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4. Your assignment must be submitted on 3rd – 5th November 2017.

5. Your assignment should be prepared individually. You should not copy another person’s
assignment. You should also not plagiarise another person’s work as your own.

This assignment accounts for 60% of the total marks for the course.


Warning: The submitted assignment will automatically undergo a similarity check. If

plagiarism is detected, marks would be deducted as follows:

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2. 30.01 – 50 5
3. 50.01 – 70 10
4. 70.01 - 100 100

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The assignment is meant to provide the opportunity for students to apply the PODC
Management Model in analysing and assessing strategies adopted by schools / educational
organisations in managing change.

Students are required to submit a combined report on the following TWO tasks:


Explain in detail the PODC Model and discuss its application in a school / an educational
organisation setting.

The student is expected to furnish credible literature sources for support.

(50 marks)


Select a school or an educational organisation of your choice. Identify a major change effort
that the school has undertaken over duration of time (e.g. the last few months or years) and
critically assess the strategies adopted regarding the four functions of planning, organising,
directing or leading and control by management.

The student is required to collect data by interviewing at least two senior staff members and
to refer to related documents and records.

The analysis and assessment on the strategies adopted are to be based on the data collected ,
findings of related empirical studies and student’s own understanding of the PODC Model.

(50 marks)


Assignment Format:
a. The assignment should contain about 3000 – 5000 words (15 – 20 pages).
b. Provide reference using the American Psychological Association (APA) format.
c. References should be latest (year 2010 onwards).

Low Fair Above average Excellent
Item Max
Criteria Weight
0 1 2 3 4 Marks
Overall 1.25 There is no There is an The introduction The introduction The introduction 5
Introduction introduction to the describes the describes the describes the
introduction at
. paper but it does objective and objective and objective and
all. not preview the structure of the structure of the structure of the
structure and report. Important report clearly. report clearly.
objectives of the concepts related Important Important concepts
paper. It describes to the study are concepts related related to the study
some other issues. not explained to the study are are fully explained.
adequately. fully explained The introduction is
interesting to read.

TASK 1 3.75 No Very brief A satisfactory A more than A detailed 15

Explanation explanation explanation explanation satisfactory explanation
of PODC provided provided provided explanation provided, above
Model provided. expectation.

TASK 1 5 No Very brief A satisfactory A more than An exhaustive 20

Discussion on explanation discussion discussion satisfactory discussion
Model provided provided provided discussion provided, above
application provided. expectation.
Low Fair Above average Excellent
Item Max
Criteria Weight
0 1 2 3 4 Marks
TASK 2 5 No Very brief A satisfactory Describes briefly Describes in detail 20
explanation explanation explanation the selection of the selection of
Explanation provided provided provided respondents, the respondents, the
of interviews interviews
management conducted and the conducted and the
strategies documents and documents and
reports studied. reports studied.

TASK 2 10 No assessment The evaluation An evaluation A more than The evaluation 20

presented. presented is not presented is rather satisfactory presented is well
Evaluation of really focused on vague. explanation supported with
management management provided. proper evidence
strategies strategies and convincingly

Overall 1.25 No evidence Reference listing At least two Three to five More than six 5
provided contravenes a sources are sources are sources indicated in
Evidence of number of basic indicated .Details indicated .Details the text, correctly
literature APA conventions. are placed in a are placed in a listed in the
reference logical order. logical order. Reference section
Reference listing Reference listing and conforming to
adheres to APA adheres to APA APA convention.
conventions. conventions.

Overall 1.25 No conclusion The conclusion is The conclusion Four to five The conclusion is 5
presented recognisable, but ties up/brings sources indicated strong. It ties
Conclusion does not tie up together only two in the text, up/brings together
clearly the main of the main correctly listed in all the main
elements of the elements of the the Reference elements of the
Low Fair Above average Excellent
Item Max
Criteria Weight
0 1 2 3 4 Marks
study. study section and study.
conforming to
APA convention.

Overall 1.25 Poorly written Poorly written Well written with Well written with 5
with major with substantial minor minor grammatical
Organisation grammatical grammatical grammatical errors. Details are
errors. Details errors. Details errors. Details placed in a logical
lack logical are placed in are placed in a order and presented
sequencing. somewhat logical logical order. effectively. .