Refugee Crisis/Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Refugee Crisis/Faculty of Business, Environment and SocietyModule Learning Outcomes

1. Critically review the rationale for, and characteristics of, the European Union and its constituent
membership
2. Critically evaluate the opportunities and strategies for businesses to expand and operate in the
EU
3. Critically evaluate the diverse approaches to innovation in the European Union

Assignment ONE – This assessment will assess learning outcome 1, 2 and 3 and has a value of 75% of the overall Module mark.

This assignment requires you to prepare a 3000 word reflective portfolio using a theme of one of our lectures or any other current EU issue which has to be approved by the module leader.
You are required to use the Online international learning (OIL), discussion forum and encourage discussion with students of our partner institutions across Europe to gather information, views, issues and aspects which you critically analyse, evaluate, apply to, link and synthesise with theory and discuss in your reflection.

The aim of this assignment is to provide a view of current and apt issues through the lens of a number of countries in connection with the following themes:

• The functioning of the EU common market and the Euro
• Movement of goods and services across borders, trade blocks
• Europe in the Global Market
• Approaches to innovation, resource and research challenges
or
any other current EU issues, such as the Greek debt crisis, after approval by the module leader

• All themes MUST be underpinned by culture, language and education

How to submit your assessment

The essay must be submitted via Turnitin by 23.55 on 22.4.2016. No paper copies are required. You can access the Turnitin link through the module web.

• Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin. Should you submit work on time but fail the assignment, you will be offered a resit opportunity but the resit mark will be capped at 40%.
• All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. Please note that a non-submission is not the same as a failed submission; a failed submission counts as an attempt whereas an absent mark does not necessarily allow you to resit the coursework.
• Short deferrals (extensions) of up to three calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file, are not valid reasons. The short deferral must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply for a short deferral by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral Application Form. Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the relevant Student Support Office. For a longer delay in submission a student may apply for a long deferral.
• Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.
• Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites.
Where to submit your assessment

You must submit your written work to Turnitin for a plagiarism check. You can access the Turnitin link through the module web. Your course work will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin.
GUIDELINES TO THIS ASSESSMENT
This table details the weightings of the three criteria by which your work will be assessed.

Please refer to the Marking Scheme at the end of this document for further information on how work is assessed and graded.

Criteria Proportion of overall module mark
1. Content (and coverage of Learning Outcomes) 20%
2. Knowledge and understanding/application of theory 20%
3. Evidence of reading, use of resources and research 20%
4. Reflection and discussion 20%
5. Accurate citations and referencing 10%
6. Presentation, grammar and spelling 10%
Total 100%
How to pass this module

In order to pass this module, you need to:
• ensure that you have fully met all the learning outcomes and tasks as detailed in this Assignment Brief (if you do not meet one or more of the learning outcomes, you will not be able to pass)
• cover all the assessment criteria sufficiently
• submit all the work required by the given deadline
• submit your work through Turnitin.

Before you submit your coursework, we strongly recommended that you check to ensure you have answered all of the tasks and that you have met all of the Learning Outcomes.
IMPORTANT UNIVERSITY ASSESSMENT RULES FOR YOU TO NOTE

This assignment must be submitted, with your unique BES Barcoded coursework cover sheet attached, to William Morris reception / and also via the module web by 16.00 on the above deadline day. It is recommended that you print double sided and do not use any binders or folders when submitting.
Please note:

1. All work submitted after the submission deadline without an approved valid reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. (This is not the same as a non-submission, as a late submission counts as an attempt and a mark of zero may allow you to resit the coursework.).

2. Should you submit work on time but fail the assignment, you will be offered a resit opportunity; the resit module mark will normally be capped at 40%.

3. Short deferrals (extensions) of up to three calendar weeks can only be given for genuine “force majeure” and medical reasons, not for bad planning of your time. Please note that theft, loss, or failure to keep a back-up file, are not valid reasons. The short deferral must be applied for on or before the submission date. You can apply for a short deferral by submitting an Examination/ Coursework Deferral Application Form. Application Forms along with the supporting evidence should go to the relevant Student Support Office (WMG03). For a longer delay in submission a student may apply for a (long) deferral.

4. Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.

5. Please also submit an electronic copy of your assignment through Turnitin. You can access the Turnitin link through the module web and further details will be provided in class.

6. The electronic version of your assignment may be used to enable checks to be made using anti-plagiarism software and approved plagiarism checking websites. Your course work will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through Turnitin.

Word Count Limit

You must indicate the number of words you have used on the front page of your Assignment Submission Sheet. When you calculate this you must include any quotations and footnotes you have used but you do not need to count the Bibliography or any Appendices. If you go more than 10% over or under the word count limit stated in the Assignment Brief you risk losing marks as a 10% penalty applies.

The contents of your Bibliography and Appendices are not normally given a specific mark, but they may contribute to your overall mark, for example, under the heading of “Use of resources and research.” We therefore recommend that you only use Appendices for supporting material and not for the substantial part of your work.
Plagiarism

As part of your study you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when writing up your coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else’s writing, thoughts or ideas and that you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to copy from another source without acknowledging that it is someone else’s writing or thinking. This includes using paraphrasing as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. If you are unsure, please visit www.coventry.ac.uk/caw.

Turnitin includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to recognise plagiarism when it occurs. Copying another student’s work, using previous work of your own or copying large sections from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism and carry serious consequences. Please familiarise yourself with the CU Harvard Reference Style (on Moodle) and use it correctly to avoid a case of plagiarism or cheating being brought. Again, if you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Academic Writing or a member of the course team.
Return of Marked Work

You can expect to have marked work returned to you 2 weeks after the submission date. Marks and feedback will be provided online. As always, marks will have been internally moderated only, and will therefore be provisional; your mark will be formally agreed later in the year once the external examiner has completed his / her review.

Marking and Assessment Scheme
In order to secure a mark in this range, a candidate must submit an outstanding answer that could hardly be bettered. In addition to the criteria identified below for a mark between 70-85%, an answer scoring a mark of 85-100% would show an excellent level of understanding and critical/analytic skills and originality. For example, such an answer would include new insights into European Business Practice, which are not drawn from the literature but from the student’s own critical thinking, and which add something to the existing literature.

An essay in this range will demonstrate a strong understanding of theories, concepts and issues relating to European Business Practice. There will be evidence of wide-ranging reading from a variety of valid sources (as described and presented in the marking criteria for 60-69%).

The assignment must be written in a clear, well-structured way with a coherent and seamless flow and show evidence of independent, critical thought. It must show extensive relevant reading on the subject and intelligent use of the material to present a well-balanced and well-argued assignment. For example, the student will have considered a range of relevant issues and be able to assess the strength and weaknesses of various approaches/arguments and put forward a confident and articulate view of their own.

60 – 69%
An essay in this mark range will demonstrate a good understanding of the requirements of the assignment and of theories, concepts and issues relating to European Business Practice. An assignment in this percentage range will include a balanced discussion of issues central to the question, how these are addressed by different authors or sources and some critical thinking into their relative merits or shortcomings.

The answer will be contain few errors and little, if any, irrelevant material. It will show evidence of reading from a variety of sources (i.e. more than 3 or 4) but not so many sources that the discussion loses focus and becomes unclear or irrelevant. All sources should be of some academic merit (e.g. books, journals, reports, media publications). Unreferenced material from non-credible internet sources MUST be avoided.

All sources must be included and properly referenced in the references. The assignment will be well-organized and clearly written/presented overall.

50 – 59%
The answer will demonstrate some reasonable understanding of relevant theories, concepts and issues relating to European Business Practice but also some minor errors of fact or understanding.

The assignment will not be based on an extensive range of sources (for example few references are included), or much evidence that they have been read closely or well-understood. For example, the assignment will retell sources rather than analyze them.

The assignment may be quite general in part. Some errors may be present and some irrelevant material may be included.

The essay may not be particularly well-structured, and/or clearly presented and contain some spelling mistakes and grammatical errors. A few sentences may be unclear.

40 – 49%

A mark within this percentage range will be given to an essay which:
– shows some limited basic understanding of the subject but is incomplete. For example, if it answers one part of a question but not the rest.
– makes only very general statements
– includes some factual errors or misunderstandings e.g. confusion between different companies or misuse of certain key terms.
– shows limited use of material with limited reading/research on the topic and includes only a very small number of references, not all of which are included in the references
– includes spelling mistakes, is poorly structured with no clear argument and grammar mistakes making it difficult to understand.
– includes some irrelevant material.

35 – 39%
A mark within this percentage range will be given to an assignment which:
– includes only a limited amount of relevant material.
– shows little evidence of reading/research on the topic. For example, the essay includes only very few references, and relies only on material or case studies used during the course.
– shows only a very basic understanding of the subject.
– is poorly presented with bad grammar, some spelling mistakes and an incomplete reference list.
– has a poor structure and does not flow e.g. if there is no conclusion or new facts are introduced in the conclusion rather than introduction or main discussion.
– contains some fundamental errors.

20 – 34%
0 – 19%
A poor fail on this assignment means the assignment submitted:
– is poor and suggests that the student has spent very little time on it e.g. if the answer is considerably under the word requirement and/or presented in note form rather than as a fully written up essay.
– bears little relation to the assignment topic.
– shows a poor understanding of theories, concepts and issues relating to European Business Practice and to the learning outcomes detailed in this document.
– contains some or many fundamental errors and misunderstandings of the academic or other material used. For example many of the facts cited are incorrect.
– uses literature or other material which is largely irrelevant or has no academic value
– is poorly structured and poorly presented. For example, sentences may be hard to understand and contain many spelling or grammatical mistakes.
– contains no references.
Work within this mark range shows a complete failure to meet the requirements of the assignment. A mark in this range will be given for an essay which:
– is below 500 words in length.
– bears no link to the question chosen and shows very little or no knowledge or understanding of any of the theories, concepts and issues relating to European Business Practice . The answer may be fundamentally wrong or trivial.
– contains no references and/or evidence of relevant reading.
– shows little understanding of the requirements of the assignment and only a vague knowledge of the subject area.
– includes numerous fundamental errors in the understanding or presentation of the material discussed. There is a general lack of facts/evidence and what is provided is mostly incorrect and/or irrelevant.
– is poorly structured and poorly presented. Spelling and grammar are poor. Many sentences are incomprehensible.
– the examiners do not feel could be described as a serious attempt by any reasonable standards.

In order for this to be transparent it is distributed to both staff and students via CU-Moodle.

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