Solving business problems

Module Code: BM0129
Distributed on: September 23rd 2013

Hand in Date:



Instructions on Assessment:



Important note about ARNA regulations


The regulations specify that students must complete every assessment component contributing to the modules on their programme. This applies to all forms of assessment as defined in the module descriptor. Please note that:


  • if any assessment component is not completed, students will be failed in the module even if the module pass mark has been achieved;
  • if the requirements for referral specified in section 5 of ARNA1 are met, a resit opportunity will be given;
  • if unable to complete an assessment component because of extenuating circumstances, students should follow the procedure described in the Student Guide to Extenuating Circumstances1.


This change was approved by Academic Board on 12 October 2009 in consultation with the Students’ Union. Students should consult their Programme Leader or Guidance Tutor if they have any queries. Independent advice and support is also available from the Students’ Union Advice & Representation Centre ( or from a student adviser in Student Services.


1ARNA and the Student Guide to Extenuating Circumstances Affecting Assessed Work are available from


Word limits and penalties for assignments


If the assignment is within +10% of the stated word limit no penalty will apply.


The word count is to be declared on the front page of your assignment and the assignment cover sheet.  The word count does not include:


·       Title and Contents page ·       Reference list ·       Appendices ·      Appropriate tables, figures and illustrations
·       Glossary ·       Bibliography ·       Quotes from interviews and focus groups.


Please note, in text citations [e.g. (Smith, 2011)] and direct secondary quotations [e.g. “dib-dab nonsense analysis” (Smith, 2011 p.123)] are INCLUDED in the word count.


If this word count is falsified, students are reminded that under ARNA page 30 Section 3.4 this will be regarded as academic misconduct.


If the word limit of the full assignment exceeds the +10% limit, 10% of the mark provisionally awarded to the assignment will be deducted.  For example: if the assignment is worth 70 marks but is above the word limit by more than 10%, a penalty of 7 marks will be imposed, giving a final mark of 63.


Students are advised that they may be asked to submit an electronic version of their assignment.



Time limits and penalties for presentations


The time allocated for the presentation must be adhered to. At the end of this time, the presentation will be stopped and will be marked based on what has been delivered within the time limit.






Submission of Assessment:


All assignments must be submitted via the Undergraduate Programme Office. Each assignment must be accompanied by an Assessed Work Form which must be completed in full. The assignment will not be accepted by the Undergraduate Programme Office unless the form is completed correctly.


Marked assignments will be returned to students. It is advisable to retain a copy of your assignment for you own records. Your mark will be returned on the Assessed Work Form via the Undergraduate Programme Office.


Referencing your work


The APA method of referencing uses the author’s name and the date of the publication. In-text citations give brief details of the work you are referring to in your text. References are listed at the end of the text in alphabetical order by the author’s name. The general format of an electronic journal reference in the APA style is shown below:


Coutu, D. (2009). Why Teams Don’t Work. Harvard Business Review, 87(5), 98-105. Retrieved 29th April 2012 from EBSCO


Author/s name and initials are listed first, followed by year of publication in brackets. Then there is the title of article and the journal where the article appears, which is in italics. Then state the volume and issue number (in brackets) along with the pages where article can be located. Finally add the date the article was retrieved and then the name of the database, followed by the web address. Wherever possible use the homepage URL rather than the full and extended web address.


For further information on why it is important to reference accurately go to the Referencing and Plagiarism topic in Skills Plus available from the Library website:


You will find other useful help guides on Skills Plus to help you with the skills involved in writing your assessments and preparing for exams.


For further information on the APA style of referencing see the Concise Rules of the APA Style and the APA website


Plagiarism and Cheating

Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full bibliography and/or a list of references must be submitted as prescribed in the assessment brief).


Please note that this is intended to be an individual piece of work. Action will be taken where a student is suspected of having cheated or engaged in any dishonest practice. Students are referred to the University regulations on plagiarism and other forms of academic irregularity. Students must not copy or collude with one another or present any information that they themselves have not generated.

(Some basic instruction if required here)



For further information on Plagiarism, see the Referencing and Plagiarism topic on Skills Plus.

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Mapping to Programme Goals and Objectives:


This assessment will contribute directly to the following Undergraduate programme goals and objectives.


  1. Knowledgeable about the theory and practice of international business and management


Students will be able to:


1. Acquire knowledge of functional areas of business and management.




2. Acquire knowledge of specialist areas of business.


3. Apply their knowledge to business and management contexts.


4. Conduct contemporary research into business and management.



  1. Skilful in the use of professional and managerial techniques and processes


Students will be able to:


1. Provide evidence of self reflection as a means of informing personal development planning.


2. Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication skills and the ability to work in a team.


X 3. Demonstrate critical thinking skills .


X 4. Demonstrate problem solving skills.



  1. Aware of ethical issues impacting on business and professional practice


Students will be able to:


1. Identify an ethical dilemma in a business situation




2. Suggest ethical solutions to this dilemma


  1. Employable as graduates


Students will be able to:


1. In the context of securing graduate employment demonstrate the skills of self presentation.






Assessment Criteria (NBS)



General Assessment Criteria


Trait 0 – 29 30 – 39 40 – 49 50 – 59 60 – 69 70 – 79 80 – 100
Knowledge and Understanding Unable to grasp concepts, or to present facts in a relevant way. Some elements of knowledge apparent but question/s inadequately addressed. Basic knowledge-and understanding of subject shown. Work is relevant, however, confusion shown at times. The knowledge base is judged sound and relevant. Thorough knowledge and understanding demonstrated. Exceptional comprehension of knowledge demonstrated.
Structure and Alignment Often inarticulate and can be incomprehensible. Poor structure. Content often irrelevant. Work can lack focus, and is prone to unsubstantiated assertion or logic. Over reliance on description rather than analysis.   Perhaps some evidence of unstructured argument or illogical reasoning. Material is well presented and organised.   Occasionally, conclusions are reached on the basis of insufficient information. Fluent and focused. Shows ability to contextualise knowledge and sustain a relevant argument or logical reasoning. Sophisticated skill shown in formation of relevant argument or analytical reasoning.


Note:    For those assessments or partial assessments based on calculation, multiple choice etc. Marks will be gained on an accumulative basis. In these cases, marks allocated to each section will be made clear.


Students must retain an electronic copy of this assignment and it must be made available within 24 hours of them requesting it be submitted.


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