LO1:Compare and contrast the different global approaches to resource allocation, both market and non-market.

Assessment Brief


BA (Hons) International Business with Foundation year



Module Title:

Contemporary Issue in the global environment

Module Code


Assignment title:


Assignment number:

Component 2


50% of overall module grade

Word Count


Date given out:


Submission date:


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


Method of submission:


Online only


Online and paper copy

Special instructions for submission (if any):

Submission via Brightspace

Date for results and feedback:


Learning outcomes assessed

1. Compare and contrast the different global approaches to resource allocation, both market and non-market

2. Examine the various GDP and non-GDP measures of economic growth and human development

3. Evaluate the conditions required for sustainable development and the policies to support sustainability, whether local, national or international

4. Assess the relevance of ethics and governance to achieving sustainable policy outcomes.

Assignment Component: Individual presentation

You are allocated 15 minutes to individually present in person or provide a self-recorded presentation in podcast format on the findings of your research on the topic selected in Component 1.

It is important to discuss along with the findings of your report, the sustainability and ethics issues related to the topic you have chosen in Component 1.

Depending on the one topic you have chosen in Component 1, please discuss the following additional questions in your presentation.

Topic 1) Write a report on the various global approaches to resource allocation in a country of your choice.

Discuss how these relate to sustainability and ethics.

Topic 2) Write a report on how human development initiatives are being achieved in a country of your choice. Discuss the Human Development Index (HDI) for that particular country and explain how human development can be improved.

What impacts does human development have on ethics and sustainability?

Topic 3) Write a report on ethics, governance, and sustainability issues affecting a global business of your choice.

Explain how sustainable policies could be achieved by the business.

Topic 4) Write a report that discusses the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and how countries around the world can achieve it.

Discuss the relevance of ethics, governance and sustainability in achieving sustainable development.

Topic 5) Write a report on economic growth, and the various measures of economic growth. Discuss its importance in the global environment.

 Explain how ethics and sustainability impact economic growth.


Your presentation could be a PowerPoint presentation or a self-recorded presentation.

PowerPoint presentation with slides in which you make effective use of PowerPoint headings, bullet points, and subsections as appropriate. 

You should pay attention to your ‘body language’ when giving your presentation.  

Remember to engage/interact with any individuals who might be part of your audience.

Self-recorded presentation

You can record the findings (self-record). The recording format must be a .mp4 file.

Please ensure that the file formats are compatible and easy to upload on Brightspace.

You will have the choice of making a 15-minute presentation on campus on Week 8 of teaching and then uploading it to Brightspace by 17/12/2023, OR you are able to make and present and record a 15-minute presentation off campus and upload it to Brightspace by 17/12/2023.

Suggested structure

To include


  • Introduction to the topic you have selected

Main topic discussion

  • The issues, discussions and arguments on the topic selected supported by academic sources

Sustainability and ethics

  • Explain how sustainability and ethics are related to the topic of your choice


  • Summary of key points

Reference list slides

 Assessment Guidance

Your work should be professionally presented and should put forward structured arguments supported by referenced academic sources throughout and using examples to illustrate your discussion.    In-text referencing is mandatory where applicable. 

Recommended textbooks

Roorda, N. (2021) Fundamentals of Sustainable Development, 3rd edition, London, Routledge

Todaro, M. & Smith, C. (2020) Economic Development 13th edition, Harlow: Pearson Education

Please note that without any academic referencing, the work will receive a referral grade.

  • This presentation carries 50% of the overall module grade.
  • This presentation will be for 15 minutes.
  • Students are expected to include speaker notes in PowerPoint presentations in the ‘Notes’ section. All supporting arguments and relevant text should be included in the ‘notes’ area of the PowerPoint presentation.

As with all assignments, this will be discussed and additional guidance provided during seminar sessions and tutorials.

LO1:Compare and contrast the different global approaches to resource allocation, both market and non-market.

Reference Citations 

In-text citation is mandatory for a passing grade

  • Cite references in the text with author name/s, year of publication, and page number in parentheses (“Harvard system”)
  • Author`s or editor`s surname. This could be an organization, e.g., BBC
  • Year of publication
  • Page number(s)
  • Enclose the whole citation in round brackets unless the author is the subject of the sentence, e.g., Roorda (2021, p.18) argue that.. 
  • Reference List (that includes relevant academic sources) is mandatory for a pass grade

 An example of a Journal or E-Journal Article

Author surname(s), Initial(s). (Year) ‘Title of article’, Journal Name, volume number (issue or part number), page range. Available at: DOI or URL (Accessed: date)

Dutta, M. and Marjit, S. (2016) ‘Intra-country technology transfer’, Indian Economic Review, 51(1/2), pp. 117–127. Available at: http://www.jstor.org/stable/44376239 (Accessed: 27 May 2021).

Barke, M. and Mowl, G. (2016) ‘Málaga – a failed resort of the early twentieth century?’, Journal of Tourism History, 2(3), pp. 187–212. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/1755182X.2010.523145 

NB If viewing the article online, include the DOI if available OR URL + accessed date (Note: the access date is only included when using URL, NOT when using DOI)

TIP! If page numbers are unavailable - e.g., if you are using a source that is only available in an online format with no PDF, and if this is usual in your discipline - then they are simply omitted.

Make sure it is clear to the reader ‘how you know’ the things that you claim to be true , the things you have written about, where you read the same, where have you found your information? This means you need to reference sources that you use – think about acknowledging the contribution that others make and using evidence to support and strengthen claims that you make. All references should be presented using the Harvard format.

http://libguides.uos.ac.uk/friendly.php?s=academicskills/referencing  .

LO2:Examine the various GDP and non-GDP measures of economic growth and human development

Assessment Format:

British English must be used. Check for consistent spelling of names, terms, and abbreviations, including in tables and figure legends.


Electronic copies must be submitted in PowerPoint format only (.ppt / .pptx) on Brightspace respecting the deadline. Please note that any other format (pdf or MS Word .docx files) will not be graded.

Useful guide


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