Assessment item 1 : Short Response Discussion Topics

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    Assessment item 1

    Short Response Discussion Topics

    Value: 15%

    Length: Max 200 words per blog response

    Submission method options

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    This task requires you to submit TWO responses, as blogs, to each key topic in week 1 and 2 (ie a total of four responses). Blogs should be approximately 150 to 200 words each. This assessment is approximately 800 words in total. After submitting your responses into the student blog forum, you also need to submit your all the responses to the topic questions as a single word document using Turnitin by the due date. This will enable me to provide you with confidential individual feedback.

    Step 1. Create a blog entry – Instructions for creating a blog entry are in the Resources section of the subject site. You are welcome to comment constructively on another students work if you so choose.

    Step 2: Once you have submitted your blog, you need to paste the contents of your responses to each question into a word document, then when you have done all four, submit it (including your name, student number and subject name and code) via Turnitin by the due date.

    Task # Topic Discussion

    Topic 1 – Blog 1: What is organisational change?  

    Blog 2: Discuss why it is necessary for contemporary organisations to appreciate the scale and scope of the change they are facing.

    Topic 2 – Blog 3: Discuss some reasons why some change programs in organisations fail, or under-achieve, on the intended goals and then illustrate with a case example. 

    Blog 4: Discuss further reasons (different from Blog 3) why some change programs in organisations fail, or under-achieve, on the intended goals, and then illustrate with a (different) case example.


    Please note: The case examples need to focus upon change programs which were implemented but that failed, or under-achieved, NOT upon organisations that fail because they did not implement a change program (although organisational failure may be the outcome of a failed change program!)

    Guidelines for online participation
    If you are new to blogs you might be a little nervous about the process. My advice is to take the plunge, begin posting early and then actively build your confidence as you become more familiar with the process. Please ensure that you include at least ONE academic reference for each postingUse APA6 referencing at the end of each post. This reference list is not included in the word count.

    Contributions to online BLOG
    The purpose of the blog, as one key medium for this assignment, is to enable the sharing of knowledge and learning between students and to enable you to make constructive comments upon each other work, if you would like to. (Note: any direct comments on others’ blogs done via the blog comment function are not included in the final assignment word count). While considering the views of others (i.e the readings and other students blog posts), your own blog should reflect your thoughts and ideas related to your engagement with this material, in answering the questions.

    The implications for you in crafting your contributions are to: 
    · keep postings short and to the point. Although these blogs are not necessarily intended as mini-essays, please construct your sentences and paragraghs so that they are intelligible to other readers.
    · read other relevant blog postings before crafting yours so that you can learn from each other, and build on these postings, rather than merely repeating just what another student has written.
    · go for quality of insight rather than quantity of material.

    Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment. Details will be provided by your subject lecturer.


    This assignment has been designed to:

    • Assess learning outcome 1 – Identify and define organisational change
    • Provide opportunities for peer to peer and student – teacher interaction

    Marking criteria

    Criteria High Distinction

    (12.75 – 15.0)


    (12.7 – 11.25)


    (11.2 – 9.75)


    (9.7 – 7.5 )


    (0 – 7.45)

    to Forum
    (15 marks)
    Posted 4 blogs across both topics in a meaningful way. Your BLOG postings display a thorough understanding of the required readings and underlying concepts including correct use of terminology. Postings integrate multiple readings, or relevant research, to support important points. Challenging assertions and explaining concepts. Postings are well-written and free of errors. Sufficient references cited. Correct use of APA6. Posted 4 blogs across both topics in a meaningful way. Your BLOG postings display a good understanding of the required readings and underlying concepts. Postings use evidence to support important
    points and are carefully written. Sufficient references cited, with correct use of APA6.
     Posted 4 blogs across both topics in a meaningful
    way. Some postings lacked depth and detail, and may contain minor errors. Sufficient references cited, APA6 used with occasional errors.
     Contributed at least 3 relevant blogs across both topics. Comments lacked depth and detail, and may contain significant errors. Insufficient references cited. APA6 used with some errors.  Minimal, irrelevant, or no contributions to BLOG postings. Few or no references
    cited. Incorrect APA6.


    For the written submission to Turnitin (word.docx):

    • Use headings that reflect each blog question, followed by your response.
    • Put the reference list, in APA6, at the end of the assignment.
    • Use a title page with your name, student number, subject name and number and assignment name.
    • Submit as a word document.

    Please use academic communication, including in-text references (although these are not included in the word count).


    For this assessment you are required to use APA6 referencing to acknowledge the sources that you have used in preparing your assessment. Please refer to the CSU referencing guide In addition a very useful tool for you to use that demonstrates how to correctly use in text referencing and the correct way to cite the reference in your reference list can be found at

    This assignment must be submitted through Turnitin.

    It is recommended that your name, student ID and page number are included in the header or footer of every page of the assignment.
    Further details about submission in Turnitin are provided in On-line submission.


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