MGT603: Systems Thinking Assessment Part A: Proposal Individual (500 words)

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ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MGT603: Systems Thinking
Assessment Part A: Proposal Individual (500 words)
Part B : Critique Individual (250 words)
Individual/Group Individual
Length Part A: One Original Post (500 words)
Part B: 2 Critiques. Each critique should be maximum 250
words. (Overall 500 words)
Learning Outcomes a) Critically evaluate the paradigms of Systems
Thinking conceptualisation and its application
to contemporary business issues
Submission Part A: By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 2.2
(week 4)
Part B: By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 3.1
(week 5)
For intensive class:
Part A: By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 2.2
(week 2)
Part B: By 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Friday of Module 3.1
(week 3)
Weighting Part A: 20%
Part B: 20%
Total Marks Part A: 20 marks
Part B: 20 marks
Context:
Systems Thinking requires you to take a holistic view of the world we live in and the
organisations we work with. This assessment has been prescribed to appraise students’
ability to think holistically and generate discussion around recognising and understanding
organisational operations using a Systems Thinking lens. The assessment will broaden your
knowledge of and appreciation for using a different approach to look for and solve problems
faced by managers in contemporary organisations.
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This assessment has been designed to:
• Appraise your ability to academically research and evaluate paradigms of Systems
Thinking conceptualisation and apply to contemporary businessissues.
• You are expected to utilise the literature provided in Modules 1 to 3.1 in your analysis
and discussion, and are required to apply critical thinking, presenting multi-sided
findings.
• Successful completion of this assessment will help you to further understand Systems
Thinking in a practical context. It will also help you to maintain currency in the
increasingly changing industry.
Guidelines: There are two (2) parts to Assessment 1. For an acceptable result, you will need to
complete Part A and Part B of Assessment 1.
Part A: Proposal Individual (500 words)
Instructions:
• Identify a real local or global organisation that is currently facing significant issues
and critically analyse how a Systems Thinking approach can assist in making optimal
decisions.
For example: You are working as operations manager in a company of your
choice. This company has been in business for almost 10 years and is now
being confronted with many operational issues related to inventory
management. Sometimes there is excess stock and other times shortage of the
inventory that are hearting the bottom line performance of the company. In
addition to that new competitors and demand from customers to deliver faster
and cheaper require organization a different approach rather than just solving
the inventory problems.
• Once you have chosen your organisation and connected issue you are then required
to prepare and post in the Assessment 1 Discussion Forum at least one (1) original
post identifying intended or unintended consequences on various stakeholders of
their chosen organisation and then recommend/propose alternative
policies/procedures using Systems Thinking approach to help overcome the problem.
Key points to consider in your initial post:
 Your proposal should be holistic.
 You must include reference to “Systems Thinking Literature”.
 Consider using Systems Thinking tools such as Rich Picture and CATWOE etc.
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• Students are also required to provide a brief rationale of why it is important to use
Systems Thinking and relevant tools and techniques to solve the identified
organisational problem to minimise adverse consequences.
• Please ensure your original posts are in the discussion forum by the end of Module
2.2 (week 4).
• Please make sure to use at least 3 academic related (peer-reviewed journal articles,
book chapters, conference papers) in your posts. It is essential that you use
appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see more
information on referencing here
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
Part B: 2 Critiques. Each critique 250 words.
Instructions:
• Each student is required to critique an original post (Part A) of two (2) peers.
• Each Critique should be maximum 250 words. Overall your Assessment 1 (Part B) should
be 500 words.
• Your Critique should include commentary on:
 Whether the original post is holistic. Please identify missing components,
if any, and provide constructive feedback.
 Have all plausible consequences been identified?
 Have Systems Thinking tools been used and used properly? Please
provide a critique on these tools and there use in solving the problem
identified.
 Please make sure to highlight the authors of the chosen posts.
 Please ensure to submit Assessment 1 (Part B) in the related Discussion
Forum Thread, by the end of Module 3.1 (week 5)
 It is essential that you use appropriate APA style for citing and
referencing research where necessary and required. Please see more
information on referencing here
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
Student must actively seek feedback and inputs from peers and facilitator. The individual
student should organise discussion notes and upload it on the Blackboard accordingly.
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Please note the following additional information
• This assessment is designed to create robust discussion around Systems Thinking with
your peers. Please feel free to post more than what is specified to broaden your
understanding and appreciation of the topic.
• While presenting your views, you are required to support claims either with the
relevant experience or with the published literature. This includes journal articles,
relevant website links, news article, magazines or text from related books.
• The views could be supporting comments or they may be a contradiction, but you
need to provide appropriate justification as specified above.
• If referring to published literature to support stated views, you are required to provide
relevant reference (and citation) in the response. If you can provide appropriate
articles to support opinion, it will be valued considerably.
• Along with actively participating in the discussions, it is equally important to provide
responses, which are relevant and add value to the discussion. The quality of response
will be considered as one of the most important criteria for evaluating students in
Assessment 1, Part B.
Submission Instructions:
 Submit Part A) – Proposal, Individual (500 words) via the Assessment 1 Discussion
Forum link in the Assessment section found in the main navigation menu of the
subject Blackboard site.
 Submit Part B) – Critique, Individual (Overall 500 words) via Assessment 1 Discussion
Forum link in the Assessment section found in the main navigation menu of the
subject Blackboard site.
The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in the LMS portal.
Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
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Learning Rubric: MGT603 Systems Thinking Assessment 1 Part A and Part B
Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Knowledge and
understanding
(technical and
theoretical
knowledge)
Understands
theoretical models
and concepts
Percentage for this
criterion
25%
Limited understanding
of required concepts
and knowledge
Key components of the
assignment are not
addressed.
Stakeholders, goals,
intended and
unintended
consequences of the
policy change are not
addressed. Tools and
techniques of systems
thinking such as Rich
picture, Causal loop
diagrams, etc. are not
identified
Knowledge or
understanding of the
field or discipline.
Resembles a recall or
summary of key ideas.
Often confuses assertion
of personal opinion with
information
substantiated by
evidence from the
research/course
materials.
Stakeholders, goals,
intended and unintended
consequences of the
policy change are
addressed at very
preliminary level. Tools
and techniques of
systems thinking such as
Rich picture, Causal loop
diagrams, etc. are used
but at very superficial
level
Thorough knowledge or
understanding of the field
or discipline/s. Supports
personal opinion and
information substantiated
by evidence from the
research/course materials.
Demonstrates a capacity
to explain and apply
relevant concepts.
Stakeholders, goals,
intended and unintended
consequences of the policy
change are addressed at
appropriate level. Tools
and techniques of systems
thinking such as Rich
picture, Causal loop
diagrams, etc. are used
with clarity.
Highly developed
understanding of the
field or discipline/s.
Discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course
materials and extended
reading.
Well demonstrated
capacity to explain and
apply relevant concepts.
Stakeholders, goals,
intended and unintended
consequences of the
policy change are
addressed
comprehensively. Tools
and techniques of
systems thinking such as
Rich picture, Causal loop
diagrams, etc. are used
A sophisticated
understanding of the
field or discipline/s.
Systematically and
critically discriminates
between assertion of
personal opinion and
information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course
materials and extended
reading.
Mastery of concepts and
application to new
situations/further
learning.
Stakeholders, goals,
intended and
unintended
consequences of the
policy change are
addressed thoroughly.
Tools and techniques of
systems thinking such as
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with high level of
understanding
Rich picture, Causal loop
diagrams, etc. are used
demonstrating mastery
in the use of these tools.
Context, Audience
and Purpose
Percentage for this
criterion
25%
Demonstrates no
awareness of context
and/or purpose of the
assignment.
Demonstrates limited
awareness of context
and/or purpose of the
assignment
Demonstrates consistent
awareness of context
and/or purpose of the
assignment.
Demonstrates an
advanced and integrated
understanding of context
and/or purpose of the
assignment.
Consistently
demonstrates a
systematic and critical
understanding of context
and purpose of the
assignment.
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Analysis and
application with
synthesis of new
knowledge
Percentage for this
criterion
25%
Limited synthesis and
analysis.
Limited
application/recommend
ations based upon
analysis.
No critique on the
peers’ posts. Just
summarised the peers’
posts
Demonstrated analysis
and synthesis of new
knowledge with
application.
Shows the ability to
interpret relevant
information and
literature.
Critiqued on the peers’
post however, there is
lack of depth and insight
Well-developed analysis
and synthesis with
application of
recommendations linked
to analysis/synthesis.
Critiqued on the peers’
post with appropriate
depth and insight
Thoroughly developed
and creative analysis and
synthesis of new with
existing knowledge.
Application of pretested
models and / or
independently developed
models and justified
recommendations linked
to analysis/synthesis.
Critiqued on the peers’
post comprehensively
covering most of the
missing aspect
Highly sophisticated and
creative analysis,
synthesis of new with
existing knowledge.
Strong application by
way of pretested models
and / or independently
developed models.
Recommendations are
clearly justified based on
the analysis/synthesis.
Applying knowledge to
new situations/other
cases.
Critiqued on the peers’
post comprehensively
covering most of the
missing aspects with
creative insights.
Effective
Communication
Percentage for this
criterion
15%
Difficult to understand,
no logical/clear
structure, poor flow of
ideas, argument lacks
supporting evidence.
Audience cannot follow
the line of reasoning.
Information, arguments
and evidence are
presented in a way that
is not always clear and
logical.
Line of reasoning is often
difficult to follow.
Information, arguments
and evidence are well
presented, mostly clear
flow of ideas and
arguments.
Line of reasoning is easy to
follow.
Information, arguments
and evidence are very
well presented; the
proposal and critique is
logical, clear and well
supported by evidence.
Expertly presented; the
proposal and critique is
logical, persuasive, and
well supported by
evidence, demonstrating
a clear flow of ideas and
arguments.
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Demonstrates cultural
sensitivity.
Engages and sustains
audience’s interest in the
topic, demonstrates high
levels of cultural
sensitivity
Effective use of diverse
presentation aids,
including graphics and
multi-media.
Correct citation of
key resources and
evidence
Percentage for this
criterion
10%
Demonstrates
inconsistent use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
ideas.
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, but these
are not always explicit or
well developed.
Demonstrates use of high
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop ideas.
Demonstrates use of
good quality, credible
and relevant resourcesto
support and develop
arguments and
statements. Shows
evidence of wide scope
within the organisation
for sourcing evidence
Demonstrates use of
high-quality, credible
and relevant resources
to support and develop
arguments and position
statements. Shows
evidence of wide scope
within and without the
organisation for sourcing
evidence