Posted: May 6th, 2015
Summative Assessment Brief
Reflective report (individual submission)
The summative assessment requires students to choose one of the cases discussed on the
day of the formative assessment and write up a reflective report which evaluates it in more
depth. The word limit is 2,000 – 3,000 words. This includes in-text citations, but excludes
bibliography. The total mark is worth 100% of the overall grade for this module. The report
must be submitted as an electronic copy (via turnitin) by Sunday 10 May 2015 (week #12)
Structure of content
The self-reflective report should:
(1) summarise the material facts, i.e. only the facts which are pertinent to your report
should be retained;
(2) identify clearly the legal issues involved, i.e. what the question is about from a legal
point of view;
(3) define and explain the relevant legal rule(s), i.e. identify the legal principles which
are relevant to the case in question and clarify the applicable law, giving authority
(case law or statute, as appropriate);
(4) apply the legal rule to the facts in question, i.e. make a sensible attempt to explain
how the rule identified in step (3) was applied to the factual issues;
(5) conclude the analysis and take a position, i.e. discuss how the issue posed at the
beginning of this sequence of steps was resolved and critically evaluate the outcome
of the case (strengths, weaknesses, implications etc).
The last step is crucial to your analysis. A strong report will demonstrate a thorough reading
of the case, wider research and a critical approach to the subject-matter. Your critique/
analysis should also consider the following questions:
! Do you agree with the central argument adopted by the court? Why or why not?
! What perspectives do you think are missing?
! Who benefits from the outcome of the case? Who does not?
! How does the selected reading relate to other issues or modules covered in the
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Your report should meet the following criteria:
Understanding, selection &
• comprehensive knowledge of the subject-matter;
• employment of a wide range of sources;
Analysis & evaluation
• evidence of ability to analyse and review evidence;
• evidence of ability to reflect critically on the subject of the
Organisation, structure &
• structured report with well-organised sections and
• clearly and coherently expressed arguments;
• correct use of grammar, spelling and punctuation;
• statements supported by authoritative sources;
• correct and comprehensive citation of all sources in a
recognised format (Harvard system of referencing);
Intended level learning outcomes:
The purpose of this assessment is to test students’ development, which will be measured
against the following learning outcomes, as specified in the programme handbook:
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the factors affecting strategic decisionmaking
in business practice and its impact on organisations.
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of cross-cultural and global dimensions in
managerial, organisational, and business issues.
Critically evaluate the impact of managerial decisions upon a business and its integrated
B18 Integrate and evaluate complex information and data from a variety of sources.
C15 Demonstrate global awareness in terms of both cultures and business contexts.
Demonstrate commercial awareness by operating with a critical and reflective
understanding of business issues and priorities.
Demonstrate self-confidence in dealing with the challenges that arise from self-directed
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