Contemporary Issues In Management

Assessment Brief

Academic year and term: 2020/21– Autumn Semester
Module title: Contemporary Issues In Management
Module code: BUS020X628A
Module Convener: Laura Scanga
Learning outcomes assessed within this piece of work as agreed at the programme level meeting On the completion of this module you will:
1.    Knowledge outcome – be able to synthesize and critically examine a range of contemporary issues in management from a variety of theoretical and practical perspectives
2.    Intellectual/transferable skills outcome – be able to apply evidence-based research and demonstrate criticality (independent thinking) to a wide range of issues in Business and Management and make recommendations for organisations and Continuing Professional Development.
Type of assessment:            Formative Assessment – One-page plan of report (500 words) (0%)
Summative Assessment – An individual management report (3,500 words) (100%)
Assessment deadline: Formative Assessment: Week 7, w/c November 16th
Summative Assessment: 2PM, TBC

Assignment Scenario
You have made it through to the final graduate selection event for a large organisation (in an industry of your choice). For your interview you are required to prepare a report on your views of contemporary issues related to management. This employer is looking for evidence of knowledge of relevant issues and their management implications. In addition, your response needs to consider what this means to you and your own career.
Formative Assessment (500 words) –
This is an exciting opportunity to engage with topics related to an industry you are interested in. In order to provide feedback on your work before you write the summative assignment there is a formative task to ensure that you are engaging with the topic and with good quality reading materials.
The task requires you to produce a draft report plan outlining:

  1. The industry (e.g. media industry) that you plan to focus on for your assignment and key topics covered in the module related to the industry.
  2. Identify a list of key sources that will be used in the assignment e.g. Mintel, industry specific sources e.g. McKinsey Quarterly plus reference to key academic sources e.g. Journal of Contemporary Management Research and textbook Contemporary Issues in Work and Organisations by Lansbury.
  • Describe how you plan to present/ structure your report e.g. macro perspectives to micro considerations; and what type of relevant management dimensions e.g. innovation, people, selling etc.

The plan should demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts and issues in your topic area.
You could present this task as a mind map or bullet point list.
Instructions for Summative Assessment
Your assessment for this module takes the form of a 3,500 word management report:
You are required to prepare a management report that applies horizon scanning techniques (trends, data analysis, sources and critical thinking) to examine an industry of your choice. You can define an industry either by using the SIC UK classifications or Global Industry Classifications. You will need to identify the relevant contemporary issues that affect that industry.

  • Which enabling technologies and innovations are making more impact on that industry?
  • How is the industry coping/ thriving/ frightened and provide 2 to 3 specific examples?
  • What are the drivers and dimensions covered by each topic (see below) for the industry?
    • Future of consumption
    • Future of enterprise
    • Future of work
  • What are the management implications of changes in these areas? How could or should managers act? What examples are there good and/or bad decisions?
  • Finally, what are your views about how these changes will impact you and your career in that industry? Given what you know, what is the contribution you could make to the industry?

Overall the focus of the report is an examination, in depth, of the relationships between issues and management.  Be specific by providing examples. Use a wide range of sources. Provide a view about how it affects you and what you can contribute to an organisation in that industry given your knowledge.
The grading criteria and their weighting for the Assignment are as follows:

  1. Content, breadth and relevance of reading/ data sources/ theory             25%
  2. Level of critical analysis/ application of horizon scanning techniques 35%
  3. Conclusions/ discussion/ impact on industry and career             30%
  4. Presentation, clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing             10%

You are advised to allocate your efforts accordingly. For more details see the grading criteria grid (rubric) below.
Resit Assignment Details
Resit submission date: please see Moodle
For students who are offered a resit you are required to improve and resubmit your original work as well as adding a further reflective commentary of up to 500 words discussing what you have learned from the process.  You must resubmit your work using the specific resit Turnitin link on Moodle.
You should:

  1. Review your previously submitted work and read carefully the feedback given by the marker.


  1. Use this feedback to help you revisit and rewrite your work, improving it in the areas identified as weak in the original marking process
  2. Include with your resubmission an additional reflective piece (up to 500 words) on what you understand was weak, how you set about addressing this and what you have learned from this that may help you with further assignments. You should address the following specifically:
  3. i) Identify tutor feedback points on your original work and identify where/how the resit work has changed (give page number) in response to feedback
  4. ii) Identify the lessons you have learnt from doing the resit

iii) Reflect on how your feedback and this process will help you improve future assignments
If you did not submit work at the first opportunity you cannot reflect on your feedback. However, you are still required to submit a reflective piece in which you identify your reasons for non-submission, the implications of non-submission for your future success and how you propose to address this in the future.
If you were deferred at the first assessment opportunity you do not need to include the reflective piece as this is classed a first submission, not a resit.
The original marking criteria will still apply (see marking grid provided above) except that the 10% weighting for presentation will be awarded instead to your reflective piece.
The word limit for resit assessment is 3,500 words.

How will we support you with your assessment?

  • There will be an assessment briefing in Week 2.
  • A formative assessment of 500 words is due Week 7. The formative will allow you the opportunity to show your work to date on your essay and obtain feedback from your tutor.
  • You will receive feedback over Week 8 / 9.
  • Tips and pointers for assessment will be highlighted throughout your seminars.
  • Weekly advice on scholarly and context specific resources is available through tutor office hours.
  • Upload your draft assignment to Studiosity for improvements on grammar and English writing. Sign up
  • FAQs on Moodle

How will your work be assessed?
Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking grid provided in this assessment brief.  When you access your marked work it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to improve future assignments.
You MUST use the Harvard System.  The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it. To check your Harvard referencing technique go to the Quick Guide via the Library here: and locate the guide for business students found here:
Assignment submissions
The Business School requires a digital version of all assignment submissions.  These must be submitted via Turnitin on the module’s Moodle site.  They must be submitted as a Word file (not as a pdf) and must not include scanned in text or text boxes.  They must be submitted by 2pm on the given date.  For further general details on assignment preparation refer to the online information via Learning Skills Hub and contact Academic Achievement Team in the Library for workshops.
Mitigating circumstances/what to do if you cannot submit a piece of work or attend your presentation
The University Mitigating Circumstances Policy can be found on the University website – it’s important you check the regulations on mitigating circumstances if you find that you cannot submit an essay:   Mitigating  Circumstances Policy
Marking and feedback process
Between you handing in your work and then receiving your feedback and marks within 20 days, there are a number of quality assurance processes that we go through to ensure that students receive marks which reflects their work. A brief summary is provided below.

  • Step One – The module and marking team meet to agree standards, expectations and how feedback will be provided.
  • Step Two – A subject expert will mark your work using the criteria provided in the assessment brief.
  • Step Three – A moderation meeting takes place where all members of the teaching and marking team will review the marking of others to confirm whether they agree with the mark and feedback
  • Step Four – Work at Levels 5 and 6 then goes to an external examiner who will review a sample of work to confirm that the marking between different staff is consistent and fair
  • Stop Five – Your mark and feedback is processed by the Office and made available to you.

Grading Criteria

Very Good
Marginal Fail
Very limited
Missing/ Not Done
Content, breadth and relevance of reading/ data sources/ theory 25%  Exploration of topic showing excellent knowledge & understanding through thorough & appropriate research. Impressive choice and range of appropriate content  Level of knowledge & understanding demonstrated.
Evidence of appropriate reading.  Covers all relevant issues touching on all areas of future of consumption, enterprise and work.
Level of knowledge & understanding demonstrated.
Covers most relevant points & issues.
Few errors / omissions in content.
 Grasp of the topic & some of its implications presented.
Knowledge & understanding is demonstrated.  Minor errors / omissions in content
Incomplete content / level of knowledge of the topic.  Addresses part of the task. Some errors / omissions in content. May benefit from further research Some basic knowledge of topic evident.  Limited content. Limited/ dated range of sources
Limited content / knowledge. Limited or muddled understanding of the topic/question.
limited/ dated range of sources
Wholly incorrect or not attempted.
Level of critical analysis/ application of horizon scanning techniques 30%
Level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection.
Highly developed/ focused work
Very good level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection clearly developing points in the appropriate way with thorough consideration of all possibilities. Good level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection & a few ideas/points could benefit from further development &/or evaluation/comparison. Satisfactory level of discussion/analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection but more ideas/points could be addressed /developed further Basic evidence of analysis/ critical evaluation &/or reflection but some points superficially made so need further development. Relevant issues poorly identified, little use of tools and techniques Very poor analysis. Little or no use of tools and techniques  Wholly incorrect or not attempted.
Conclusions/ discussion/ impact on industry and career 25%
Excellent business insight & application.
Breadth, depth & integration of literature into work. Reflection on industry and career long with a clear articulation of your contribution to the industry based on your knowledge.
Very good level of knowledge & understanding demonstrated.
Evidence of appropriate reading.
Reflection on industry and career is appropriate and well considered.
Good level of knowledge & understanding demonstrated.
Covers most relevant points & issues.
Few errors / omissions in content/calculations.
Satisfactory grasp of the topic & some of its implications presented.
Knowledge & understanding is demonstrated.  Minor errors / omissions in content
Limited business insight & application. Limited integration with theory/ data.
Displays some weak evidence of business application & insight
Work needs to show better links between practical application & theory.
Little evidence of business application & insight
Work needs to show better links between practical application & theory.
Wholly incorrect or not attempted.
Presentation-Clarity, structure, grammar, correct referencing 10%
Excellent presentation throughout
Excellent spelling and grammar
Faultless referencing throughout the assignment
Very good presentation throughout
High standard of spelling & grammar
Very good referencing throughout the assignment
Good presentation throughout
Good standard of spelling & grammar
Minor errors in the referencing of others
Satisfactory presentation throughout
Few errors in spelling & grammar
Few errors in the referencing of others
Adequate presentation & formatting throughout
Few spelling & grammatical errors
Most references are presented appropriately in the main text
List of references is correct
Inadequate presentation & formatting throughout
A number of spelling and grammatical inaccuracies. Failure to cite all references in the main text. Incomplete reference list
Poor presentation & formatting in most areas
Many spelling & grammatical errors
Poor structure
Inconsistent use of referencing in the main text
Incorrect reference list
Missing. Wholly incorrect or not attempted.

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