will apply in all cases of copying, plagiarism or any other methods by which students have obtained (or attempted to obtain) an unfair advantage.

Support and guidance on assessments and academic integrity can be found from the following resources:

Moodle / Policies and Procedures

Moodle / Student Corner

8. Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes being addressed through these assignments are:

LO 1 – Analyze contemporary research and debates on the relationship between management and leadership practices and positive organizational outcomes.

LO 2 – Appraise the wider implications of management decisions and behavior on organizations, teams, and individuals in practice.

LO 3 – Apply reflective and professional development processes to analyze, and record the use of professional skills and plan future development.

LO 4 – Explain key philosophies, principles and approaches to leadership and management and analyze the importance of different leadership styles and skills within organizations

LO 5 –Analyze   the factors contributing to high performing teams

General Assessment Guidelines for Written Assessments Level HE5

% Relevance Knowledge Argument/Analysis Structure Presentation Written English Research/Referencing
Class I
(Exceptional Quality)
85-100% Directly relevant to the title.  Expertly addresses the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief. Demonstrates an exceptional knowledge/ understanding of theory and practice for this level through the identification and analysis of the most important issues. Makes exceptional use of appropriate arguments and/or theoretical models. Presents an analysis of the material resulting in clear, logical, and original conclusions. Coherently articulated and logically structured.   An appropriate format is used. The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment. Effective inclusion of figures, tables, plates (FTP). An exceptionally well-written answer with standard spelling and grammar. Style is clear, resourceful, and academic. Sources accurately cited in the text. A wide range of contemporary and relevant references cited in the reference list in the correct style.
Class I
(Excellent Quality)
70-84% Directly relevant to title.  Addresses the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief. Demonstrates an excellent knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level through the identification and summary of the most important issues. Makes creative use of appropriate arguments and/or theoretical models. Presents an excellent discussion of the material resulting in clear, logical conclusions. Coherently articulated and logically structured. An appropriate format is used. The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment. Effective inclusion of figures, tables, plates (FTP). An excellently written
answer with standard spelling and grammar. Style is clear, resourceful, and academic.
Sources accurately cited in the text. A range of contemporary and relevant references cited in the reference list in the correct style.
Class II/i
(Very Good Quality)
60-69% Directly relevant to title. Addresses most of the assumptions of the title and/or the requirements of the brief. Demonstrates a very good knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level through the identification and summary of key issues. Uses sound arguments or theoretical models. Presents a clear and valid discussion of the material. Clear, logical conclusions. Logically constructed in the main. An appropriate format is used. The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment. Effective inclusion of FTP. A very well written answer with standard spelling and grammar. Style is clear and academic. Sources are accurately cited in the text and an appropriate reference list in the correct style is provided.
Class II/ii
(Good Quality)
  50-59% Generally addresses the title/brief, but sometimes considers irrelevant issues. Demonstrates a good knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level through the identification and summary of some key issues. Presents largely coherent arguments. Some issues and theoretical models expressed in simplistic terms. Conclusions are fairly clear and logical. For the most part coherently articulated and logically structured. An acceptable format is used. The presentational style & layout is correct for the type of assignment. Inclusion of FTP but lacks selectivity. Competently written with minor lapses in spelling and grammar. Style is readable and academic in the main. Most sources accurately cited in the text and an appropriate reference list is provided which is largely in the correct style.
Class III
(Satisfactory Quality)
40-49% Some degree of irrelevance to the title/brief.  Superficial consideration of the issues. Demonstrates an adequate knowledge/understanding of theory and practice for this level. An attempt is made to identify key issues. Presents basic arguments, but focus and consistency lacking in places. Some issues may lack clarity, and/or theoretical models expressed in simplistic terms. Conclusions are not always clear or logical. The adequate attempt at articulation and logical structure. An acceptable format is used. The presentational style & layout is largely correct for the type of assignment. Inappropriate use of FTP or not used were clearly needed to aid understanding. Generally competently written although intermittent lapses in grammar and spelling pose obstacles for the reader. Style limits communication and is non-academic in a number of places. Some relevant sources cited.   Some weaknesses in the referencing technique.
Borderline Fail   35-39% A significant degree of irrelevance to the title/brief. Only the most obvious issues are addressed at a superficial level and in unchallenging terms. Demonstrates weaknesses in knowledge of theory and practice for this level, with a poor understanding of key issues. Limited arguments, which lack clarity in places. Conclusions are neither clear nor logical. Poorly structured.   Lack of articulation. Format deficient. For the type of assignment the presentational style &/or layout is lacking. FTP ignored in text or not used were clearly needed. Deficiencies in spelling and grammar makes reading difficult. Simplistic or repetitious style impairs clarity. Style is non-academic. Limited sources and weak referencing.
Fail   <34% Relevance to the title/brief is intermittent or missing. The topic is reduced to its vaguest and least challenging terms. Demonstrates a lack of basic knowledge of either theory or practice for this level, with little evidence of understanding. Severely limited arguments. Lacks clarity. Conclusions are sparse. Unstructured. Lack of articulation. Format deficient For the type of assignment the presentational style &/or layout is lacking. FTP as above. Poorly written with numerous deficiencies in grammar, spelling, and expression. Style is non-academic. Absence of academic sources and poor referencing techniques.

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