Purpose of the Assessment
The purpose of this assignment is to undertake a research report in relation to the chosen topics (see the assessment task) from the list below. It is mandatory that you develop a critical and analytical report to meet the assessment criteria. You should demonstrate the depth of your research, and highlight your ability to question, compare and contrast and analyse a range of theories and texts in relation to your topics.
It is essential that you demonstrate the width and depth of your research and that you are able to critically analyse and evaluate the application of knowledge to contemporary business matters. As a post graduate business student it is essential that you demonstrate up-to-date knowledge regarding organizational behaviour issues and that you can reach evidence based conclusions in your writing.
You should select either 1 or 2 and either a or b only
Focusing on the chosen topic you must write a 2,500 word report. Compare, contrast, synthesise and critically analyse research on this topic using quality sources of information. Quality sources normally include academic journals and business reports – and there will be guidance on NILE to help you to consider the credibility of your research.
A critical report requires you to identify, select and analyse the research on the key themes and to critically discuss the implications of the research in relation to real world situations. You must employ evidence based analysis and cite your sources and present a reference list.
Your work will be marked against the level 7 marking criteria.
|An outstanding Distinction||A+|
|Work which fulfils all the criteria of the grade below, but at an exceptional standard|
|A very strong Distinction||A|
|Work of distinguished quality which is evidenced by an authoritative comprehensive, detailed and systematic knowledge base and understanding for specialised area of study. A key feature will be the ability to work with creativity and originality using knowledge and insights at the forefront of the area of study. There will be a confident grasp of disciplinary methodologies for the discipline/area of study which will be consistently reflected in both own research and advanced scholarship, effectively integrating advanced skills of analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application on a firm foundation of critical facility. Work will be characterised by strong technical expertise to high professional standards, and there will be sustained evidence of confident, autonomous operation and judgment in complex and unpredictable professional situations both in relation to working with others and in relation to own functioning. Self-direction, creativity, practical understanding will be combined to demonstrate the qualities expected of an effective self-critical independent learner exercising excellent measured judgment, and will be a consistent feature of work.|
|A clear Distinction||A-|
|Work of very good quality which displays most but not all of the criteria for the grade above.|
|An outstanding merit||B+|
|Work of highly commendable quality which clearly fulfils the criteria for the grade below, but shows a greater degree of capability in relevant advanced intellectual or specialised skills.|
|A very strong Merit||B|
|Work of commendable quality demonstrating a detailed and systematic knowledge base and understanding in specialised areas, informed by critical awareness of current issues, research based/theoretical insights at the forefront of the area of study. This will be supplemented by a good comprehensive understanding of disciplinary methodologies relevant to own research or advanced scholarship, which will be reflected in work which integrates skills of advanced analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application with critical awareness. There will be some evidence of originality in application of skills/knowledge, underpinned by good technical expertise which permits confident, autonomous operation in a range of complex and unpredictable professional situations. The ability to work autonomously, as a self-critical independent learner exercising good and considered judgment, will be a consistent feature of work.|
|Work of good quality which contains most, but not all of the characteristics of the grade above.|
|An Outstanding Pass||C+|
|Work which clearly fulfils the criteria for the grade below, but shows a greater degree of capability in relevant advanced intellectual or specialised skills.|
|A Very Good Pass||C|
|Work of capable quality which clearly demonstrates a systematic understanding of knowledge in specialised areas and a critical awareness of current issues, research based/theoretical knowledge at the forefront of the area of study, together with a sound understanding of methodologies applicable to own research or advanced scholarship. There may be limitations to the application of this knowledge and/or conceptual understanding of advanced scholarship, but there will be evidence of critical awareness in relation to analysis, synthesis, evaluation and application. The ability to exercise initiative as an independent and self-critical learner in complex and unpredictable professional contexts will be demonstrated, as will threshold levels of technical expertise, although the scope of expertise may be limited.|
|Work of satisfactory quality which contains most, but not all of the characteristics of the grade above.|
|Work which indicates some evidence of a systematic, coherent and analytical engagement with key aspects of the field of study, including familiarity with current scholarship, and evidence of ability to utilise specialised skills, but which also contains significant limitations.|
|Work that falls well short of the threshold standards in relation to one or more of knowledge, intellectual, subject based or key skills at this level.|
|Work of poor quality which is based on only minimal understanding, application or effort. It will offer only very limited evidence of familiarity with knowledge or skills appropriate to the field of study at this level.|
This is an individual assignment. The University policy will apply in all cases of copying, plagiarism or any other methods by which students have obtained (or attempted to obtain) an unfair advantage.