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MG629 Developing Leadership and Management Skills


Assignment Brief                                                                                                Academic Year 2021-22

Module code and title:MG629 Developing Leadership and Management SkillsModule leader:Dr Chinedu Uwabuike
Assignment No. and type:CW1: 2,500 word +/- 10% Leadership evaluation report.Assessment weighting:70%
Submission time and date:Thursday 12th May 2022 before 2.00pm.Target feedback time and date:3 Weeks after submission deadline
Assignment task
You are to select an organization and critically analyse and evaluate the leadership and management, assessing the effectiveness of these in relation to the organization’s overall performance.
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
1.Understand and critically evaluate contemporary theories and models of management and leadership
2.Develop and demonstrate effective leadership skills
3.Analyse the significance and impact of leadership performance in relation to overall business performance
Task requirements
Further Support You are to write a professionally formatted 2,500-word, +/-10%, business report that addresses the task set above and detailed below.   Using appropriate academic theory, models and professional sources, you are to analyse and evaluate the leadership and management of the organization in order to classify and compare academic theory with professional practice.   You are then required to assess the impact of the leadership and management in relation to its overall performance drawing upon business performance metrics as required from a wide cross section of business performance analysis. Note, comparison and benchmarking to ‘best in field’ or ‘best in class’ is strongly recommended in order to provide context and comprehension of the data used.
  Organizations should ideally be selected based on the sector the student wishes to enter as a graduate and provide access to enough research material and data to enable completion of the task. Note, films, interviews, documentary’s, podcasts as well as news, research reports, books and case studies can all be used as part of the organizational research but, this is not a definitive list and the student is strongly encouraged to be creative and original in any primary and secondary research activities used to gather insight in to the organizations leadership and management.     Suggested structure, headings and word count:   Front cover Executive summary Content page Introduction to report and outline of chosen organization (300 words) Analysis and comparison of leadership and management (800 words) Key performance metrics of organizational sector/market/industry (300 words) Organizational leadership and management performance. (800 words) Conclusion (300 words) Reference pages Appendices     This assessment takes the format of a 2,500-word, +/-10%, maximum of 20 pages from introduction to recommendation, professionally produced report that would be suitable for use in the boardroom of a FTSE100 company. You are to complete the task set. The report must apply models and theoretical concepts and be supported by evidence, with references, from reputable sources throughout.You should also refer to contemporary data sources as well as market data insight from sources such as CIPD, ILM, McKinsey, Harvard Business Review and other such reputable sources including content drawn from the core texts and lecture series.   Front cover, executive summary, contents page, reference pages and appendices are NOT included in either the page count or the word count that have been allocated. Words used in tables, charts, diagrams are also NOT included in the word count. Note we do not expect to see any Wikipedia, Investopedia, Business Balls, Slide Share, and Essays4U, Term Papers or other spurious non-academic non-reputable sources within your work or in the reference list. Font size should be 11 with single line spacing. Reference list should be presented in the Harvard format along with in text referencing and there is a maximum of 4 pages allocated to appendices should you need them.
Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard style as defined in Cite Them Right Online . This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and Shields, G. (2019) Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 11th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. Copies are available via the University library.   Research should use journals and texts sourced through the university e-learning resources database and professional journals/resources only. The use of spurious and non-core materials and references will be investigated and, if necessary, referred to the university academic misconduct panel.

How your work will be assessed

Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria as defined by your programme team.

See marking criteria grid provided below for how each element/task of the assessment will be marked and the corresponding weighting of marks for each element/task required.

     WgtA 70%+B 60-69%C 50-59%D   40-49%E and F   <40%
Knowledge & Understanding:10%Demonstrates an excellent appraisal of the organization’s situation.Demonstrates a clear appraisal of the organization’s situation.Demonstrates some level of appraisal of the organization’s situation.Demonstrates a superficial appraisal of the organization’s situation.Answer shows no summary of an organisation’s situation.
  DemonstratesDemonstratesBasic level ofDemonstrates only 
  excellentclearunderstanding ofsuperficial 
  understanding ofunderstanding ofthe topic, someunderstanding, 
  the topic,the topic,reference totheory limited or 
  objectivity andobjectivity andtheoreticalabsent. ProvidesAnswer shows no
Knowledge & Understanding:25%reference to theory. Providesreference to theory. Providesknowledge. Provides smalllimited research, benchmarking mayapplication of theory and
  appropriate levelsome researchamount ofbe limited or missing.models.
  of additionalincludingresearch,  
  research includingbenchmarks.benchmarking may  
  use of be limited or  
  benchmarks. missing.  
              Analysis:                25%Excellent analysis of the models and concepts with an extensive comparison of theory to practice. Excellent explanation of the current context supported by critical application. Additional marks will be awarded for primary research that supports the work.Good analysis of the models and concepts with a good comparison of theory to practice. Good explanation of the current context supported by critical application. Additional marks will be awarded for primary research that supports the work.Some analysis of the models and concepts with some comparison of theory to practice. Effort made to explain though tended to describe. Reasonable explanation of the current context supported by critical application. Additional marks will be awarded for primary research that supports the work.Presents partial analysis of the models and concepts with minimal comparison of theory to practice. Limited attempt to explain; largely descriptive. Limited attempt made to explain the current context, and superficial application to organisation. Additional marks will be awarded for primary research that supports the work.There is no critical assessment or analysis evident.
 30%ExcellentGood evaluationSome evaluation ofPresents partialPoor or no
  evaluation of theof the models andthe models andevaluation of theevaluation criteria
Evaluation: models and concepts with anconcepts with a good comparisonconcepts with some comparison ofmodels and concepts with minimalhave been applied critical
  extensiveof theory totheory to practice.comparison of theoryassessment and
  comparison ofpractice. GoodEffort made toto practice. The workevaluation are
  theory to practice.explanation of theexplain thoughis largely descriptive.missing from the
  Excellentcurrent contexttended to describe.Limited attemptwork.
  explanation of thesupported byReasonablemade to explain the 
  current context supported by critical application.critical application.explanation of the current context supported by critical application.current context, and superficial application to organisation. 
Assignment Parameters10%Clearly written and presented, fullyIn general, answer is clearlyDespite a small number of specificAnswer may suffer from weakWeak communication
  and clearlywritten andproblems, answercommunication andand/or
  referenced, andpresented, fullyis easy to followpresentation but ispresentation
  within +/-10% ofand clearlywith soundunderstandable withlimited
  the word limitreferenced, andreferencing.reasonably soundeffectiveness/
    Fully Harvard referenced.within +/- 10% of the word limit.   Correct Harvard referencing.comprehension of argument. Poor or no referencing

Submission details

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