STRM066 Organisational Cultures and Work Environments


Assignment title:
PJ2: Project Report
Weighting: 5000 words (60%)
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Resit Date
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Please read this assessment brief in its entirety before attempting your assignment.
The Assignment Task
The purpose of this assignment is to report on an independent piece of work-based research.
The project report should report on the outcomes of a research proposal which examines
how the design of the workplace (office layout, building design and so on) shapes or affects
aspects of organisational culture or ‘the way things are done around here’. You should focus
on the workplace you work in considering how its design and layout contributes to or shapes
aspects of organisational culture.
Additional Guidance
The format below is recommended. You may also wish to refer to this in the design stages of
your project as it includes lots of prompts that you may find useful.
The following details should be stated on your title page:
• Title
• Student number
• Name of supervisor
Thank any people that have assisted/contributed to your project.
Provide a list of the sections of your project with page numbers.
• What is the setting for your project?
• What are the aims of your project?
• Describe how your project will assist the organization, if relevant.
• Describe the consultation process you have undertaken with the organization, if
Summarise the key themes that emerged from your revised literature review.
• What research paradigm is the research located within?
• What are your research questions or hypotheses?
• How did you select your participants?
• What methods did you choose to generate/gather data, and why?
• Why did you choose this particular approach?
• What tools did you use to analyse your data and why? (SPSS, Nvivo, Excel?)
• What method did you use to analyse your data and why? (Thematic analysis? Statistical
• What do your findings show? Give examples from your data. Refer to any diagrams,
questionnaire results, graphs, quotations from interviewees etc.
• How far do your findings contradict/confirm the literature you refer to in the literature
• What have you found that is new?
• What conclusions do you reach as a result of doing your project? Summarise these.
• What were the limitations of your project?
• What recommendations would you make to the host organisation?
• How would you implement your recommendations? Consider practicalities and cost.
• Do you think your recommendations are innovative or entrepreneurial? How and why
are they?
• A list of references using the Harvard system.
These should include any material which is of interest but which is peripheral to the project,
e.g. sample consent forms, tables of results, graphs, photos, surveys, interviews, etc.
You must include:
• Examples of raw data, i.e. a data set of questionnaire responses, or partial transcript of
• Copies of supervision forms (a minimum of five); and
• A copy of the UoN FBL Ethics Approval Form, signed by your supervisor
Reference List
Full references must be included for all sources that you refer to and given in the Harvard
Referencing format. Download the full Harvard Guide from the Skills Hub.
Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assignment are:
c) Identify, evaluate and defend the choice of appropriate research methods in order to
conduct ethical research within a specific organisation
d) Identify and integrate research data and literature, that is both relevant and
appropriate to the particular work-setting
e) Apply qualitative and/or quantititative research data collection and analysis methods
f) Make appropriate recommendations, informed by an assessment of the potential and
capacity for change within the organisation
g) Work independently within sometimes ambiguous work contexts
h) Apply problem solving skills by organising thoughts, analysing, synthesising and
critically appraising alternative strategies and choices
i) Adopt an appropriate report writing style that balances the demands of brevity,
comprehension and criticality.
Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way
relevant for this assignment. Please see the grading rubric at the end of this assignment brief
for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.
Word Limits (where appropriate)
The maximum word limit for this assignment is 5000 words
In accordance with the Assessment and Feedback Policy, as stated in section 4.40 where a
submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be
marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in
the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists,
appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.
In line with section 4.41 of the same Policy, where a submission is notably under the
word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the learning
objectives have been met.
Viva Voce
All students should be prepared to undertake a viva voce to support their submission.
The University and Module team reserve the right to undertake an oral exam at any time.
Ethics Approval
Your primary research should be undertaken under cover of an authorised Ethics Application
that must include all supporting documentation (eg research instrument, participant
information sheet, informed consent form). If you do not include your authorisation Ethics
Application in your submission 10% of your final grade will be deducted. If you do not have
Ethics Approval for your research your submission will be an automatic AG (fail).
Primary Data Sets
All students should be prepared to present their primary data sets to support their
The University and Module team reserve the right to request access to this data at any
Assignment Support
Your University placement supervisor is available to provide formative assessment and
feedback on your submission, via email. However requests for feedback must be made seven
working days prior to the deadline for submission.
Generic Grading Criteria
You will find the generic grading criteria for achievement at University Grading Criteria. Also
explained here are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale.
Assessment Submission
To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area on the NILE site and use the
relevant submission point to upload your report. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local
time) on the date of submission.
Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software.
Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources
and its own proprietary database.
When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your
record and proof of submission.
If your assignment is not submitted to TURNITIN rather than a receipt you will see a green
banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.
N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not normally be marked. The only
exception to this is when you are instructed to do so because TURNITIN is down.
Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been
granted, the following will apply:
• Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full
feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
• More than one week from original deadline – maximum grade achievable LG (L
indicating late).
At the second opportunity deadline (resits) work submitted late will be awarded a LG grade.
There is no opportunity to submit work late for a bare pass.
The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive
of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have
reasonably been anticipated.
For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. The module leader can, where
appropriate, authorise a short extension of up to two weeks from the original submission
date for first sits only. There are NO extensions for resits. The TWO weeks means 14 calendar
days including weekends and any University closed days.
Mitigating Circumstances
For guidance on Mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating Circumstances where you
will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an
Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating
circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or
examination date.
Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
Unless this is a group assignment, the work you produce must be your own with work taken
from any other source properly referenced and attributed. 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.
If you are in any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism or any other infringement of
academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. For
help with understanding academic integrity go to UNPAC and follow the Top Tips for Good
Academic Practice on the student hub.
Please note that the University of Northampton puts all written assignments through
detection software which detects if work has been plagiarised (copied) from other
students (past or present and whether at UON or any other university), books, journals
or internet sources. Copied materials WILL be detected. The penalties for copying work
from another source without proper referencing are severe and can include failing the
assignment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.
Feedback and Grades
These can be accessed through clicking on the Feedback and Grades tab on NILE. Feedback
will be provided by a rubric with summary comments. This module makes use of audio
feedback for overall feedback on your submission. You can access the audio feedback on your
submission by clicking through to TURNITIN. STRM066 Organisational Cultures and Work Environments 


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