A critical review of corporate and other initiatives that have been launched to respond to

A critical review of corporate and other initiatives that have been launched to respond to the issue, and how these have been applied with reference to specific business examples/case studies.

Assignment 2 - Report Briefing

Module Name

Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development

Module Code

BS7302

Assignment Title

Assignment 2 Report

Type of Submission

Individual written report

Word Count/Time allocation (for presentations)

3,000 words (+/- 10%, excluding executive

summary, tables, references and appendices)

Date of Feedback to Students

20 working days after submission

Where feedback can be found

Brief comments on the electronic script, summary comments in the “Comments” box and a breakdown of the allocation of marks in the “rubric” on Canvas

Assignment Task

The aim of the assignment is to give students a better understanding of a specific issue and related corporate practice in the area of corporate social responsibility, sustainability and business ethics

The students are free to focus on an issue of their choice, but the issue should be researched from a theoretical and practical perspective to gain an understanding of how issues emerge and form as well as how companies respond to them.

While the issues covered may vary, for example, from child labour to fat-cat salaries, each report should include the following elements:

  • A description of the issue including how it has emerged and developed over time and the identification of CSR/SD/Business Ethics theories/concepts which can be associated with the issue.
  • A critical review of corporate and other initiatives that have been launched to respond to the issue, and how these have been applied with reference to specific business examples/case studies.
  • A set of conclusions and recommendations that identify best practice in how companies respond to the issue.

It is important that your report should be balanced and impartial.

Note: The structure of the report should include an executive summary (covering the main findings/conclusions and recommendations in the report); table of contents (with page numbers); introduction to and explanation of issuerelevant theories/conceptsreview of initiativesbusiness examples/case studyconclusions and recommendations; details of references used in the main text; appendicesThe 3,000 word count (+/- 10%) does not include the executive summary, tables in the main text, references or appendices.

Allocation of Marks

 

Allocated Marks

Topicality - the extent to which the topic of the report is subject to contemporary debate

 

10%

Use of theory - the extent to which the report summarises appropriate academic literature and relates it to the topic

 

30%

Presentation and clarity of expression - the quality of the report presentation and the extent to which the report is written in appropriate and accessible language

 

30%

Application to practice - the extent to which the report deals with real-world issues and makes a contribution to the development of practice.

 

30%

Penalty (if any) for exceeding word count

Will be taken into consideration in overall structure and if superfluous content is included,

marked down accordingly

University Grade Criteria – Postgraduate

 

CLASS

 

%

 

GRADE

OVERALL DESCRIPTION

 

GUIDELINE GRADE DESCRIPTIONS

Distinction

85-

100

A+

Outstanding

Your work is of an exceptionally high standard which has the potential for submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal or equivalent.

 

75-84

A

Excellent

Your work demonstrates a sophisticated and comprehensive knowledge of the subject area. You have shown an exceptional ability in the appropriate use of the relevant literature, theory, methodologies, practices or tools to analyse and synthesise at Masters level. Your work is well-constructed and demonstrates a professional approach to academic practice (citation and referencing; appropriate presentation format; clear, accurate English). It addresses the learning outcomes/assessment criteria fully.

 

70-74

A-

Very Good

Your work demonstrates strong knowledge of the subject area and the ability to develop an independent and sophisticated argument or evaluation. The ideas you put forward demonstrate exceptional clarity and focus and your work adheres to the principles of good academic practice (citation and referencing; appropriate presentation format; clear, accurate English). It addresses the learning outcomes/assessment criteria fully.

Merit

67-69

B+

Good

Your work demonstrates a well-developed critical and comprehensive understanding of the topic. It shows evidence that you have thoroughly researched the topic(s) and are able to construct an independent, logical argument or evaluation.  Your work demonstrates a high degree of ability in the appropriate use of relevant literature, theory, methodologies, practices or tools to analyse and synthesise at Masters level. Your work is well-structured and logically written and demonstrates good academic practice (citation and referencing; appropriate presentation format; clear, accurate English). There is a good attempt to address the learning outcomes/assessment criteria, meeting all of them to some extent and some of them well.

 

64-66

B

 

 

60-63

B-

 

Pass

57-59

C+

Satisfactory

Your work demonstrates knowledge of the subject area and the ability to develop an independent, logical argument or evaluation. It shows competence in the appropriate use of literature, theory, methodologies, practices or tools. The development of some ideas in your work is limited but it attempts to analyse materials critically. At times the expression and structure of your work is not clear and you have not consistently followed good academic practice (citation and referencing; presentation format; clear, accurate English). Your work provides some level of response to the learning outcomes/assessment criteria but does not fully address all of the criteria.

 

54-56

C

 

 

50-53

C-

 

Marginal Fail

45-49

MF

Unsatisfactory

Your work contains some weaknesses. It provides some evidence that you have understood the topic and that you are able structure arguments or evaluation. Your work demonstrates some ability in the appropriate use of literature, theory, methodologies, practices or tools

but not at Masters level. Your work fails to address one or more

 

 

 

 

criteria fully.

Fail

35-44

F

Poor

Your work is unsatisfactory in it demonstrates very limited knowledge

of the subject area and does not succeed in grasping the key issues There is little evidence of development of ideas and critical analysis is very limited. The presentation is confused and lacks coherence. Your work does not meet the learning outcomes/assessment criteria.

 

0-35

 

Very poor

Your work demonstrates no real knowledge of the subject area and

does not display the critical ability required at this level. Your work does not attempt to address the learning outcomes/assessment criteria adequately.

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