The way that organisations function has dramatically changed since the outbreak of Coronavirus. Some argue that a return to classical approaches to management is needed to get organisations ‘back to normal’; whilst others argue that post-bureaucratic organisations are still ‘the future’ of work. Discuss this statement utilising academic literature, and consider some of the key lessons that organisations in the future could take forward.

COMPONENT B (40% of the module):
1500 word individual report, which addresses the brief:

The way that organisations function has dramatically changed since the outbreak of  Coronavirus. Some argue that a return to classical approaches to management is needed to    get organisations ‘back to normal’; whilst others argue that post-bureaucratic organisations    are still ‘the future’ of work.
Discuss this statement utilising academic literature, and   consider some of the key lessons    that organisations in the future could take forward. 

There is a Frequently Asked Questions document on Blackboard containing advice and guidance on: Marking Criteria; Ideal structure; integration of literature; use of examples; approaches to evaluation. It is expected that you will read this FAQ document thoroughly.

Marking Guidelines
The report will be marking used the Marking Criteria located at the end of this document (it can also be found in the Component B folder on the module Blackboard page), this is broken down as:

  • Theory and Literature (30% of component grade)
  • Analysis and Evaluation (30% of component grade)
  • Clarity, structure and writing style (30% of component grade)
  • Referencing (10% of component grade)

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions document, and the Marking Grid/Criteria, for a breakdown of what is expected from each of these areas.

This assessment assesses the following Module Learning Outcomes:
• Contextualise the purpose and process of Management in contemporary contexts (A & B)
• Have a thorough understanding of contemporary business and organisations, and an overview of the main disciplines & functions of business (B).
• Be able to describe and understand the nature of contemporary organisations and business activities, i.e. their management structures and challenges; and the changing environment in which these organisations operate (A & B)

Click here for full Learning Outcomes and Module Specification

Formative Feedback and within Module Assignment Support
Formative feedback provides opportunities to reflect on your ongoing work and preparation for your assignment. This is given within your workshops which run every week; all students are timetabled to be able to attend one of these. Workshops (and Academic Skills Seminars) will include some work on the assignment, this will include: how to answer the question, what is expected of you, assistance with writing, and constructing/planning your answers, so please
• DO attend all tutorials
• You can also arrange to discuss your assignment with your seminar tutor (however, we do not read drafts)

Format
All work should be word processed in 12 point font Calibri, Times New Roman or Arial and double spaced.

Please use the following file format(s): .doc / .docx (please note that files submitted in formats associated with Apple Mac computers are not able to be opened, and thus, not able to be marked. It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your coursework in the appropriate format)

Please ensure that you provide the following details on the first page of your coursework:
• Student ID Number
• Module Name and Code
• Word Count
Word Limit
• 1500 words. Writing beyond this maximum limit will not be read or marked
• Word count includes everything in the main body of the essay (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, acronyms and numbers expressed as digits or in words. etc.)
• The reference/ bibliography pages and any Appendix at the end are excluded from the word count.
• Appendices are not expected, if you do decide to use appendices remember these will NOT be marked. The marker may or may not refer to the Appendices: do not depend upon material contained in Appendices to develop the discussion in the main body of your essay.

You can view the UWE word count policy here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/aboutus/policies

Referencing

Please ensure you adhere to the principles of good academic practice and ensure you use the UWE Harvard system to reference your work. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or have more serious implications.

For further guidance on correct referencing go to:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/referencing.aspx

Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/readingandwriting/plagiarism.aspx

For general guidance on how to avoid assessment offences see:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentoffences.aspx

Instructions for submission
You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in myUWE, the Assignment Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.

Please allow enough time to upload your assignment, noting that the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid ‘overwriting’ your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.

Late submission in the 24 hours following the deadline will be accepted but the assignment mark will be capped at 40%. Submissions after 24 hours will not be accepted. For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see:
http://info.uwe.ac.uk/online/Blackboard/students/guides/assignments/default.asp

Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disk or by email) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.

Before submitting your work, please ensure that:
• You have proof read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately
• You have addressed all the required elements of the assessment
• You have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided
• You have addressed each of the marking criterion
• The submission is in the correct format

Safe Assign
Make sure you submit your own work and do not plagiarise from other sources or students. All modules within FBL have the option to use Safe Assign software. Safe Assign will compare you work to those of other students (current and past) as well as other materials available on internet. UWE will act if Safe Assign suggests your work includes material that is ‘copied’ from other sources.

Final feedback and marks release
Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including any public holidays or closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard. Your individual submission will receive comments on your script and feedback on the marking scheme (see below).

Additionally, following the release of marks we offer students’ the opportunity to meet on a 1to1 basis with their first marker to build their understanding of their feedback and marks.

Further Guidance and Support
Guidance on study skills: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills.aspx

Support from the FBL Academic Success Centre:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/bl/bbs/aboutus/studentexperience/academicsupportcentre.aspx

Writing skills
https://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/studysupport/studyskills/readingandwriting/writing.aspx

Guidance on UWE assessment regulations and terminology: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/assessmentsguide.aspx

Guidance on using the library: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/library/usingthelibrary.aspx

Personal Circumstances
If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), you should seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity.

Please note the module leader cannot grant personal circumstances or extensions.

Appointments with a student adviser can be made via an Information Point or online at:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/studentadvisers.aspx

The Student Support Adviser will advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Personal Circumstances (PCs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application.

Further details on ECs can be found here:
http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/academicadvice/assessments/personalcircumstances.aspx

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