A number of different assessment methods will contribute to your development and will enhance your employability. We consider it essential that comprehensive feedback is provided in due time so it is integrated in your learning process. When group work is required, the marks given will be individual following the University of Bedfordshire's regulatory scheme. In some cases, different kinds of assessment may be used in combination, making sure however that there are no hidden tasks.
The intensive character of this Course's delivery as it is outlined in its Teaching and Learning philosophy is consistent with the needs of todays world for graduates who accumulate knowledge fast and are able to express the outcome of this process in a way that is meaningful and comprehensive. Welcome and induction activities will be followed immediately by a week of intensive direct contact time followed by your own contribution through individual learning, which will take you to your first assessment point. At the end of your six-week block, your final assessment will be due. The end-of-unit examinations focus primarily on critical discussion of theory and current practice and provide the reassurance of guaranteed student authorship, and a true measure of your own ability and understanding.
The overall underpinning assessment strategy on this course tests the intended learning outcomes through exposing students to a range of assessment types. The aim is to develop both knowledge and skills to support students entry to employment as confident managers. The units on this course therefore use varied combination of types of assessments for both formative and summative purposes to enrich the learning experience. The types of assessments for this course include:
Written Examination or Class Test: Questions in these exams always promote critical thinking and help you gradually develop your ability to apply, analyse, synthesize and evaluate.
Individual Written Report or Essays: Your knowledge and skills are developed when you undertake the task of writing an individual report and the whole process contributes to your improvement when it comes to conducting postgraduate level research and developing your enterprise. The ability to perform literature informed research, to review and evaluate the relevant sources and to use an appropriate methodology in order to analyze and evaluate the relevant concepts is being assessed.
Case Study Examination: You will apply your knowledge in the context of a specific case
Oral Presentation: A number of transferable skills will be developed including the ability to present your findings in a professional, clear and concise manner.
Reflective Report: Evaluating your own contribution to a team in the workplace is essential in the context of this course but in the workplace as well
Business Placement Dissertation: You will have to produce an individual, independent piece of work. You will be asked to identify the research question or problem under investigation from within the placement organisation, review the relevant literature, and develop a sound methodology in order to explore the problem, proceed with the analysis, discuss your findings and make specific recommendations to the organisation. You will also have the opportunity to plan, develop and review your own personal skills profile through the project. It is the capstone of this course and builds on the knowledge and skills acquired in all Units. .
The use of a wide range of sources, both academic and other is a requirement for a postgraduate degree. The notions of accountability and academic integrity will be an integral part of your course. You will be supported in developing an understanding of academic integrity on this course. You will be informed about what plagiarism is and how to avoid it during the delivery of each Unit. Where an individual project is required you will be asked to show the different stages of your work or to present it in its entity upon completion. Where collaborative tasks are assigned, an individual reflective report will be necessary to indicate your contribution to the team. All coursework assignments will require a thorough evaluation of the sources used and referencing will be done according to the Harvard Referencing System.
Placement Experience: To qualify for the award designation `with placement your Course Co-ordinator will be required to verify that the activities and hours completed on the placement are in accordance with the requirements of the Business Dissertation on placement unit and include a satisfactory record of the Meetings and Actions recorded during the placement. These will be confirmed at the appropriate Assessment Board to inform the process of awarding the degree with placement.