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THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTHAMPTON
Faculty of Business and Law

MODULE NAME: The Business Environment

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Module Code Level Credit Value Module Leader
BUS3005 6 20 Louise Atkinson

First Sit Assessment Brief

Assessment title:
Discuss the extent to which your selected company has engaged with, and succeeded in (or not) the following areas when compared to their closest competition: Innovation and Strategic Innovation, CSR, governance and ethics, Strategic capability and core competences

Deadline:
22nd November 2019 (STD version)
Weighting: 50%

Feedback and Grades due:
10th January 2020 (STD version)

Resit Date:
Please refer to your NILE site

The Assessment Task
Select a company from the following list:

DHL
Netflix
Greencore
BP
HSBC
Goldman & Saach
Virgin
Walmart
Amazon
Marks & Spencer

Establish a company profile detailing the following:
Industry(s) structure, Market Position, Country markets and size, A brief background of the company.

Discuss the extent to which your selected company has engaged with, and succeeded in (or not) the following areas when compared to their closest competition: Innovation and Strategic Innovation, CSR, governance and ethics, Strategic capability and core competences

*Note: Tutors at franchise partners may choose to change the company list to be location appropriate. This is the ONLY permitted change and should be executed by tutors only.

Learning Outcomes
The learning outcomes that are being assessed in this assessment are:

a)

b)

c) Subject – Specific Knowledge, Understanding and Application
Select and justify the application of appropriate academic theory to critically review case based examples.

Identify, select and utilise relevant sources that are appropriate to task. This includes data, academic literature and information from business practice

Make judgements and recommendations through critical analysis and evaluation in relation to industries, markets, and individual companies

Your grade will depend on the extent to which you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the grading rubric at the end of this assessment brief for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.

Word Limits (where appropriate)
The maximum word limit for this assessment is 2000 words

In accordance with the Assessment and Feedback Policy, as stated in section 4.40 where a submission exceeds the stipulated word limit by more than 10%, the submission will only be marked up to and including the additional 10%. Anything over this will not be included in the final grade for the assessment item. Abstracts, bibliographies, reference lists, appendices and footnotes are excluded from any word limit requirements.

In line with section 4.41 of the same Policy, where a submission is notably under the word limit, the full submission will be marked on the extent to which the learning objectives have been met.

Assessment Support

  1. Workshop support to discuss initial assignment briefing (week 4 of teaching)
  2. Opportunity to show draft extracts/ essay plans for individual formative feedback on progress 1 week prior to the deadline
  3. Academic skills embedded into workshops to support assignment development – weekly
    Generic Grading Criteria
    You will find the generic grading criteria for achievement at University Grading Criteria. Also explained here are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale.
    Assessment Submission
    To submit your work, please go to the ‘Submit your work’ area on the NILE site and use the relevant submission point to upload your report. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local time) on the date of submission. Please note that essays and reports must be submitted as word documents and not PDFs.

Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database.

When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your record and proof of submission.

If your assessment is not submitted to TURNITIN rather than a receipt you will see a green banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.

N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked. The only exception to this is when you are instructed to do so because TURNITIN is down.

Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:

• Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback, and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
• More than one week from original deadline – maximum grade achievable LG (L indicating late).
Extensions
The University of Northampton’s general policy with regard to extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties, but not against pressures of work that could have reasonably been anticipated.

For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. The module leader can, where appropriate, authorise a short extension of up to two weeks from the original submission date for first sits only.
Mitigating Circumstances
For guidance on Mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating Circumstances where you will find detailed guidance on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application.

Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.

Plagiarism and Academic Integrity
Unless this is a group assessment, the work you produce must be your own with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. The University of Northampton 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.

If you are in any doubt about what constitutes plagiarism or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. For help with understanding academic integrity go to UNPAC and follow the Top Tips for Good Academic Practice on the student hub.

Please note that the penalties for copying work from another source without proper referencing are severe and can include failing the assessment, failing the module and expulsion from the university.

Feedback and Grades
These can be accessed through clicking on the Feedback and Grades tab on NILE. Feedback will be provided by a rubric with summary comments. For work submitted to TURNITIN, please also click through for within text comments (or add information on accessing more detailed feedback if not a TURNITIN submission).

Grading Rubric

Grading Rubric No submission / no evidence Fail Pass Commended Merit Distinction
Learning Outcomes addressed through this assignment Work submitted is of no academic value / nothing submitted Evidence included or provided but missing in some very important aspects. Of satisfactory quality, demonstrating evidence of achieving the requirements of the learning outcomes Of sound quality, demonstrative which is sufficient and appropriate to the task or activity Of high quality, demonstrating evidence which is rigorous and convincing, appropriate to the task or activity Of very high quality, demonstrating evidence which is strong, robust and consistent, appropriate to the task or activity
LO: Select and justify the application of appropriate academic theory to critically review case based examples. No submission / submission is limited to title page and minimal word count Theory selection is relevant but lacks understanding in its justification and application. Discussion is descriptive and lacks analytical skills required. Theory selection is relevant however lacks justification. The application of theory has enabled and demonstrated some analysis of the selected company examples Theory selection is relevant and justified in part with some evidence. The application of theory has enabled and demonstrated analytical discussion of the selected company examples Theory selection is relevant and justified with evidence. The application of theory has enabled and demonstrated some critical analysis of the selected company examples Theory selection is relevant and clearly justified with evidence. The application of theory has enabled and demonstrated strong critical analysis of the selected company examples
LO: Identify, select and utilise relevant sources that are appropriate to task. This includes data, academic literature and information from business practice. No submission / submission is limited to title page and minimal word count Sources are of a poor quality and lack relevance to task in part. They do not effectively support argument development. The sources lack satisfactory evidence from theory and practice. Sources are of a satisfactory quality and are usually relevant to task, supporting argument development to a satisfactory standard. The sources include some evidence from both theory and practice. Sources are of a sound quality and are mostly relevant to task, supporting argument development to a solid standard. The sources include evidence from both theory and practice Sources are of a good quality and are relevant to task, supporting argument development to good standard. The sources include strong evidence from both theory and practice Sources are of a high quality and are consistently relevant to task, supporting argument development to an excellent standard. The sources include strong evidence from both theory and practice.
LO: Make judgements and recommendations through critical analysis and evaluation in relation to industries, markets, and individual companies No submission / submission is limited to title page and minimal word count Fails to draw together evidence from analysis in an effective way to present recommendations and judgements regarding the selected industry and companies discussed. Draws together evidence from discussion and some analysis to present satisfactory recommendations and judgements regarding the selected industry and companies discussed.
Draws together evidence from some critical analysis in a sound manner to present solid recommendations and judgements regarding the selected industry and companies discussed
Draws together evidence from critical analysis in an effective way to present very good recommendations and judgements regarding the selected industry and companies discussed.
Draws together evidence from strong critical analysis in an effective way to present excellent recommendations and judgements regarding the selected industry and companies discussed
Academic quality & rigour No submission / submission is limited to title page and minimal word count Unsatisfactory structure and flow is presented. Sources fail to be cited and referenced to a satisfactory standard. Support in academic writing and referencing is recommended.
A satisfactory structure and flow towards argument development. Sources are generally cited and referenced using Harvard style referencing, though there may be technical errors.
A solid structure and flow towards argument development. Sources are usually cited and referenced correctly using Harvard style referencing, though there may be some technical errors.
Very good structure and flow towards argument development. Sources are mostly cited and referenced correctly using Harvard style referencing.
An excellent structure and flow towards argument development. Sources are consistently cited and referenced correctly using Harvard style referencing.

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