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Identify micro and macro business environments and explain the functions of business organisations in contemporary society

1. Identify micro and macro business environments and explain the functions of business organisations in contemporary society

2. Outline the forms of business and differentiate between limited and unlimited liability companies

3. Apply business concepts and theories to different types of contemporary businesses

4. Analyse human resource practices and marketing strategies used in the context of business organisations

5. Effectively work in a team demonstrating sensitivity to others and be able to clearly communicate findings (orally and in writing)

Assessment topics

Oral Presentation (Learning Outcome 1,2 and 4)

Assignment Briefing (level 3)

Module Name

Contemporary Business Issues

Module Code

XS3021

Assignment Title

Presentation (Learning Outcome 1,2 and 4)

Type of Submission

PowerPoint Presentation

The weighting of the assignment in the overall module grade

40%

Word Count/Time allocation (for presentations)

N/A

Issue Date

Term 1, Week 4

Submission Date

Term 2, Week 6

Date of Feedback to Students

Term 2, Week 10

Where feedback can be found

Returned to students in the class

Assignment Task

 

  1. In your group of 4/5 members, you will need to plan, develop and present your work in relation to the Contemporary Business Issues topic covered in the module.
  2. Your presentation should have a clear title with an introduction, discussion, and conclusion
  3. The presentation will require an overview (e.g. slides to be covered by you)
  4. The presentation should be about 15-18 minutes (Minimum is 15 minutes). Marks will be deducted for presentation less than 15 minutes or more than 18 minutes.
  5. The presentation should contain a research or critical question (i.e. what area are you trying to answer/identify/address in the presentation).
  6. The presentation must be resourced and referenced (Do not use Wikipedia as a reference).
  7. Please use clear and simple language to illustrate your points.
  8. The presentation must be done in narrative PowerPoint only. Marks allocated for preparing PowerPoint slides.
  9. Use appropriate fonts, diagrams (e.g. charts, graphs) to support your presentation.
  10. You are allowed to use cue cards or reading aid to help you during the presentation
  11. Please hand in a copy of the PowerPoint presentation which will be collected after the presentation. This is mandatory as marks can be deducted if printed copies of the presentation are not handed in).
  12. You will also complete and submit a piece of writing, maximum 1500 words
  13. You will be allocated to a group of 4/5. Teamwork is essential!
  14. Do not be late for the presentation. Please arrive 10 minutes before your allocated time.

Background/Context

This assignment covers learning outcomes 1, 2 and 4 depending on the topic chosen by the student. Assume that you are working for a company as a junior business consultant. You are asked to prepare a presentation on the contemporary issues that impacting your company’s performance. Hence, please choose a company that are having some challenges and/or contemporary issues in their business. Then critically analyse how these Issues/Challenges impacting the company’s performance. And advise some course of actions to improve their performances. Possible topics can be taken from the lecture notes and the topics covered section of the scheme of work. Please inform your tutor of your choice of topic and for guidance on choice of research materials.

Allocation of Marks

Section/element

Allocated Marks

Knowledge and understanding

25%

Critical approach

25%

Organisation

25%

Oral Communication and Power Point Slide

25%

FEEDBACK ON COURSEWORK WILL BE BASED ON THE FOLLOWING MARKING CRITERIA

 

Knowledge and Understanding

Organisation

Critical Approach

Oral Communication and PowerPoint

Excellent

 

85-

100%

An exceptionally comprehensive, detailed, profound grasp of key concepts.

A large quantity of accurate, factual, historical and contextual detail. Identify micro and macro business environments and explain the functions of business organisations in contemporary society

The purpose of the task has been fully understood.

An excellent answer that is thorough, complete, comprehensive & relevant.

Conceptual knowledge applied with consummate skill.

The argument is developed logically and skilfully. Is critical, imaginative and insightful.

The work shows excellence in bringing together wide-ranging, in-depth and relevant evidence in support of the argument.

All sources are acknowledged

Oral communication is excellent -extremely fluent, natural and engages the audience. It is well- structured, logical, timely and cohesive.

A very sophisticated grasp of appropriate subject- specific terminology. Very few, if any, language errors.

Extralinguistic features highly effective

 

 

70-

84%

A comprehensive, detailed grasp of key concepts at this level.

Factual, historical and contextual detail is abundant and accurate.

The purpose of the task has been fully understood.

 

An excellent answer that is relevant, thorough and comprehensive

Conceptual knowledge applied with considerable skill

The argument is developed logically and shows excellent critical insight.

Brings together a wide range of evidence in support of the argument that is in-depth and relevant.

All sources are acknowledged

Oral communication is highly successful. The work is very fluent, natural and engages the audience. A clear structure that is logical and cohesive.

Very good grasp of appropriate subject-specific terminology.

Occasional language errors but they do not impede communication.

Extralinguistic features very effective

Very Good

 

 

60-

69%

Very good knowledge and understanding of key concepts at this level.

Factual, historical and/or contextual information is evidenced where appropriate and is largely accurate.

A very good answer that is relevant, thorough and complete.

The purpose of the task has been fully understood.

Conceptual knowledge is applied very skilfully.

The argument is developed logically -a very good level of critical thinking.

Brings together a range of relevant research material in support of the argument.

Sources are acknowledged

Oral communication successful -reasonably confident, natural and engaging. Well-structured and logical. Too time =/- 1 min

A sound grasp of appropriate subject-specific terminology. Errors occasionally and only when complex ideas are discussed.

Extralinguistic features somewhat limited or not wholly effective

Good

 

50-

59%

Good knowledge and understanding of key concepts but there may be gaps.

A reasonable amount of factual, historical and/or contextual information, which contains few serious inaccuracies.

The task has been understood and addressed competently.

The answer may lack thoroughness and detail and contain some irrelevancy.

Conceptual knowledge is applied with adequate skill.

The argument sometimes lacks coherence. Some attempt at critical thinking is made but too descriptive.

Lacks coherence and application of evidence in support of the argument.

Most sources are acknowledged

Oral Communication is good. The work is reasonably fluent, although can lack confidence. The structure is logical and clear. Time =/- 1.5 mins

Some grasp of appropriate subject-specific terminology. Language and/or pronunciation error is evident but does not impede the audience’s understanding.

Extralinguistic features seldom effective

Fair

 

40-

49%

A fair knowledge and understanding of key concepts at this level but there may be significant gaps.

An attempted inclusion of factual, historical and/or contextual information, (likely to contain inaccuracies).

The question has been addressed simplistically and the purpose of the task may not have been fully understood.

Maybe incomplete and contain irrelevancy.

The application of conceptual knowledge is only partly successful.

Limited evidence of logical argument or critical thinking. -seldom brings together evidence in support of the argument.

 

Limited or absent acknowledgment of sources

Oral communication is only partly successful. Lacks confidence and fluency. Language and/or pronunciation can impede communication.

Organization satisfactory -Time =/- 2 mins Shows a basic grasp of appropriate terminology.

Extralinguistic features poor

Fail

 

0-

39%

Weak or very limited understanding of key concepts at this level with very significant gaps.

Factual, historical and/or contextual information is limited or very limited and/or inaccurate. Identify micro and macro business environments and explain the functions of business organisations in contemporary society

The answer given is poor and/or incomplete.

The main purpose of the task may be/is misunderstood and so the answer lacks relevance to the question, the answer is incomplete and/or irrelevant.

Any attempt to apply conceptual knowledge is very limited/does not exist.

The argument, critical thinking, and research are largely limited or absent.

Sources if extant are likely to be unacknowledged.

Oral communication is not successful. The work lacks fluency and fails to engage the audience.

A poor grasp of appropriate terminology. Frequent errors in language and pronunciation seriously impede understanding. The audience may is unable to follow the presentation.

Extralinguistic features if extant ate ineptly.


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