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MGT20007: Organisational Behaviour
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Harvard | Pages :
27

Course Code: MGT20007
Course Title: Organisational Behaviour
University: Australian Catholic University
Country: AU

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The capacity to reflect productively on your practices, values and attitudes as an employee or employer is a fundamental professional skill, beneficial to your own personal and professional development and growth. Effective reflection requires cognitive and communicative skills that need to be explicitly developed. Reflection in this context goes beyond the descriptive writing that might be part of a personal diary, to be more analytic in nature. The questions you are answering through reflectio …

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The capacity to reflect productively on your practices, values and attitudes as an employee or employer is a fundamental professional skill, beneficial to your own personal and professional development and growth. Effective reflection requires cognitive and communicative skills that need to be explicitly developed. Reflection in this context goes beyond the descriptive writing that might be part of a personal diary, to be more analytic in nature. The questions you are answering through reflection are ‘why’, ‘how’, and ‘so what’ in the sense that reflection should have a forward-looking function as well: it is undertaken not just to better understand ourselves as we currently are, but also so that we can better understand how to develop in ways that allow us to be more effective, both personally and professionally This assignment requires you to reflect on and integrate the experiential learning from either the team work you have participated in this teaching period, a workplace OB incident or more generally, how your learning of OB has influenced you as an individual and team member. This will help you become more effective members and managers within organisations. This assignment supports unit learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5. You are required to present a reflective essay on one (1) of the following five (5) topics: Topic 1: Reflect on an incident you have been involved in or witnessed in a work environment in the past. What should have been done differently drawing on OB theories and concepts? Topic 2: How has the learning of OB impacted on your thinking, behaviour and approaches both as an individual and as a team member? Topic 3: Describe a situation where your own personal (a) distress or (b) values or (c) level of motivation affected your behaviour towards others and your work performance. What have you learnt about yourself and your behaviour based on the experience you had and your understanding of the theory in this unit? Topic 4: Reflect on both your individual and your team’s work in this teaching period. What would you do differently if you had to repeat the work, using the OB theories and concepts to support your reasoning. Topic 5: You are encouraged to suggest your own reflective essay topic, particularly if it is relevant to your own work experience or field of study, but please make sure that you seek approval from your eLA for your suggested topic before commencing work on the essay. Being reflective means linking your own experiences to the theory of behaviour. Reflective writing requires you to think about what the theory means to you, and/or whether the theory represents your experiences; that is, reflective writing requires you to apply your understanding of the theory to your own situation and experience and evaluate your behaviour. This is not entirely a purely academic research task. Your personal experience and understanding should be your primary resource. However, do not use it to thoughtlessly share how much you are enjoying the assignment tasks, or to tell others how ‘nice’ everyone and everything is. On the other hand, it should not contain a series of complaints with a lot of meaningless emotional language. These are the recommended skills you will use in your entire life. For example, in writing about Assignment 1 and participating in Assignment 2, you are both a participant and an observer. You should present a considered view, in personal terms, of how the findings of Assignment 1 affected your participation in Assignment 2. It is acceptable, even necessary, to write about yourself, your realisations, and your feelings. Where appropriate, you should include theories that support your statements and reflections. Supporting resources The Student Hub academic resource How to write reflectively (Links to an external site.) provides tips on how to tackle an assignment task that requires reflective analysis and writing. Use Swinburne Harvard-style referencing. You may refer to the Swinburne Harvard style guide (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. for assistance. Reflections. Presentation. Writing. Your work will be assessed using the following marking guide: Assignment 3 marking guide Criteria No Pass Pass 50-59% Credit 60-69% Distinction 70-79% High Distinction 80-100% Reflections: Ability to integrate learning into real-world experiences and analyse issues with a critical attitude (50%) Did not meet criterion. Only includes mere descriptions of theoretical knowledge; no reflection is demonstrated beyond the descriptions. Includes description of events, and a little further consideration behind the events, using a relatively descriptive style of language; no evidence of using multiple perspectives in analysing the issues. Shows satisfactory ability to relate acquired knowledge to previous experiences; demonstrates an attempt to analyse the issues from a number of different perspectives. Ability to proficiently demonstrate reflection and deep thinking of acquired knowledge and concepts, and integrate them into different issues from a wide range of perspectives (e.g. different contexts, cultures, disciplines); creative solutions and critical thinking skills demonstrated in the writing. Presentation: Articulation and organisation of ideas and perspectives (30%) Did not meet criterion. Does not show any original thinking or perspectives; chaotic in organisation and presentation of ideas. Arguments or perspectives are vaguely mentioned; the writing lacks an organised flow and the ideas are hard to follow. Arguments or perspectives are clearly stated; organised flow in writing but not deep enough to be very insightful. Writing is well-focused; arguments or perspectives are precisely defined and explained; coherent flow in developing an insightful idea demonstrated. Writing: Skills to organise writing using standard English, free from errors in grammar, punctuation, usage and spelling (20%) Did not meet criterion. Poor writing style that does not adhere to English standard, lacks clarity, language used, and/or frequent errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. Average and/or casual writing style that is sometimes unclear and/or with some errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. Above-average writing style and logically organised using standard English, with minor errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling. The language is clear and expressive, showing a strong writing style and without errors in grammar, punctuation, usage, and spelling.

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