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Lo1 Evaluate the importance of different business functions and show how they link together.

Module code and title:

MG408 Graduate Challenge

Module leaders:


Assignment No. and type:

CW1 Business Report

Assessment weighting:


Submission time and date:

All students

Online via Turnitin by 2pm on Friday 03rd November 2020.

Target feedback time and date:

3 Weeks

Assignment task

A 500 word essay on the importance of different business functions to demonstrate core academic skills of evidence based writing and Harvard referencing.

With reference to academic texts, define the role of Marketing, Finance, Operations/Production and Human Resources. Explain the importance of all these functions working together well, with supporting evidence based on successful organisations.


This assignment has been designed to provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your achievement of the following module learning outcomes:

LO 1

Evaluate the importance of different business functions and show how they link together.

LO 3

Develop and appreciate the academic skills and techniques necessary to be a successful undergraduate student.



Task requirements

This assignment requires an evidenced based approach to the discussion of the business functions of organisations.

The research materials for this assignment will come from academic text from other course areas outside of the module. For example, from The Business Environment core text by Worthington and Britton (The Internal Environment: Chapter 2) and Principles of Marketing core text Brassington and Pettitt (Introduction: Chapter 1). The use of online sites such as Wikipedia, Businessballs etc are not deemed suitable for use as sources for academic definitions in H.E.

Additionally, credible web-based sources are important to provide evidence to support the points made in your report and use of corporate websites, national news media e.g. BBC News, The Telegraph etc. and trade magazines such as Marketing Week, Forbes etc.is recommended.

The following is the minimum research requirement for this assignment.

  • 1 academic textbook
  • 4 web-based articles to include use of a corporate web site and a trade or national press article


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.

The following is the minimum research requirement for this assignment.

  • 1 academic textbook
  • 4 web-based articles to include use of a corporate web site and a trade or national press article


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 by your programme team. A proportion of your marks will also depend upon your use of the Harvard academic referencing conventions.

This assignment will be marked according to the grading descriptors for Level 4 with the grade breakdown as follows -:

Knowledge and understanding 15% Argument/analysis 15%

Evidence based writing

  • Number of sources used 10%
  • Suitability of sources for use in H.E. 10%
  • Diversity of sources used 10%

Harvard Referencing

  • In text 20%
  • Reference List (Alphabetical). 20%

Submission details


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  • This assignment should be submitted electronically. Please use the relevant Turnitin submission point in the Submit your work area in your VLE module shell.
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