Essays will be marked based on the following criteria, please consider the following points:
1. The adoption and analysis of suitable and relevant theory relevant to the company under investigation.
2. The integration of case study material and organisational examples.
3. Critical analysis should be included which explores the topics in question.
4. Essays should answer the assignment question specifically and not discuss irrelevant/random issues.
5. A suitable essay structure should be adopted.
6. All material must be reference correctly within the text itself (main body).
7. A thorough and complete reference list must be included at the end of the essay in accordance to Harvard standards (please see guide).
8. Any advice provided during your presentation should be taken into account.
9. Both questions should be given a proportionate amount of preparation and have an equal word count. They will be marked equally.
10. Valid arguments should be presented and supported with evidence.
11. A coherent introduction and overall conclusions should be included.
12. Please consider the matrix below which is used when marking.
13. Please do not rely on internet sources; varied academic sources are required.
Business Ethics and Sustainability Module: Assessment Knowledge and Understanding/Transferable skills Criteria
Knowledge and Understanding (maximum of 5)
On successful completion the student will be able to:
1. Develop an understanding of the scope and interrelationships between Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability, demonstrating how Business Ethics and CSR models and theories can be applied to modern national and international organisations.
2. Identify the way in which technology impacts on ethical organisational operations.
3. Recognise how organisations develop ethical programmes in order to become good corporate citizens whilst remaining profitable.
4. Critically evaluate how leadership, culture and society impact on innovative sustainable initiatives.
5. Explore the implications of supply chain management, marketing, codes of conduct and international relations together with how these formulate the ethical principles and values of sustainable organisations.
Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes (maximum of 5)
On completion the student will have had the opportunity to:
6. Develop an ability to apply a balanced view of global organisations and their ethical principles.
7. Identify the skills needed to match personal values and beliefs with those of organisations for future potential employability.
8. Research and analyse organisational codes of conduct and how these compare and contrast.
9. Communicate effectively knowledge of Business Ethics, CSR and Sustainability orally and in writing using a range of appropriate tools such as media and technology.
10. To reflect and synthesise the key elements of ethical and non-ethical business practices, developing skills of critical thinking and problem solving in the development of innovative sustainable programmes.
Type of assessment Identify which ILO is met by number Weighting
Oral Assessment/presentation 1, 4, 6, 7, 9 40%
Assignment 2, 3, 5, 8, 10 60%
Allocation Of Marks
Below 40 An undeveloped attempt is made, with only very basic description of the company and the three key activities. There is a lack of evidence of detailed research and no real understanding of the scope of the 3 key areas. No real argument or analysis offered. Academic standards in terms of referencing, layout and structure may not be adhered to.
40-49 Discussions relating to the review of the terms “business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainability” are primarily basic and descriptive. Whilst discussions relating to thetopics are mentioned they are not discussed in detail. Some description of theorganisation’s efforts in terms of these activities are presented but these are not backed by critical evidence. Overall the paper will involve limited levels of evaluation in terms of their impact on operations. Limited use of secondary data is evident in the discussion. Students may over rely on the company’s own website rather than focus on further reading. In general, whilst the submission demonstrates an understanding of the basic concepts, it is largely descriptive with a general focus and limited use of secondary data.
50-59 Discussions relating to the review of the terms “business ethics,” “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainability” demonstrate a reasonable understanding of the main concepts. Whilst discussions relating to the approaches adopted towards these themes are considered and discussed, the level of critique and analysis is limited. Whilst acceptable knowledge is presented further development of the discussion in a structured manner is required. Reference to secondary data in this section is primarily descriptive and illustrative but raises some interesting points. In general the submission demonstrates a reasonable understanding of the key points but the analytical and evaluative aspects of the submission may lack focus.
60-69 Discussions relating to the review of the terms “business ethics,” “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainability” demonstrate a good understanding of the main concepts. Discussions relating to the approaches of business ethics adopted by an organisation is stated and discussed within a coherent framework. Stakeholders are considered in some depth in relation to the impact that CSR has upon them and some debate is offered. A broad range of sources will be used, however these could be utilised more suitably to present a critical in-depth review. In general, whilst more evaluation of material could have been provided, the submission demonstrates a good understanding of the subject with relevant secondary data.
70+ Discussions relating to the review of the terms “business ethics,” “corporate social responsibility” and “sustainability” demonstrate a very strong understanding of the main concepts and the key differences between them. Discussions relating to the three themes adopted by the company with complimentary critique through various sources is presented. The impact of the corporate social responsibility and sustainability upon the relevant stakeholders is evaluated throughout, backed by a range of sources. In general, the submission demonstrates a detailed understanding of the subject with relevant varied secondary data being used to structure discussions.
Please Read the Following Information Before Conducting and Submitting Your Essay
Please submit your assignment via Turnitin, in the assessment folder. Please upload your essay into the folder named assessment.
You should demonstrate evidence of having consulted a variety of different sources (journals, books, suitable websites) and integrate this material with topics covered in lectures, including practical case study exampes. Please do not rely on the internet as websites are not always accurate and are not academic s
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