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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.

Module code and title:BM628Module leader: 
Assignment No. and type:CW1: Report: Individual 6000 word written report with action planAssessment weighting:100%
Submission time and date:17/10/ 2020Target feedback time and date:3 weeks after deadline
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.            

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 1LO1. Critically evaluate the industry life cycle of a chosen organisation and reflect on the existing corporate strategy
LO 2Compare and contrast the board’s corporate governance structure and effectiveness.
LO 3Prepare a board crisis action plan for a natural disaster of unforeseen event of catastrophic proportions.
LO 4Critically 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 5Critically 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 pageYou 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. 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    
 
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Assessment Criteria
      Generic Marking Criteria for Corporate Strategy and Governance 2018-19 CW1 – 100% weighting     1st    = >70%  15- 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. 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 . Recommendation 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.    
  University Generic Undergraduate Degree Grade Descriptors can be found on the University website in the document ‘Assessment of Students- Appendix 1’  

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