Executive Summary An Executive Summary MUST be provided (before the Contents page).
It provides a reader with a summary of why the report (coursework/assignment) was prepared, what it covers, and a summation of the conclusions, and/or recommendations. It should be about 10% of the assignment length, single line spacing, and is excluded from formal word counts. It is not an introduction, but should function as a totally self-contained removable document for readers who will read no more of the report. It should contain all pertinent information including conclusions and recommendations in a concise summary, but should not contain any theory. Table of Contents and Numbering A comprehensive table of contents is required, with section numbers, section headings, and page numbers.
It should include the List of Tables, a List of Figures, a List of References, and a List of Appendices; all with page numbers indicated. All sections and pages should be fully numbered. Introduction An Introduction should be provided at the beginning to summarize the structure of the following sections of the report (coursework/assignment). The introduction does not contain theory, nor does it contain any conclusions or recommendations. DO NOT ASSUME that the reader has read the Executive Summary, as it is a totally separate document. Body of Assignment This is an academic coursework/assignment, so it is essential that your statements be justified by relevant academic theory. For example, do not just use terms like ‘stakeholder’ BUT must explain why you selected those terms, and the academic theory to justify their use.
A major failing of students is to simply ‘DESCRIBE’ the processes that have happened. At postgraduate level, you are expected to be able to apply recognized theory to situations, and form opinions. You will often find conflicting opinions from so-called ‘experts’.
You should be developing analytical and communication skills. You are expected to use your judgment to analyse problems, and make value judgments as to whether it is good or bad (or both); use existing academic theory from a range of sources to justify your position, and to argue whether something is valid or not. In the study of management, there is no right or wrong answers, only lots of opinions; many of which change over a period of time. Show that you SECOND SEMESTER MAY 2018 MGT 6303 Strategic Management Module Leader: Dr. Yong See Chen Page 5 of 7 can act as managers, and communicate your opinions.
Major sections should start on a new page. You will be surprised just how much more readable it makes your report (coursework/assignment). Referencing Referencing is NOT just inserting a list of publications at the end of the report (coursework/assignment), and this is not acceptable. Referencing is NOT just inserting a citation at the end of each paragraph, and is not acceptable. At postgraduate level, you are expected to cite at least 10 to 15 different sources of reference material, and to make multiple references to such material.
References MUST be cited using Harvard system (which is author/date). Please do not use footnotes, etc. Read your Communication skills handbook for information on how to cite reference materials. References must be listed alphabetically by author in a single List of References at the end of each coursework/assignment.
Do not put multiple lists of references at the end of each section or part. Figures and Tables There are many instances where diagrams and tables would assist in the communication of information, and the reduction of word length. For example, if a stakeholder analysis were required, it would be much more clearly understood if presented in a table. Figures and tables must be numbered in some logical way, so they can be listed on the Contents page, and referred to in the text. A recommendation is that you call it Figure/Table X.1, X.2 etc.
, where ‘X’ represents the section number. Consecutive numbering through the whole document (rather than by section) can mean lots of renumbering if there are changes. Tables should not run over onto following pages. Start them on a new page to avoid this. If they are multi-page tables, then think about making them into an appendix. Use a smaller font size (10 point) and single line spacing to reduce the size of tables.
Appendices Larger amounts of relevant material (such as sample documents or supporting material) should be put at the end of the assignment in an Appendix after the List of References. Smaller charts or summaries could be located in the text, but anything over a page becomes a distraction. Appendices should be numbered sequentially (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc). Unnecessary and irrelevant information should not be attached. Size of assignments has no bearing on marks achieved. Turnitin Report The similarity index should be less than or equal to 15%.
Coursework/assignment with similarity index that exceeds 15% or without the turnitin report will not be graded. SECOND SEMESTER MAY 2018 MGT 6303 Strategic Management Module Leader: Dr. Yong See Chen Page 6 of 7 Word Count The word count is indicative. Try to stay with allocated word count as far as possible. Marks are gained for facts and conciseness, and marks are lost for unnecessary material. As a postgraduate student, there is no excuse for poor spelling, bad grammar, or lack of formatting. Use 1.5 lines-spacing with 12-point font size, and pages must be numbered.
Use Times New Roman font ONLY. Late Submission ? Late submission between 1 and 4 days, results in a 10% deduction per day of total coursework/assignment marks. ? Late submission between 5 and 10 days, results in a 50% deduction of total coursework/assignment marks. ? Late submission more than 10 days, will result in an automatic 0% for coursework/assignment marks, and the student will be barred from taking the final examination.
Additional Information 1. You should bind your coursework/assignment using tape binding, and with the coursework/assignment cover sheet as the first page. Do not use COMB binding. 2. Do not FORGET to include Name, Identity Card Number/Passport Number, Student Number, Course, Code, Mode of Study, Name of Lecturer, Due Date, and Centre in the coursework/assignment cover sheet.
Student who omitted to filled-in student details in this cover sheet, results in a 10% deduction of total coursework/assignments marks. Student who filled-in inaccurate or misleading information in student details in this cover sheet, you should accept the responsible or risk of affecting your final marks or grade. 3. You should submit a CD containing the softcopy version of your coursework/assignment (1 CD for single award programme, and 2 CDs for double awards programme). 4.
You should label your CD with Name, Identity Card Number/Passport Number, Course, Code, and Due Date. 5. You should submit one hardcopy version of your coursework/assignment for single award programme, and two hardcopies version of your coursework/assignment for double awards programme. 6. You also should submit your couserwork/assignment online via SEGi University Blackboard.
7. You should use United Kingdom (UK) English language to complete your coursework/assignment