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Motivation should include Process and Content theories

Assessment requirements and submission dates:

Assessment 2: Final essay (1800 words excluding bibliography/reference list at the end). (The final essay is worth 70% of the total mark for the module).
Submission date: Your Final essay plan must be submitted electronically via Turnitin Blackboard  by Final Essay submission date Deadline: 17th December 2014.  13.00 hr (Submit electronically via Turnitin).

The  Final ESSAY (2nd piece of assessment worth 70%

Final Essay length (excluding references and bibliography):1800 words (+/- 10%) You must keep your work within the word limit or penalties apply.  Please note that you should make reference to reading you have done when answering the questions.

Choose ONE of the following questions to answer:

1. “Which motivation theory do you regard as the most powerful and helpful in explaining how motivation works and why?  Illustrate your answer with reference to one organisation which appears to support the theory you have chosen”

2. “What is stress at work? Set out the main causes of stress at work and explores some strategies for reducing the impact of stress on individuals and organisations.  Give examples to support your points”.

3. 4. Choose ONE of the themes of the module (described on pp 8. 9 and 10) and describe your understanding of its importance in organisational life, giving examples.

4. Describe TWO of the ‘Big Five’ personality traits and consider the relevance of them to TWO jobs/occupations.  Do you think these traits can be measured?

Assessment Guidance:

Final essay Guidance and Assessment Criteria

An essay of 1800 words (excluding reference list at end).

Assessment criteria for the final essay are:

•    Focus on question set;
•    Quality of argument and analysis
•    The depth and extent of your knowledge of relevant concepts, writers and ideas;
•    The depth and extent of your knowledge of relevant reading and research;
•    originality in discussion and analysis.
•    ability to write clearly in a recognised academic style, which is suitable for essay writing,
•    ability to reference appropriately.

The assessment criteria above mean in simple terms that you must show you have knowledge of what has been taught on the module, and that you can use this to answer a question in an informed and structured way, presenting arguments in a clear and logical academic way and using relevant literature/research.

Grading indication for final essay (worth 70% of module mark)

70+    Most of the following: Clear evidence of independent and original thinking in arguments and analysis; evidence of wide or in-depth reading/research to support points made; wide or deep understanding of relevant concepts, writers and ideas; mastery of academic style; fluently written and very well-argued essay.

60+    Most of the following: Clear focus on question set and a well-written answer in clear English; Selective and appropriate use of research or reading material, correctly referenced; Very good identification of, and ability to apply appropriate concepts and theories to case studies or experiences;

50+        Most of the following: Mostly focused on question and             evidence of an attempt at a logical essay structure;
Correctly referenced research material/reading used,                 relevant to the question set; identification of some of the             concepts/writers and appropriate essay style; Descriptive             rather than analytical, with ideas presented as unsupported             opinions

40+        Most of the following: Attempt to answer the question set                  but only partially focussed on the question set; disorganised                 in presentation of ideas;  Little use of reference material and             little evidence of reading;     inadequate referencing;.

Failure (less than 40%)    Two or more of the following: Lack of understanding of question set and/or material used; substantial errors and inadequate length, evidence of serious plagiarism., lack of any evidence of  reading/understanding of concepts and ideas covered.
Assessment format:

The required format for the presentation of your assessment (both pieces: essay plan and essay) is as follows:

Front page to show: Name, Assignment title, Module code/title, Seminar leader’s name, Due Date.

Reading List

The core text is recommended as an overview in relation to the course.  It is important to have constant access to this textbook throughout the course.  The other texts mentioned are supplementary and apply to particular areas of the course but it is very important that you refer to as many of these as possible if you aim to gain the most from the course.  In addition, it is important to draw on contemporary examples taken from wider reading such as relevant journals, newspapers, television programmes, and also your own experience of organisations.  You will be able to use the core textbook on other modules in future years of your degree.

Core textbook (essential reading):

King, D and S.Lawley (2013) ‘ Organizational Behaviour’, Oxford University Press, Oxford.

It is also a useful textbook for your second and third year modules in Organisational Behaviour (OB). Once you have purchased this text you will also have access to the student online material provided by the publisher.

Further Suggested Reading:

Arnold, J., Randall, R., Patterson, F, Silvester, J, Roberston, I,.T., Cooper, C., Burnes, B, Harris, D., Axtell., C and Den Hartog, D. (2010) (5th edition) Work Psychology: Understanding Human Behaviour in the Workplace, Prentice Hall: London.

Blosi, W., Cook, C., Hunsaker, P. (2007) (2nd European edition), Management and Organisational Behaviour, McGraw-Hill: Maidenhead.

Bratton, J., Forshaw. C, Callinan, Sawchuk, P and Corbett, M. (2010) Work and Organizational Behaviour: Understanding the Workplace Palgrave.

Buelens, M., Sinding, K and Waldstrom, C. (2011) (Fourth Edition) Organisational Behaviour: McGraw-Hill Education: UK

Cooper, C.L. (1998) ‘Working in a Short-term Culture’, Management Today, February: 5.

Dick, P. and Ellis, S. (2006) Introduction to Organizational Behaviour  (3rd Ed) Mc Graw Hill: Berkshire.

Fincham, R and Rhodes, P. (2005) (Fourth Edition) Principles of Organizational Behaviour: Oxford University Press: Oxford.

Fineman, S., Gabriel, Y. and Sims, D. (2010) (4th edition) Organizing and Organizations, Sage: London.

Grint, K. (2005) (3rd edition) The Sociology of Work: An Introduction, Polity Press.
Hollway, W. (1991) Work Psychology and Organisational Behaviour: Managing the Individual at Work, Sage Publications: London.

Huczynski, A. and Buchanan, D. (2010) Organizational Behaviour: An Introductory Text (7th Edition), London: Prentice Hall.

Matthewman, L, Rose, A &  Hetherington (2009) Work Psychology. Oxford University Press.

Robbins, S.P. (2009) (10th edition) Essentials of Organizational Behaviour, Prentice Hall: London.

Robbins, S.P. (2010) (14th edition) Organizational Behaviour: Concepts, Controversies, Applications, Prentice Hall: London.

Rollinson, D.  (2008) (4th edition) Organisational Behaviour and Analysis: An Integrated Approach, Prentice Hall: London.

Sennett, R. (1998) The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work. Norton and Company: London.

Thompson, P. and McHugh, D. (2009) (4th edition) Work Organisations: A Critical Introduction, Macmillan Press:Basingstoke.

Wagner, J.A. and Hollenbeck, J.R. (2005) (5th edition) Organizational Behaviour: Securing Competitive Advantage, Prentice Hall: London.

Wilson, F.M. (    )  (3rd Edition) Organisational Behaviour and Work


Relevant journals to research for relevant topics include the following:

Harvard Business Review
Organisation Studies
Management Today,
Human Relations
Personnel Management
International Journal of Cross Cultural Management


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