critical analysis

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Task description
You are expected to prepare a written response to the essay task below. In doing so you will be provided with a template with a set of questions designed to improve you critical thinking and research skills in preparation of your response to the actual essay task.
You are expected to find your own five (5) sources from the list of journals below.  All of your academic articles must come from this list. You can draw from as many of these journals as you wish. You must use Harvard referencing style.
Using the template posted below the list of journals you are allowed to use, you should present your essay with an introduction, a carefully considered logical argument, a clear critical position and an appropriate conclusion. Please do not use any sub-headings in your essay as they interrupt the flow of argument.  
Essay task: 

Drawing on theory and evidence, critically analyse the claim that the traditional view of project management must change. Its view as a value–neutral competence where project success and failure are identifiable and at polarized ends is responsible for the high project failure rate in the past.

 Outcomes:  What you need to do:
The essay is predominantly a presentation, classification and evaluation of what other researchers have written on the subject and the significance for professional practice.  You must do more than describe! Instead you should:

Compare and contrast different authors’ views
Group authors who draw similar conclusions
Identify areas in which authors are in disagreement
Critique aspects of methodology and limitations
Highlight gaps in research
Synthesise findings and draw conclusions
Construct a continuous line of argument
Take a critical position
Adhere to academic  &  professional writing style and conventions including correct use of grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure

Assessment Criteria

understanding of theory and evidence
depth of analysis
integration of framework analysis into the actual essay
structure and clarity of position
critical reasoning/critical thinking
continuity of line of argument
ability to use correct citations and referencing technique
clarity of writing style, e.g. appropriate use of grammar, vocabulary and punctuation, paragraphing, clarity of expressions
conforming with instructions (word count, Harvard referencing style, timely submission)

Teaching staff will provide feedback online inside the actual Turnitin submission link using a marking rubric combined with specific personalised comments for improvement. The feedback will be provided approximately 2  weeks after the submission date.
Essay writing tips:
How to start

Understand what you need to do (instruction question)
Look at the assessment criteria (and see checklist below)
Define keywords
Choose relevant and current readings from the list
Read abstracts, introductions and conclusions first. Make notes.
Grow your ideas
Make an outline and locate the readings in the outline
Fill in the the template
Find your argument/s
Make your first draft, second, third draft … based on your findings and analysis in the template

Quality check list questions:
Knowledge and understanding

What are the key debates in your essay?

 Evidence and analysis

In one sentence: What are you going to say?
What points do you want to make?

Reading and research

How will you supported the points you want to make

The final submission must

be on the supplied template
adhere to the requirements and limitations that are explained in the template
be submitted as a Word Document (not a PDF or other variant)
use text and not images

Assignments that do not meet these conditions will not be marked and will receive a 0.
For more help on how to analyse and critique as well as general essay writing guidelines visit this excellent website: to an external site. 
Harvard referencing guide: to an external site.
You are expected to submit your own work. This excludes purchasing and/or recycling your own or other people’s work including room mates, siblings, parents, essay writing agencies and friends as well as the use of Google translate or any other translation services.
* If the impression exists that your submission is not entirely your own work, it will be investigated by the University’s Academic Integrity Unit. 
Journals you can use:

·        European Journal of Engineering Education
·        Harvard Business Review
·        International Journal of Project Management
·        International Journal of Strategic Change Management
·        Journal of Management in Engineering
·        Journal of Modern Project Management
·        Journal of Public Procurement
·        Journal of Systems and Software
·        Project Management Journal
·        Project Management Research and Practice
·        Journal of Organizational Change Management
·        Journal of Construction Engineering and Management
·        International Journal of Lean Enterprise Research

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