How To Keep Motivated While Studying Your Master’s Degree

UNSW Business School/ Management

MGMT5050

ASSESSMENT HANDBOOK Term 3, 2021

Assessment Task Weighting Length Due Date

1. Blog Post 15%

750 words Week 3 – Friday October 1 – 9.30 am

via Turnitin

2.Individual Case Study Report 30%

1700 words Week 8 – Friday November 5 – 9.30 am via Turnitin

3. Individual Self-reflection Video 35%

4 minute

video and

transcript

Week 11 – Friday November 26 – 9.30 am video YouTube link and transcript via Turnitin

4. Participation and Preparation

a) Welcome and Introductory

Post and Video

 

b) Face to face classes – Active

and engaged participation in

Skill Development Workshops

(SDW)

Online classes – attendance at synchronous collaborate classes and/ or participation in online discussions.

 

Total 20%

 

5%

 

 

 

 

15%

 

Welcome post 200 words plus 1 minute

welcome video

 

Welcome post and video due: Thursday September 23 9.30 am via Moodle discussion board and Moodle assignment

 

 

 

 

Weekly and continuous in both streams

Face to face classes will be able

assessed on active class

engagement in activities and

discussions.

Online classes will have both I class

synchronous and weekly discussion

forums as part of their participation

requirements (see further details

under item 4 below).

 

 

 

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Assignment 1: Professional Blog Post

Format: Essay must be 1.5 line spaced, 2.5 cm margins, left page alignment, 12-point font (Times New Roman or Arial) footer must have ZID and page numbers.

 

Due date: No later than 9.30am Friday October 1, Sydney time

 

Submission procedure: via Turnitin box available on MGMT5050 Moodle site.

NOTE: submitting the assignment via Turnitin includes an online declaration as to the

authenticity of your work. It replaces the need to include a Coversheet on your

assignment. Please see section 5 below for more details. Note a cover sheet is different to

a title page

Weighting: 15% of your total course mark

Length: 750+/-10% You must use Harvard Referencing, in-text citations and have a List of

References at the end of the Blog (excluded from the word count).

Description:

Write a 750 word blog post on: How to keep motivated while studying your master’s degree.

 

Why write a blog?

Companies look to provide information for their employees on a regular basis. The last year has shown companies trying to connect with what their employees are experiencing and a blog is often used as an internal piece to inform or update others within the business:

When you write a blog, remember you are trying to influence other’s thinking and behavior. However, being a thought leader requires rigour and the ability to write for your ‘audience’. As Professional Skills and Ethics aims to equip you for your future as an informed responsible business professional, this blog is an informed piece (referenced) showing you understand that Motivation is not stagnant and you are providing insight on how others can maintain their motivation, it’s a piece of advice and information at the same time

 

We expect you will link information about values from week 2 to your argument

 

Compulsory reference:

Clarke RE, & Saxberg B. (2019) Four reasons good employees lose their motivation Harvard Business Review, March 19 Marking Criteria: (please see marking rubric on Moodle for full descriptions of each criteria)

• Identifies and utilises resources to support analysis

• Structures text logically and coherently

• Communicates clearly and concisely

• Presents text professionally and references sources accurately

 

 

 

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Assignment 2: Case Study Report

Format: Individual Case Study Report must be 1.5 line spaced, 2.5 cm left aligned margin,12- point font (Times New Roman or Arial) footer must have ZID and page numbers.

 

 

Due date: No later than 9.30am Friday November 6 Sydney time

Submission procedure: via Turnitin link available on MGMT5050 Moodle site

NOTE: NOTE: submitting the assignment via Turnitin includes an online declaration as to the

authenticity of your work. It replaces the need to include a Coversheet on your

assignment. Please see section 5 below for more details. Note a cover sheet is different

to a title page

 

Weighting: 30% of your total course mark

Length: 1700 words +/- 10%. You must use Harvard Referencing, in-text citations and a

List of References. The word count excludes the List of References and any Appendices.

 

Description:

The aim of this Report is to enable you to apply important concepts from the course to an

example of business practice, and to practice your case analysis and report writing skills.

The project will help you improve your skills in project management, critical thinking

research, communication, ethical analysis and report writing.

Approach to the assignment

You will write a ‘case study report’ that analyses the assigned case study of Alexa using

appropriate concepts and theories from the course that are appropriate for the issue(s)

identified in the case. Specifically focused on the ethical issues identified with Alexa in the

case.

You will need to plan, research, analyse, develop your writing, proof reading, and editing

your report ready for submission.

 

 

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Case Study details:

The case study and background conceptual readings will be available via the course

Moodle Readings List (Leganto) under Assignment 2 readings.

 

The case to base your discussion on is:

Walker R. (2019) Alexa: a Pandora’s box of risks, Kellogg School of Management.

Northwestern University.

 

Your case report must analyse and make recommendations on the case study. Apply your

ethical frameworks, to show the problems and use other course concepts to explore why

Alexa’s risks maybe unacceptable to society as a whole. Information literacy will need

consideration. Make recommendations to Alexa to resolve the problems identified

 

Reference requirements:

You must use the case and at least 3 of the articles provided in assignment 2

additional readings. You must also source and demonstrate the use of a minimum of

three (3) additional academic articles from the list below. Three academic articles

must be sourced from the following list of journals:

Academy of Management Journal

Academy of Management Learning and Education Academy of Management Perspectives Academy of Management Review Business Communication Quarterly Business Horizons Cross Cultural Management Employee Relations Group & Organization Management Journal of Business Communication Journal of Management Education Journal of Management Information Systems Organization Science Organizational Dynamics

You can use any of the weekly readings as well.

Marking Criteria:

• Demonstrates knowledge, and understanding of context and case

• Critically analyses the issues and themes in the case study using appropriate

academic concepts, theories and research

• Proposes solution to the problem(s) based on sound evidence and concepts /

theories

• Structures text logically and coherently

• Communicates clearly and concisely

• Presents text professionally and references sources accurately

 

 

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Assignment 3: Self-reflection

Format: Self-reflection video must be produced along with a full transcript of your video as submitted – 1.5 line spaced, 2.5 cm Margins, 12 Point font (Times New Roman or Arial) footer must have ZID and page numbers.

 

Due date: No later than Friday November 26, 9.30 am Sydney via Moodle assignment link for the video and Turnitin link for the transcript.

Submission procedure: via Moodle assignment and Turnitin box available on MGMT5050 Moodle site.

 

NOTE: To submit the assignment via Turnitin you will need to make an ‘online declaration’

regarding the authenticity of the work. This online declaration replaces the need to

include a Coversheet on your assignment. Please see section 4.4 below for more

details. Note a cover sheet is different to a title page.

Weighting: 35% of your total course mark

Length: video of 4 minutes +/- 10 seconds. The transcript must use Harvard Referencing, in- text citations and a List of References.

Description:

Over the course this semester we have focused considerable attention on personal insight and development. This final assignment requires you to apply the lessons from the article of “In praise of the incomplete leader” to reflect on what you have done in relation to learning over the trimester. This is an opportunity to think about you as a learner in MGMT5050 and how these insights will assist your continuing success in the MComm degree and for your future career. You need to:

1. Consider and reflect upon your feedback on the blog and case study – what have you learned as a result and what actions have you taken and will you take going forward?

2. Consider something you have learned over the course (not group work or information discussed in your blog) you need to incorporate this in as an example and make meaning of how it has changed you or what insight you have.

3. Read and apply the compulsory Reference i.e

“In praise of the incomplete leader”

Now produce a video that explores what you have learned and how you have changed. This includes what it now means for you for the future. In your video, reflect upon the feedback. You must also choose a personal experience from the course and reflect upon how you have changed and how this will impact you for your future. You should include the concepts of learning discussed and reflect upon how these have been applied to how you will approach your learning for the future. Use examples from feedback received on your assignments and at least one specific example drawn from Case Workshops or specific SDW’s to demonstrate understanding of these factors of learning. Finally, reflect on how this concept will support your professional success in the future.

 

Compulsory references: (available via Leganto link in Moodle)

 

Will be released via the course materials under Assignment 3:

Ancona D, Malone DW, Olikowski WJ & Senge P. (2007) In praise of the incomplete leader Harvard Business Review February

 

 

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Marking Criteria:

• Demonstrates analysis and understanding of compulsory reading plus course

materials

• Quality of personal reflection (e.g. examining own experiences to illustrate)

• Synthesis of personal reflection and reading to develop insights for future action

• Structures text logically and coherently

• Communicates clearly and concisely

• Presents text professionally and references sources accurately

 

 

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4. Participation.

Active and informed participation in all aspects of your studies is important for your overall

success in the MComm. In MGMT5050, 20% of your final mark is the result of your

participation. There are two components to your final participation mark.

 

A) Welcome video and post

Format: Introductory welcome post and video

Due date: No later than Thursday September 23, 9.30am Sydney time

Submission procedure: 2 parts

1.via Discussion Board link in your online class available on MGMT5050 Moodle site.

2. via the Moodle assignment for the video

NOTE: All submitted work assumes a declaration as to the authenticity of your work.

 

Weighting: 5% of your total course mark

Length:

Post ~200 word introductory post and engagement with your class if you use any material other than your own words remember you must reference it and use Harvard Referencing style.

Video: 1 minute +/- 10 seconds.

Description:

Preparation for, and active participation in, this course is critical to your success. Being an

active learning community member will occur in the Skills Development Workshops and is a

vital component of the learning in this subject and as such students who prepare and

participate in the classroom will be rewarded.

 

To commence write a post: Log into your Moodle Discussion Board which has been

allocated based upon your class (regardless of the class delivery mode). You need to post

a welcome post ~200 words introducing yourself and engage with your classmates about

what you hope to learn and tell us about your background make sure you cover who you

are and what you wish to learn. Mention what your greatest challenge is to study and what

you will do to overcome it.~200 words.

 

Then create a video: A 1 minute video uploaded to the Moodle assignment. You must

discuss, why you are studying, and how you will be an excellent graduate for your chosen

career. Try to make this interesting, focus on what makes you different, make yourself

memorable in a professional way to your classmates. To make the video, you can easily

use your phone (tip film in landscape). Think of this video as a way of grabbing our

attention. You should be professionally dressed (casual is fine but you would not go to an

interview in your workout attire!). This is similar to the way many companies decide if they

will interview you.

 

 

 

 

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The easiest way to submit this video is by posting it to You Tube (it must be public for us to

watch it) and then pasting the link in the Moodle assignment submission (remember to

press submit). Alternatively, you can load it directly into the Moodle assignment link. You

can go here to get the exact instructions:

https://sites.up.edu/moodle/guides/submit-a-video-to-a-media-assignment/

 

Both the post and video must be uploaded to be graded by Thursday September 23 at

9.30 am Sydney time.

 

4B) Active and engaged participation and/or use of materials in Skill Development Workshop – both modes of delivery

Weighting: 15% of your total course mark

Online discussions for online classes

Preparation for and as part of the active participation in the overall course you need to

engage with your classmates in a discussion each week. This will provide you with the best

foundation to learn in MGMT5050. Each week (including week 1) there will be a case study

and set readings that you will need to read and prepare. Each week your Tutor will post a

discussion thread which you are required to answer AND engage with. In addition, online

classes will have synchronous activities which may involve taking part in: activities, small

group discussion, short informal presentations to the class, answering questions, class

discussion.

Simply attending the Skills Development Workshops without getting involved in discussion

and activities is of little value either to you or your classmates and will result in a minimal

participation mark.

No

positive

contribution

0 – 25%

Unsatisfactory

positive

contribution

25 – 50%

Satisfactory

contribution

 

50 – 64%

Good

contribution

 

65 – 74%

Superior

contribution

 

75 – 84%

Superior

contribution

 

85 – 100%

No contribution

Or rare

and insubstantial

participation.

For example:

A few short

statements

offered occasionally,

or simply agreeing with

Participation

in attendance

but little

more; minimal

demonstrated

awareness

of the flow

of discussion.

For example:

offering

Good level

of participation

and some

contribution

of facts or

opinion but

minimal analysis

of the facts

or justification

and support

Significant

participation

in content

and frequency;

expresses

views, offers

related analysis,

supports, argues

for but is open

to modifying

Substantial

participation

in content

and frequency;

offers relevant

ideas, has

clear and

thoughtful

views, offers

analysis

Substantial

participation

in content

and frequency;

offers relevant

ideas, has clear

and thoughtful

views, offers

insightful

analysis and

 

 

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No

positive

contribution

0 – 25%

Unsatisfactory

positive

contribution

25 – 50%

Satisfactory

contribution

 

50 – 64%

Good

contribution

 

65 – 74%

Superior

contribution

 

75 – 84%

Superior

contribution

 

85 – 100%

the positions

and contributions

of others.

a short

opinion with

little regard

for what

has already

been

contributed.

 

for the views

expressed.

 

 

positions,

facilitates some

clarification

of others’

thoughts.

 

 

and

interpretation,

encourages

others’

understanding,

initiates original

comments

and direction,

moves

discussion

to conclusion

or synthesis.

interpretation,

encourages

others’

understanding,

initiates original

insightful comments

and direction,

moves discussion

to conclusion

or synthesis.

 

Face to face participation in class

Preparation for and as part of the active participation in the overall course you need to

engage with your classmates in class each week. This will provide you with the best

foundation to learn in MGMT5050. Each week (including week 1) there will be a case study

and set readings that you will need to read and prepare. Each week your Tutor ask you to be

an active and engaged class member. Which may involve taking part in: activities, small

group discussion, short informal presentations to the class, answering questions, class

discussion.

Simply attending the Skills Development Workshops without getting involved in discussion

and activities is of little value either to you or your classmates and will result in a minimal/ no

participation mark.

 

5. Assignment Submission Procedure Each individual written Assignment will be submitted via the appropriate Turnitin box on the course website. Submission of the assignment in Turnitin is taken as indication of your agreement to the following statement. This electronic consent replaces the assignment cover sheet. I/we declare that this assessment item is my/our own work, except where acknowledged, and has not been submitted for academic credit elsewhere, and acknowledge that the assessor of this item may, for the purpose of assessing this item: Reproduce this assessment item and provide a copy to another member of the University; and/or, Communicate a copy of this assessment item to a plagiarism checking service (which may then retain a copy of the assessment item on its database for the purpose of future plagiarism checking).

 

 

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I/we certify that I/we have read and understood the University Rules in respect of Student Academic Misconduct.

 

Assessment Feedback

Feedback on student performance from formative and summative assessment tasks will be provided to students in a timely manner. Assessment tasks completed within the teaching period of a course, other than a final assessment, will be assessed and students provided with feedback, with or without a provisional result, within 10 working days of submission, under normal circumstances. Submitted assessments will be marked electronically using GradeMark or Moodle rubrics. All feedback and marks will be available to students via the links on the Moodle site. Participation will be graded by your Tutors.

 

Late Submissions

Assignments must be submitted on time. A penalty of 10% per day of the marks available for that assignment will apply for work received after the due date. No resubmissions will be allowed after the due date and time. If you suffer serious illness or misadventure that affects your course progress you should contact the Lecturer-In-Charge as soon as possible. Where this impacts on your ability to meet an assigned deadline, you need to apply for a special consideration as described below. Only the student special considerations team can provide an extension, please do not ask your tutor or lecturer for an extension. No extensions will be granted except in the case of serious illness or misadventure or bereavement, which must be supported with documentary evidence.

 

Special Consideration

You can apply for special consideration when illness or other circumstances beyond your control, interfere with your assessment performance (to apply see Special Consideration on

the UNSW Current Students page). Special Consideration is primarily intended to provide you with an extra opportunity to demonstrate the level of performance of which you are capable. Special Consideration applications will be assessed centrally by the Case Review Team within Student Lifecycle. The Case Review team will update the online application with the outcome and add any relevant comments. Please note the following:

Applications can only be made through Online Services in myUNSW. Applications will not be accepted by teaching staff. The Lecturer-in-charge/Course coordinator will be automatically notified when you lodge an online application for special consideration. Applying for special consideration does not automatically mean that you will be granted a supplementary exam or other concession. If you experience illness or misadventure in the lead up to an exam or assessment, you must submit an application for special consideration, either prior to the examination taking place, or prior to the assessment submission deadline, except where illness or misadventure prevent you from doing so. If you sit the exam/submit an assignment, you are declaring yourself well enough to do so and are unable to subsequently apply for special consideration. If you become unwell on the day of the exam, you must provide evidence dated within 24 hours of the exam, with your application. The current provisions will continue for exceptional circumstances, for example, if a student falls sick during an exam. Other exceptions will continue to be examined on

 

 

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a case by case basis by the Student Lifecycle team. Special consideration requests do not allow the awarding of additional marks to students. Further information on Business School policy and procedure, as well as supplementary exam dates for the current term, can be found under ‘Special Consideration’ on the Policies and Support page.

Academic Integrity

As a student at UNSW you are expected to display academic integrity in your work

and interactions. Where a student breaches the UNSW Student Code with respect

to academic integrity, the University may take disciplinary action under the Student

Misconduct Procedure.

 

To assist you in understanding what academic integrity means, and how to ensure that you do comply with the UNSW Student Code, it is strongly recommended that you complete the Working with Academic Integrity module before submitting your first assessment task. It is a free, online self-paced Moodle module that should take approximately one hour to complete. Academic Integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. This form of ethical scholarship is highly valued at UNSW. Terms like Academic Integrity, misconduct, referencing, conventions, plagiarism, academic practices, citations and evidence based learning are all considered basic concepts that successful university students understand. Learning how to communicate original ideas, refer sources, work independently, and report results accurately and honestly are skills that you will be able to carry beyond your studies. The definition of academic misconduct is broad. It covers practices such as cheating, copying and using another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement. Incidents of academic misconduct may have serious consequences for students.

Plagiarism

UNSW regards plagiarism as a form of academic misconduct. UNSW has very strict rules regarding plagiarism. Plagiarism at UNSW is using the words or ideas of others and passing them off as your own. All Schools in the Business School have a Student Ethics Officer who will investigate incidents of plagiarism and may result in a student’s name being placed on the Plagiarism and Student Misconduct Registers.

Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism: Copying: Using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This includes copying materials, ideas or concepts from a book, article, report or other written document, presentation, composition, artwork, design, drawing, circuitry, computer program or software, website, internet, other electronic resource, or another person’s assignment, without appropriate acknowledgement of authorship. Inappropriate Paraphrasing: Changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and/or progression of ideas of the original, and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit and to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without appropriate referencing.

 

 

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Collusion: Presenting work as independent work when it has been produced in whole or part in collusion with other people. Collusion includes:

• Students providing their work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time

• Paying another person to perform an academic task and passing it off as your own

• Stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it

• Offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work

Collusion should not be confused with academic collaboration (i.e., shared contribution towards a group task).

Inappropriate Citation: Citing sources which have not been read, without acknowledging the ‘secondary’ source from which knowledge of them has been obtained.

Self-Plagiarism: ‘Self-plagiarism’ occurs where an author republishes their own previously written work and presents it as new findings without referencing the earlier work, either in its entirety or partially. Self-plagiarism is also referred to as ‘recycling’, ‘duplication’, or ‘multiple submissions of research findings’ without disclosure. In the student context, self-plagiarism includes re-using parts of, or all of, a body of work that has already been submitted for assessment without proper citation.

To see if you understand plagiarism, do this short quiz: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism-quiz

Cheating

The University also regards cheating as a form of academic misconduct. Cheating is knowingly submitting the work of others as their own and includes contract cheating (work produced by an external agent or third party that is submitted under the pretences of being a student’s original piece of work). Cheating is not acceptable at UNSW.

If you need to revise or clarify any terms associated with academic integrity you should explore the ‘Working with Academic Integrity’ self-paced lessons available at: https://student.unsw.edu.au/aim.

For UNSW policies, penalties, and information to help you avoid plagiarism see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/plagiarism as well as the guidelines in the online ELISE tutorials for all new UNSW students: http://subjectguides.library.unsw.edu.au/elise. For information on student conduct see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/conduct.

For information on how to acknowledge your sources and reference correctly, see: https://student.unsw.edu.au/referencing. If you are unsure what referencing style to use in this course, you should ask the lecturer in charge.

 

 

  • Assignment 1: Professional Blog Post
  • Assignment 2: Case Study Report
  • Assignment 3: Self-reflection
  • 4. Participation.
  • A) Welcome video and post
  • 4B) Active and engaged participation and/or use of materials in Skill Development Workshop – both modes of delivery
  • 5. Assignment Submission Procedure
  • Assessment Feedback
  • Late Submissions
  • Special Consideration
  • Academic Integrity
  • Plagiarism
  • Below are examples of plagiarism including self-plagiarism:
    • Cheating