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1 Business School Academic Success: Transition to the Business School and how to succeed in your studies Lindsay Williams Senior Lecturer in Business and Management Academic Conduct Officer, Business School

2 Business School Plan for this session To introduce you to study at Oxford Brookes transition, expectations, and Business School requirements Academic success in written work – 3 easy steps! A simple guide to referencing what is plagiarism? my top tips!

3 Business School What sort of teaching and learning are you used to? What can you expect at the Business School?: 8-10 contact hours per week Lectures (introduction to a topic) Seminars/workshops Virtual Learning Environment Independent Learning

4 Business School Typical classroom activities: Lectures Lectures Introduction to topics/concepts etc requires additional reading (so thats what I do with the gaps!) Can be in (very) large groups Pace Clarity Mixed cohorts Familiarity; cohort identity? Lecturer distance Accessibility/support Virtual Learning Environments Relationship with the module Can be comfortable space

5 Business School What is teaching and learning like? Seminars/workshops Smaller groups (clarity; relationship with seminar leader; group identity; comfortable environment) A chance to prepare (and contribute) Activities: directed questions (and volunteering answers) reinforcement activities (and summative assessment) chat with your neighbour moving around the group case studies informal group presentations discussions/debates reflection psychometric tests/self evaluation activities active exercises experiential learning Participation and engagement!

6 Business School What sort of teaching and learning are you used to? What can you expect at the Business School?: 8-10 contact hours per week Lectures (introduction to a topic) Seminars/workshops Virtual Learning Environment Independent learning (VERY important…thats what you do in the gaps!!)

7 Business School Assessment and feedback in the Business School Range of assessment methods: Essays Report writing Dissertations Exams (different types) Case study analysis Individual and Group presentations Role plays Portfolios Reflective statements Assessment Centres/Practical activities Videos Virtual tasks/VLE assessment Active research Dragons Den style pitches

8 Business School Some other points! No multiple hand-ins/hand-backs (a deadline IS a deadline) No teacher micro-management (its your responsibility) Always check your Brookes email But… Its a chance to be autonomous and have an inquisitive mind! You will have lots of support

9 Business School Academic success in written work – 3 easy steps!

10 Business School Three easy steps: Step 1 Read lots of books and journals

11 Business School Three easy steps: Step 2 Show us what you now know

12 Business School Three easy steps: Step 3 State where all of the information has come from Know the rules of the game – know how to reference!

13 Business School Three easy steps: Step 1 Read lots of books and journals

14 Business School What degree are you reading? Getting your degree is all about reading You are expected to read lots of material on: Business Marketing Economics Finance Retail Human resources Hospitality As lecturers, we set you assignment or essay questions to PROVE or DEMONSTRATE what you know about a particular subject area…. …. based on your reading

15 Business School For example……. You are required to write an assignment on the following topic: What can managers do to effectively motivate their employees? What sort of things will you read about? * theories concerning motivation * how are employees typically motivated? * different management styles * do different techniques motivate employees in different contexts?

16 Business School Having read lots of information, you must then:

17 Business School Three easy steps: Step 2 Show us what you now know

18 Business School Demonstrate what you know about the assignment or essay question now that youve read lots! For example, you may have found out that People are motivated by different factors – some employees are motivated to work hard because of money Other people are motivated to work hard because of the praise they receive by their managers Some motivational techniques work better in certain situations

19 Business School However, you cannot just write these facts You must SUBSTANTIATE what you say For example: Who says people are motivated by different factors? Who says some employees are motivated to work hard because of money? Who says other people are motivated to work hard because of the praise they receive by their managers?

20 Business School Three easy steps: Step 3 You must therefore state where all of the information has come from In other words, you must REFERENCE!

21 Business School Referencing Referencing is all about showing or stating where you have got your information from You MUST reference in your actual assignment AND in a reference page at the end of your assignment.

22 Business School How to reference In your assignmentIn your reference page Family name, Year E.g. Williams, 2007 Sometimes you need a page number Williams, 2007, p67 You need the page number if you use the exact words that are printed in the book/journal Williams, L. (2007) Motivation Today. 3 rd Edn. London: Sage Your reference page must always be in alphabetical order by family name

23 Business School An example (referencing in your assignment) Some employees can be motivated by money, although others can be motivated by praise (Williams, 2007) ALSO According to Williams (2007) some employees can be motivated by money whilst others can be motivated by praise Some employees can be motivated by money, however employees can also motivated by other factors such as praise from their managers (Williams, 2007, p67) ALSO Some employees can be motivated by money, however Williams (2007, p67) states that employees can also motivated by other factors such as praise from their managers.

24 Business School Referencing books (in your reference page): SID TEPP SurnameDateEditionPublishers InitialTitle Place of publishers of book Williams, L. (2007) Motivation Today. 3 rd Edn. London: Sage

25 Business School Referencing Journals You reference the same way in the assignment E.g. (Aitken, 2005) The format is different for the reference page: Aitken, S. (2005) What motivates employees?, Journal of Human Resources Management, Vol. 9, No 3, pp 325

26 Business School Referencing Websites You reference the same way in the assignment E.g. (Jones, 2007) The format is different for the reference page: Jones, C. (2007) Why employees have low morale [online]. Retrieved from: http://motivationmatters.co.uk/morale.html [Accessed 3 October 2007]http://motivationmatters.co.uk/morale.html Note: If there is no author name for a website then use the company/corporate author e.g. BBC (2007)

27 Business School What happens if you do not reference? You will be PLAGIARISING

28 Business School Plagiarism wrongful attempt to pass off anothers literary or musical work as ones own; act of copying without permission or acknowledgement. (Garmonsway, 1982, p.551) Lots of international students plagiarise...why? The English sounded better than mine. I ran out of time and it was quicker than taking notes. But I was allowed to do this before. None of these reasons are acceptable

29 Business School What happens if you breach the academic conduct regulations? Required to attend an investigative interview with an Academic Conduct Officer to discuss your work You will be required to bring evidence that demonstrates that your work is original etc If you are found to breach the regulations then you will receive a penalty, which can be extremely severe depending on the case

30 Business School What do we expect of you at University in the UK? What we want We want you to read widely Use your knowledge in your work (show us what you now know) Provide evidence from credible evidence to support your arguments (SUBSTANTIATE, and reference where this information has come from) But also - to get good marks and avoid cheating Original does not mean no one ever thought of it before. It means made by you, coming from you. Your own words does not mean words that have never been used before. It means written by you. You show you know by changing things. Transformation shows understanding New means putting together others work in a new way

31 Business School To recap.... Three easy steps to success: Read loads… Tell us what you now know because of what youve read…. Reference your (academic/credible) sources of information to signpost what youve read

32 Business School Top Tips 1.Always keep a reference guide by your PC 2.Keep a note of your references as you go along 3.Read through your drafts – is everything you say SUBSTANTIATED? 4.Remember, always list your reference page in alphabetical order 5.Save drafts of your work under different file names (and keep records of your notes) If you are not sure whether you are referencing correctly, ask you seminar leader, module leader, personal tutor, UPGRADE team etc

33 Business School How do you structure an assignment/essay/report…? Key points to remember: …that the reader is an alien Structure …say what you are going to say, say it, and say it again


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