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Do individual differences explain behaviour in the workplace? Explain your answer with reference to theory, evidence and examples.

The following table shows which of the module learning outcomes are being assessed in this assignment. Use this table to help you see the connection between this assessment and your learning on the module.
Module Learning Outcomes Being Assessed
1. Sound knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary theories of individual and group behaviour, the empirical evidence supporting them, and their relevance and application to business and other organisational settings.
2. Familiarity with the main areas of challenge in the management of people and organisations, and understanding of why these areas are problematic and how they are addressed in practice by managers.
3. Critical analytical skills, including both the ability to critically assess theory in the social sciences and the ability to use theory to critically assess the conventional wisdom and inherited perceptions.
Task (attach a separate briefing document if required) In this assessment you must write an individual essay in response to one of the questions posted on Blackboard.
The questions will be made available in the second half of the module. There will be a choice of questions.
Guidelines/Details of How to Prepare Your Submission The essay requires you to form a response to the specific question that is asked. Try to avoid simply describing the theory in the area. Instead, use the theory and examples to clearly answer the question.
You are encouraged to use examples to back up your answers. These could be related to organisations that you have researched. You may also draw on your own experience of organisations in your answers.
You should use a minimum of 5 academic references in your essay.
Ensure that you identify all relevant aspects of the question and refer to each of these in your answer.
To achieve a top mark, you will need to undertake some detailed reading in addition to exhibiting intellectual flair.
Answers that go beyond the lecture slides and textbook will be rewarded.
The Assessment Criteria to be Used for Marking This Piece of Work
Refer to the marking criteria rubric at the end of this document.
Self-Regulation: Make sure That You… Plan your answer to the question that is asked
Three Key Pieces of Advice Based on the Feedback Given to the Previous Cohort who Completed This Assignment 1. Make sure that you answer the question that is asked in its entirety, rather than just writing what you know about the topic.
2. Include a clear introduction to the question, including your answer to it, and a clear conclusion that summarizes your argument.
3. Include a range of theory and examples from the academic literature
For Group Work Only: Elements of Group Working:
☐ Classroom Briefing by Module Convenor
☐ Regular Meetings of All Team Members
☐ Record and Keep Evidence of Meetings (agenda/minutes)
☐ Record Attendance and Member Contributions
☐ Team Reflection Document
☐ Submit Peer Assessment Required
Formatting Guidelines Essays must be typed (Times New Roman, 12 point font) and double spaced.
There is no need to add your name or student number to submissions
Word Limit/Guidance and Penalty Applied The word limit is 3,000 words.
Referencing Style Harvard referencing style should be used.
Guidance on Academic Misconduct (including using Turnitin practice area) The work you produce must be your own or that of members of your group if it is a group assessment.
You should ensure that the work you produce adheres to the University’s statement on academic integrity and to the regulations regarding academic misconduct (such as plagiarism and cheating).
You can find information about this at:
http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/Policies/exa-misconduct.aspx
You are encouraged to put a draft of your work through the Turnitin practice area to satisfy yourself that the work is your own original work. You can find this in your module area on Blackboard. You can seek advice from the Module Convenor or your Programme Administrator.
The lecture slides from the relevant theoretical lectures, as well as the textbook, should help you to get started.
Information will be given in a lecture towards the end of the module to help improve your essay writing skills. The slides from this lecture will be posted on Blackboard.
You may find other useful references by searching relevant databases e.g. Business Source Complete.
There is a list of potentially useful references available via the online reading list on Blackboard. Most of these should be available at the University Library or electronically. There is also a book about essay writing skills on the reading list that you may find useful.
 

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