Word count: 1,500 – 2,000 [relevance is crucial] – minimum 1,500 words and maximum 2,000 words (excluding material in the title page, table of content, reference list at the end of the report and appendices). Penalties will be applied if your work is less than 1500 words or more than 2000 words.
Assessment task: For this assessment you are asked to diagnose the managerial problems in the case study ‘Too Many Cooks’ (attached separately to Blackboard) and make recommendations to overcome the problems identified.
Coursework assessment marking criteria
The mark you receive will be influenced by the following:
Identify the key issues, any managerial problems and discuss the solutions that in your opinion could be considered to address the problems identified;
Present a coherent argument and a logical structure;
Use of problem solving cycle in the analysis;
Refer to the reading and relevant theories learnt in the module;
Use evidence to underpin any points that are being made. This evidence could be personal or from other people’s writings.
Detailed guidance notes
Please use the following elements of a report structure. There is no need to include Abstract, Table of Content, Introduction and Conclusion. Start by answering question 1 and then answer question 2.
Title page: Include the word count, your name, your ID number, the coursework title, the University of Westminster, Westminster Business School, the date, your seminar leader name, the module code and title.
Coursework structure: This can vary from one paper to another. You will need to include several headings and / or subheadings.
You may use the problem solving cycle stages to structure your main sections. For example your headings could be: identifying problem symptoms and causes, criteria for effective solutions etc.
To structure subsections you could focus on the concepts / theories you use in your analysis. For example, your subheadings could be: motivation, managerial escalator etc.
You do not need to follow the above suggestions. We will accept any clear and logically structured papers. If you are in doubt you may post your ideas on the Discussion Board before submitting the paper.
Analysis: Please remember to stay focused and be specific in your analysis of the problems and solutions to the case study. You are required to identify the most relevant concepts that you studied in this module, and demonstrate why and how you think these concepts can help to explain the managerial problems and solutions in the case study. Remember to state the names of the theories you use in your analysis clearly and reference them correctly.
Referencing: Use Harvard Referencing System. When you make direct quotes you should put them in inverted comas and give brief details of the source, including the page number e.g. (Rees and Porter, 2008, p.5). The full reference should appear in the list of references. You can cross check with examples from Rees and Porter (2008) on how to layout references.
General references to e.g. a book or article do not have to appear in inverted commas.
A bibliography is used for any general works you have used.
Coursework format: Insert page numbers in your report, use double spacing between the lines, use a bigger margin on the right, Use font Arial 12 or similar, use formal language, British English spelling.
It is crucial to use the slides given to you, these theories must be used. not necessarily all of them, just the relevant ones. I’ll also attach the case study named too many cooks.