Cmi 5006 Assignments


Taking a Management & Leadership Qualification involves writing assignments. Assignment writing is an art and something all students need to learn to pass their qualification. Below are some examples of how to avoid the common errors.

Focus on the assessment criteria

Assessment criteria are shown as A.C. on your assignment brief. The assessment criteria are the only area assessors look at in order to determine whether you get a pass or refer. However, the task gives you some helpful background detail on what is required. Therefore, a good assignment uses the assessment criteria as a heading and a guide to keep your eye on the ball.

Pay attention to the command verbs

Command verbs are the key! Each Assessment criteria will start with a command verb, starting with basic command verbs at level 3 and working up to analytical verbs at level 7. Here are some examples of the verbs you will see at each level.

  • Level 3: Identify, describe, List
  • Level 5: Determine, discuss, evaluate, explain
  • Level 7: Evaluate, assess, critically review

It is essential you understand what each command verb is asking you to do so you can be very specific in your answer. For example, if they ask you to evaluate and you describe you will not pass.

We will be writing another blog soon on command verbs and their meanings or you can go to the Developing U resources section of the website to get a complete breakdown of command verbs.

An Example from a Level 5 Assignment Brief

Task 2:

Based upon the stakeholder needs identified in Task 1, produce a work plan or work scenario which illustrates how the primary needs of your stakeholders are being met. As a first line manager, demonstrate how you and your team have modified a work plan or situation to meet stakeholder needs more effectively.

Guideline word count: 500 – 600 words

A.C. 1.3 – Identify work plans with the team, gaining commitment to meet stakeholder needs

A.C. 1.4 – Evaluate and modify the work plans to meet the stakeholder needs

Access management direct and your Pathways Workbook for your research and make sure you reference your research sources

Remember it is essential to demonstrate you have researched around the subject. In your assignment you must have several references in each task. They might be quotes, diagrams, models, or citing the work of others. Without this you will get a refer.

Management Direct and Pathways Workbooks are your first port of call to support your research. Here you will be able to get lots of helpful resources for use in your assignment.

A Level 7 example answer:

A.C. Analyse the concept of managers as effective leaders.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Management as “The process of dealing with or controlling things or people” (2014). This includes the application of skill or care in the manipulation, use, treatment, or control of the thing or person. Managerial technique encourages managers to dedicate themselves to tasks, process, politics, structures and roles.

Leadership is defined in The Supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary as “the action or influence necessary for the direction or organisation of effort in a group undertaking” (Burchfield in Rost, 1976). John Adair (2002) expands on this in 100 Greatest Ideas for Effective Leadership and Management to add that leading is about “giving direction especially in times of change; inspiring or motivating people to work willingly; building and maintaining teamwork; providing an example; producing a personal output”. The element of being responsible for planning and people is far more important.

Draw your own conclusions

Whilst research is essential it can’t be used alone. Your assignment must contain a balance of research and your own views. For every section of theory you include make sure you draw your own conclusions and state your own views.

An example from a Level 5 assignment:

It is my view however that x could certainly use innovation more effectively to help meet the other key priorities. The problem facing x is that lessening budgets means that innovation is essentially restricted to ‘working with what you’ve got’. As indicated, the emphasis on innovation seems to be on saving or raising money and doing things differently rather than on what ideas could primarily make things better for the customer or the environment. For example, whilst the greater development of land to provide additional housing will in part help provide a ‘Better Environment’ and ‘Better Lives’ the main driving force behind this appears to be to increase revenues with other advantages more of a bi-product.

Pay attention to the guidance notes

Every assignment brief includes guidance notes which are written by the CMI to help you to know the main areas to cover. Before writing your assignment, always check these notes as they will give you direction.

Example Guidance Notes for a Level 5 qualification

2.1 Evaluate the meaning of quality to an organisation

Presenting the ideal opportunity to include a definition of ‘quality’ using a recognised source (e.g. from a quality standard such as the ISO 9000 family or an author such as Dale, Juran, Deming, or, Crosby) this definition can then be matched against the Learners own organisation where possible to evaluate the meaning of quality from the organisation’s point of view. The following points may assist:

  • Does the organisation use quality control, quality assurance or total quality management approaches? Does it know what its objective is around quality? Are quality approaches explicit or have they simply evolved over time (ad hoc)?
  • Does the organisation know why it manages quality and what its expectations are in terms of the business benefits? Does it measure its progress towards these?
  • Where does the organisation place the customer in their quality management approach?
  • How does quality feature in the organisation’s culture?

Use sufficient personal experience and models

Each task will give an idea of the amount of personal experience and models you need to include within your assignment. It is essential if the task asks for two examples you give two examples.An Example from a Level 7 Assignment

An Example from a Level 7 Assignment:

Task 1:

Describe a performance management process for ensuring that responsibility for delivering strategic objectives is shared throughout the organisation. Use a practical example to illustrate how team performance links to organisational objectives.

Describe a performance management process for ensuring that responsibility for delivering strategic objectives is shared throughout the organisation. Use a practical example to illustrate how team performance links to organisational objectives.

Identify a range of at least four different tools and techniques for setting team performance targets. Evaluate these by comparing and contrasting them, using a table format if preferred, identifying the advantages and disadvantages of each. Assess their value then in the ongoing measuring and monitoring of team performance during the year, using practical examples to illustrate what worked well and what did not work so well in different situations or with different teams and cultures.

Critically examine at least three methods you could use to agree performance targets for individuals within the team when compared with their current performance.

Guideline word count: 1,000 – 1,100 words

  • A.C. 1.1 – Assess the links between team performance and strategic objectives
  • A.C. 1.2 – Evaluate tools and techniques available to set team performance targets
  • A.C. 1.3 – Assess the value of team performance tools to measure future team performance

Look externally and internally for examples

Having an external and internal focus for your research adds credibility to your assignment. Rather than just focussing on what your organisation does, look outside for other ideas.

Here is an example from a level 5 assignment

Organisations, large and small alike, will rely on these types of creativity tools to help encourage ideas and innovation across the business, mainly with a view to increasing value. One such organisation that embraces innovation, and indeed is reliant upon it to deliver its product, is Pixar Studios, the pioneers of computer animation. The Harvard Business Review (2008) cites a number of factors that have been integral to encouraging ideas and innovation at Pixar and these are held in the basic beliefs of the organisation:

  • Talent is rare
  • Management’s job is not to prevent risk but to build the capability to recover when failures occur
  • It must be safe to tell the truth
  • Must constantly challenge all our assumptions and search for the flaws that could destroy our culture

Write professionally, succinctly and clearly

Professional writing is key to success with your assignment. Try to write in the first person ‘In my view ….., in my opinion ……..’ and avoid judgement statements e.g. ‘all the managers are rubbish in my company’.

Remember your assignment should read like a professional report you would submit to a senior manager in the organisation.

You must stick to the wordcount or your assignment will not be marked. This is a challenge but helps you to stay focussed on the key messages in your assignment.

Use Bullets, Screenshots and Powerpoint slide to illustrate your work

These methods do not count in the wordcount so they are a good way of increasing the content of your assignment without over running the wordcount. Remember if you are using lists you must write a sentence about each item on the list.

Put all the relevant information in the text rather than appendices

The assessors will only look at the information in the body of your assignment so if there is any information relevant to the assessment criteria this must be in the main part of the work.

Include a Bibliography

So that assessors can see you have carried out sufficient research you must always include a Bibliography with your work. There is help on the Developing U website to show you how to compile a bibliography if you are unsure. Guidance Documents

We hope our guidance notes help. Please feel free to contact us on if you have any queries about your assignment.

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Chartered Management Institute

Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma

Conducting a management project


10th December 2012

Word Count: 2505

Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma

Conducting a management project – 5006


A project can be defined as ‘A temporary organization that is created for the purpose of delivering one or more business products according to an agreed business case’ (Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2, 2009). Buttrick (2000) states a project compromises a defined scope (deliverables) to be delivered in an agreed timescale at an agreed cost. These must be combined in such a way to ensure that the project is always viable and will deliver the expected benefits. If any of these falls outside the area of benefit viability, the others should be changed to bring the project back on target. If this cannot be done the project should be terminated.

1. State the project title and describe the background

The project title is implementation of a Temporary Minor Injury Unit (TMIU) in Gloucestershire.   The rationale for introduction of a TMIU within the Gloucestershire Sector of GWAS was highlighted and discussed during various local Operations Managers meetings.   It was thought that many of the cases that attend both of the DGH’s within the county (Gloucestershire Royal Hospital [GRH] and Cheltenham General Hospital [CGH]) during weekend evenings were of a minor nature and, quite often, alcohol related incidents.

These incidents included injuries such as minor falls resulting in facial and peripheral limb lacerations, hypoglycaemic attacks (often due to alcohol consumption) and general illnesses.   These are all incidents that were deemed suitable to be treated in a minor injury unit setting by an appropriately skilled clinician (such as an Emergency Care Practitioner [ECP]).   Initial scoping suggested that by situating this unit in...

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