Faculty of Business & Law 101HRM – Exploring Work Psychology

Coursework 1 [Contributes 100% to total module mark]
Coursework Motivation at Work
BRIEF
The film Dangerous Minds (1995) centres on a former US Marine turned teacher, LouAnne Johnson (played by Michelle Pfeiffer). Ms Johnson accepts a teaching position at an inner-city high school and tries to motivate her students. The school principal, however, does not approve of her unorthodox motivation methods.
Watch the scene, starting with a shot from dangerous minds learning is the prize via the following:


Dangerous Minds 1995 Choice via:

Reinforcement in the classroom via: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpGRvstgD3c
The film and the clips above raise cognitive and behaviour motivation issues.

Please watch and complete tasks 1,2 & 3 for your assignment.
Coursework Tasks:

You are required to write a 3500 word essay which addresses the following tasks (1, 2 & 3):-

1. Critically apply the theory or theories of motivation which best help us understand the methods Ms Johnson use to motivate her students?
2. Discuss if the students change their behaviour as a result of her teaching approach?
3. Critically apply what lessons can be drawn from the film for motivating young workers in the workplace?
Your answer should present a balanced mixture of theory and practice and refer to practical organisational examples.

The assignment should be around 3500 words in length, plus any appendices, references and bibliography.

(PLEASE NOTE THAT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, REFERENCE LIST, BIBLIOGRAPHY LIST AND APPENDICES ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE WORD COUNT. THE WORD LIMIT IS ACTUALLY PART OF THE ASSESSMENT. A PENALTY OF 10% IS APPLIED IF THE WORD LIMIT IS EXCEEDED BY 10% OR MORE, OR IS BELOW A SET MINIMUM BY MORE THAN 10%).

PLEASE USE SIZE 12 FONT, WITH 1.5 LINE SPACING. PLEASE PUT PAGE NUMBER OUT OF TOTAL NUMBER OF PAGES IN THE FOOTNOTES WITH YOUR STUDENT ID ON EACH PAGE. YOU SHOULD ALSO PUT MY NAME AS YOUR MODULE LEADER: SHARON MCGUIRE
Submission: Thursday 3rd December 2015 by 23:55

via the module web (Turnitin icon Motivation at Work)

Please note:
1. All work submitted after the submission deadline without an approved valid reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. (This is not the same as a non-submission, as a late submission counts as an attempt and a mark of zero may allow you to resit the coursework.).
2. Short deferrals (extensions) of up to three calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file, are not valid reasons. The short deferral must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply for a short deferral by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral Application Form. Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the Undergraduate Reception (WMG03). For a longer delay in submission a student may apply for a (long) deferral.
Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.
Coursework Submission
Assessed coursework must be submitted by the deadline to the relevant Module Moodle page (101HRM SEPT JAN 2014 15) Turnitin Assignment (Final Turnitin Perceptions and Emotions)

Students are required to attempt all assessed aspects of their course at the first opportunity. If you don’t, and you do not have a valid deferral, you will not be allowed a re-sit.

Any student who submits a first piece of work late, without an authorised extension (or deferral) will receive a mark of 0%. However, if you miss a deadline it is still worth submitting a piece of coursework late for a zero mark so that you do not automatically lose any re-sit opportunity.

The electronic version of your assignment may be used to enable checks to be made using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
On completion of this unit, learners will have obtained either formative or summative assessment on the following:
1. Understand the role of work psychology in business and management and human resource management & development.
2. Understand the relevance of motivation theory to the optimizing of employee performance.
3. Understand the different types of relationships in the workplace.
4. Understand the complexities surrounding different approaches to leadership.
5. Understand the ways individuals may be affected by, and respond to, the organisation in which they work.
6. Appreciate the applications of work psychology to the design and evaluation of a variety of work organisation processes and systems.
7. Differentiate between learning theories, recognising how some of them are used to underpin learning and development.
Return of Marked Work
Marked work will be returned in class. You can expect to have marked work returned to you by 2 academic weeks after the submission
PLAGIARISM WARNING ! – Assignments should not be copied in part or in whole from any other source, except for any marked up quotations, that clearly distinguish what has been quoted from your own work. All references used must be given, and the specific page number used should also be given for any direct quotations, which should be in inverted commas. Students found copying from the internet or other sources will get zero marks and may be excluded from the university.
Assessment Criteria and Marking Scheme
This assignment will be marked using the HROB Department’s standard template Undergraduate Assignment Assessment Sheet. Please see attached.
The breakdown of the marks will be as follows:-
Nature of the topic(s) 10%
Literature Review 25%
Analysis & Discussion 40%
Conclusions & Recommendations 15%
Presentation & References 10%
The overall pass mark is 40% and below this mark is a fail.
100% Coursework

Module Mark must be at least 40%

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