Decision Making and problem-solving

HOLMES INSTITUTE

FACULTY OF

HIGHER EDUCATION

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines

Trimester

T1 2022

Unit Code

HC1062

Unit Title

Decision Making and problem-solving

Assessment Type

Group Assessment: Group size 4 students only

Assessment Title

Report: Research Paper

Purpose of the

assessment (with ULO

Mapping)

Students are required to research on a real-life business and identify key management problems within that business.

Students will be able to evaluate and justify theoretical and practical knowledge of researching of a business context.

Students will be able to a business environment and provide solutions to these issues using their knowledge of research technology and practical techniques in a business environment.

Students will be able to apply research skills analysing academic literature and integrating ideas for use in life-long learning.

Students will be able to understand the research profession.

Students will be able to communicate using effective oral and written communication tools, act in a professional manner.

Students will be able to review and describe the major privacy, legal, ethical and societal issues with respect to managing research.

Weight

30% of the total marks

Total Marks

30

Word limit

2500 words

Due Date

Week 10 [Note: Appendix part of assessment due in week 8]

Submission Guidelines

All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.

The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.

Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Assignment 2 Specifications

Purpose:

In a group of 3 to 4 students, prepare a persuasive report showing how the management problem/decision should be managed. This assignment aims at ensuring that students have familiarised themselves with a general framework of at least one management related topic. Students will be required to apply relevant theoretical concepts with the use of practical examples in most cases in a written research paper.

Details:

Written report – worth 30% of your final grade and must be submitted Week 10 at 11:59pm.

Identify a multinational company.

Identify a management problem. (Note: not a market research nature).

Specify research questions which address the management problem/decision.

Design a research program.

Carry out the research.

Sourcing from ONLY secondary data.

Analyse the findings.

Identify alternatives and make recommendations to improve the performance of the organisation.

Your report is to be written as a business report. It must include;

Executive summary

Table of contents

Section headings

Paragraphing

Page numbers

Reference list at the end of the report

Holmes Adapted Harvard Referencing

Holmes has now implemented a Holmes adapted Harvard approach to referencing:

Reference sources in assignments are limited to sources which provide full text access to the source’s content for lecturers and markers.

Your Reference list is to be located on a separate page at the end of the essay and titled: References.

It should include the details of all the in-text citations, arranged alphabetically A-Z by author surname. In addition, it MUST include a hyperlink to the full text of the cited reference source.

For example;

Hawking, P., McCarthy, B. and Stein, A. 2004. Second Wave ERP Education, Journal of Information Systems Education, Fall, http://jise.org/Volume15/n3/JISEv15n3p327.pdf

All assignments will require additional in-text reference details which will consist of the surname of the author/authors or name of the authoring body, year of publication, page number of content, paragraph where the content can be found.

For example;

The company decided to implement an enterprise wide data warehouse business intelligence strategy

(Hawking et al, 2004, p3(4)).”

Adherence to Referencing Guidelines is Mandatory

If students do not follow the above guidelines:

Students who submit assignments which do not comply with the guidelines will incur penalties.

Students whose citations are fake will be reported for academic misconduct.

HC1062 Decision making and problem solving

Marking Rubric – Written Report

Excellent

Very Good

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Executive

Summary

(4 marks)

Clear evidence of a summary which summaries the entire report (4 marks)

Clear evidence of a summary which summarises

the entire report (3 marks)

Some evidence of a summary which summarises the entire report

(2marks)

Limited evidence of a summary of the

entire report ( 1 mark)

No executive summary

included (0 marks)

Discussion on

Demonstration of

Demonstration of

Demonstration of

Demonstration of

Demonstration of

allocated

Outstanding

very good

good knowledge of

satisfactory

little or no

general

knowledge of the

knowledge of the

the chosen topic and

knowledge of the

knowledge of

framework

chosen topic and

chosen topic and

has included minimal

chosen topic and

the chosen topic and

(8 marks)

has included

has included some

research beyond

has included no

discussion has little

significant research

research beyond

areas covered within

research beyond

or no relevance to

which are beyond

areas covered within

the lecture notes. (6

areas covered

the topic chosen (<4

areas covered within

the lecture notes. (7

marks)

within the lecture

marks)

the lecture notes. (8 marks)

marks)

notes. (4 marks)

Application of theory on Individual

component discussion (8 marks)

Your interpretation of theory is accurate and

insightful and has included significant research which goes beyond areas covered within the lecture notes.

Identification of the author has been identified. (8 marks)

Your interpretation of theory is accurate and has some insight and included some research which goes

beyond areas covered within the lecture notes.

Identification of the author has been

identified. (7 marks)

Your interpretation of theory somewhat accurate and has included minimal research which is beyond areas covered

within the lecture notes. Identification of the author has been identified

(6mrks)

interpretation of theory is very general and has included no research which is beyond areas covered within the lecture notes. Identification of the author has been identified.

(4 marks)

Your interpretation of theory is missing or not relevant to the topic. No identification

of the author had been given

(<4 marks)

Overall presentation

and quality of

report (6

marks)

Report is exceptionally

structured with clarity, use of paragraphs and subheadings. (6

mrks)

Report is well structured with

clarity, use of paragraphs and subheadings.

(5mrks)

Report is somewhat

structured with clarity, use of paragraphs and subheadings. (4mrks)

Report is structured with some clarity, and use of some paragraphs and subheadings.

(3 marks)

Poorly presented. Report is not structured with any clarity, and does not use of paragraphs and subheadings.

(<3marks)

HC1062 Decision making and problem solving

Referencing

(4 marks)

Clear systematic referencing using Adapted Harvard referencing for all sources. At least

6 relevant references were used from good sources. All intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (4marks)

Clear systematic referencing using Harvard style for all sources. At least

5 relevant references were used from good sources. All intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (3 marks)

Clear systematic referencing using Harvard style for all sources. At least 4 relevant references were used from good sources. Most intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (2 marks)

Limited attempt at formatting references. References largely unrelated to the topic area. At least 3 references were provided. Most intext referencing done correctly and relevant. (1mark)

Poorly presented, no apparent structure. No use of Harvard referencing style. References were unrelated to the topic area. Only 0 r 1 relevant reference given

(<1 marks)