Assignment task

Assignment Brief Academic Year 2018-19
Internal approval:, Date
External approval: Name, Date
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Assignment task
This assignment requires you to produce an initial proposal of 1000 words (Formative) about a topic you
will like to write about in your final report. Please note that, the formative (proposal) element
does not go
into your final grading but it is a requirement before you can submit your final report (summative) as the
final report will be based on the proposal.
FORMATIVE (1000 words)
Produce a formative assessment of 1000 words identifying an issue or problem in corporate
governance or strategy in an organisation of your choice.
You are recommended to use your own organisation but you may use any organisation that is well
known to you.
The proposal should explain why the issue or problem you have identified is important. There
should also be a brief literature review about the area of proposed research as well as details of the
methods to be used for both primary and secondary research.
The proposal will include a Gannt chart showing the projected start and finish of the final
summative project.
SUMMATIVE (6,000 words)
Based on the feedback you will receive from the formative assignment, you are to produce a 6000
word report which should include the following:
An introduction that reviews the background of the organisation and the issues or problems faced.
A literature review that discusses the key areas of theory applicable in this case.
A discussion of the secondary and primary research undertaken to analyse the problem or issue.
A critical review of the results of the secondary and primary research.
A recommendation and action plan that proposes solutions to the problem of issue based on your
findings.

 

Module code
and title:
BM647 – 21S2AES Corporate
Strategy and Governance
Module
leader:
Dr Md Asaduzzaman Khan
Assignment
No. and type:
CW1: Proposal 1,000 words
CW2: Individual report 6,000
words
Assessment
weighting:
100%
Submission
time and date:
CW1: Proposal – 7th October 2022
CW2: Final report – 15th November
2022
Target
feedback time
and date:
3 weeks after deadline

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The summative assessment should include the following:
Introduction, background of organisation and review of the problem faced. 500 words. (10%)
Literature review. 2000 words (30%)
Discussion of the secondary and primary research undertaken. 1000 word (15%)
Critical review of the results of the research. 1500 words (25%)
Recommendation and action plan. 1000 words (15%)
5% of the remaining marks will be allocated to general assignment parameters including but not
restricted to structure, synthesis, referencing etc.
This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your
achievement of the following module learning outcomes:
LO 1 LO1. Critically evaluate the industry life cycle of a chosen organisation and reflect on the existing
corporate strategy
LO 2 Compare and contrast the board’s corporate governance structure and effectiveness.
LO 3 Prepare a board crisis action plan for a natural disaster of unforeseen event of catastrophic
proportions.
LO 4 Critically analyse a corporate governance failure and suggest actions that can be taken to reduce
or eliminate and similar such occurrences from happening in the future
LO 5 Critically analyse the various methods of data collection in order to conduct research into complex
organisational issues using both primary and secondary research techniques.
Task requirements
Use Times New Roman font size 11 with 1.5 line spacing.
Insert page numbers at the bottom of each page
You must have a cover sheet with your student ID, Name and word count
The aim of the assignment is to produce an individual written report with action plan.
The assessment consists of two parts. There will be one formative assessment and one summative
assessment.
The formative assessment will consist of a proposal comprising a 600 word report. This report will
include a brief introduction to the issue or problem in corporate governance and strategy in a
specific organisation along with a discussion of why the issue is important. Students will be required
to produce a brief literature review about the area of proposed research as well as the details of the
methods they will use for both primary and secondary data collection. As part of the formative
assessment, students will be required to produce a Gannt chart showing the projected start and
finish dates of the final summative project.
Feedback from the formative assignment will prepare students for the summative assessment.

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A full individual report of 6000 words will be required for the summative assessment. This will
include an action plan and recommendations to the management within the organisation of how the
problems are to be resolved.
This assessment will be used to assess the research skills and ability of the students to develop
detailed action plans to address real life scenarios based on earlier research and analysis.
This assessment method is used to develop and assess research skills, independent working and
critical thinking to evaluate the strategic and corporate governance capabilities of an organisation
(LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4, LO5)
All assessment is undertaken through application of the criteria and weightings outlined on the
Module Descriptors.
Feedback is written and provided via Turnitin in accordance with University Regulations. Students
are given an opportunity to reflect on feedback. Self-assessment becomes an important part of the
student’s development during the course and is implicit throughout the tutorial and critique system.
The opportunity for disagreement and reasoned justification of student work is present throughout
the assessment method.
Referencing and research requirements
Please reference your work according to the Harvard referencing style as defined in Cite Them Right
Online
(http://www.citethemrightonline.com). This information is also available in book form: Pears, R. and
Shields, G. (2016)
Cite them right: the essential reference guide. 10th edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave
Macmillan. Copies are available via the university library.
There are also documents on Harvard referencing on Blackboard which students can read.
Students must use acceptable academic sources including peer-reviewed journal articles, Books,
Company websites etc.
How your work will be assessed
Your work will be assessed on the extent to which it demonstrates your achievement of the stated learning
outcomes for this assignment (see above) and against other key criteria, as defined in the University’s
institutional grading descriptors. If it is appropriate to the format of your assignment and your subject area,
a proportion of your marks will also depend upon your use of academic referencing conventions.
This assignment will be marked according to the grading descriptors for Level 6
Submission details
You are reminded of the University’s regulations on academic misconduct, which can be viewed on
the University website: https://bucks.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0024/9546/Academic-Misconduct
Policy.pdf. In submitting your assignment, you are acknowledging that you have read and
understood these regulations

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This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant Turnitin submission point in
the
Submit your work area in your Blackboard module shell.
Please ensure that your work has been saved in an appropriate file format. Turnitin will only accept the
following file types: Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, PostScript, PDF, HTML, RTF, OpenOffice
(ODT), Hangul (HWP), Google Docs, or plain text. Your file must also contain at least 20 words of text,
consist of fewer than 400 pages and be less than 40MB in size.
You can submit your work as many times as you like before the submission date. If you do submit your
work more than once, your earlier submission will be replaced by the most recent version.
Once you have submitted your work, you will receive a digital receipt as proof of submission, which will be
sent to your forwarded e-mail address (provided you have set this up). Please keep this receipt for future
reference, along with the original electronic copy of your assignment
Submission date and time
This assignment should be submitted before 15:00 UK time on to the submission point on Blackboard.
Work that is submitted up to 10 working days beyond the submission date will be accepted as a late
submission. Late submissions will be marked and the actual mark recorded, but will be capped at the pass
mark (typically 40%), provided that the work is of a passing standard. Work submitted after this period will
not be marked and will be treated as a non-submission.
Feedback and marks for this assignment will be available by 09am

Assignment Brief Academic Year 2018-19
Internal approval:, Date
External approval: Name, Date
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Assessment Criteria
Generic Marking Criteria for Corporate Strategy and Governance 2018-19 CW1 – 100% weighting

1st = >70% 2.1 = 60-69% 2.2 = 50-59% 3rd = 40-49% FAIL 0-39%
Introduction,
background and
review of the
problem faced.
1000 words
(10%)
Some excellent use of
up to date industry
Data. Student has
attempted to
Outline the context
and detail of the
industry. Reader
learns from students
work.
Some very good use of
up to date industry
Data. Student has
attempted to
Outline the context and
detail of the industry.
Reader learns from
students work.
Some use of up to
date industry
Data. Student has
attempted to
Outline the context
and detail
Of the industry.
Limited use of up to
date industry
Data. Student has
attempted to
Outline the context and
detail
Of the industry.
No use of up to date industry
Data. Student has failed to
Outline the context and detail
Of the industry.
Literature
review. 1500
words
(30%)
Excellent application
of the Models.
Use of additional
models evident and no
issues with
comprehension &
application of models.
Very good application
of the Models.
Use of additional
models evident and no
issues with
comprehension &
application of models.
Good application of
the Models. Some
use of additional
models attempted but
issues with
comprehension &
application of
models.
Some application of the
Models. No evaluation
and
no use of additional
models & limited
comprehension &
Application of models.
Limited to no application of the
Models. No evaluation and
no use of additional models
And limited comprehension &
Application of models.

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Discussion of
the secondary
and primary
research
undertaken.
1000 word
(15%)
Student has provided
an excellent and
logical argument for
their work and
demonstrates clear
match to the research
throughout.
Student has provided a
very good and logical
argument for their work
and demonstrates clear
match to the research.
Student has provided
a logical argument for
industry
Their work and
demonstrates clear
match to their
research.
Student has struggled
to provide logical
argument their work or
argument doesn’t
match research.
Student has failed to provide
Logical argument for their
Work or argument doesn’t
Match research.
Critical review of
the results of the
research. 1500
words
(25%)
Objectives are
excellent & well
thought through with
excellent links to
analysis and
evaluation.
Objectives are
SMART where
required.
Objectives are very
good & well thought
through with very good
link to analysis and
evaluation.
Objectives are SMART
where required..
Objectives are good
& well thought
through with good
link to analysis and
evaluation.
Objectives are mostly
SMART where
required..
Objectives are weak &
poorly though through
and struggle to link to
Analysis and
evaluation.
Objectives are not
SMART where
required..
Objectives are poorly thought
Through and/or do not link to
Analysis and evaluation.
Objectives are not SMAR where required.T .
Recommendatio
n and action
plan. 1000
words
(15%)
Excellent practical and
applicable
recommendations and
action plan directly
linked to findings
Very good practical and
applicable
recommendations and
action plan directly
linked to findings
Good practical and
applicable
recommendations
and action plan
directly linked to
findings
weak and inconsistent
recommendations and
action plan which may
be directly linked to
findings
poor practical and
applicable recommendations
and action plan which are
incoherent and not
directly linked to findings
Generic
Presentation
(5%)
Style and format are to
a very high
professional standard.
Good use of spelling
and grammar.
Research material is
current and from
reputable sources.
Very good use of
Harvard referencing.
Some creativity in the
presentation of work
within the publication.
Style and format are to
a very good
professional standard.
Good use of spelling
and grammar.
Research material is
current and from
reputable sources.
Very good use of
Harvard referencing.
Some creativity in the
presentation of work
within the publication.
Style and format are
to a professional
standard. Good use
of spelling and
grammar.
Some of the research
material is too old but
mostly from reputable
sources. Some
weaknesses in the
use of Harvard
referencing. Some
creativity in the
presentation of work
within the publication.
Style and format are
not quite to a
professional standard.
Poor use of spelling
and grammar.
Some of the research
material is too old
and/or not from
reputable sources.
Incorrect use of
Harvard referencing.
Limited personal diary
presented. No
creativity in the
presentation of work
within the publication
Style and format are not to a
Professional standard. Poor
Use of spelling and grammar.
Research material is too old
And/or not from reputable
Sources. Incorrect use of
Harvard referencing.
No creativity in the presentation
Of work within the publication.

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University Generic Undergraduate Degree Grade Descriptors can be found on the University
website in the document ‘Assessment of Students- Appendix 1’