Essay Essentials:

 

Weighting: 35% Type: An individual assessment task Due date: Monday, 13 May 2019, 10am (Week 10) Length: Part I: 1,000 words (including in-text citations; excluding reference list), Part II: 500 words (no references required). Topic(s): Week 6 Lecture – Leading and managing effective teams

 

This assessment task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:

1. Describe and apply fundamental management theories and concepts to business operation. 2. Critically examine organisational and management practices. 3. Analyse management challenges, problems and issues and construct practical solutions. 4. Evaluate the purpose and value of teamwork and working collaboratively.

 

 

Essay Objectives

This assessment targets development of students’ critical thinking skills and encourages students to: • Understand the complex nature of management and organisational practices • Provide a critical perspective of the academic literature on a topic • Construct a sustained argument in response to the question • Utilise and conform to the principles of academic rigour in the production of an acceptable, formal response to the question.

 

Essay Task Description

 

This task has two parts. In Part I of this Assessment (Essay, 1,000 words), students will critically examine a real event, using team management theories. This will be followed by Part II (the Reflection on Teamwork, 500 words), in which students will reflect on their own experiences of teamwork throughout this course.

 

Essay (Part I) Task Description

 

In 2018, 12 boys from the Thai soccer team and their coach were trapped in underground caves. Their rescue became an example of international collaboration and teamwork as the Thai government and various organisations and teams from all over the world joined forces to rescue the group.

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Students must attend a minimum of 3 (three) out of 5 (five) tutorials in weeks 3, 4 ,5, 7 and 9 (as indicated in the Course Teaching Schedule), to meet Proof of Engagement as a condition to pass the Reflection on Teamwork (see the Reflection Criterion in the Essay Marking Rubric).

For your essay, research the event online. You should access media and Internet coverage as well as dedicated TV programs such as ABC’s Four Corners episode (Four Corners 16 July 2018). Using teamwork theories* (see explanation below) address the following three points:

 

a) justify the importance of teamwork in this type of a scenario; b) explain what made international teamwork effective; and c) discuss what role team learning played in the success of the rescue mission.

 

* Teamwork theories In this unit, learning about management is based on studying, understanding and using theories of management to interpret various events, situations, trends, and experiences. Students must explicitly refer to the variety of theoretical material regarding teamwork used to explain the different components of the rescue operation. Theoretical material (or, theory, in short, as used in the marking rubric) includes any theories, models, concepts, or research findings that are discussed in lectures, course readings and in other academic literature required and recommended for the use in this Essay (see pages 13-14), and sourced by students independently via research databases.

 

Reflection on Teamwork (Part II) Task Description

 

In Part II (Reflection on Teamwork) students must write a 500-word reflection on their experience of working in teams during the BBA102 tutorials and answer the following two questions:

 

1. What did you learn from your teamwork experience in this course? 2. How would these lessons assist you in your current or future career?

 

Inherent Task Requirements – Proof of Engagement for the Successful Completion of the Reflection on Teamwork

 

Attending and participating in tutorials in which teamwork and reflection activities are scheduled (see the Course Teaching Schedule document on iLearn) will provide the basis for the 500-word Reflection on Teamwork. This means that the content of students’ Reflections on Teamwork is contingent on their attendance at and engagement in tutorials, in which teamwork and reflections are conducted.

 

 

In these weeks, as part of their tutorial activities, students will write a 3-minute reflection on the teamwork experience they just had, and hand their reflections over to their tutor at the end of the class. Students may retain a copy of their work by photographing their reflections before handing them to their tutors. These reflections will not be marked but will be archived.

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Students must NOT submit applications for Special Consideration for any missed tutorials if they still meet Proof of Engagement. In other words, a Special Consideration application is not required for one or two missed tutorials. This task requires participation in a minimum of 3 (three) out of 5 (five) tutorials.

Students who have missed 3 or more tutorials in the designated weeks, and whose Special Consideration applications have been approved, will need to submit a 300-word reflective statement for each tutorial missed to their tutor – by the extended due date. Note, that failure to submit reflective statements by the new due date will result in a Fail for the Reflection Criterion as per the Marking Rubric. If a Special Consideration application is not granted, the 300-word reflective statement for missed tutorials will not be accepted.

If 1 (one) or 2 (two) out of 5 (five) designated tutorials are missed and no Special Consideration is sought and/or approved, students are not required to submit reflective statements for missed tutorials.

Note that, whilst tutorial attendance will protect a student from receiving an automatic Fail, it does not guarantee an award of an automatic Pass of the Reflection on Teamwork. That is, each Reflection on Teamwork will be assessed according to the standards described in the Reflection Criterion in the designated Marking Rubric. Note that the Reflection Criterion comprises 30% of the entire Essay mark.

 

 

 

The compensatory reflective statements will not be marked but will be archived.

 

 

To minimise the risk of non-attendance of the teamwork-based tutorials in force majeure situations (e.g., sickness), students must commit to regular tutorial attendance.

 

 

Essay – Structure and Tips

 

The structure of this assessment MUST be as follows:

 

Part I. Essay 1. Introduction (up to 150 words) – introduce the question/issue and how it is tackled in the Essay. Tip: an introduction can be written last – after the Essay has been written – to provide a lead as to what will follow.

 

2. Body of the Essay (up to 750 words) – methodically address the questions, applying theoretical material provided in the week 6 lecture. Tip: Provide examples and other evidence such as research findings in the peer-reviewed journals you read, to substantiate (back up) your arguments.

 

3. Conclusion (up to 100 words*) – summarise the key points made in your Essay. Tip: a conclusion contains no new information. It summarises your insights/recommendations and investigations performed in the Body of the Essay.

 

4. Reference List (excluded from the word count) – accurately and consistently list all references mentioned within the Essay. Tip: make sure that citations in the Reference List have their match in the text.

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BBA102, 2019, Session 1, Essay, John Citizen, SID 12345678, actual word count – Part I – 1006 words; Part II – 497 words. Total word count – 1503 words

Part II. Reflection on Teamwork (placed after the Reference List) 5. Reflection – address the questions provided in the task overview (p. 10).

 

NB1: No references are required for Reflection on Teamwork.

 

NB2: Students may structure this 500-word** document in the same manner as an essay, providing brief introduction and conclusion. However, no marks will be deducted if students do not provide an introduction and conclusion as part of their Reflection.

 

Tip: When we reflect, we think deeply about something that we might not otherwise have given much attention to. This strategy of deliberate focus on our experiences helps us to learn. Reflection is, therefore, concerned with consciously looking at and thinking about our experiences, actions, feelings, and responses, and then interpreting or analysing them so that we could learn from them (Atkins and Murphy, 1994; Boud et al., 1994). Typically, we do this by asking ourselves questions about what we did, how we did it, and what we learnt from doing it. Reflecting on academic or professional practice in this way may make our personal beliefs, expectations, and biases more evident to us.

 

* Word count for the structural parts of the Essay, (e.g. Introduction) is suggestive and can vary as long as the word limit of 1000 words (+/-10%) is met.

 

** Students must NOT exceed the word limit of 500 words for their Reflection on Teamwork.

 

Essay Format Guidelines*:

 

In all Essays students MUST: • use 1.5 line spacing and Arial or Times New Roman font size 12 • use the default margins for Microsoft Word (1 inch (2.54 cm) all around • insert page numbers • use the designated structure consisting of Introduction, Body of the Essay Conclusion, Reference List, Reflection on Teamwork • adhere to the word limit of 1000 words (+/- 10% allowance) for the Essay and 500 words (no discrepancy allowance) for the Reflection on Teamwork • in a header or footer include the compulsory info line (using Arial or Times New Roman font size 10) which should include the unit code, the year and session number, assessment type, student name, student number and the actual word count** of the document – in that order. The sample header or footer info line will look as follows:

 

 

* Failure to adhere to (any of) the above guidelines may result in a deduction of up to 3 (three) marks from the available marks. ** Failure to declare the actual word count may be penalised and regarded as academic misconduct.

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Essay Reference and Citation Guidelines:

 

In all Essays students MUST: • use the Harvard method for citations; • NOT cite lectures or textbooks. The exception is Henry Mintzberg’s book “Managing” which can be cited by students and will be regarded as an academic source. However, if a useful piece of information is found in a textbook (e.g., Kinicki et. al.), students must consult the reference list at the end of a chapter in the textbook for the details of the source. Students then should retrieve the source (e.g., the research article), read the material of interest, and only then cite it in their Reference List. • distinguish clearly between their own words and analysis and those of their sources by providing appropriate citations using the indicated reference style (Harvard). Failure to provide appropriate citations is plagiarism. Students’ Reference List should include only material cited in the Essay. This is an individual assessment task – if a submitted Essay is assessed as not being the unique work of a single student author then the university’s policies regarding academic honesty apply.

 

Essay Research Guidelines:

 

In all Essays students MUST: • cite at least three (3) academic (scholarly) sources including one compulsory – listed below; (failure to do so will result in an automatic Fail for the “Quality of Research” criterion as per the Essay Marking Rubric); • be skillful in distinguishing between academic (scholarly) and popular sources to adhere to the requirement of three academic sources including one compulsory

 

Also, • students may choose to use and cite some, all or none of the recommended popular sources provided in support of developing research and essay writing skills.

 

o Compulsory academic source * ▪ Majchrzak, A, Jarvenpaa, SL & Hollingshead, AB 2007, Coordinating expertise among emergent groups responding to disasters, Organization Science, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 147–161** * Students should source this article online via MQ library. ** Note that while preventing an automatic Fail, using the compulsory source does not guarantee an automatic Pass for the ‘Quality of Research’ criterion. To successfully pass this criterion, students must meet all the research standards as per the Essay Marking Rubric.

 

o Recommended academic sources* ▪ Faraj, S & Yan Xiao, Y 2006, ‘Coordination in fast-response organizations. Management Science, vol. 52, no. 8, pp. 1155-1169. ▪ Graesser, A, Kue, B-C & Liao, C-H 2017, ‘Complex problem solving in assessments of collaborative problem solving’, Journal of Intelligence, vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 1-14

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▪ Jobidon, M-E, Turcotte, I, Aubé, C, Labrecque, A, Kelsey, S & Tremblay, S 2017, ‘Role variability in self-organizing teams working in crisis management’, Small Group Research, vol. 48, no. 1, pp. 62-92. ** ▪ * Students should source these articles online via MQ library. ** No penalties will apply if students choose not to use these recommended academic sources.

 

o Recommended popular sources* ▪ Out of the dark. The story of a brave young soccer team gripped the world: Four Corners 2018, television program, ABC, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, 16 July 2018, online video, accessed 21 January 2019, <https://www.abc.net.au/4corners/out-of-the- dark/10000580> ▪ Edmondson, AC 2012, ‘Teamwork on the fly: How to master the new art of teaming’, Harvard Business Review, April, pp. 1-10 (on iLearn) **

 

* No penalties will apply if students choose not to use these recommended popular sources. ** IMPORTANT: The recommended Harvard Business Review (HBR) publication cannot be found on online via MQ library due to the licensing restrictions. The Faculty of Business and Economics purchases the license to publish this article for BBA102 students only. Therefore, BBA102 students MUST NOT share any of Harvard Business Review publications with third parties to avoid legal action from Harvard Business Publishing.