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BCM203 Management and Leadership

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MODULE: MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP

Module CodeBCM203
Module LevelLevel 5
Credit Value20
Module LeaderUdayan Raut-Roy
Academic year2019/2020, Re-sit Sept 2020

Assignment Brief BCM203

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 role of role of management, motivational challenges, group dynamics, managing change, organisational culture and their impact on the central role of leadership.

BCM203 Management and Leadership
BCM203 Management and Leadership

2. Assessment Task

2.1 Individual Assignment (AS1). Weighting 40 % of the mark (LO2, LO3)

Most managers and organisations find it difficult to motivate their employees – why is this the case? Research the topic and advice mangers as to how they can motivate their employees. Advice on:

  1. What is specifically meant by motivation? What are the various factors associated with the concept of motivation?
  2. What are the underlying issues in motivating employees?
  3. Why do managers find it difficult to motivate employees?
  4. Are there any specific models help you to understand the phenomena?
  5. What are some of the practical implications of your chosen models? Why?
    1. Identify the best practices in motivating employees (and their reasons)
  6. What are your overall recommendations? Make a reasoned argument.

Note: You can relate the report to your work organisational setting and experience.

Note: Relate your report to the issues and themes covered in class. Do use the video’s shown in class + Read the relevant chapters from the recommended text.

Guidelines:

  1. Remember you are telling a story
  2. Do have a beginning, middle and end.
  3. Introduce your purpose of the report clearly.
  4. Have a clear conclusion and recommendation.
  5. You are free to make reasonable assumptions.
  6. There is no “right answer”. We are interested in your analysis, application and logical reasoning.
  7. Do link your ideas to issues and theories discussed in class.
  8. Do discuss your approach with the tutor before submission.

To submit your assignment, 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.

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 report format with clear headings. Guidance will be provided during the class sessions.

2.2 Individual assignment (AS2), management report, weighting 60% of the mark (LO1-LO5)

Task:

Research the topic of management leadership and write a management report using the following framework:

Note: Do take an inter-disciplinary approach and relate your ideas to other topics and themes covered in the module – for example culture, change, motivation, group dynamics)

Note: Relate your report to the issues and themes covered in class. Do use the video’s shown in class + Read the relevant chapters from the recommended text.

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 ten and fifteen sources. As a MINIMUM the Reference List should include at least two refereed academic journal and four academic books.

4. Specific Assessment Criteria

Assignment 1:

Highest marks will be awarded to students who present well-connected work in good English.

Understanding of the subject area – 25/100 marks

Evaluation of the issues raises and its reasoning – 25/100 marks

Link to academic concepts and theories – 25/100 marks

Conclusion and recommendations – 15/100 marks

Structure, content page, headings, use of figures, referencing – 10/100 marks

Assignment 2:

Highest marks will be awarded to students who present well-connected work in good English.

Understanding of the subject area – 25/100 marks

Evaluation of the issues raises and its reasoning – 25/100 marks

Link to academic concepts and theories – 25/100 marks

Conclusion and recommendations – 15/100 marks

Structure, content page, headings, use of figures, referencing – 10/100 marks

5.Assessment Submission

You need 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.

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, Individual Written Assignment: 8th September 2020

Assignment 2: Individual Written Assignment: 11th September 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

Due to the present circumstances the group presentation has been substituted by an individual assignment. Therefore, 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 – Analyse contemporary research and debates on the relationship between management and leadership practices and positive organisational outcomes.

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

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

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

LO 5 –Analyse the factors contributing to high performing teams