Develop a critical understanding of current global challenges and their impact on the business environment.

 Task Brief

Module Title:

Global Challenges

Assessment Title:

Portfolio

Individual/Group:

Individual

Weighting:

100%

Submission Date:

Thursday 25 November 2023 at 3.00pm

Deadline and submission requirements

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·     Extensions can only be granted where there are extenuating circumstances and must be arranged via a Student Support Officer (contacted via Hallam Help). Also inform your seminar tutor.

This module assessment will assess the learning outcomes of this module.

Module Learning Outcomes 

At the end of the module, students should:

·       Develop a critical understanding of current global challenges and their impact on the business environment.

·       Analyse the impact of a global challenge on business and society by critiquing theories and current information on businesses and society.

·       Undertake a reflective exploration of your learning, evaluating how theories and concepts are linked to other modules on the course, the organisational context and your own personal and professional development, citing actions to take and potential barriers to implementation.

 Key requirements and task briefing information

Choose one global challenge (e.g. geo-politics, differences in culture, currency risk, supply chain disruptions, stakeholder engagement, climate change) and how a firm that you select is responding to it. Include at the end a 1000 words reflective exploration of your learning, use Gibbs to evaluate how theories and concepts are linked to other modules on the course, the organisational context and your own personal development, citing actions to take and potential barriers to implementation. 

Your portfolio should include the following;

The assessment comprises of two segments with a maximum of 4000 words in total compiled in a single document. The first segment of this single assessment is an essay (3000 words) and the second is a reflective piece (1000 words).

The Essay segment details a critical analysis of your chosen challenge in which you demonstrate understanding of how it impacts a firm of your choice. You should refer to key theories and concepts and the first segment of the assessment should be a maximum of 3000 words. The essay segment of the assessment could comprise of the following (an introduction, literature review (evaluation of relevant theories and concepts), application of these theories and frameworks (covered on this module) to the company, recommendations and conclusions. 

This segment of the assessment entails a reflection on how this challenge relates to other modules, and your personal development. (1,000 words).

This task must be completed through the use of at least one of the many models of self-reflection contained in the literature.

 To succeed in this assignment task, you will have to:

Display a good grasp of the question requirements, clearly direct the material in your answer towards the question and answer all aspects of the question. 

Undertake detailed research and investigation on the chosen challenge, using reputable sources, to enable you to identify and analyse the relevant features and patterns.

Demonstrate a good grasp of relevant concepts from the academic literature and utilise these concepts effectively during your assignment (e.g. to provide analytical insights).

Achieve a high standard of presentation and follow SHU referencing conventions.

You are strongly advised to carefully consult the assessment criteria grid for further guidance on expectations, before commencing work on your assignment!

You should also consult and adhere to the ‘style guidelines’ listed below

Style guidelines

  • Tutors wish to focus their attention on the content of your assignment, rather than its physical appearance. Therefore, all assignments are expected to conform to the following guidelines.
  • Marks will be deducted for poor presentation, so please aim for a professional standard.
  • Use double line spacing and leave a margin of at least 30mm on all sides. This will make it easier for your tutor to read/mark the work and to annotate comments as they read.
  • Use a plain, readable font (such as Arial, Calibri or Verdana) with a minimum font size of 11pt.
  • Include a title page which clearly states your full name, student number and the full and exact title of the question you have answered.
  • You should also clearly indicate an exact word count on your title page.
  • Include page numbers.
  • Use numbered headings and sub-headings throughout to clarify the structure of your assignment and help guide the reader.
  • Include an introduction that clearly explains your approach to the question and previews
  • The key themes to be covered and explain the structure of your answer.
  • Also include a conclusion which briefly summarises your key arguments and conclusions about the key question requirements,
  • Write in paragraphs and use clear, concise sentences in plain English wherever possible. Leave a line break between each paragraph. Long, overly complex sentences, containing multiple phrases, should be avoided. Each paragraph should focus on one key theme or argument only. As a rule of thumb, a paragraph should not normally extend beyond 10 lines and/or 4 or 5 sentences. Keep ‘jargon’ to a minimum and define any key academic terms. Develop a critical understanding of current global challenges and their impact on the business environment.
  •  Follow the APA referencing style. Use correct and appropriate in-text citations to acknowledge the source of all information and ideas and include a single, integrated reference list at the end of your assignment (in A-to-Z order by author surname). If you do not understand the conventions, consult a referencing guide or ask for help in the Adsetts Learning Centre. Analyse the impact of a global challenge on business and society by critiquing theories and current information on businesses and society.

You are strongly encouraged to use tables and figures with supporting information and other exhibits, but these should be presented professionally and referred to in the text of your answer. Figures and tables should be numbered consecutively (e.g., Figure 1, Figure 2, etc), given a meaningful title and the source should be clearly indicated. 

Degree Classification

This is a Fail

Marginal Fail

Pass

Merit

Distinction

Distinction

Criteria

0 - 39%

Work does not meet the assessment criteria

40 - 49%

 

Work does not meet the assessment criteria

50 - 59%

 

Satisfactory work

60 - 69%

 

Good quality work

70 - 79%

 

Excellent work

80 - 100%

 

Outstanding work

1. Critical evaluation of a

Work has not been addressed

Work is descriptive and

Satisfactory evaluation

Good evaluation using

Very good evaluation of

Excellent analysis of global

Global Challenge (e.g.,

the criteria and is highly

limited evaluation of

though using limited

range of sources on the

global challenge(s) using a

challenge(s) using a wide

climate change,

subjective and descriptive.

global challenges. No

sources on the selected

selected global challenges,

wide range of sources.

range of sources. Analysis

stakeholder

No evidence of academic

logical attempt at

global challenges. Analysis

with limited analysis of

Analysis is relevant,

is relevant, coherent and

engagement, supply

research on global

innovation or creativity.

is not always coherent or

interlinked topics. The

coherent and

contextualised to a high

chain disruptions and

challenges.

 

contextualised or aligned

evaluation is clear and

contextualised to a good

standard. Excellent link

geopolitics). in relation

 

 

with the corporate

contextualised.

standard. Good evaluation

between the analysis and

to organizational

 

 

strategies, efficiency, and

Reasonable link between

of the link between the

fully justified

strategies, efficiency

 

 

effectiveness of global

the analysis and

analysis and strong

recommendations. High

and effective

 

 

challenges. Weak link

recommendations and

recommendations and

level of innovation and

management of people

 

 

between the analysis and

some attempts at

good level of innovation

creativity in response.

with recommendations

 

 

recommendations and

innovation and creativity

and creativity in response.

 

for improvement.

 

 

little attempt at innovation

in response.

 

 

 

 

 

and creativity in response.

 

 

 

Mark Awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Critical review and analysis of the company`s response to global challenge. 

Work has not addressed the criteria and is highly subjective and descriptive. No evidence of understanding of hoe the company responded to global challenge. 

Work is descriptive, with little understanding of the how the company responded to the global challenge. 

Satisfactory analysis and awareness of understanding of how the company responded to the global challenge, the limited discussion or recommendations on  

Good analysis and clear depth of understanding of how the company responded to the global challenge with some clear recommendations and justification on other ways, 

Very good evaluation and depth understanding of global challenge with clear justification and contextualization, good recommendations and justification

Excellent evaluation of considerable and in-depth understanding of a global challenge and in-depth understanding. Excellent, creative, brilliant, contextualization

             
             
             
             

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

other ways that the organisation could

respond.

the firm could have responded.

the firm could have responded.

justified recommendations j on other ways the firm

could have responded

Mark Awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Drawing on your

No evidence of any

Highly descriptive

Satisfactory interlinked

Good, interlinked analysis

Very good and insightful

Excellent and insightful

analysis in parts 1 and

discussion of relevant

discussion of relevant

analysis of relevant

and depth of

analysis of relevant

holistic analysis of relevant

2 and any other factors

concepts

concepts, thus work is

concepts.

understanding of relevant

concepts.

concepts.

you wish to consider,

and therefore, no

unclear.

Satisfactory consideration

concepts. Good

Very good consideration of

Excellent consideration of

define, evaluate

application to exploring

Limited consideration of

of relevant concepts to

consideration of relevant

relevant concepts to

relevant concepts to

relevant concepts

better ways of addressing

relevant concepts to

better manage global

concepts to better manage

better manage global

better manage global

learned that could be

global challenges.

better manage global

challenges

global challenges

challenges.

challenges.

used to better manage

 

challenges.

 

 

 

 

global challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Critically reflect on

No evidence of personal

Limited personal

Some self-awareness and

Good evidence of

Very good ability to inter-

Outstanding ability to

your personal learning

awareness or engagement

awareness or engagement

critical reflection and little

engagement with the

relate concepts and ideas,

critically reflect on

on the module and

with the reflective practice

with the reflective practice

application of module

relevant theory and

drawing on personal

personal experience and

explain how you will

process.

process.

theories.

offering some reflections

reflection and experience.

engagement with others.

use this learning to

 

 

 

and examples.

 

Extensive use of course

inform your future

 

 

 

 

 

theory to support

capability to address

 

 

 

 

 

arguments as well as use

global challenges

 

 

 

 

 

of examples

Mark Awarded

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fails to adopt a logical

Limited structure. Difficult

Satisfactory structure.

Good structure. Clear to

Excellent structure that

Creative, logical and

 

structure. Very difficult to

to follow. Limited

Generally clear satisfactory

follow. Good

appropriately positions the

coherent structure, with

 

follow. Fails to

communication. Some

communication.

communication without

debate. Excellent

convincing development of

 

communicate clearly. Full

significant errors. Limited

Satisfactory referencing

errors. Good referencing

communication that

arguments. Outstanding

 

of grammatical and

referencing with some

with limited errors.

with all sources cited.

clearly articulates points

communication that

5. Overall Presentation, Communication and Referencing

spelling errors. Poor or no

attempt to reference and no references list

significant errors. Limited

references list with significant

errors/omissions.

Satisfactory references list

with limited errors.

Good references list with

all sources cited.

expressed. Excellent

referencing that aids understanding. Excellent

references list with

clearly applies academic

language to enhance meaning. Outstanding

referencing with wide-

 

 

 

 

 

sources accurately

ranging and accurate

 

 

 

 

 

described.

references list that enables

 

 

 

 

 

 

clear attribution and

 

 

 

 

 

 

enhances understanding.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding

Level 7: Generic grade descriptor: relationship of grades of achievement to percentage mark ranges and categorical grades (CG)

Class

Category

Grade

%

General Characteristics

Distinction (Exceptional)

 Exceptional Distinction

 

 

16

 

 

82

Exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding evidenced by own independent insight and critical awareness of relevant literature and

concepts at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of extensive and appropriate independent inquiry operating with advanced concepts, methods and techniques to solve problems in unfamiliar contexts; Cogent arguments and explanations are consistently provided using a range of media demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats using a sophisticated level of the English language in an eloquent and professional manner to both technical and non-technical audiences; a sustained academic approach to all aspects of the tasks is evidenced; academic work extends boundaries of the

disciplines and is beyond expectation of the level and may achieve publishable or commercial standard.

 

 

Distinction (Excellent)

High Distinction

15

78

Excellent knowledge and understanding evidenced by some clear independent insight and critical awareness of relevant concepts some of which are at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of appropriate independent inquiry operating with core concepts, methods and techniques to solve complex problems in mostly familiar contexts; Arguments and explanations are provided that is well-supported by the literature and in some cases uses a range of media demonstrating an ability to communicate effectively in a limited number of formats using own style that is suited to both technical and non-technical audiences; a sustained academic approach to most aspects of the tasks is evidenced; one or more aspects of the academic work is beyond the prescribed

range and evidences a competent understanding of all of the relevant taught content.

Mid Distinction

14

75

Low Distinction

13

72

 

 

Merit (Good)

High Merit

12

68

Very good knowledge and understanding is evidenced as the student is typically able to independently relate taught facts/concepts together some of

which are at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of some competent independent inquiry operating with core concepts, methods and techniques to solve familiar problems; Arguments and explanations are provided that are typically supported by the literature and in some cases may challenge some received wisdoms; competently uses all taught media and communication methods to communicate effectively in a familiar settings; an academically rigorous approach applied to some aspects of the tasks is evidenced; some beyond the prescribed range, may rely on set sources to advance work/direct

arguments; demonstrates autonomy in approach to learning.

Mid Merit

11

65

Low Merit

10

62

 

 

Pass (Sufficient)

High Pass

9

58

Satisfactory knowledge and understanding of the area of study balanced towards the descriptive rather than critical or analytical and mostly confined to

concepts that are not at the forefront of the discipline; evidence of some independent reading and research to advance work and inform arguments and approaches; Arguments and explanations are limited in range and depth although some are adequately supported by the literature albeit descriptively rather than critically; competently uses at least one taught media and communication method to communicate appropriately in familiar settings; although

the approach applied to some aspects of the tasks may lack academic rigour, there are some clear areas of competence within the prescribed range. Relies on set sources to advance work/direct arguments and communicated in a way which shows clarity, but structure may not always be coherent.

Mid Pass

8

55

Low Pass

7

52

 

Borderline Fail

6

48

Knowledge and understanding is insufficient as the student only evidences an understanding of small subset of the taught concepts and techniques; fails

 

 

FAIL

(Insufficient)

Mid Fail

4

45

to make sufficient links between known concepts and facts to adequately solve relevant aspects of the brief/problem; little ability to independently select

and evaluate reading/research with almost total reliance on set sources and unsubstantiated arguments/methods; communication/presentation may be competent in places but fails to demonstrate structure, clarity and/or focus; inability to adequately define problems and make reasoned judgements; the general approach to tasks lacks rigor and competence.

Low Fail

2

42

 

FAIL

(Incompetent)

 

 

Very Low Fail

 

 

1

 

 

38

Knowledge and understanding is highly insufficient as the student is unable to evidence any meaningful understanding of taught concepts or methods; very limited evidence of reading and research to advance work; inadequate technical and practical skills as the student is unable to use and apply such skills to address problems or make judgements; limited or lack of understanding of the boundaries of the discipline and does not question received wisdom; approach to learning lacks autonomy and approach to tasks is not sustained; inability to communicate coherently.

ZERO

Zero

0

0

Work not submitted, work of no merit, penalty in some misconduct cases.

* The grade points associated with the postgraduate fail grades are nonlinear to accommodate the necessary integration of the undergraduate and postgraduate scales for some courses

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