Trends in the Global Business Environment

Trends in the Global Business Environment

ASSIGNMENT BRIEF

HOLMES INSTITUTE
FACULTY OF
HIGHER EDUCATION
Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T1 2020
Unit Code HC3031
Unit Title Trends in the Global Business Environment
Assessment Type Assessment 1
Assessment Title Individual Report
Purpose of assessment and linkage to Unit Learning
Outcomes (ULO) Students are required to conduct a literature review of their selected topic from Chapter 1-11 and submit a 1500 words report, excluding references.
Assessment
Weight 20% of the total assessments
Total Marks 20 Marks
Word limit 1500 words (excluding references)

Submission Guidelines

• All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.
• The assignment must be typed in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate headings/sub-headings and page numbers.
• A minimum of 10 references must be cited in the text of the report and list appropriately at the end of the report in a reference list in Harvard referencing style.
Required Structure/Format of the report
• The report must include a cover page
• Table of Contents
• Executive Summary
• An Introduction: Briefly introduce the purpose of the report. Within the introductory paragraph, you need to address the key topics you will address in the body paragraphs.
• Body Paragraphs: With headings/subheadings: Please remember to support your claims/arguments with in-text scholarly references.
• A Conclusion: The conclusion must briefly summarise the key points in the body paragraphs.
• Reference List: Please include all in-text references in the list of references formatted in Harvard style. A minimum of 10 references is required.
Marking Criteria
Marking Criteria Weighting
Comprehension 7
Structure, Synthesis of Research 7
Research and Referencing Skills 4
Written Expression 2
Total Weight 20%

Question


Please choose one of the following questions, using ‘ProQuest’ to conduct your literature search:
Chapter 1
Explain the characteristics of globalisation and how it functions. Please support your assertions with some examples.
Chapter 2
Evaluate trade policy, the main instruments of trade policy, and their impact on business, consumers and governments.
Chapter 3
Identify the primary and secondary sources that can be used to learn about Foreign countries
‘cultures. Please provide examples.
Chapter 4
Explain the differences among communism, capitalism, and socialism and how these different economic ideologies affect the conduct of international business. Please provide examples.
Chapter 5
Explain how internal controls can facilitate ethical behaviour and help prevent financial impropriety.
Please provide examples to support your claims/arguments.
Chapter 6
Explain the evolution of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and the pros and cons of foreign direct investment (FDI) from a host country perspective.
Chapter 7
Discuss the role that export departments and international divisions play in the organisation of global businesses. Please provide examples.
Chapter 8
Describe the challenges involved in staffing foreign operations, assessing needs for training and development, and designing appropriate strategies to meet those needs.
Chapter 9
Describe how new products are developed and how existing products are managed for international markets.
Chapter 10
Discuss some tactics used for becoming an empowering leader and factors contributing to organisational politics.
Chapter 11
Describe organisational and individual approaches to enhance creative problem solving and explain how leaders and organisations can establish a climate that fosters creativity.
Marking Rubric
Criteria Ratings
Excellent
6.5 – 7 Very Good
5 – 6.5 Good
4 -5 Satisfactory 3 – 3.5 Unsatisfactory 0 – 2.5
Comprehension
Max 7 marks Has understood and responded to each of the task requirements appropriately. Has understood and responded to most task
requirements appropriately. Has understood some task requirement and attempted to
respond appropriately. Limited
understanding of the task was evident, but some
requirements are missing. No evidence that the student has understood what is required in this task.
Structure,
Synthesis of
Research
Max7 marks Excellent
6.5 -7 Very Good
5- 6.5 Good 4 -5 Satisfactory 3 – 3.5 Unsatisfactory 0 – 2.5
Cohesive paragraph structure consistently encourages engagement
with the content. New information from research is synthesised and presented thematically
(topic by topic) to address the assessment question in an analytical way. Cohesive paragraph structure supports engagement with the contents. Uses discrete paragraphs to
present information. New material from research is structured into themes to address the assessment question in an analytical way. Some effort to achieve cohesive paragraph structure. Ideas are not always presented in
discrete paragraphs. Some effort to include new material from research into themes to address the
assessment question in an analytical way. Has used a
report structure to organise information logically. But has presented response composed of a series of
discrete paragraphs based on the summary of main ideas from each article. This report reads more like a book report than a piece of analysis. Limited or no attempt at a report structure. Information presented randomly or as a series of
questions/answe
rs only. No sense of
cohesion between ideas. No evidence for synthesis of new ideas from research. No
analysis attempted.
Research
Referencing
Skills
Max 4 marks and Excellent 4 Very good 3 Good
2.5 Satisfactory 2 Unsatisfactory 0-1.5
Uses academic research skills to select 8 or more current, credible and authoritative academic references.
The student
has considered
how the articles relate directly to assessment requirements. Uses Harvard style referencing style and intext citations with no errors. Uses academic research skills to select 6 or more current, credible and authoritative academic references. Some evidence that the student understands the relevance of the articles to the assessment requirements.
Uses Harvard referencing style and in-text citations with few errors. Uses academic research skills to select 4 or more current, credible, and authoritative
academic references.
Attempt to
understand relevance of the articles to the assessment requirements.
Uses Harvard referencing style and in-text citations, but with errors. Uses academic
research skills to source 3 academic references.
No real evidence that the student understands the relevance of the articles to assessment requirements. Limited
attempt at using Harvard referencing style. In-text citations are either missing or show errors throughout. Has not located
3 academic references or
selected
references do not meet the task requirements.
Uses general web searches to locate online webpages or articles rather than library databases. Little or no attempt to use a referencing style or include intext citations.
Written
Expression
Max 2 marks Excellent 2 Very Good
1.5 Good
1.5 Satisfactory 1 Unsatisfactory 0 – 0.5
Uses discipline languageappropriate
for an academic orprofessional audience.
Writing is fluent anduses appropriate paragraph/sent ence structures. No criticallanguage or grammatical errors. Includes disciplinespecific language sufficient for an academic or
professional audience. Writing is generally fluent and uses mostly appropriate paragraph/senten ce structures. Minor language or grammatical errors usually do not interfere with meaning, but some editing and proofreading is required. Some disciplinespecific language included to meet general expectations of an academic or
professional audience. Writing is generally clear and mostly uses appropriate paragraph/senten ce structures. Editing and
proofreading
would reduce errors and improve clarity. Limited use of disciplinespecific
language
which may not always
meet expectations
of an academic or
professional audience. Inconsistent paragraph and sentence structures.
Language and grammatical
errors are frequent. Little
evidence of proofreading or editing. Limited vocabulary. Inappropriate or incorrect use of disciplinespecific language.
Consistent and numerous errors in writing
(grammar, paragraph and sentence structure) make reading difficult. No evidence for editing or proofreading.
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