evaluate the theoretical foundations of the fields of management and organisational studies; contextualise contemporary managerial practices in the light of this theory

Your second assessment task will focus on the content you have learnt in the second half of the
session. The Individual Assignment (IA) comprises two components: (1) Essay and (2) Reflective
This assessment relates to the following subject learning objectives:
1. apply critical and analytical thinking, including a capacity to question existing practices and
assumptions, to the study of management and organisations
2. evaluate the theoretical foundations of the fields of management and organisational studies;
contextualise contemporary managerial practices in the light of this theory
3. explore management and organisational problems and issues relevant to organisations
operating in a global and diverse workplace.

A central aim for this subject is to develop your skills in critical and analytical thinking within the
context of management and organisations. A fundamental mechanism through which such thinking
is developed and demonstrated is through writing: particularly in the format of an extended
academic essay.
An academic essay must have:
1. An explicit argument that answers a basic premise or question:
An academic essay is not merely a summary of what has already been written on a subject. It is,
instead, a presentation of your argument, supported by academic sources, on the specific question
set. You should tell the reader in your Introduction very clearly what your answer will be and tell
them how your essay is to be structured to present your answer.
For example, if you had been asked a question on whether strong management can prevent
fraudulent business practices, your opening sentence might look something like this: In this essay I
am going to argue that fraudulent business practices happen because of, not despite, ‘strong
management’. I am going to suggest that, in part, the pressure put upon employees by their
managers can generate a culture where corners are cut and proper checks and balances are not
carried out. I conclude that stronger management, therefore, may not be the solution to ending
corporate fraud.
2. An argument that has a clear, logical structure:
Having told the reader in the Introduction explicitly what your answer to the question is, your essay
should be logically structured to develop your argument. Organise the main part of your essay into
three or four sections. Tell the reader in your Introduction what these sections are, and link these
sections to your overall argument. Remind the reader at the start of each new section how the
argument is progressing. For further details on developing a critical review and writing assessments
see the following links:
• Critical review: https://www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/critical-review-writing.pdf
• Guide to writing assignments: https://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/current-studentsinformation-uts-business-school/study-and-assessment-resources-1
3. Evidence of substantial and relevant reading:
To pass Assessment 1 your essay must provide at least 6 references and for essay 2 you must
provide at least 8, making extensive use of:
• The readings/articles listed on UTSOnline
• Other pertinent references given to you in lectures
• Relevant ideas from the recommended text book
4. A Conclusion:
All work needs to have a conclusion that summarises the arguments put forward in your essay and
how these arguments have answered the question(s) set. Have conviction in your arguments. Avoid
conclusions that end with ‘it depends’ or ‘this needs more research’.
5. References:
An academic essay must be supported by many references to published academic work. For this
subject your main references must be the tutorial readings and additional readings listed on
UTSOnline. Be sure to acknowledge fully any references or quotes you have used using the Harvard
UTS reference style: e.g. (Roberts, 2015). Further information on the Harvard UTS reference style is
available online: http://www.lib.uts.edu.au/help/referencing/harvard-uts-referencing-guide. Your
essay must also have a reference list, which is an alphabetical list of the full publication details of all
the items you have explicitly referenced in your work, referenced according to Harvard UTS
conventions (i.e. do not use bullet points for your reference list and ensure that you use a hanging
indent – with the first line flush left with the margin and subsequent lines indented the same width
as a paragraph indent).