Contemporary Issues in Business and Management


Module Title: Contemporary Issues in Business and Management Module Code: 6BUS1101
Assignment Format & Maximum Word count An Individual Reflective Essay, maximum 1,000 words, +/-10% Assignment Weighting: 40% of the overall grade
Coursework Submission: Time: 23:55
Date:29th April 2019
Method: On-line submission
Coursework return Date returned to students: 4 weeks after submission


Assessment Criteria
Learning Outcomes: Knowledge and Understanding tested in this assignment:
·       Knowledge of selected contemporary issues in the field of business and management
Learning Outcomes: Skills and Attributes tested in this assignment:
·       Apply advanced research skills to the field of business and management and reflect on the outcome
Feedback /Marking criteria for this Assignment
Performance will be assessed using HBS Grading Criteria and Mark scheme. Guidance for improvement will be given in writing on the Assessment Feedback Form or on the CANVAS Feedback Form within 4 weeks of submission. Assignments submitted up to one week late will receive a maximum numeric grade of 40%. Late work and plagiarism offences will receive standard penalties. Turnitin is used to highlight student collusion or to consider similarities to other work.


Detailed Brief for Individual Assessment
Assignment Title: Assignment 2 – Individual reflective essay

Description of the assignment:

The sole aim of this assignment is to enable students to critically reflect on their experience of the module, including the research and analytical skills gained throughout the module journey. It is also intended to enable the students to articulate their self-awareness, especially after working with colleagues in their assigned peers during tutorials. Therefore, it is vital to follow the structure below to reflect on your experience of the module. To help you focus your arguments, please use the following content guidelines in completing your reflective assignment:


  1. Introduction: You are expected to briefly introduce your essay to the reader. Therefore, it is essential to highlight the issues that will be discussed in your reflective essay under this heading.


  1. Description: Describe the aspects of the module that have significantly enhanced your knowledge and skills. Ensure that you are specific and clear about the areas of the module you find most productive to your future career. As a guide, highlight and justify how the module has developed your research, evaluative and analytical skills.


  1. Feelings: Discuss your feelings about specific company/companies covered in the module and demonstrate how it has helped transform your thinking about management practice generally. What new perspective of management practice have you captured during the module delivery? You can focus your discussion on any of the contemporary issues discussed during the lectures and/or tutorials. It is vital to ensure that, your arguments are specific and appropriately tailored to a key issue(s). Complementing your discussions with appropriate and specific examples can be an added advantage.


  1. Evaluation: Highlight the areas of the peer discussions during the tutorials you considered invaluable/good, and the aspects that are inappropriate/bad. What did you discover about yourself working with others? Were there any cultural challenges? How did the peers communicate? Ensure that you present appropriate justification for each argument. It is important to note that, working in peers presents numerous fundamental benefits, but also poses some serious challenges.


  1.  Analysis: Analyse your perspective of the peer discussions and the module, and discuss the sense you can make of the situation. In essence, articulate what lessons you have learnt and how that will improve and/or enhance your ability of working with others as well as your knowledge of contemporary management practice in the future.


  1. Conclusion: Summarise your key points and indicate their implications on your future practice



  1. Action plan: design an appropriate action plan, and discuss how you will address the weaknesses you have identified about yourself during your engagement with colleagues in the tutorials.


Any specific instructions:

Reflective writing is personal, and therefore you are to use first person (I, me, we) and emphasise the use of vocabulary, which relates to personal feelings and emotions. Be frank and specific in the way that you describe the research and analytical skills gained and use specific examples to illustrate how studying on this module has improved your level of application of these skills. The examples highlighted might relate to your work with peers in the tutorial, your discussions with the tutor during the one-to-one discussion or a narrative of your research experience when independently working on your assignment. You are also encouraged to consider how studying on this module might have developed your skills, knowledge and other attributes associated with enhancing your future career development. In summary, try to reflect on your overall experience of the module and consider whether you have developed any new perspectives on contemporary business and management practice(s) and how this, together with changes in your skill set, might assist you in future.



There are three different guidance papers on reflective learning and writing from CASE posted in the ‘resources’ folder for this module

Mark scheme:

  Weighting (%)
Introduction 5
Presentation and Structure 10
Evaluation and analytical research skills 20
Reflecting on the perceived cultural differences and similarities in peer/group 20
Reflecting on and evaluating performance in the peer/group 20
Setting appropriate goals/plans for future development 20
Drawing appropriate conclusion 5
Total 100
Student Support and Guidance

·       For further help, contact your module leader in their drop-in hours or by email.

·       Use the Grading Criteria and Mark Scheme to help improve your work.

·       Go to CASE workshops, use the CASE website and drop-in hours

·       Academic English for Business support is available through daily drop-ins from the CASE office.  See the CASE workshop timetable on the CASE main website page for details.

·       Some tutors allow students to test their work using Turnitin.  Guidance on submission to Turnitin via StudyNet can be found by using the following link.$FILE/TURNITIN+FOR+STUDENTS+2016+USER+GUIDE.pdf



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