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Leadership Strategy and Innovation
End of Module Coursework Assessment
In Part B, we require you to write an essay on the following topic.
It has been argued that much leadership research over the last 50 years has focused on individual dyadic relationships between a leader and a follower.
Critically examine the role of leaders in team situations.
Marking schedule for Part B
10% of marks are allocated to the presentation of the essay. The student’s work should be typed with clear use of paragraphs and headings. Typographical and spelling errors should be avoided.
10% of marks are allocated to appropriate referencing of content. Students should familiarise themselves and make use of the APA referencing system and should cite and reference material properly. Students should make use of a range of resources (books, journal articles etc) and the literature used should be appropriate to the arguments made.
60% of marks are allocated to the analysis presented in the essay. Students should examine appropriate theoretical concepts and frameworks. Students should demonstrate an awareness of the wider context and present an in-depth discussion of current issues. Better students will demonstrate critical analysis skills and communicate their arguments in a clear and coherent manner.
20% of marks are allocated to the conclusions drawn. The conclusions should identify the key themes or issues under consideration. Conclusions should be well supported from the analysis and highlight the significance of arguments, evidence and insights
Guidance Notes on Part B
You must refer to relevant literature throughout the essay. This can be in the form of textbooks, journal articles, or relevant web-based material. Student are directed in particular to the following databases which they may find useful in developing their essay:
· ABI Inform Complete (Proquest)
· Science Direct
· Sage Online
In particular, the following journals may be helpful to you in relation to the prescribed topic:
ØLeadership Quarterly (Available on Science Direct)
ØLeadership and Organisation Development Journal (Available on ABI Inform)
ØTeam Performance Management (Available on ABI Inform)
ØJournal of Management Development (Available on ABI Inform/Proquest)
ØGroup and Organisation Management (Available on Sage Online)
You may wish to refer to relevant theory or you may wish to cite relevant research or examples to support your arguments. Remember all material cited must be referenced using the APA 6th Style Referencing system. Also please refer to the University guidance notes on the avoidance of Plagiarism.
Please remember to structure your essay appropriately. You should use headings – and include an introduction, main body and conclusion/recommendations sections. A table of contents, list of tables or list of figures should not be included in the essay. Please ensure you use UK English spelling in your writing – so avoid “z’s” such as “organization” and use the UK English spelling of “organisation” instead.
Bullet points and numbered lists should be avoided in your essay – with strong, well- supported arguments from the literature preferred. While we do not specify a particular number of references/citations to be included, you should include at least a minimum of 15 different journal articles in your essay.
Please answer the topic posed. Your essay should NOT be a summary of leadership theories. You need to specifically address the topic and question posed.
Minimum Essay Length: 2000 words Maximum Essay Length: 2500 words
The word count for Part B includes your entire essay, your citations and your reference list. Appendices should not be included in your Part B submission. However, the word count does not include the cover page. The word count ranges between 2000 words and 2500 words (so please do not ask about 10% allowances related to the word count – your full word count should fit between 2000 words and 2500 words)
Part B Assessment Feedback
Presentation of the essay. Clear use of paragraphs and headings and the text is free from typographical and spelling errors. (10%)
Referencing of content. Consistent use of APA Referencing throughout the essay with adequate citation support for arguments being made. (10%)
Analysis. Comprehensive examination of appropriate theoretical frameworks and models. Strong arguments presented with critical insights and good communication skills in evidence. (60%)
Conclusions. Clear identification of key themes and issues. Synthesis of core arguments and formulation of insights and recommendations as appropriate (20%)
Critically examine the role of leaders in team situations