MODULE:                                                                               2015-2016

Module CodeLevelCredit ValueModule Tutor
HRM3008620H. Davenport

Assignment Brief 

Assignment title:


Essay (see below)




Friday 4th December
Feedback and Grades due:


w.c. 25th January
Resit Date25th April

 Purpose of the Assessment 

Assessment Task 

The first assignment is an individual piece of work of 1,500 to 2,000 words, which counts for 40% of the total module assessment.

“Reflecting on the increasing uncertainty in the business environment, how can organisations plan for change? (consider emergent and planned change).”


  1. Do not use Wikipedia
  2. Do not copy and paste/ plagiarise.
  3. Make sure that you hand in on time.
  4. Keep within the word count. 

Assessment Breakdown

Students will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Use of literature, well referenced, builds argument (30%)
  • Knowledge and use of relevant theory (30%).
  • Critical analysis and evaluation (20%).
  • Referencing and citation (10%)
  • Presentation skills, grammar, spelling and written in an appropriate style. (10%) 

Assessment Submission

To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area of the Module NILE site. It is important that you submit your work to the correct module NILE site, and that your work is submitted on time.

Assessment Guidance

NORTHAMPTON BUSINESS SCHOOL The essay will be based against the generic criteria of the student demonstrating sound understanding of relevant literatures, a critical evaluation of theory and an ability to construct a well reasoned and evidenced justification of an essay conclusion.

Don’t forget there is no right answer here! Your essay is a critical discussion and debate. What we are looking for is a thoughtful response to the statement, one that demonstrates that you have engaged with the subject – read about and around the topic and developed an informed and critical opinion. You could take several different directions and compare and contrast these differing views.

The key to getting a high grade in this essay is to argue your point with reference to different writers and concepts, considering those who might disagree but explaining why you reach your conclusion.

Academic Practice

This is an individual assignment. The University of Northampton policy will apply in all cases of copying, plagiarism or any other methods by which students have obtained (or attempted to obtain) an unfair advantage.

Support and guidance on assessments and academic integrity can be found from the following resources



Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes being addressed through this assignment are:

  1. Analyse and critique ‘social process’ perspectives on change management.
  1. Discuss and evaluate alternative models of Change Management, including participatory methods.
  1. Develop, articulate and justify alternative change strategies. 
  1. Investigate and use appropriate library and Internet sources of information and ideas.