You are required to produce an academic report of between 3,000 and 3,500 words, excluding appendices and references. The report should use appropriate concepts taken from the Knowledge Management module to provide critical appraisal of one of the following.
The organisation, or part of the organisation, or a project or situation at your current place of work.
The organisation, or part of the organisation, or a project or situation at a previous workplace of yours.
The organisation, or part of the organisation, or a project or situation at a workplace where you are not working and have not worked previously, but to which you have suitable access for this assessment.
Note: You need to submit also a 500-700 words proposal through Moodle
You may choose to approach this assessment in a variety of ways. For example, you might want to focus on issues in the organisation or challenges faced by organisations in starting KM initiatives, which could be resolved with appropriate process improvement or support people learning with the involvement of technology based tools like intranet portals, groupware, data mining and so on in knowledge management and take an overall overview of knowledge management as a whole. For this you could consider using a research tool to support like an information management questionnaire. You might alternatively choose to focus on one aspect of knowledge management, such as
Knowledge capturing and creation
knowledge sharing and dissemination or
knowledge acquisition and application
and use this as your basis for analysis. You may want to study the application of a framework as a solution and provide the necessary research study towards the same.
Additionally you would also need to provide the supporting link between systems thinking and knowledge management.
You must provide an appropriate background of the concepts of knowledge management, using literature in the proper manner, with accurate and complete references. You should provide a brief description of the situation you will be using for your critical appraisal.
These are both necessary conditions but are not sufficient. You must then link the concepts to the situation you are appraising and use the concepts to provide the appropriate appraisal.
Appropriate research methods could be employed leading towards recommendations and conclusions. Whatever you choose, you must justify your choices.
The options above give scope for a great variety of responses. Given that, it would be extremely odd if two people happened to produce similar reports and any such similarities would be fairly easy to detect. An appropriate penalty would be applied.
under such circumstances. Assignments uploaded through Moodle would be checked using Turnitin.
The assignment will be assessed out of 100 marks using the following criteria.
(Student work proposal weightage is 10 % of the total marks) (10 marks)
You will have demonstrated ability to:
1. Identify and present the issues/challenges within the context of the assigned task and from this demonstrate a logical structure and layout of the organization.
2. Apply research skills to examine and demonstrate knowledge of analyzing organisational information and of the literature relevant to the issues of knowledge management system.
3. Critically appraise and present the situation under consideration using any concept of KM or KM as a whole and be able to bring out management issues with respect to people/technology/process or all. Provide the necessary recommendations or conclusions based on your analysis of the case situation.
4. Compare and contrast any two Open Source applications/tools of Knowledge Management. (10 marks)
5. Correctly reference all published material included in the paper.
The assignment evaluation sheet is attached at the end of this document for your reference.
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Module Learning Objectives:
Evaluate critically using the different approaches and the concepts of KM on a substantial case study using systems ideas with respect to knowledge management.
Each presentation will last no longer than 5-7 minutes and should focus on evaluation of criteria 1 and 3. Students should be able to present their analysis in a professional manner and must submit soft and hard copies of their presentations (time of presentation to be confirmed later). The presentation dates are 17th and 18th July, 2019. Failing to appear in Presentation will add Zero to your whole assignment marks.
The following criteria will be interpreted appropriately according to the nature of the assessment and the general framework set by the module aim and learning outcomes.
For a mark of >69%
• Show a thorough understanding of the purpose of the activity.
• Display knowledge of the major principles, theories, methodologies, and practices involved and an ability to apply them effectively.
• Provide evidence of wide reading, including academic journals.
• Demonstrate an ability to select critical points, evaluate them and communicate the conclusions effectively.
• Provide approaches that are creative, practicable, and supported.
• Provide a sound, supported critique of your own work.
• Provided sound and supported discussions of further research that may be needed.
For a mark of 60-69%
• Show a clear understanding of the activity.
• Display knowledge of most of the principles, theories, methodologies, and practices involved and an ability to apply them effectively.
• Provide evidence of wide reading.
• Demonstrate an ability to select critical points and analyse them and draw sound conclusions.
• Provide approaches that are creative and practicable.
• Provide a supported critique of your own work.
• Provide supported, discussions of further research that may be needed.
For a mark of 50-59%
• Show an adequate understanding of the activity.
• Display knowledge of some of the principles, theories, methodologies, and practices involved and an ability to apply them.
• Provide evidence of some reading related to the proposal.
• Demonstrate an ability to select key points in the exercise and analyse them.
• Provide approaches that are less creative or might not be entirely practicable
• Provide a critique of your own work.
• Provide discussions of further research that may be needed.
For a mark of 40-49%
• Show a barely adequate understanding of the purpose of the exercise.
• Display knowledge of some of the principles, theories, methodologies, and practices involved and attempt to apply them.
• Provide evidence of reading limited relevant literature.
• Attempt some analysis and discussion.
• Show some ability to link theory to problems and provide solutions.
For a mark of 25-39%
• Made an attempt to complete the exercise.
• Show little or no understanding of the principles, theories, and practices involved.
• No evidence of academic reading.
• An inability to recognise the key points.
For a mark of <25%
• Work lacks any academic merit as adjudged by the foregoing.
Information should only be included if it serves a purpose. If an appendix serves a purpose, it will be referred to in the main text. Use the appendices for technical discussions, including any details of statistical tests you have performed. This section is used to convince other management scientists that you know what you are talking about.
Work submitted up to 1 week (5 working days) after the due date for submission will
lose 10% of the mark (after internal moderation).
Work submitted after this, but up to 2 weeks (10 working days) late will lose 20% of the
mark (after internal moderation).
Work tendered for submission more than 2 weeks (10 working days) after the due date will not be accepted and an absence will be recorded for the assessment concerned. This will count as a failed attempt and may result in you failing the module overall.
The term week should be taken to mean 5 working days (i.e. Sunday to Thursday excluding days of official closure (e.g. public holidays).
As per MEC policy, any form of violation of academic integrity will invite severe penalty. Plagiarised documents, in part or in whole, submitted by the students will be subject to this policy.
A. First offence of plagiarism
a. A student will be allowed to re-submit the assignment once, within a maximum period of one week. However, a penalty of deduction of 25% of the marks obtained for the resubmitted work will be imposed.
b. Mark deduction: When the work is resubmitted, the marking will be undertaken according to the marking criteria. In compliance with this policy, the 25% deduction is then made on the marks obtained. For example, in an assessment that carries a maximum of 50 marks, suppose a student were to obtain 30 marks for the resubmitted work, the final marks for that assessment will be 22.5 (after deducting 25% of the marks actually obtained for the resubmitted work).
c. Period of resubmission: The student will have to resubmit the work one week from the date he or she is advised to resubmit. For example, if the formal advice to resubmit was communicated to the student on a Sunday (latest by 5 pm), the student will have to resubmit the work latest by next Sunday 5 pm.
d. If the re-submitted work is also detected to be plagiarized, then the work will be awarded a zero.
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e. Resubmission of the work beyond the maximum period of one week will not be accepted and the work will be awarded a zero.