Criteria for written assessments
• All reports must be in double space 12 font with 2.5 cm margins.
• Reference list is extra but no appendices are allowed so that tables etc. must be within the page limit.
• Material presented above page limit will not be marked
• Evidence based writing with reference support is best
Lecture and Tutorial Quizzes
It is essential that students attend lectures and tutorials so that they are familiar with the content of the course, which forms the basis of the activities that we complete in the tutorials. To ensure that students are engaging in a reflective learning process, two short quizzes in lectures and two short quizzes in tutorials will be administered throughout the semester without advance notice. Each short quiz may involve questions about content that have been presented in the course up the point the quiz is administered. Fifteen minutes will be allocated to complete each quiz.
Preparation for these quizzes will involve attending lectures and tutorials, taking notes when listening so as to engage in active learning (which enhances recall and understanding of information), and ensuring that you ask questions if you do not understand any of the class content.
There is no opportunity to resit the quiz unless you have a medical certificate or you are on University business (with a signed letter to support).
Assignment 1: Case Study (10%)
Due: Monday of Week 4
Length: 2 pages
You are presented with a case study in your reading list. You will write a report about what should be done next.
Your report needs to show evidence of understanding of concepts across the first few units of the course before the assignment is due. Your report should be strongly based on the course material covered up to date of submission. You should not bring in arguments from outside of the course (such as detailed financial analysis) but you may use some outside material related to the course to support arguments. You also need to show your ability to integrate concepts, i.e. use more than one concept to analyse an issue or develop a strategy, and consider the links between the concepts. Your report should cover the following:
The issue (about 10% of the page count)
Analysing what needs to be done (about 30% of the page count)
Your implementation plan (about 40% of the page count)
Evaluation (we suggest this section contains 20% of the page count)
Assessment 2: Interview and report (15%)
Due: In class as presentation in Tutorial Week 6
Assessment: Group – one presentation is produced per group and the same mark is awarded for all members of the group
Length: No more than 4 minutes
You will be assigned a group in Week 4 with the aim of producing a joint short presentation in Week 6. We recommend joining a group in which you are comfortable. All members of the group contribute to the plan and/or the final presentation. Your presentation should be strongly based on the course material up to date of presentation. You should not bring in arguments from outside of the course (such as detailed financial analysis) but you may use some outside material related to the course to support arguments if you wish. Follow the guidelines presented in the tutorial in Week 4.
For this project, your goal is to successfully develop a case study, where your team should:
Interview a manager in an organisation with at least 5 people about a “major people problem” they have encountered in the course of their work (their people problem may have occurred in the past). A major people problem is one that “keeps the manager up at night”.
Record the interview (with permission) & develop a rich understanding of the details related to the problem: symptoms, causes, consequences, who/what/where/why/how.
Define the problem Apply relevant course concepts up to presentation week
Identify & define key goals of your recommendations, and recommendations
Critique and analyse
Present a 4 minute review of your work
Assessment 3: Case Study (20%)
Due: Monday of Week 10
Length: 5 pages
In Tutorial Week 7 you will be presented with a case study that is also in your reading list. Your report should be firmly based on the reading and course material although you can supplement with course relevant extra material if you wish. Your task is to write a report about the problem and your solution (in terms of implementing a plan) that you think is pertinent.
Your report should cover:
The issue and scope (10% page count)
The problem and solution (30% of page count)
Implementation (40% of page count)
Evaluation (20% of page count)
This will take the form of a 2.0 hour examination paper during the exam period and comprise 35% of your course grade. The purpose of the exam is to ensure you have a broad understanding of the theories that we cover in the course and the skills needed to effectively manage people. Thus, 30 of the questions will be multiple choice (each question will be worth 1/2% of your total course mark). Material from all lectures and tutorials is examinable. In addition, you also will be required to answer two short essay questions that may cover any of the lecture content covered in the course. Each short answer essay question will be worth 10% of your total course mark.