1ASSESSMENT BRIEF AND MARKING RUBRICModule title: Business Procurement and Contractual Practice (UEL-EG-7036)Assessment point: Assessment point 1 (Week 6)Assessment task: CourseworkWord count limit: 4000 words +/- 10% (excluding references and appendices)Width: 50% of overall module gradeProcedure in the event of illness or other valid cause (extenuating circumstances)If you believe that:• your performance in assessment or reassessment has been impaired, or;• you were unable to attend for an assessment or reassessment, or;• you were unable to submit assessed or reassessed work by the scheduled date due toillness or other valid cause ( as defined in the Procedures Governing ExtenuatingCircumstances), may apply for extenuation for the relevant component(s) to UnicafExtenuating Circumstances team ([email protected]).*Once a component has been capped, extenuation does not uncap it.Academic misconduct including plagiarismEnsure that you are familiar with the relevant regulations regarding academic misconduct. Bysubmitting the assignment, you declare that it is your own work and that the material andsources of information used, including internet sources, have been fully identified and properlyacknowledged. In addition, you confirm that the presented work has not been submitted forany other assessment. You also acknowledge that the faculty reserves the right to investigateallegations of plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct which, if proven anddependent on the severity level of the offence, may result in a penalty that could affect yourprogress.By submitting your work, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed with the abovestatements.2General GuidanceYour assignment should be MS Word processed (handwritten assignments are not accepted),using Times New Roman size 12 font, double spaced, with numbered pages and your studentnumber printed as a footer on every page. Note this is a report supported by academic researchso you should adhere to the appropriate referencing guidance. The word limit stated for thisassignment excludes the list of references at the end of the assignment but includes all text inthe main body of the assignment (including direct quotations, in-text citations, footnotes,tables, diagrams and graphs). Please be aware that exceeding the word limit will affect theacademic judgement of the piece of work and may result in the award of a lower mark.Appendices are not considered a supplement and will not be assessed as part of the content ofthe assignment. As such, they will not contribute to the grade awarded; however, it may beappropriate to use an Appendices section for any material which is a useful reference for thereader. Please note that appendices are not included in the word count. The majority ofreferences should come from primary sources (e.g. journal articles, conference papers, reports,etc.) although you can also utilise area specific textbooks. You must ensure that you use theHarvard style of referencing. Please indicate the word count length at the end of yourassignment.Marking and assessmentThis assignment will be marked out of 100% and contributes to 50% of the total module mark.The pass mark is 50%. Nevertheless, in order to pass this module, you must both achieve anaggregate mark of 50% and also meet the assignment threshold marks. For the purposes ofpassing a module each assignment has a threshold mark of 40%. The marking rubric isattached, which offers guidance on the assessment criteria and weighting.Late SubmissionThere will be a stipulated deadline date for all assignments. All assignments will need to besubmitted by the set time on the stipulated deadline date. Assignments submitted up to 24 hourslate will be accepted, but the assignment mark will be subject to a deduction of 5 marks fromthe mark awarded or a mark of 40% whichever is the greater.3Learning outcomes applied in this assessmentLO1. Explain and demonstrate the development of business management theories oninternational projects. (IC)LO2. Compare and contrast different project environments for major projects. (PID)LO3. Demonstrate and be able to analyse cost and financial information for a constructionproject (CID)LO4. Assess and compare and contrast various construction contracts and their application fordifferent construction projects (CC)LO5. Outline the role of organizations and how they are shaped to meet short, medium- andlong-term objectives (CID)LO6. Illustrate how management has developed over time and the relevant connections andinfluences between key authors and identify why business must cope with change anduncertainty (DP)LO7. Demonstrate and be able to analyse cost and financial information for a constructionproject (CID)LO8. Critically evaluate the selection of contract and risk allocation (SID)LO9. Evaluate strategic planning models and leadership styles (DP)LO10. Recognize the importance of resource management on organizational performance, cost,financial management and marketing strategy (CC)LO11. Critically apply tendering procedures within the construction industry (PID)LO12. Demonstrate the choice of dispute resolution in construction contracts and criticallyevaluate it (SID)LO13. Develop the ability to construct robust arguments whilst drawing upon theory (IC)LO14. Select & justify the use of construction contracts to manage different construction workwithin the industry (PID)Assessment guidelinesProduce a 4000-word coursework (+/- 10%) (excluding the list of references) which offersstudents the ability to demonstrate their developing knowledge and application of the teachingand learning material covered in weeks 1 to 5. It also encourages students to develop theirthoughts and perspectives on theories and concepts.4TaskYou are requested to answer the below three questions. Your answers in order to be completedshould count approximately 4000 total for the 3 below questions. Please answer all questions.1. Discuss the concept and importance of systems thinking from the perspective of aconstruction company based in South Africa considering going overseas to undertakeconstruction work.2. Critically evaluate the role of innovation and creativity on construction organizationfrom a Change Management View. Rely your critical discussion on a business exampleof your choice.3. Analyse the characteristics that affect strategy in the construction industry from anoverview of the Global Market. Rely your critical discussion on a business example ofyour choice.Your responses should include a well-researched written account with a clear structure, withreferences showing you have read around the topic area.To do well in this assignment:• Read around the subject – refer to journal papers, reports, and text books.• Describe what you know and understand in a structured way.• Use clear plain English.• If you include images or photos, make sure to include captions and cross reference themto the text.• Read it through to make sure it makes sense and does not contain syntax, spelling, andgrammatical errors.Submit the work on time.5AppendicesUnder this heading you should include all the supporting information you have used thatis not published. This might include tables, graphs, questionnaires, surveys ortranscripts. Refer to the appendices in the body of your report.List of ReferencesA key feature of academic writing, the list of references should list – in alphabetical order byauthor – all published sources referred to in your report. There are different styles of usingreferences so be sure to refer to the study guide and check your departmental handbook forguidelines.6Assessment CriteriaYour assignment will be marked according to the following criteria:1. Understanding and Reading: The depth of your reading (number, range and quality ofsources) and understanding of it. You are expected to read the essential and furtherreadings to support your argument/discussion; you cannot rely on personal opinion orunsupported statements.2. Critical Analysis: The level of critical analysis in your writing and the quality of theargument developed. You cannot rely on simple description, but have to apply knowledgeand theory from the readings to critically engage with the material.3. Structure: Your ability to develop a clear, logical structure for your coursework whichaddresses the required points of the task and guides the reader. Your coursework shouldinclude a clear introduction, a cogently argued main body, and a conclusion thatsummarises the argument and answers the overall question.4. Presentation and Referencing: Your ability to express yourself clearly in English usingappropriate terminology, correct spelling and grammar. The extent to which yourcoursework is correctly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing in-text andwith a reference list. 7 Section/aspectContent to coverMarks availableIntroduction300 wordsGeneral background on the topic you aregoing to discuss. Possible definitions forterms relating to the question.What the essay will include and/or leave out(scope).What themes the essay will discuss and the orderthey are presented.What the essay will argue / demonstrate (thesisstatement).10 MarksMain Body(Understanding,Reading andCritical Analysis)3400 wordsThe following structure can be used fordiscussion of the themes that you haveidentified:T – topic (sentence to introduce the theme ortopic of the paragraph)E – example (you could mention an examplehere to focus the topic)S – support (bring in supporting informationfrom your research / e.g. theory, researchstudies, statistics, legislation, professionalguidelines, examples from practice)T – talk about the ideas (strengths,weaknesses, importance, relevance,usefulness, comparison to other ideas).Evaluation and critical discussion of thesupporting materials and how they relate tothe question under scrutiny – keep thediscussion focused on answering the questionin the title.65 MarksConclusions andrecommendations300 wordsLinks back to the themes identified in theintroduction.A reminder of what the essay has argued. Arecap of the main themes that have beendiscussed.Proffer some recommendations10 MarksFormatting,Structure andReferencing(list of references notincluded in wordcount)High quality presentation of the material thatconforms to principles of academic writingand contains minimal errors in sentenceconstruction, grammar and punctuation.A logical structure was followed.The assignment followed appropriateacademic conventions regarding in-textcitations and referencing.15 MarksTotal: 4000 wordsTotal: 100 8Masters Grading Scale Mark RangeCriteria90-100%DistinctionDemonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technicalcompetence. The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be ofpublishable /exhibitable quality.Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard.80-89%DistinctionDemonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and avery high level of technical competence.The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close topublishable/exhibitable quality.Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level.70-79%DistinctionDemonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technicalcompetence.The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show someoriginality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with ambiguity in the data.Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level.60-69%MeritDemonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application ofconcepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws.The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacityto reflect critically.Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level.50 – 59%PassDemonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown byconceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques. The work is generally sound but tendstoward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to reflect critically.Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level.45 -49%MarginalFailDemonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge to some degree. Some important weaknesses; possiblyshown by factual errors, conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.The work is generally sound but tends toward the factual or derivative. Little evidence of capacityto reflect critically.Relevant generic skills are generally at a satisfactory level.40-44%Demonstrates limited core subject knowledge. Some important weaknesses; possibly shown byfactual errors, conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques.The work lacks sound development. Little evidence of capacity to reflect critically.The quality of the relevant generic skills does not meet the requirements of the task.30-39%Demonstrates inadequate subject knowledge.The work lacks coherence and evidence of capacity to reflect critically.The quality of the relevant generic skills does not meet the requirements of the task.20-29%Demonstrates seriously inadequate knowledge of the subject. The work contains minimal evidence ofawareness of relevant issues or theory. The quality of the relevant generic skills does not meet therequirements of the task.10-19%The work is almost entirely lacking in evidence of knowledge of the subject. No evidence ofawareness of relevant issues or theory.The quality of the relevant generic skills does not meet the requirements of the task.0-9%The work presents information that is irrelevant and unconnected to the task. No evident awarenessof appropriate principles, theories, evidence and techniques. Module Title:UEL-EG-7036 Business Procurement and Contractual PracticeAssessment Title:Assessment Point 1 (coursework, 4000 words)Weighted: 50%Criteriaandweighting90-100%HighlyExceptionalWork80 – 90%OutstandingWork70 – 79%ExcellentWork60 – 69%Very GoodQualityWork50 – 59%Good QualityWork40 – 49%Acceptablework withsome goodaspects20 – 39%Work doesnot satisfyassessmentcriteria0-19%Work failsto meet theassessmentcriteriaExceptional andoutstandingintegration of theappropriate data,contextualised withcommercialawareness,business maturityand skill.Excellentintegration ofthe appropriatedata,contextualisedwith goodevidence toshowcommercialawareness,businessmaturity andskill.Very goodintegrationof theappropriatedata,contextualised withevidence toshowcommercialawareness,businessmaturity andskill.Goodintegration ofthe appropriatedata,contextualisedwith goodevidence toshow overallawareness,businessmaturity andskill.Adequateintegration ofthe appropriatedata,contextualisedwith goodevidence toshow overallawareness,businessmaturity andskill.Some integrationof the appropriatedata,contextualisedwith limitedevidence to showawareness,business maturityand skill.Poor quality ofintegration of theappropriate data,contextualisedwith very limitedevidence to showawareness,business maturityand skill.Nointegration oftheappropriatedata,contextualised with verypoor evidenceto showawareness,businessmaturity andskill. All relevanttheories/conceptual modelsaccurately andextensivelypresented.Exceptionalapplicationof theoryandsupportingmaterials.All relevanttheories/conceptual modelsaccurately andextensivelypresented.Excellentdelivery ofapplied theory.Virtually allrelevanttheories/conceptual modelsaccurately andextensivelypresented.Highleveldeliveryof appliedtheory.Most of therelevanttheories/conceptual modelsaccuratelypresented.Good leveldelivery ofapplied theory.Some of therelevanttheories/conceptual modelsaccuratelypresented. Areasonabledelivery ofapplied theory.Omissions andinaccuracies inthe presented oftheories/conceptual models.Some level ofdelivery ofapplied theory.Manydeficiencies andomissions intheories/conceptual models.Delivery ofapplied theory isinadequate orwholly absent.Majordeficienciesand omissionsintheories/conceptual models.Deliveryof appliedtheory iswhollyabsent.Exceptionally innovative.Outstandingprofessional andappropriatedelivery andlanguage.Accuratereferencingthroughout.Highlyinnovative. Veryprofessional andappropriatedelivery andlanguage. Verywell referencedthroughout.Veryinnovative.Stronglyprofessionalandappropriatedeliveryandlanguage.Wellreferencedthroughout.High standardof innovation.Professionalandappropriatedelivery andlanguage.Referencingmost accurate.Good standardof innovation.Appropriatedelivery andlanguage.Manyreferencingerrors.Reasonablestandard ofinnovation.Reasonablyappropriatedelivery andlanguage.Referencing wasinaccurate and/orinconsistent.Low quality ofinnovation.Poor andinadequatedelivery andlanguage.Referencingvery poor.Noreasonableattempt atinnovation.Poor andinadequatedeliveryandlanguage.Referencingabsent.
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