Critically evaluate one form of new employment and its impact on workers. You must use academic sources, include in-text citations and a Reference List.

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UMPDN6-15-1 Contemporary Business Issues 

Coursework Assessment Brief
Module Code: UMPDN6-15-1
Module Title: Contemporary Business Issues
Submission Deadline:
Assessment Component:
Assessment Weighting:
Marking and feedback deadline

Assessment Instructions
There are two parts to the assessment for this module: Poster Presentation and Portfolio Activities.

PowerPoint Presentation (60%)
You will be assessed on the basis of your knowledge of undertaking a basic research project. You will be required to complete in groups a 10 week research project on the topic of your choice, but falling into one of the key themes presented in this module.
You will complete and present an academic PowerPoint presentation. You will receive an examination known as a viva voice, an oral defence of your research – this will take place  in the week 9/10 workshops.  Each presentation must last at least 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions. Each student will be asked about their presentation.

Portfolio Activities (40%)
Throughout the term, you will complete a Portfolio of 1600 words which consists of four learning activities, focusing on the knowledge and skills required to address the contemporary issues faced by businesses.
It will also include a reflective commentary in which you will reflect on the experience and processes of the module and how these may inform your understanding of your future career.  Each task will have a clear brief for you to address and will be submitted during the designated tutorial.  The focus will be on ensuring you demonstrate your understanding of the distinctive features of studying business as a broad, comprehensive degree programme and recognise the potential future professional pathways available to you.
The portfolio will consist of the following four areas:

  • Inequalities in Society
  • Globalisation
  • New forms of recruitment
  • New Forms of Work


Portfolio Activities


Based on the content of this week’s workshop, identify an example of inequality experienced in the workplace and discuss a theory that explains why it exists.  Your discussion should seek to critique the theory that you outline.  You must use academic sources, include in-text citations and a Reference List. 


Based on the content of last week’s lecture and this week’s workshop, compare and contrast any two opposing perspectives on globalisation.  Your discussion should critically analyse the two perspectives you present.  You must use academic sources, include in-text citations and a Reference List. 


Based on the content of last week’s lecture and this week’s, you must:
Critically evaluate one form of new employment and its impact on workers.  You must use academic sources, include in-text citations and a Reference List.


Based on the content of last week’s lecture and this week’s workshop, you should:
a) Critically discuss the advantages and potential challenges to employers of offering student internships/placements.
b) Critically discuss the advantages and potential challenges to students of undertaking an internship/placement.
If you use academic sources, then you must include in-text citations and a Reference List.  

Marking Criteria

The following criteria will be used in evaluating this assessment:
The following criteria will be applied to your research projects, marks are individual but work presented as a group.

Aspect Criteria Mark


Aim(s)/ Introduction


• Aim is not stated, no introduction.


• Aim is vaguely stated, introduction fails to describe the background/ outline of work undertaken.


• Aim is accurate and clearly stated, adequate description of background/ outlines of work undertaken.


• Exceptional/ clear comprehensive description of aims, background and outlines of work undertaken.




• No mention of methods/ materials used.


• Some mention of methods/ materials used.


• Methods and materials are almost complete and mostly accurate.


• Accurate and complete account of methods/ materials used. 


A critical and well considered and justified methodological discussion


Literature Review


No review of the literature presented or integrated into presentation


Some attempt to review the literature, but errors in literature utilised


A descriptive review of the literature


Some clear attempts to be critical but limited development


Outstanding critical review

4 – 5

Results & Discussion


• No analysis and results given or totally incorrect.


• Incorrect analysis of data, results are incomplete and vaguely presented.


• Adequate analysis of data, results are accurate, some discussion of results is attempted.


• Analysis of data, results, and discussions are accurate and complete.


• Analysis of data, results, and discussion are accurate and complete, with suitable illustrations


• Method and logic of analysis, results and discussion are accurate and complete, with suitable illustrations. 


• Method and logic of analysis, results and discussion are accurate and complete, with suitable illustrations and engage critically with the academic literature




• No conclusion is attempted or conclusion is wrong.


• Conclusion is partly correct but incomplete.


• Conclusion is correct and almost complete.


• Conclusion is correct, complete, related to the aim of the research and suggestions for improvement of research are given.




• References are not given


• References are incomplete and not arranged according to convention


• References are complete, properly written and arranged according to convention.


Organisation and presentation of presentation


Organisation of presentation is not logical with untidy presentation.


Organisation is logical but presentation is untidy.

1 – 2

Organisation of presentation is neat and logical

3 – 5

Individual contribution

0 – 10

Quality of presentation

0 - 10

TOTAL Marks available 50


Portfolio Activity Assessment Criteria

  • There is evidence that student has failed to properly engage with the activity and has demonstrated a poor understanding as a result of limited effort to attend lectures and complete additional reading. 0-3 marks
  • The activity is completed to a standard that allows the student to demonstrate limited understanding of the topic and shows evidence of reading (albeit from inappropriate sources).  3-5 marks
  • The activity is completed to a standard that demonstrates a good level of critical engagement with the topic and it is clear that the student has grasped the topic area effectively.  Some wider academic reading has been completed. 5-7 marks
  • The student has fully engaged with the topic and shows excellent critical analysis of the subject.  There is evidence of significant additional reading or research and this comes from reliable academic sources (evidenced through referencing). 7-10 marks

Formative feedback and support during the module
Formative feedback provides opportunities to reflect on your ongoing work and preparation for your assignment. Complete this section to highlight formative feedback opportunities specific to this assignment and embedded in this module.
Further information about this assessment is available on the Blackboard site for this module and includes:
Module Handbook, lecture and workshop materials, reading list.
Students will be able to receive feedback on one portfolio task in the first four weeks of the module.

Please use the following file format(s) Presentation- PowerPoint, Portfolio- WordWe cannot ensure that other formats are compatible with markers’ software and cannot guarantee to mark incorrect formats.
All work should be word processed in 12-point font Times New Roman or Arial and single spaced.
The first page of your coursework must include:

  • Your student number
  • The module name and number
  • Your word count
  • The coursework question or title

Word Limit
The maximum word limit for this coursework is- Portfolio- 1600 words.

  • There is no +/- 10% on word count and anything after the maximum word count will not be marked
  • In line with University policy, this word count includes everything in the main body of the text (including headings, tables, citations, quotes, lists, etc.).
  • The references, bibliography and footnotes (provided footnotes only include references) are NOT included in this word count.

Referencing and Assessment Offences
Please ensure you reference all sources used when developing your assessment, using the University Harvard system. Failure to properly reference your work to original source material can be grounds for the assessment offence of plagiarism and may result in failure of the assessment or more serious implications. Further guidance on correct referencing is available on UNIVERSITY’s Study Skills referencing pages.
UNIVERSITY’s Assessment Offences Policy outlines potential offences and it is your responsibility to understand this policy and avoid potential offences. Details of what constitutes plagiarism and how to avoid it can be found on UNIVERSITY’s Study Skills pages about avoiding plagiarism.
Text-matching software (e.g. SafeAssign) is used to check every submission against other submissions made at the same time, previous submissions to UNIVERSITY and other universities, and internet sources. We may also manually search for matches. When submitting your work, you will be required to confirm that the work is your own.
It is an assessment offence to:
- copy work from any source, including your own previous assessments, and present it as your own work for this assessment, or to provide your own work to others
- to work with others on the assessment in any way, or for anyone to make amends on your work (including proof-readers, who may highlight issues but not edit the work)
- change individual words but keep, essentially, the same sentences and/or structures from other sources: this will be detected by text-matching software. Please write in your own words and style to convey your own learning.

Instructions for submission
You must submit your assignment before the stated deadline by electronic submission through Blackboard. Notification that the electronic submission portal is open for your assignment is displayed (usually two weeks before the submission date) in the Coursework tab in my UNIVERSITY, the Coursework tab in Blackboard and via an announcement in the Blackboard course.
Please allow sufficient time to upload your assignment, as the system becomes busier and slower as the deadline approaches. Only your final upload will be counted. Ensure all your information is submitted at one attempt to avoid overwriting your intended submission. Always check and retain your receipts.
Late submission in the 24 hours following the deadline will be accepted but the assignment mark will be capped at a pass. Submissions after 24 hours will not be accepted. For full guidance on online submission through Blackboard, see UNIVERSITY’s Academic Advice pages on Assignments.
Submissions of coursework by any other method (including a paper copy, on disk or by email) are NOT permissible for this module unless specifically agreed in advance of the submission date.

Before submitting your work, please ensure that:
ÿ You have proof-read you work thoroughly to ensure your work is presented appropriately
ÿ You have addressed all the required elements of the assessment
ÿ You have referenced in accordance with the guidance provided
ÿ You have addressed each of the marking criterion
ÿ The submission is in the correct format

Final feedback and marks release
Students will normally receive marks and feedback on their submission within 20 working days of the submission deadline (not including public holidays or university closure days). Any delay in returning students’ work will be communicated by the module leader via Blackboard.
Feedback on this module is not limited to the written comments you will receive on individual written assessment submissions.
Feedback and marks for this module will be available by the date specified at the top of this document.For further guidance on feedback, please refer to the module handbook.


Further guidance and support
There are a number of sources of support to improve your study skills, including:

  • TheUNIVERSITY Library Study Skills pages – for online support and bookable workshops
  • The Faculty of Business and Law’s Academic Success Centre for bookable workshops
  • Guidance on using UNIVERSITY’s Library.

Specific study skills pages relating to this module include:

  • How to plan and structure your writing
  • Presentation skills
  • Working in a group
  • Writing skills
  • Research skills / techniques
  • Report writing
  • Reflective writing
  • How to write critically
  • Literature reviews
  • English language support

For further guidance on UNIVERSITY assessment regulations and terminology see UNIVERSITY’s Academic Advice pages.

Personal Circumstances
If you are experiencing difficulties in completing a piece of assessment on time due to unexpected circumstances (for example illness, accident, bereavement), seek advice from a Student Support Adviser at the earliest opportunity. Appointments can be made via an Information Point or online via the Student Support Pages.
Student Support Adviserscan advise as to whether you should submit an application for ‘Personal Circumstances (PCs)’, how to do so and what evidence is required to support the application. Further details on PCs can be found on the Student Support Pages.
The module leader cannot grant personal circumstances or extensions.

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