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Acknowledgement of Country

We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional


Owners of lands across Australia, their
Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage.

This information should be considered in conjunction with


the Assessment Brief, Announcements and
Discussion Board Information

ORG30003 Sustainable Organisational Design


Assignment 3: Exam
Belinda Wong and Sue Pullman 2
belindawong@swin.edu.au spullman@swin.edu.au

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Agenda

1.Our journey so far

2. Assignment 3 – The Final Exam

3. Study strategies

4.Resources available

5. Q&A time

This information should be considered in conjunction with the assignment brief,

announcements and Discussion Board information

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Our journey so far

Week 1 – Organisational Design


Week 2 – Evolution of organisation theory and design
Week 3 – Strategic direction and organisational purpose
Week 4 – Structure in Organisations
Week 5 – Emergent organisational design
Week 6 – Inter-organisational relationships
Week 7 – Conflict, power and politics
Week 8 – Organisational culture: sustainability, values and ethics
Week 9 – Organisational learning: Innovation and change (Part 1)
Week 10 – Organisational learning: Innovation and change (Part 2)
Week 11 – Decision making and leadership

The Details – Check your personal timetable

• Friday 11 October 2019


9:20am local start time for all venues except Brisbane.
8:30am start time for Brisbane only.

• Information about your allocated exam venue, and how to change


your exam location, will have been sent to your student email
account in weeks 7 and 9 and will be sent again in week 11.

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The Details – Venues and start times

ORG30003 Exam

• Duration: 3 hours

• Reading time: 10 mins

• Grade: 50% of the overall unit grade

See the timetable in your Student Resources area


https://portal.swinburneonline.edu.au/managing-my-course/exam-
timetable

For any issues with the date or venue, please contact a Student Advisor.

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Structure of the exam

The ORG30003 exam paper has 2 parts:

• Part A
• worth 60 marks
• consists of 5 theory-based questions.
• Attempt only 3 questions.
• Each question is worth 20 marks.
• Part B
• worth 40 marks
• consists of 2 extended case study response questions.
• Attempt all questions.
• Each question is worth 20 marks.

Examination materials

• Materials not allowed:


No computers, dictionaries or technological devices (e.g. mobile
phones) are permitted in this exam.

• Materials allowed:
Standard writing material – pens, pencils, highlighters, eraser and
ruler.

• Online exam:
No materials permitted.
Remember to bring your photo ID
and to check that you are completing
the correct exam paper.

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Key concepts from weekly topics

• The exam topics are drawn from all of the


learning materials including the prescribed
readings. Your assignments are also useful to
review.

• Consider the key concepts from each week.

Exam questions and instructional words


Take notice of the instructional words in the exam questions, for example:

• Analyse - Break the question/subject into its major parts, and describe, define, explain, or interpret each
part. Explain how parts relate to each other

• Compare – Identify elements the comparison will be based on. For each element, describe and support how
items are similar or different. Evaluate overall commonality and its significance in relation to what is being
asked in the question

• Contrast - Identify elements that contrast will be based on. For each element, describe and support how
items are different. Evaluate overall distinction and its significance in relation to what is being asked in the
question.

• Define – Give precise meaning in concise manner. Meaning is usually specific to the academic discipline.

• Evaluate - Identify criteria by which something will be measured Appraise degree to which the matter
satisfies the criteria and provide reasons that justify your appraisal. Support your reasons with evidence.

• Explain - To clearly express why something happens, or why something is the way it is. Identify factors that
influence outcome; provide evidence for each factor and demonstrate how factors are related

• Source: www.lib.sfu.ca/about/branches-depts/slc/learning/exam-prep/action-words

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Answering questions

• Use your own words in the answer

• Demonstrate your knowledge of the readings by using the


author’s names and their ideas. This will help to make your
answers more persuasive.

• You may be asked to provide examples. The examples can be


drawn from literature and/or your personal experience.

• Formal Swinburne Harvard referencing style is unnecessary

• Each short answer should be well-structured

Answering case study questions

Most sources offer similar tips:


• Read the case study and the questions carefully.
• What are the issues that have been presented? How do these relate to the
question that you are addressing?
• Don’t just describe the case. Try to use examples and explanations to
support your points.
• Can you include theory?
• Plan your answer and proofread!

Useful sources:
http://guides.unitec.ac.nz/c.php?g=288600&p=1924337

http://www.flinders.edu.au/slc_files/Documents/Blue%20Guides/Case%20
Studies.pdf

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Tips for Exams

If you need some extra pointers, this is a really great source that is available in the
SUT library:

https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/swin/detail.action?docID=4813164
• Chapter 4: The case study
• Chapter 7: Examination techniques

Activity time: Study strategies

Share in the chat area any study strategies that you have
found helpful, e.g.
• When do you study?
• Where do you study?
• Have you started studying?

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Learning curve
Herman Ebbinghaus’ research looked at spaced repetition, the amount of
material, and whether the material had significance to the learner.

Source: www.wranx.com/learning/

Where to start?
• Have you checked out the learning materials
for Week 12 Unit revision and exam
preparation yet?

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Additional practice questions

• As the Week 12 materials indicate, there are


integrative cases at the end of the eText.
• These are accompanied by short answer
questions that are a good way to practise
responding to given material.

Identifying key concepts

What are the key concepts?


• Look through your etext, learning materials and activities: key theories,
models and processes.
• Think about what has been covered in the weekly learning materials
• Look at your unit outline and learning outcomes

Write summaries/concept maps of the main teaching themes


• Think back to assignments 1 and 2. You were already summarising
concepts to address the assignment questions.

Develop your own flash cards


• Similar to a glossary, note your definitions of key terms so that you can
recall these.
• Practise answering questions using these terms and think about the
context.

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Weekly topics – Can you name key themes?

Week 1 – Organisational Design


Week 2 – Evolution of organisation theory and design
Week 3 – Strategic direction and organisational purpose
Week 4 – Structure in Organisations
Week 5 – Emergent organisational design
Week 6 – Inter-organisational relationships
Week 7 – Conflict, power and politics
Week 8 – Organisational culture: sustainability, values and ethics
Week 9 – Organisational learning: Innovation and change (Part 1)
Week 10 – Organisational learning: Innovation and change (Part 2)
Week 11 – Decision making and leadership

Learning Organisation

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IORs

Don’t forget the recent weeks!

• CSR
• Managerial ethics
• Innovation
• Change management
• Leadership

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Techniques to help with your study

• Visual tools
• Study groups
• Use the available resources

Visual Gerber (2006)


Learning and Knowing in Workplaces:
learning How do people Learn in their Work?

approaches
includes consists
includes of includes
includes

Concept of Processes for


How do people learning
learning & How do workers
learn in their jobs
knowing in workplace know that in workplaces
learning they know I their jobs
consists
of
consists includes
includes of
Relates to

Different forms
of learning
Self-directed
learning
?
Environment
influences learning
?
includes
includes includes consists
of ?
Formal
e.g………..
Informal
e.g. ……..
Changing in one’s
workplace practices ?

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Create an online STUDY GROUP

• Find study buddies

• Share your mindmaps or


summary tables

• Generate potential short answer questions

• Discuss ideas in connection to real world examples

• Test each other on knowledge/themes/issues


without relying on notes/summaries

• Identify your problem areas and focus on them

Useful links and support

https://portal.swinburneonline.edu.au/managing-my-course/exam-
preparation

https://portal.swinburneonline.edu.au/managing-my-course/exam-
preparation/during-your-exam

• Read the questions carefully


• Look at the time and marks allocated, decided how much time you can
spend on each question.
• Write legibly.
• If you are running out of time, try writing concise points to get your ideas
down. You might still be able to gain some marks.
• Allow time for review.

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Exam tips

Exam tips from Week 12 materials


• Practise answers to the integrative cases at the end of the eText
(especially for Part B).
• Make clear links between the points you are raising and the examples
you give (e.g. ask yourself: ‘How does this example illustrate my
point? Why is it relevant?’)
• Don’t just present your knowledge of the material: make links across
concepts and apply to different contexts to show that you understand
more than what the eText says.
• Make sure you are well-rested at the time of the exam (it is more
important than reading everything)!

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The night before


• Plan your day: Are you driving? Where will you park? Do
you know the public transport times and stops? Allow for
travel time and get there early.

• Pack the night before: student ID, highlighters, pens,


pencils, eraser. Think about snacks and a drink for the
journey to and from the venue.

• Make sure you provide your brain with fuel. Have a good
breakfast!

• Even if you don’t feel like it,


get some sleep!

Remember to breathe.
Let your worries go and focus on being present.
• When you’re studying, clear your mind so that you
can focus on your revision.
• During the exam, keep grounded and remain calm.

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After the exam

Celebrate!

Any questions?

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Your Unit. Your Say.

• The Your Unit. Your Say. survey for this teaching period is now open.
• Please provide feedback – anonymous, appreciated, vital.
• The survey closes on 6th October.
• If you have not received the survey link or have any questions, please
email: studentsurveys@swin.edu.au

Thank You !

• Thank you for attending this Collaborate Session

• Please keeping posting your questions on the Discussion Board.

• Happy studying !

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