Managing Organisations (MNG10247)/Reflective Essay (Internal Process)

Managing Organisations (MNG10247)/Reflective Essay (Internal Process)Purpose:
This assignment aims to develop students’ understanding of the Internal Process management model through the integration of theory and practice. Additionally, it continues to further develop the skill of reflective practice, which students were introduced to in assignment 1.
Task
Students are to write a reflective essay (max 750 words ) which details how one of the Internal Process Management Competencies has been ‘experienced’ in the workplace.
Note: students need not have direct involvement with the management competency but simply observed its development, implementation or outcome in an organisational setting.
Students with no workplace experience on which to base their essay will need to identify and interview someone who can provide the required first-hand insight.
Formatting
The single document submitted for this assignment is to contain the following components and formatting features:
a) Assignment ‘Coversheet’ (document is available in the Assignment file on Blackboard).
b) Assignment ‘Coverpage’ identifying the unit name & code, assignment title, student name & ID, and the essay word count (note: Reference List content does not contribute to the word count).
c) Content; i.e. your Reflective Essay.
i. Both in-text and reference list skills must be demonstrated (use SCU Library’s Harvard Referencing style Guide).
ii. The essay is to include at least three distinct references from academic journals. You may cite your textbook and sources identified in it but they do not contribute to the reference count. Quoting is not permitted. Paraphrase the information obtained from the various sources.
d) Reference List
Adopt the following formatting features for the paper:
o Apply page numbers. Page 1 comes after your coverpage.
o Font style: Times New Roman, 12pt, justified, 1½ line spacing.
o Margins – top and bottom to be 2.54cm. Left and right to be 2.54cm. No page boarders.
o Spelling – specify Australian English language/grammar when running your spell-check.
o Writing and grammar should conform to the standards of a professional report.

Structure and style of the Essay
The document ‘Reflective Writing – Quick Guide’ (available in the Assignment 1 folder on BlackBoard) highlights two different ways to structure the essay. Either approach is acceptable.
Develop a catchy title which highlights (surreptitiously) the focus of your Essay.
The aim is to write an interesting story which clearly illustrates a good example (positive or negative) of the way in which a particular Management Competency has been applied in an organisational context. It is important that the key concepts are presented in a logical manner so that the essay has good ‘flow’.
The essay should effectively blend your personal observation with support from academic publications (i.e. ideas or research findings). Focus on objectivity rather than subjectivity.
It is important that you use pseudonyms to protect the identity of the organisation and the individuals concerned.
This is not a Creative Writing exercise. The objective is not to write a dramatic script so avoid, as much as possible, using overly emotional language and tone.

Submit Process
All assignments are to be submitted through ‘Turn-it-in,’ which can be accessed from the ‘Assignment 2’ folder on Blackboard. The link will be activated in week 4 and you can submit the assignment at any time leading up to the due date.
The file you submit should be labelled in the following manner:
Surname, initial, student code, MNG10247, asmt 2
For example – Gillett, P, 012345, MNG10247, asmt 2
Feedback
Assignments submitted by the due date will be marked and feedback given within two weeks. Feedback will include a marking rubric and a copy of the assignment document with electronic comments from the marker.

Marking Criteria:
See below

Marking Criteria:
A. Quality of writing
(weight 32%)
1) Unsatisfactory. The writing is ineffective due to numerous spelling and/or grammatical errors.
2) Pass. Proof-read the final document to identify and correct minor errors in spelling and grammar. Plan for and undertake additional drafts to improve the quality of your written work.
3) Credit. A good standard of writing is provided (no spelling errors) however there is room for improvement in terms of higher-order writing skills (e.g. vocabulary and sentence structure).
4) Distinction. Higher-order writing skills are evident in parts. Greater consistency will improve the overall quality of your work.
5) HD. The quality of writing is exceptional. Well done.
B. Essay Content
(weight 40%)

1) Unsatisfactory. Details of the Management Competency and your personal account of its application to an organisational context are largely inaccurate or ambiguous.
2) Pass. The essay content demonstrates a basic understanding of the Management Competency however it is predominantly descriptive. Further personal insight is required to show how the competency has been experienced in an organisational context.
3) Credit. The essay provides a good example of how the Management Competency is applied in an organisational context. Expand on the analysis (depth or breadth) of your personal experience to show a stronger level of understanding.
4) Distinction. Your personal experience of the Management Competency is thorough and informative. Management theory is partially integrated into the discussion.
5) HD. The essay provides a very effective and distinct example of the Management Competency and its practical application to an organisation context. Personal observation is substantially and effectively integrated with Management theory. Well done.
C. Formatting & Referencing
(weight 28%.)
1) Unsatisfactory. The assignment document is unprofessionally presented and/or the required number of references is not provided.
2) Pass. The assignment paper is generally well presented but at least one formatting feature has not been adopted and there is at least one error with the referencing technique.
3) Credit. All the required formatting features are provided however there is at least one error with the referencing technique.
4) Distinction. The correct referencing technique has been adopted however at least one formatting feature that has not been adopted.
5) HD. All required formatting features are provided and there are no errors with the referencing technique.

U P C D HD
A. 2 5 6 7 8
B. 2 5 7 8 10
C. 2 4 5 6 7

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