Introduction and Questions on the Major Course Assignments—RAs 1 and 2

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Assignment 3: Introduction and Questions on the Major Course Assignments—RAs 1 and 2

An RA is a substantive assessment intended to measure student performance against selected course objectives and/or program outcomes within a course. RAs are completed by all students across all Argosy University campuses and delivery formats without exception. Each RA contributes to a significant portion of the overall course grade and is assessed by faculty using the rubric designed for that assessment. These are individual assignments, and students earn individual grades. RAs are not intended to assess students on every topic covered in the course but just on the key course objectives and/or program outcomes.

In this course, two major assignments or RAs make up 50% of your total class grade. In RA 1, you will analyze a case study to determine key factors that impact change. Then you will conduct a literature review of articles that address those key factors. Finally, on the basis of your research, you will determine and justify your choices for the three factors that are most important to the success of a change initiative. Your full report should be a 10- to 12-page Microsoft Word document, written in a clear, concise, and organized manner. A description of RA 1 is given in M4 Assignment 2 RA 1.

In RA 2, you will develop a proposal for a training program on facilitating change within an organization. Your full report should be a 12- to 15-page Microsoft Word document, written in a clear, concise, and organized manner. A description of RA 2 is given in M7 Assignment 2 RA 2.

To ensure that you have carefully reviewed and planned how you will approach these major requirements, your final assignment in Module 1 is to review the descriptions and create a timeline for accomplishing each of these assignments during this course. See the rubrics listed at the end of the RA descriptions. Your timeline should be a Microsoft Word document.

Tasks:

  • Carefully review the description of each of these critical projects, prepare a timeline for completing all parts of them, and submit that timeline to your instructor, as described below.
  • Describe exactly what you will do to complete these tasks and when you will do each of these tasks.
  • List the resources and information you will need to obtain to complete the tasks.
  • Assignment 1: Using a Change Model

    In this module and in your readings, you were introduced to several models of change and the philosophies and frameworks on which they were based. You were also made aware of the different types of challenges that cause resistance to change strategies. In this module’s discussion, you will analyze a change model of your choice and evaluate its merits and applicability. For this discussion, use the context of your current (or previous) organization or that of an organization with which you are familiar.

    Tasks:

    Identify a change model that you might employ if you were a change leader in your organization and were about to implement a change initiative.Research challenges to organizational change and the change model of your choice. Use resources from professional literature in your research. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, or .gov).On the basis of your research and experience, in a minimum of 400 words, respond to the following points:

    • Identify a model and explain why you chose this model, comparing its merits against its shortcomings. Include a discussion on how you might adjust for or mitigate the shortcomings.
    • Through research, find a case example where your chosen change model was used in a real-world situation. Describe and evaluate its success or failure in bringing about change.
    • Conclude with your thoughts on whether the case example cemented your choice or caused you to start considering another model. Explain.

    Submission Details:

    • By the due date assigned, post your responses to this Discussion Area.
    • Through the end of the module, comment on at least two of your classmates’ responses. You can ask technical questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. All comments should be posted to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
    Grading Criteria Maximum Points
    Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions 16
    Quality of responses to classmates 12
    Frequency of responses to classmates 4
    Reference to supporting readings and other materials 4
    Language and grammar 4
    Total: 40
  • M4 Assignment 2 RA 1 Submission
    Assignment


    Task: Submit to complete this assignment


    Due March 26 at 12:59 AM

    Assignment 2: RA 1: Key Factors That Impact Change

    Description of RA:

    In this assignment, you will analyze a case study to determine key factors that impact change. Then, you will conduct a literature review of articles that address those key factors. Finally, on the basis of your research, you will determine the three factors that are most important to the success of a change initiative and justify your choices.

    Background:

    Read the following case study:Helping Employees Adapt to Change at Texas Children’s HospitalThis case study describes a change initiative in two units of a large organization. Although both units had identical support and resources available, the outcomes were quite different.

    Tasks:

    • Discuss each unit’s specific strengths and opportunities for improvement as the change was implemented.
    • Determine three to four factors that most impacted the outcome of the change initiative presented in the case study.
    • Research at least four to six articles that address the factors identified above. Consider leadership challenges such as resistance to change, communication factors, and ethical issues that impact change initiatives.
    • On the basis of your findings from your review of the literature, determine the three factors that are most important to the success of an organizational change project. Justify your answer with specific examples and concrete information from your research.

    Your final product will be in a Microsoft Word document of approximately 10–12 pages in length. Utilize at least 4–6 sources from professional literature in your research. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu or.gov). Your response should demonstrate ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA) and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

  • Assignment 1: Internal and External Impacts

    In this module you examined globalization and environmental changes and trends. You also learned that leaders need to stay current on both internal and external forces that impact organization in order to successfully lead/manage change. Therefore, in this discussion assignment, you will investigate how cultural diversity, technology, and communication play a role in impacting the organizational change.

    Tasks:

    Research the forces that impact organizations, such as globalization and cultural diversity, technological advancements, and communication channels, etc. Use resources from professional literature in your research. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources; relevant textbooks; peer-reviewed journal articles; and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, or .gov).On the basis of your research and experience, in a minimum of 400 words, respond to the following points:

    • Describe the cultural diversity, level of technology, and communication channels at your current (or previous) organization or organizational unit (team). You may also consider within the context of an organization with which you are familiar.
    • Reflect back on some of the past change initiatives. Based on the information you have accumulated in this course thus far and your understanding of the change process, assess and discuss to what extent these factors might have played in the level of success of change initiatives at your organization (or in your team). You may also consider within the context of an organization with which you are familiar.
    • If more than one factor had an influence, identify the one that you believe had the greatest impact. Explain.

    Submission Details:

    • By the due date assigned, post your responses to this Discussion Area.
    • Through the end of the module, comment on at least two of your classmates’ responses. You can ask questions or respond generally to the overall experience. Be objective, clear, and concise. Always use constructive language, even in criticism, to work toward the goal of positive progress. All comments should be posted to the appropriate topic in this Discussion Area.
    Grading Criteria Maximum Points
    Quality of initial posting, including fulfillment of assignment instructions 16
    Quality of responses to classmates 12
    Frequency of responses to classmates 4
    Reference to supporting readings and other materials 4
    Language and grammar 4
    Total: 40
  • M7 Assignment 2 RA 2 Submission
    Assignment


    Task: Submit to complete this assignment


    Due April 16 at 12:59 AM

    Assignment 2: RA 2: Training Program Proposal

    Description of RA 2:

    For this assignment, you will develop a proposal for a training program on facilitating change within an organization.

    Scenario:

    You have been hired as a training consultant, and you are responsible to develop a training program for managers tasked with facilitating change within an organization.

    Tasks:

    Identify an organization in which you have been involved. Based on the material covered in this course as well as the knowledge gleaned from your work experience, develop a proposal that addresses the following:

    • Describe the organization for which you are developing the training proposal. In your description, include a discussion of the industry (including current industry trends) and the organization’s customers.
    • Identify the organizational characteristics that will influence decisions for how change initiatives will be planned and implemented.
    • Provide recommendations for developing effective change leaders and followers. Your recommendations should address the need for healthy change facilitation as well as the demands placed on a change facilitator.
    • Describe specific strategies to identify and resolve resistance to change.
    • Identify ethical issues that should be addressed throughout the planning, implementation, and assessment phases. Provide recommendations for addressing the ethical issues.
    • Discuss future trends that may have an impact on the change initiatives within the next three to five years.

    Your final product will be in a Microsoft Word document of approximately 12–15 pages in length. Utilize at least 6–8 sources from professional literature in your research. Professional literature may include the Argosy University online library resources, relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu or .gov). Your response should demonstrate ethical scholarship in appropriate and accurate representation and attribution of sources (i.e., APA) and display accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

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