MNMGT395 Weekly discussion groups

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MNMGT395 Weekly discussion groups
At the beginning of the course you will be assigned an online group of 10 students, you will also be assigned to a week in which you will complete your digital leadership.
As part of this group you will need to enter into weekly discussions online. There are two assessable components to this. The first being your discussion leadership. For your designated week, you will act as thought leader posting the key post for that’s weeks discussion.
The second part of your online development is your discussion responses. For all the weeks you are not the digital leader, you will need to read and respond to the thought leader and others in your group.
Weekly discussion groups- leadership
● 800-1000 words.
● At least three links (not references but hyperlinks that relate to the piece)
You will be assigned your week as the discussion leader at the start of the course so you have time to prepare.
Students need to provide an opinion piece that relates to current events in some way as well as one of the following:
● Your experiences in your host organisation
● Your research topics
● The organisation itself as a whole.
This is classified as thought leadership and should make other students in your group stop and think. It needs to be backed by relevant sources, news and otherwise and good ones should start a solid discussion within their group. This should be insightful and relevant, however, the format can take whatever form you wish. If you wish to write it as if you were writing for a newspaper, or as a bill for parliament or even just a reflective piece, each is ok. You just need to leave it open enough with space for response and thoughts from others.
It should be written from a professional or business-writing perspective. It should be free from offensive language, grammatical and spelling errors.
Weekly discussion groups- Response contribution
● 100-150 words
For all the weeks you are not the discussion leader you will need to prepare a response. These responses are due by 10 pm on the following Friday.
Students need to create responses to the content of the discussion leader, highlighting how it compares or contrasts to their own work experience or situation. There are nine weeks of responses and your grade will be cumulative over the top eight.
Your responses need to be respectful of the discussion leader as well as other commentators. It should follow the same parameters as above; It should be written from a professional or business-writing perspective. It should be free from offensive language, grammatical and spelling errors.
Types of sources you could start with
https://www.economist.com/
https://www.bbc.com/news
https://edition.cnn.com/politics
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news
https://www.bcg.com/
https://www.ted.com/talks
https://home.kpmg/nz/en/home/insights/2016/02/future-state-2030.html
https://www.goldmansachs.com/insights/index.html
Marking Criteria

Discussion leadership
Students discussion piece is posted on time with the correct word count and hyperlinks
Links used are valuable and from reputable sources
Piece is free from errors and written in appropriate language
Post is relevant to current events either locally, nationally or internationally
Post gives insight into some element of the students work experience so far.
Post truly delivers clear thought leadership, it is well reasoned and insightful. It presents clear ideas in an easy way to comprehend and allows others to grasp the relevant issues and content easily.

Response Discussion
Post is responded to in timely fashion with the correct length
Response is free from errors and written in appropriate language
More than a comment on the DL, critical thinking is present in response. Student identifies key points and adds to them, or queries them in a way that adds value to the entire week’s contribution.
Student identifies how what has been posted relates to them, or else how there is no relationship at all and can develop on that thought
Students will gain an average of their top 8 marks for the 9 digital discussions.

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