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£79 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.
Assignment 2 - Report Briefing
Managing Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
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
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 issue; relevant theories/concepts; review of initiatives; business examples/case study; conclusions and recommendations; details of references used in the main text; appendices. The 3,000 word count (+/- 10%) does not include the executive summary, tables in the main text, references or appendices.
Allocation of Marks
Topicality - the extent to which the topic of the report is subject to contemporary debate
Use of theory - the extent to which the report summarises appropriate academic literature and relates it to the topic
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
Application to practice - the extent to which the report deals with real-world issues and makes a contribution to the development of practice.
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
GUIDELINE GRADE DESCRIPTIONS
Your work is of an exceptionally high standard which has the potential for submission for publication in a peer reviewed journal or equivalent.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.