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module 8 portfolio project final

Module 8: Portfolio Project

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Portfolio Project (275 Points)

Important! Read First

Choose one of the following two assignments to complete this week. Do not do both assignments. Identify your assignment choice in the title of your submission.

Option #1: Research and Reflection Paper—Management Perspective

Your Portfolio Project synthesizes information gathered from an interview you will conduct with a manager of your choosing, the knowledge you have gained in this course, and your own experience to create a research and reflection paper.

Be sure to thoroughly read the Portfolio Project description below and the Portfolio Project grading rubric, which can be accessed from the Course Information page. The Portfolio Project will be due at the end of the course before midnight of Week 8.

Portfolio Project Milestone (Option #1) Interview Subject, Summary of Theories, and Outline (75 points—Submitted in Week 4)
Your Portfolio Project Milestone must be submitted before midnight on Sunday during Week 4. Your deliverables during Week 4 are:

  • The name of the person who will be your interview subject.
  • A summary of the theories that you plan to cover.
  • An outline of your portfolio project.

Your submission should be 250-500 words in length. Points for the milestone are awarded during Week 4 when the abovementioned deliverables are submitted. See Week 4 for instructions on completing and submitting the portfolio project milestone.

Portfolio Project Interview (275 points—Submitted in Week 8)
Choose a manager to interview with whom you are familiar—ideally, someone whom you admire and aspire to emulate. Ask him or her for some time—perhaps you can sit down for coffee—during which you can describe your course learning objectives and discuss what you have so far taken away from the class (in brief). Ask the manager what insights he or she has to offer to you at this point in your career.

The goal of the interview is to gain insight into what makes a good manager from the perspective of someone in a management position. Some topics to touch on in the interview could include the following:

  • How did your interviewee come to be a manager (i.e., what career path he or she follow)?
  • Has your interviewee found that professional certifications, volunteering, and continued education are important factors to career development?
  • What has surprised your interviewee most about what it means to be an effective leader (as opposed to the popular view of what a successful leader is and/or does)?
  • What roles are played by managerial goals, objectives, decision making, and communication on the job?
  • How does the interviewee handle change management at his or her organization, and what specific challenges has he or she encountered?
  • What advice does your interviewee offer to someone in your position in regards to your short- and long-term goals?

At the close of the interview, be sure to thank your interviewee for his or her time and assistance.

Note: Any documentation resulting from personal interviews by CSU-Global students are for the sole purposes of fulfilling a course assignment and will not be used as part of a larger study, published, or distributed outside of the course environment.

Research and Reflection Paper
In the next phase, ruminate on what you learned in your interview—especially anything that helped you gain a deeper insight into the topics you studied in the course—and write a research and reflection paper in which you draw upon learning shared with your instructor and colleagues, your individual learning, and knowledge you have gained from the interview to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the foundational principles of management. In your paper, go beyond recitation of memorized facts or regurgitation of information; strive to synthesize the most important topics of management (i.e., leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to yourself and to society) into a hybrid research and reflection paper.

Your paper should integrate responses to each of the following questions in a well-organized and coherent paper:

  • Discuss the leadership precepts your interviewee imparted to you (or what can you glean on the topic as a result of your interview).
  • Describe how the leadership precepts dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership.
  • Explain how the personalities of workers, colleagues, managers, and subordinates impact your performance in, and experience of, the workplace.
  • Explain how the personalities of workers, colleagues, managers, and subordinates interact with one or more leadership models to create the most effective work environment.
  • Describe one or two tenets of motivation theory have you taken away from the course, in light of your interview, the leadership model(s) you have discussed, and your own personality.
  • Discuss how your understandings of motivation theories impact your conceptions of the best practices when it comes to making decisions and communicating at work. Based on your interview and on learning from this course, summarize what it takes to be an effective employee, a successful manager, and an exemplary citizen of society.

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Be 8-10 pages in length.
  • Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA. (Links to an external site.)
  • Cite at least five scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course, to support your assertions and strengthen your arguments. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these sources.

Refer to the Portfolio Project rubric on the Course Information page for grading criteria. Please proofread your paper to ensure the sentences, paragraphs, and ideas flow well and are logical, concise, and grammatically error-free.

Option #2: Research and Reflection Paper—Non-Management Perspective

Your Portfolio Project synthesizes information gathered from an interview you will conduct with an individual of your choosing who reports/has reported directly to, or works/has worked closely with, the knowledge you have gained in this course, and your experience to create a research and reflection paper.

Be sure to thoroughly read the Portfolio Project description below and the Portfolio Project grading rubric, which can be accessed from the Course Information page. The Portfolio Project will be due at the end of the course before midnight of Week 8.

Portfolio Project (Option #2): Interview Subject, Summary of Theories, and Outline (75 points—Submitted in Week 4)
Your Portfolio Project Milestone must be submitted before midnight on Sunday during Week 4. Your deliverables during Week 4 are:

  • The name of the person who will be your interview subject.
  • A summary of the theories that you plan to cover.
  • An outline of your portfolio project.

Your submission should be 250-500 words in length. Points for the milestone are awarded during Week 4 when the abovementioned deliverables are submitted. See Week 4 for instructions on completing and submitting the portfolio project milestone.

Portfolio Project Interview (275 points—Submitted in Week 8)
Choose someone to interview with whom you are familiar—ideally, someone whom you know well. Preferably, the individual you chose should report directly to or have reported directly to you in the past, or should work closely with you or have worked closely with you in the past. Ask him or her for some time—perhaps you can sit down for coffee—during which you can describe your course learning objectives and discuss what you have so far taken away from the class (in brief). Ask your interviewee what insights he or she has to offer to you about what makes a good manager.

The goal of the interview is to gain insight into what makes a good manager from the perspective of the employee, and how these insights dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership. Some topics to touch on in the interview could include the following:

  • Does your interviewee have a favorite manager that he or she has worked with? Ask for an explanation of why this manager is a favorite.
  • What does your interviewee believe makes a strong manager?
  • What does your interviewee believe makes a weak manager?
  • Does your interviewee aspire to be a manager someday? Why or why not?
  • What does your interviewee believe it means to be an effective leader (as opposed to the popular view of what a successful leader is and/or does)?
  • What roles do goals, objectives, decision making, and communication play on the job on a regular basis?
  • How does the interviewee handle changes at his or her organization, and what specific challenges has he or she encountered with managers in the past?
  • What advice does your interviewee offer to someone who is looking to become a manager?

At the close of the interview, be sure to thank your interviewee for his or her time and assistance.

Note: Any documentation resulting from personal interviews by CSU-Global students are for the sole purposes of fulfilling a course assignment and will not be used as part of a larger study, published, or distributed outside of the course environment.

Research and Reflection Paper
In the next phase, ruminate on what you learned in your interview—especially anything that helped you gain a deeper insight into the topics we have studied in the course—and write a research and reflection paper in which you draw upon our shared learning, your individual learning, and the additional discernment you have gained from the interview to demonstrate a more in-depth understanding of the foundational principles of management. In your paper, go beyond a mere recitation of memorized facts or regurgitation of information; strive to synthesize the most important topics of management (i.e., leadership, personality, motivation, decision making, communication, and the importance of good management to yourself and to society) into a hybrid research and reflection paper.

Your paper should integrate responses to each of the following areas in a well-organized and coherent paper:

  • Discuss the leadership precepts you gleaned as a result of your interview.
  • Describe how the leadership precepts dovetail with one or more of the modern theories of leadership.
  • Describe any management weaknesses or failures your interview imparted on you.
  • Discuss how to address these weaknesses or failures in light of the leadership model(s) you have discussed.
  • Describe one or two tenets of motivation theory you have taken away from the course, in light of your interview, the leadership model(s) you have discussed, and your own personality.
  • Discuss how your understandings of motivation theories impact your conceptions of the best practices when it comes to making decisions and communicating at work.
  • Based on your interview and on learning from this course, summarize what it takes to be an effective employee, a successful manager, and an exemplary citizen of society.

Your well-written paper should meet the following requirements:

  • Be 8-10 pages in length.
  • Be formatted according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA. (Links to an external site.)
  • Cite at least five scholarly sources, at least one of which is not provided in, or linked from, the course, to support your assertions and strengthen your arguments. The CSU-Global Library is a great place to find these sources.

Refer to the Portfolio Project rubric on the Course Information page for grading criteria. Please proofread your paper to ensure the sentences, paragraphs, and ideas flow well and are logical, concise, and grammatically error-free.

Rubric

MGT300 Mod 8 PP

MGT300 Mod 8 PP

Criteria Ratings Pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Requirements

35.0 to >28.0 pts Meets Expectation

The Portfolio includes all of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

28.0 to >21.0 pts Approaches Expectation

The Portfolio includes most of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

21.0 to >14.0 pts Below Expectation

The Portfolio includes some of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

14.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

The Portfolio includes few of the required components, as specified in the assignment.

35.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Content

45.0 to >25.0 pts Meets Expectation

Demonstrates strong or adequate knowledge of interviewing, leadership precepts, motivation theory, OR provides insight into the makings of a good manager from an employee perspective and how these insights dovetail into modern theories of leadership. The project correctly represents knowledge from the readings and sources.

25.0 to >16.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

16.0 to >9.0 pts Below Expectation

Major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

9.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Fails to demonstrate knowledge of the materials.

45.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Critical Analysis

50.0 to >40.0 pts Meets Expectation

Demonstrates strong or adequate critical analysis of the interview results from the manager’s perspective OR an adequate critical analysis of interview results from a non-management perspective.

40.0 to >30.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major errors or omissions in critical analysis.

30.0 to >20.0 pts Below Expectation

Major errors or omissions in critical analysis.

20.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Fails to demonstrate critical analysis.

50.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Sources

35.0 to >28.0 pts Meets Expectation

Cites and integrates at least 5 credible sources.

28.0 to >21.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Cites and integrates 4 credible sources.

21.0 to >14.0 pts Below Expectation

Cites and integrates 2 credible sources.

14.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Cites and integrates 1 or fewer credible sources.

35.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Application of Source Material

35.0 to >28.0 pts Meets Expectation

Sources well or adequately chosen to provide substance and perspectives on the issue; knowledge from the course linked properly to source material.

28.0 to >21.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Some significant but not major problems with selection and linkage of sources.

21.0 to >14.0 pts Below Expectation

Major problems with selection and linkage of sources.

14.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Source selection is seriously flawed; no linkage to knowledge from the course.

35.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Organization

20.0 to >16.0 pts Meets Expectation

Project is clearly organized, well written, and in proper essay format including an introduction, body, and conclusion. Conforms to project requirements.

16.0 to >12.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Small number of significant but not major flaws in organization and writing; is in proper essay format. In a minor way does not conform to project requirements.

12.0 to >8.0 pts Below Expectation

Major problems in organization and writing; does not completely follow proper essay format. In a significant way does not conform to project requirements.

8.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Project is not well organized or well written and is not in proper essay format. Does not conform to project requirements.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Grammar and Style

20.0 to >16.0 pts Meets Expectation

Strong sentence and paragraph structure; few or no minor errors in grammar and spelling; appropriate writing style; clear and concise with no unsupported comments.

16.0 to >12.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Small number of significant but not major errors in grammar and spelling; generally appropriate writing.

12.0 to >8.0 pts Below Expectation

Inconsistent to inadequate sentence and paragraph development; work needed on grammar and spelling; does not meet program expectations.

8.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Poor quality; unacceptable in terms of grammar and/or spelling; inappropriate writing style that interferes with clarity.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome Demonstrates proper use of APA style

20.0 to >16.0 pts Meets Expectation

Project contains proper APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with no more than one significant error.

16.0 to >12.0 pts Approaches Expectation

Few errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with no more than two to three significant errors.

12.0 to >8.0 pts Below Expectation

Significant errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with four to five significant errors.

8.0 to >0 pts Limited Evidence

Numerous errors in APA formatting, according to the CSU-Global Guide to Writing and APA, with more than five significant errors.

20.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome MGT3002 Explain the use of varied leadership styles and techniques for developing a career in management. view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

5.0 pts Meets Expectation- Demonstrates strong or adequate knowledge of theory; correctly represents knowledge from the readings and sources.

3.0 pts Approaches Expectation – Some significant but not major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

2.0 pts Below Expectation Major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

0.0 pts Limited Evidence Fails to demonstrate knowledge of the materials.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome MGT3003 Discuss the importance of management to society, organizations, employees, consumers and the public. view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

5.0 pts Meets Expectation- Demonstrates strong or adequate knowledge of theory; correctly represents knowledge from the readings and sources.

3.0 pts Approaches Expectation – Some significant but not major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

2.0 pts Below Expectation Major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

0.0 pts Limited Evidence Fails to demonstrate knowledge of the materials.

5.0 pts

This criterion is linked to a Learning Outcome MGT3005 Describe forecasting and managing future trends, development and change. view longer description

threshold: 3.0 pts

5.0 pts Meets Expectation- Demonstrates strong or adequate knowledge of theory; correctly represents knowledge from the readings and sources.

3.0 pts Approaches Expectation – Some significant but not major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

2.0 pts Below Expectation Major errors or omissions in demonstration of knowledge.

0.0 pts Limited Evidence Fails to demonstrate knowledge of the materials.

5.0 pts

Total Points: 275.0

 
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