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LO1: Develop a critical understanding on the definitions of sustainability and its impact on creating long term competitive advantages for organizations

LSC/UoS BA in Business Studies

Assignment Brief


BA Business Studies



Module Title:

Building A Sustainable Organisation

Module Leader:


Assignment titles:

Individual Report

Assignment number:





Date given out:

Jan 2022

Submission date:

21st February 2022

Eligible for late submission (3 working days, with penalty)?


Method of submission:


Online only


Online and paper copy

Special instructions for submission (if any):


Date for results and feedback:


Employability skills assessed:

C1, C2, C3, LP1, IT1, IT2, IT3, LP2, PS1, PS2, PS3




Learning outcomes assessed:

LO1: Develop a critical understanding on the definitions of sustainability and its impact on creating long term competitive advantages for organizations

LO3: Negotiate, influence, and agree roles and rewards within founder teams in entrepreneurial and business settings, doing so in a legitimate ethical manner

LO6: Work independently and as part of a collaborative virtual team to develop attributes and capabilities for business success in a complex and changing environment

LO7:  Undertake independent research to inform practice within specific areas of specialism



The Carbon Emission Reduction Dilemma – COP26 Glasgow

COP26 was the annual meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference, the world’s most important summit on climate change. COP stands for Conference of the Parties, the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which was adopted in 1992. Most climate experts describe COP26 as the most significant climate moment since the 2015 Paris Agreement, as countries reported on how they have progressed in implementing the Agreement. COP26 was the first opportunity to see if we are on track to respond to the multiple challenges presented by the climate emergency and where more efforts are required…( https://practicalaction.org/superyear-2021/cop26/)


2030 Climate Target Plan (europa.eu)

2030 Climate target plan - YouTube

The EU wants to be carbon neutral by 2030. Critically review / analyse the links above and evaluate how the EU will ever achieve this target and comply with the projected goals and standards of the Paris agreement. Will organisations in the western world truly become carbon neutral and achieve zero emissions by 2030? LO1: Develop a critical understanding on the definitions of sustainability and its impact on creating long term competitive advantages for organizations


1000 words +/- 10%.  Any deviation from this will be penalised.


Please note the following when completing your written assignment:

  1. Writing: Written in English in an appropriate business/academic style
  2. Focus: Focus only on the tasks set in the assignment.
  3. Document format: Report
  4. Ensure a clear title, course, and name or ID number is on a cover sheet and a reference using Harvard referencing throughout is also provided.
  5. Research: Research should use reliable and relevant sources of information e.g. academic books and journals that have been peer reviewed. The research should be extensive. LO1: Develop a critical understanding on the definitions of sustainability and its impact on creating long term competitive advantages for organizations

The use of a range of information sources is expected – academic books, peer reviewed journal articles, professional articles, press releases and newspaper articles, reliable statistics, company annual reports and other company information. All referencing should be in Harvard style.

Structure of the assignment

Title Page

Table of Contents

Introduction (150 words)

Body (700 words)

Conclusion (150 words)

List of References

 marking criteria and Student FEEDBACK

This section details the assessment criteria. The extent to which these are demonstrated by you determines your mark. The marks available for each criterion are shown. Lecturers use a similar format to comment on the achievement of the task(s), including those areas in which you have performed well and areas that would benefit from development/improvement.

Common Assessment Criteria Applied

Marks available



1. Research-informed Literature

Extent of research and/or own reading, selection of credible sources, application of appropriate referencing conventions.



2. Knowledge and Understanding of Subject

Extent of knowledge and understanding of concepts and underlying principles associated with the discipline.



3. Analysis

Analysis, evaluation and synthesis; logic, argument and judgement; analytical reflection; organisation of ideas and evidence



4. Practical Application and Deployment

Deployment of methods, materials, tools and techniques; application of concepts; formulation of innovative and creative solutions to solve problems.



5. Skills for Professional Practice

Attributes in professional practice: individual and collaborative working; deployment of appropriate media; presentation and organisation.






Assignment Mark (Assessment marks are subject to ratification at the UoS Assessment Board.  These comments and marks are to give feedback on module work and are for guidance only until they are confirmed. )

72 Hour Late Submission Penalties (tick if appropriate)



Level 6

In accordance with the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, at the end of Level 6 students should have coherent and detailed knowledge and a systematic understanding of their subject area, at least some of which is informed by the latest research and/or advanced scholarship within the discipline. They will be able to accurately deploy established techniques of analysis and enquiry within a discipline, using their conceptual understanding to devise and sustain arguments and/or to solve problems. They should be aware of the uncertainty, ambiguity and limits of knowledge. They should be able to critically evaluate evidence, arguments, assumptions, abstract concepts and data (that may be incomplete), to make judgements, and to frame appropriate questions to achieve a solution - or identify a range of solutions. They will apply the methods and techniques that they have learned to review, consolidate, extend and apply their knowledge and understanding, and to initiate and carry out projects. They will have the ability to manage their own learning, and to make use of scholarly reviews and primary sources (for example, refereed research articles and/or original materials appropriate to the discipline). They will demonstrate the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment requiring: the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility; decision-making in complex and unpredictable contexts; the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature. LO1: Develop a critical understanding on the definitions of sustainability and its impact on creating long term competitive advantages for organizations


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