project

 

Coursework Assignment Brief

 

Semester: Spring 2017
Module Code: PM302
Module Title: Project
Programme BSc (Honours)
Level: Level 6
Awarding Body:
Module Leader
Format: Report
Presentation: No
Any special requirements: All work should be submitted as two hard copies with a  Turnitin Report
Word Limit: 8,000 (+/- 10%) words for the report and 500 (+/- 10%)  words for the personal statement.
Deadline date for submission: TBA
Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment (please note that this is NOT the assessment task) a)    Produce a detailed analysis of the policies to achieve stated corporate objectives of one or more companies, and an examination of the problem of resource acquisitionand deployment relevant to those policies.

b)    Provide a relevant literature review on the problems investigated and relate currentmanagement theory to practical recommendations.

c)    Demonstrate a lucid and logical discourse containing objectives of the project,methodology, relevant literature review, recommendations for action, appropriatereferences and bibliography.

Percentage of marks awarded for module: The report is worth 100%

 

Assessment criteria Explanatory comments on  the assessment criteria   Maximum marks for each section 
Aims of research Clearly defined objectives/research questions relevant to aim. Clear focus on aims / objectives maintained throughout. If appropriate, hypotheses defined and explained. 10%
Literature review Thorough review of appropriate secondary sources; relationship between the literature and the project explored (i.e. justification is linked to literature) (20%)
Research methodology Explanation and justification of an appropriate methodology – approach and data collection techniques appropriate to aims and research questions. (20%)
Research methodology Explanation and justification of an appropriate methodology – approach and data collection techniques appropriate to aims and research questions. (20%)
Data Analysis Appropriate analysis of data in the light of the research objectives and questions. Clear and analytical presentation of findings. (10%)
Discussion – Results discussed, highlighting significant findings and comparing theory & practice where appropriate (10%)
Conclusions / recommendations Based on a reasonable interpretation of both the research conducted and the existing literature. (10%)
Critical evaluation Critical evaluation of own work. Areas for further research identified and discussed. (5%)
Overall layout and Presentation is of an acceptable standard, logical and adds value to the document. Appropriate structure. (5%)
Reflection Reflection on programme is detailed and insightful. (10%)

 

 

 

 

Background

N/A

 

 

Assignment Task

 

  1. Analyse one or more strategic problems in a modern business organisation and produce a comprehensive report detailing the objectives, methodologies, findings, analysis, and conclusions of the research carried out above. The minimum word length for the report is 8000 words.
  2. Analyse the extent to which you have developed your knowledge, throughout the course and how the course and this project has helped your employability. This should be summarised as a personal statement of no more than 500 words and placed in an appendix to the main document.

 

 

Total Marks for Assignment: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicative Content

Aims of research

Define objectives/research questions relevant to aim. Maintain focus on aims/objectives throughout. Define and explain hypotheses.                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Worth 10% of marks)

Literature review

Conduct thorough review of appropriate secondary sources.  Critically explore relationship between the literature and the project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Worth 20% of marks)

Research methodology

Explain and justify an appropriate methodology – approach and data collection techniques appropriate to aims and research questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Worth 20% of marks)

Data Analysis

Analysis of data in the light of the research objectives and questions. Analytical presentation of findings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Worth 10% of marks)

Discussion

Discuss results highlighting significant findings and comparing theory & practice

(Worth 10% of marks)

Conclusions / recommendations

Formulate conclusions and recommendations based on interpretation of both the research conducted and the existing literature.

(Worth 10% of marks)

Critical evaluation

Critically evaluate work. Identify and discuss areas for further research.

(Worth 5% of marks)

Presentation

Present work to an acceptable standard that is logical and adds value to the document.

(Worth 5% of marks)

Reflection

Reflect in a detailed and insightful manner.

(Worth 10% of marks)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marking CriteriaforAssessmentatLevel6(Bachelors DegreewithHonours)

Marks 0-25(Fail) 26-39(Fail) 40-49(3rd) 50-59(2.2) 60-69(2.1) 70-85(1st) 70-85(1st)
Assessment categories
 

Knowledge& Understanding of Subject

Major gapsin knowledgeand

understanding of

materialatthis level.Substantial

inaccuracies.

Gapsin knowledge, with onlysuperficial

understanding.

Somesignificant inaccuracies.

Thresholdlevel.

Understandingof keyaspectsoffield of study; coherent knowledge, atleast in part informed by currentresearchin thesubject discipline.

Systematic understanding of

field(s) of study,as

indicated by relevantQAA

subjectbenchmark statementsfor the degreeprogramme.

Good understanding ofthefield(s)of

study;coherent

knowledge, inline with subject

benchmark,atleastin partinformedby currentresearchin

thesubjectdiscipline.

Excellent knowledge andunderstanding of

themainconcepts

andkeytheories/

conceptsofthe discipline(s).Clear

awarenessofthe

limitationsofthe knowledgebase.

Highlydetailed knowledgeand

understanding ofthe

maintheories/concepts ofthediscipline(s), and

an awarenessofthe ambiguitiesand limitationsof

knowledge.

 

Cognitive/ Intellectual Skills

 

(e.g.analysis andsynthesis; logicand argument; analytical reflection; organisationand communication

of ideasand evidence)

Unsubstantiated generalizations, madewithoutuse

of anycredible evidence.Lackof logic,leadingto unsupportable/

missing conclusions. Lackofany attemptto analyse,

synthesise or evaluate.Poor communication of

ideas.

Someevidenceof analytical intellectualskills,

butforthemost part descriptive. Ideas/findings sometimesillogical

andcontradictory. Generalized statementsmade with scant evidence.

Conclusionslack relevance.

Thresholdlevel.

Evidenceofsome logical, analytical thinkingandsome attemptsto synthesise,albeit with some weaknesses. Someevidenceto supportfindings/

views, but evidence notconsistently

interpreted. Somerelevant conclusions

Evidenceofsome logical, analytical thinkingand

synthesis.Can analysenewand/or abstractdataand situationswithout

guidance.

An emerging awarenessof differentstances andabilitytouse

evidencetosupport the argument.

Validconclusions

Sound,logical, analyticalthinking; synthesisand

evaluation.Abilityto deviseandsustain persuasive arguments,andto

reviewthereliability, validity&significance of evidence.Abilityto communicateideas and evidence

accuratelyand convincingly. Sound,convincing

conclusions.

Thoroughlylogical work, supportedby judiciouslyselected

and evaluated evidence.Highquality analysis,developed independentlyor

through effective collaboration..

Abilityto investigate contradictory informationand

identifyreasonsfor contradictions. Strongconclusions.

Exceptionalwork; judiciouslyselected and evaluated

evidence.Veryhigh qualityanalysis, developed independentlyor

through effective collaboration.

Abilityto investigate contradictory informationandidentify

reasonsfor contradictions.

Highlypersuasive

conclusions.

 

Useof Research- informed Literature (including referencing, appropriate academic conventionsand academic honesty)

Little evidenceof reading.

Viewsand

findings unsupportedand non-authoritative. Academic conventions largelyignored.

Evidenceoflittle readingand/orof relianceon

inappropriate sources, and/or indiscriminateuse of sources.

Academic conventionsused inconsistently.

Thresholdlevel.

Referencestoa rangeofrelevant sources.Some omissionsand minorerrors. Academic conventions evidentandlargely consistent,with minorlapses.

Knowledge, analysisand evaluationofa

rangeofresearch- informedliterature, includingsources retrieved,analysed

independently. Academicskills consistently applied.

Knowledge,analysis and evaluationofa rangeofresearch-

informedliterature, includingsources retrieved,analysed independentlywith

accuracyand assurance. Good academicskills, consistentlyapplied.

Excellent knowledge of research informed literatureembedded

inthework. Consistent analysis and evaluationof sources.High-level

academicskills consistentlyapplied.

Outstanding knowledge ofresearch-informed literatureembeddedin thework.Consistent analysisand evaluation of sources.High-level academicskills consistentlyand professionallyapplied.
LEVEL6 cont…

 

GraduateSkills forLifeand Employment

 

(e.g. research- relatedskills; written, graphical and oral communication skills;

groupworking; problem-solving; practical and professionalskills)

Little or no evidence ofthe

requiredskillsin

anyofthe graduateskills

identifiedinthe programme specificationat thislevel.

Limitedevidenceof the graduateskills

identifiedinthe

programme specification.

Significant weaknesses evident,which suggestthatthe

candidate hasnot gainedtheskills necessaryfor graduate-level

employment.

Researchskills:

Can competently undertake reasonably straightforward researchtaskswith minimumguidance, butwithminor weaknesses.

Cancommunicate

inarangeof formats,including orally,atastandard appropriatefor graduate-level employment, and with limited weaknesses.

Can generallywork

effectivelywithin

ateam,negotiating

inaprofessional manner and managingconflict. Islargelyconfident and effective in identifying and definingcomplex problemsand

applyingknowledge andmethodsto

theirsolution.

Abletorecognise

own strengths andweaknesses inrelationto graduate employment,with minorareasof weakness.

Researchskills:

Can competently undertake reasonably straightforward researchtaskswith minimumguidance Cancommunicate effectivelyina rangeofformats, including orally,at

a standard appropriatefor

graduate-level employment, and with limited weaknesses.

Can consistently work effectively withinateam,

negotiatingina professional manner and managingconflict. Isconfidentand flexible in identifying and definingcomplex problemsand

applyingknowledge andmethodsto

theirsolution. Abletoevaluate

own strengths andweaknesses

inrelationto graduate employment.

Researchskills:

Can successfully completearangeof research-liketasks, including evaluation, withverylimited external guidance. Cancommunicate well, confidentlyand consistentlyina rangeofformats, including orally,ata standardappropriate for graduate-level employment.

Can consistently workverywell withinateam,

leading&negotiating inaprofessional manner and managingconflict.

Isconfidentand flexible inidentifying anddefiningarange of complex

problemsand

applyingknowledge andmethodstotheir solution.

Abletotakeinitiative inevaluatingown strengthsand weaknessesin

relationto graduate- level professionaland practicalskills, and

actautonomouslyto

developnewareasof skillsasnecessary.

Researchskills:

Canverysuccessfully completearangeof research-liketasks, including evaluation, witha significant degreeofautonomy. Cancommunicate professionallyand confidentlyinarange offormats, atahigh standardappropriate for graduate-level employment.

Canwork

professionally withinateam,

showingleadership skillsasappropriate, managingconflictand meetingobligations.

Isprofessionaland flexible in autonomously identifying and

definingarangeof complexproblems andapplying knowledgeand methodstotheir solution.

Abletoshowinsight andautonomyin

evaluatingown

strengthsand weaknessesand

developing professional and practicalskillsneeded for graduate-level employment.

Researchskills:

Exceptionally successfulinawide rangeofresearch-like tasks,including evaluation,withahigh degreeofautonomy Cancommunicate with an exceptionally highlevelof professionalism,ina rangeofformats, including orally, appropriatefor graduate-level employment.

Canwork

exceptionallywell andprofessionally withinateam, showingleadership skillsasappropriate, managingconflict,and

meetingallobligations. Isexceptionally

professional and flexible in autonomously definingandsolving

arangeof complex problemsandapplying knowledgeand

methodstotheir

solution.

Outstanding abilityto evaluateown strengthsand weaknesses,showing

outstandingattributes for graduate-level employment.

Marksfor Level6 0-25(Fail) 26-39(Fail) 40-49(3rd) 50-59(2.2) 60-69(2.1) 70-85(1st) 86-100(1st)