BKEY501: Business Research and Professional Practice

BKEY501: Business Research and Professional Practice
Coursework 1- Weight: 30%
Researched Literature Review
Word count: 1500 (max) words
Submission: to Turnitin on Blackboard

Thursday, 12 November 2015, no later than 1.00 p.m.

This assignment requires you to research the current literature relating to the topic

The impact of extra curricular activities on the employment opportunities of graduates?

The aim of the assignment is to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your research skills and your ability to identify and critically evaluate your findings. Your research provides the evidence to support your critical analysis on the topic and your sources must be relevant, current and reliable.

It is important that you access a range of literature, including academic sources such as journal articles, quality press and relevant websites in the field.

Once you have carried out your research of the literature, you need to bring your materials together and use them to help you present a review of the impact of extra curricular activities on graduate employment in your discipline.

All your sources must be referenced using the Harvard Referencing System, both in the text (author and date) and in more detail in the Reference List.

You should use the detailed marking scheme provided to help you understand what is required and where the marks are allocated.

Core textbook Research methods for business students – Mark Saunders, Philip Lewis, Adrian Thornhill 2016

A critical review of literature available- 100%

o Analysis of labour market (20%)
o Analysis of labour market in general
o Analysis of Graduate labour market
o Analysis of extra-curricular activities in relation to employment (30%)
o Analysis of extra Curriculum activities
o Impact of extra-curriculum activities on employment
o Literature review to support the analysis (50%)
o Sources used
o Referencing
o Coherence of literature review
Assessment Criteria:

Work will be marked according to the general criteria listed below.

Level of Achievement

Overall clarity, focus on the requirement, and coherence
Extensive use of pertinent reference material, correctly referenced
Critical and comparative use of relevant concepts and theories and the contextualisation of theory where appropriate
Clear evidence of independent thinking based on analytical material, yielding novel insights supported by appropriate evidence and pertinent theory
Very well written, with clear and lucid discussion of even the most complex concepts
Free from grammar/spelling errors
Overall clarity, focus on the requirement, and coherence
Selective use of reference material, correctly referenced
Critical and comparative use of relevant concepts and theories
Clear evidence of independent thinking based on analytical material
Very well written
Free from grammar/spelling errors
Focus on the requirement, clarity
Correctly referenced research material
Identification and grasp of appropriate concepts and theories
Where appropriate, the ability to apply theories
Well written
Very few grammar/spelling errors

Mostly focused on the requirement, reasonable structure and coherence
Some use of reference material, adequate referencing
Evidence of identification of some of the issues, mixture of descriptive and analytical material, some substantiation of ideas and opinions
Reasonably well written
Grammar/spelling errors do not significantly impede readability


Partly focused on the question, evidence of attempt at structure, little coherence
Little use of reference material or inadequate referencing
Little evidence of identification of the issues, descriptive rather than analytical, ideas presented as unsubstantiated opinions
Not terribly well written
Grammar/spelling errors sometimes impede readability
A demonstrable lack of structure, textual reference or analysis
Poorly written
Grammar/spelling errors make it (very) difficult to comprehend the text

Submission of Coursework
Unless explicitly stated otherwise in writing by the module leader, all coursework on this module is submitted via Blackboard only. It will automatically be scanned through a text matching system (designed to check for possible plagiarism).
• DO NOT attach a CA1 form or any other form of cover sheet;
• YOU MUST include your name and student ID on the first page of your assignment.
To submit your assignment:
• Log on to Blackboard at http://learning.westminster.ac.uk;
• Go to the relevant module Blackboard site;
• Click on the ‘Submit Coursework’ link in the navigation menu on the left-hand side, as advised by the module teaching team;
• Click on the link for the relevant assignment;
• Follow the instructions.
You will be given details by the module teaching team about how and when you will receive your marks and feedback on your work.

It is a requirement that you submit your work in this way. All coursework must be submitted by 1pm (13.00) on the due date.
If you are unable to submit your work electronically, please make sure you submit a hard copy of your work to the Coursework Lobby in the Registry.
If you submit your coursework late but within 24 hours or one working day of the specified deadline, 10% of the overall marks available for that element of assessment will be deducted, as a penalty for late submission, except for work which is marked in the range 40 – 49%, in which case the mark will be capped at the pass mark (40%).
If you submit your coursework more than 24 hours or more than one working day after the specified deadline you will be given a mark of zero for the work in question.
The University’s mitigating circumstances procedures relating to the non-submission or late submission of coursework apply to all coursework.


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