ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS AssessmentCourseworkAssessment code:011Academic Year:2020/2021Trimester:1Module Title:Business EnvironmentModule Code:MOD003353Level:4Module Leader:Dele AmusanWeighting:50%Word Limit:2500 WordsThis excludes bibliography and other items listed in rule 6.75 of theAcademic Regulations:http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdfAssessed LearningOutcomesL03: Identify the financial and ICT issues for key business functions.L04: Appraise and recognise use of corporate governance and ethics within abusiness context.Submission Deadline:This assignment must be received by no later than 14:00 on Tuesday, 15thDecember 2020 WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT: This assignment must be completed individually.You must use the Harvard referencing system.Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Written assignments must not exceed thespecified maximum number of words. When a written assignment is marked, the excessive use of wordsbeyond the word limit is reflected in the academic judgement of the piece of work which results in a lowermark being awarded for the piece of work (regulation 6.74).Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work.Write your student ID number at the top of every page.Where the assignment comprises more than one task, all tasks must be submitted in a single document.You must number all pages. SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT:In order to achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that is submitted late – upto five working days after the published submission deadline – will be accepted and marked. However, theelement of the module’s assessment to which the work contributes will be capped with a maximum mark of40%.Work cannot be submitted if the period of 5 working days after the deadline has passed (unless there is anapproved extension). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that you have failed the assessment.Requests for short-term extensions will only be considered in the case of illness or other cause considered validby the iCentre Adviser. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.uk. A request must normally be received andagreed by the iCentre Adviser in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. See rules 6.56-6.65:http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdfMitigation: The deadline for submission of mitigation in relation to this assignment is no later than five workingdays after the submission date of this work. Please contact iCentre@lca.anglia.ac.ukSee rules 6.103 – 6.132: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdfASSESSMENT INSTRUCTIONSThis is a 2,500-word assessment and it consists of two tasks.You are required to write a report of 1250 words on each of the two tasks.Each task is 50% of the total marks for this module. Therefore, you must attempt both tasks.ASSESSMENT TASK 1: (1250 words)ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION TASK 1“Technological advances have been at the heart of economic development. Automationincludes artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics. It is because of these advances thatproductivity is increased, leading to economic growth. These benefits save money forowners. They can invest in technology, which involves capital outlay, but over the longterm, they employ fewer people. Examples are the self-driving car and the algorithms thatcan answer customer service queries. But there are also new jobs being created by newtechnology. And the people hired are likely to be better skilled and making better salariesthan those in the manual jobs that disappeared. Their work is also likely to involve greaterresponsibility. Hence, one of the basic messages of automation is that of changes in thenature of work. The new jobs require greater education and skills, and are likely to be bothmore satisfying and more rewarding (Morrison, 2020).ASSESSMENT TASK 1:A. Assess the impacts of innovation and technology and how it has affected the sales,profits and growth of one of the following companies.(45 marks)1 Spirent Communications (Plc)2 Calisen Plc3 Ryanair Plc4 Kingfisher Plc5 Vivo Energy PlcB. Presentation, referencing and grammar (5 marks)Total (50 marks)ASSESSMENT CRITERIA Knowledge and understanding of technological innovationUnderstanding of the relationships between innovation and economicdevelopment.Abilities to appreciate the role of technological change in economic progress.Identify the financial and ICT issues for key business functions POINTS TO CONSIDER:1. Demonstrate your understanding of innovation, and the role of technological changein economic progress.2. A brief overview of your chosen company, and practical illustrations of howinnovation has impacted the operations, sales and the profits of your chosen company.Reading List1. Morrison, J. (2017) The Global Business Environment, (4th edition), Palgrave.2. Needle, D. (2015) Business in Context, An Introduction to Business and ItsEnvironment, (6th edition), Cengage Learning.3. Boddy. D. (2016) Management An Introduction, (7th edition), Pearson Press.4. Please visit the web site of your chosen company for its annual report and othernecessary information.In addition to the recommended textbooks and the website of your chosenorganisation, you are expected to read other textbooks and journals for yourresearch.ASSESSMENT TASK 2: (1250 words)ASSESSMENT INTRODUCTION TASK 2:“The UK Corporate Governance Code (‘the Code’) is a set of principles of goodcorporate governance aimed at companies listed on the London Stock Exchange. The firstversion of the UK Code on Corporate Governance was produced in 1992 by the CadburyCommittee. The purpose of corporate governance is to facilitate effective, entrepreneurialand prudent management in order to deliver long-term success of the company. Thecode’s function should be to help boards discharge their duties in the best interests oftheir companies” (Cole and Kelly, 2015).“Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a concept whereby organisations consider theinterests of society by taking responsibility for the impact of their activities on customers,suppliers, employees, shareholders, communities and the environment in every aspect oftheir operations and decision-making; it is about good business citizenship” (Cole andKelly, 2015).ASSESSMENT TASK 2:A. Evaluate the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for the sameorganisation of your choice in Task One above. (20 marks)B. Apply Archie Carroll’s (1991) CSR model to your chosen organisation.(25 marks)C. Presentation, grammar and referencing (5 marks)Total (50 marks)ASSESSMENT CRITERIA. Knowledge and understanding of corporate governance.Abilities to appraise and recognise use of corporate governance and ethics within abusiness context.Understanding of the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)Understanding of a CSR model (Archie Carroll’s model) and its practicalapplications. POINTS TO CONSIDER1. You must briefly discuss corporate governance, including the responsibilities of theBoard of Directors to the stakeholders.2. Explain the four areas that make up corporate social responsibility as identified by(Carroll. 1991). Apply this model to your chosen company. Please give relevantpractical examples to demonstrate your understanding of this model.READING LIST1. Morrison, J. (2017) The Global Business Environment, (4th edition), Palgrave.2. Needle, D. (2015) Business in Context, An Introduction to Business and ItsEnvironment, (6th edition), Cengage Learning.3. Boddy, D. (2016) Management An Introduction, (7th edition), Pearson Press.4. Please visit the web site of your chosen company for its annual report and othernecessary information.In addition to the recommended textbook, you are expected to read other textbooksand journals for your research.Further Details: This assignment must be completed individually as a management report, followingthe appropriate academic structure: o Executive summaryo Table of Contentso Introductiono Main bodyo Conclusionso Reference list The word limit for this assignment is 2500 words. This word limit does not include theexecutive summary, tables, diagrams, appendices or references. Assignment submissions will be made via Turnitin. Please ensure you have your userlogin and password well before the submission date. If you share your work or, parts of your work, with another student this is an academicoffence (collusion) and will result in a fail grade. You must use Harvard Referencing (citations in-text) to acknowledge your sources ofinformation and provide a reference list (and bibliography where appropriate). Failureto do this is an academic offence and will result in a fail grade. Any bibliography provided must be included as an appendix. Marks will be awarded for the professionalism of the report.
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