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Students are required to produce a reflective report (LO2/8) on varied leadership approaches taken by different leaders in managing the changes arising from a  contemporary issue (i.e. COVID 19).  

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Module title: Managing Financial and Human Resources for

Sustainable Business Success (HR7003)

Assessment point: Assessment point 1 (Week 6)

Assessment task: Individual Coursework/Report – HR

Word count limit: 3000 words +/- 10% (excluding references and

appendices) Width: 50% of overall module grade

Procedure 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 to

illness or other valid cause (as defined in the Procedures Governing

Extenuating Circumstances), may submit an application for extenuation for

the relevant component(s) to Unicaf Extenuating Circumstances team

([email protected]).

*Once a component has been capped, extenuation does not uncap it.

Academic misconduct including plagiarism

Ensure that you are familiar with the relevant regulations regarding academic

misconduct. By submitting the assignment, you declare that it is your own work and that

the material and sources of information used, including internet sources, have been fully

identified and properly acknowledged. In addition, you confirm that the presented work

has not been submitted for any other assessment. You also acknowledge that the faculty

reserves the right to investigate allegations of plagiarism and other forms of academic

misconduct which, if proven and dependent on the severity level of the offence, may

result in a penalty that could affect your progress.

By submitting your work, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed

with the above statements.

General Guidance

Your 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 student number printed as a footer on every page. Note this is a

report supported by academic research so you should adhere to the appropriate

referencing guidance. The word limit stated for this assignment excludes the list of

references at the end of the assignment but includes all text in the 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 the academic

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 of the assignment. As such, they will not contribute to the grade awarded;

however, it may be appropriate to use an Appendices section for any material which

is a useful reference for the reader. Please note that appendices are not included in

the word count. The majority of references should come from secondary sources

(e.g. journal articles, conference papers, reports, etc.) although you can also utilise

area-specific textbooks. You must ensure that you use the Harvard style of

referencing. Please indicate the word count length at the end of your assignment.

Marking and assessment

This 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 an aggregate mark of 50% and also meet the assignment

threshold marks. For the purposes of passing a module, each assignment has a

threshold mark of 40%.

The marking rubric is attached, which offers guidance on the assessment criteria and

Late Submission

There will be a stipulated deadline date for all assignments. All assignments will need to

be submitted by the set time on the stipulated deadline date. Assignments submitted up

to 24 hours late will be accepted, but the assignment mark will be subject to a

deduction of 5 marks from the mark awarded. Work submitted more than 24 hours

late after the submission deadline will be recorded as 0%.

Learning outcomes applied in this assessment

LO1: analyse and critically evaluate major ideas and practices in the field
of people management.

LO2: evaluate major contemporary theoretical and managerial perspectives on
people management.

LO5: engage critically and analytically with literature relating to major developments
in the field of people management.

LO6: appreciate how research into effective people management underpins thinking in the

other, more specialised fields of HRM and HRD practice that you will be studying.

LO8: effectively apply HR theories and models to situations and various scenarios.

LO 12: develop and express strong, original and well-justified arguments to
support your views.

Assessment guidelines

Produce a 3000-word Individual Coursework (+/- 10%) (excluding the list of references)

which offers students the ability to demonstrate their developing knowledge and

application of the teaching and learning material covered in weeks 1 to 5. It also

encourages students to develop their thoughts and perspectives on contemporary

business issues, and be intellectually creative (underpinned by credible resources).


Students are required to produce a reflective report (LO2/8) on varied leadership

approaches taken by different leaders in managing the changes arising from a

contemporary issue (i.e. COVID 19). In order to achieve this, the main body of your

report must include the following:

1) A brief introduction to the conceptual approaches of leadership and

change management (LO1/2).

2) Exploration of the role of flexible leadership and individual perspectives in

relation to leaders managing change of the pandemic (discussed through

relevant literature, tools and techniques) (LO2/5/8).

3) Critical analysis of why the issue has strategic importance in understanding

leadership approaches and their impact on its stakeholders whilst proffering

some recommendations (discussed through relevant literature and supported

by other contemporary examples) (LO2/6/12).

The reflective report requires you to use the relevant module material (ideas, concepts,

theories, frameworks and research findings) to inform your evaluation. The assignment

encourages you to take a strategic view of what good leadership entails and an

evaluation of today’s global leaders in embracing flexibility to managing change whilst

dealing with current and emerging global trends. Well established media (e.g. BBC,

Financial Times, New York Times, etc) may be used to develop the context of the

discussion, but the material used to underpin the research and analysis should be from

academic books and/or updated peer-reviewed academic journals.


Report Format

What is a


A report is written for a clear purpose and to a particular audience. Specific

information and evidence are presented, analysed and applied to a particular

problem or issue. The information is presented in a clearly structured format making

use of sections and headings so that the information is easy to locate and follow.

When you are asked to write a report, you will usually be given a report brief which

provides you with instructions and guidelines. The report brief may outline the

purpose, audience and problem or issue that your report must address, together with

any specific requirements for format or structure. This guide offers a general

introduction to report writing.

What makes a good report?

Two of the reasons why reports are used as forms of written assessment are:

• to find out what you have learned from your reading, research or experience;

• to give you experience of an important skill that is widely used in the work

place. An effective report presents and analyses facts and evidence that are relevant

to the specific problem or issue of the report brief. All sources used should be

acknowledged and referenced throughout, in accordance with the preferred method

of your department.

The style of writing in a report is usually less discursive than in an essay, with a more

direct and economic use of language. A well written report will demonstrate your

ability to:

• understand the purpose of the report brief and adhere to its specifications;

• gather, evaluate and analyse relevant information;

• structure material in a logical and coherent order;

• present your report in a consistent manner according to the instructions

of the report brief;

• make appropriate conclusions that are supported by the evidence

and analysis of the report;

• make thoughtful and practical recommendations where required.

The structure of a report

The main features of a report are described below to provide a general guide. These

should be used in conjunction with the instructions or guidelines provided by your


Title Page

This should briefly but explicitly describe the purpose of the report (if this is not

obvious from the title of the work); remember to add your name and student

number/assessment number, and which assessment it pertains to.

Summary (Abstract)

The summary should briefly describe the content of the report. It should cover the

aims of the report, what was found and a brief review of the conclusions. Aim for

about 1/2 a page in length and avoid detail or discussion; just outline the main points.

Remember that the summary is the first thing that is read. It should provide the

reader with a clear, helpful overview of the content of the report.

Contents (Table of Contents)

The contents page should list the different chapters and/or headings together with

the page numbers. Your contents page should be presented in such a way that the

reader can quickly scan the list of headings and locate a particular part of the report.

You may want to number chapter headings and subheadings in addition to providing

page references. Whatever numbering system you use, be sure that it is clear and

consistent throughout.


The introduction sets the scene for the main body of the report. The aims and

objectives of the report should be explained in detail. Any problems or limitations in

the scope of the report should be identified, and a description of research methods,

the parameters of the research and any necessary background history should be



Information under this heading may include: a list of research methods used (e.g.

literature review using ProQuest resources and the filter criteria applied for each

search) and other sources of information and details of selection/rejection; reference

to any problems encountered and subsequent changes in procedure.


The main body of the report is where you discuss your material. The literature and

evidence you have gathered should be summarised, analysed and discussed with

specific reference to the problem or issue. If your discussion section is lengthy you

might divide it into section headings. Your points should be grouped and arranged in an

order that is logical and easy to follow. Use headings and subheadings to create a clear

structure for your material. Use bullet points to present a series of points in an easy-to-

follow list. As with the whole report, all sources used should be acknowledged and

correctly referenced (remember to use the most credible resources available).


In the conclusion you should show the overall significance of what has been covered.

You may want to remind the reader of the most important points that have been

made in the report or highlight what you consider to be the most central issues or

findings. However, no new material should be introduced in the conclusion.

Remember to specifically answer the initial questions posed.


Under this heading you should include all the supporting information you have used

that is not published. This might include tables, graphs, questionnaires, surveys or

transcripts. Refer to the appendices in the body of your report.

List of References

A key feature of academic writing, the list of references should list – in alphabetical

order by author – all published sources referred to in your report. There are different

styles of using references so be sure to refer to the study guide and check your

departmental handbook for guidelines.

Assessment Criteria
Your assignment will be marked according to the following criteria:

1) Understanding and Reading: The depth of your reading (number, range
and quality of sources) and understanding of it. You are expected to read the

essential and further readings for the question that you choose. You need to use
these readings to support your argument/discussion; you cannot rely on personal
opinion or unsupported statements.

2) Critical Analysis: The level of critical analysis in your writing and the quality of
the argument developed. You cannot rely on simple description, but have to
apply knowledge and theory from the readings to critically engage with the

3) Structure: Your ability to develop a clear, logical structure for your essay which
addresses the question and guides the reader. Your essay and outline should
include a clear introduction, a cogently argued main body, and a conclusion that
summarises the argument and answers the overall question.

4) Presentation and Referencing: Your ability to express yourself clearly in
English using appropriate terminology, correct spelling and grammar. The extent
to which your essay is correctly referenced using the Harvard system of
referencing in-text and with a reference list.

Section/aspect Content to cover Marks available

Introduction General background on the 10 Marks
500 words topic you are going to discuss.

Possible definitions for terms
relating to the question.
What the essay will include and/or
leave out (scope).
What themes the essay will
discuss and the order they are
What the essay will argue /
demonstrate (thesis statement).

Main Body The following structure can be 55 Marks
(Understanding, used for discussion of the

Reading and Critical themes that you have
Analysis) identified:

2000 words T – topic (sentence to introduce
the theme or topic of the
E – example (you could
mention an example here to
focus the topic)
S – support (bring in supporting
information from your research
/ eg. theory, research studies,
professional guidelines,
examples from
T – talk about the ideas
(strengths, weaknesses,
importance, relevance,
usefulness, comparison
to other ideas). Evaluation and
critical discussion of the
supporting materials and how
they relate to the question
under scrutiny – keep the
discussion focused on
answering the question in the

Conclusions and Links back to the themes 15 Marks
recommendations identified in the introduction.

500-800 words A reminder of what the essay
has argued. A recap of the
main themes that have been
Proffer some

Formatting, High quality presentation of 20 Marks
Structure and the material that conforms to
Referencing principles of academic writing

(list of references not and contains minimal errors in
included in word sentence construction,

count) grammar and punctuation.
A logical structure was
The assignment followed
appropriate academic
conventions regarding in-text
citations and referencing.

Total: 3000-3300 Total: 100/100

Module Title: HR 7003-Managing Financial and Human Resources for Sustainable
Business (HR7003)

Assessment Title: Assessment Point 1

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