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FELM4026
Financial and Economic Literacy for Managers
Spring 2018
Coursework Brief
Handout: [Time (am/pm), Date Month Year]
Deadline for Submission: 2pm, Wednesday, 25th
April, 2018
Submit this coursework through the Student Portal with a Turn-it-in Report
Word Limit: 2,500 (Plus or minus 10%)
Learning outcomes assessed:
At the end of a module students will be expected to be able to:
1. Explain the principles of business and financial economics in an international
context.
2. Identify and explain the impact of governmental, monetary and economic policy
on decision making in a business context.
3. Describe and apply macro and micro concepts and models to business decision
making.
4. Interpret financial information (external and internal) and apply to decision making
within a business context.
5. Discuss the rationale and impact of decisions for business strategies to users and
stakeholders.
6. Examine and discuss the relationship between theory, application in business
and financial economics in an international context.
This coursework is worth 100% of the total marks for this module.
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Coursework Instructions
Please read carefully
• Carefully read the module handbook, the marking criteria and the grade
descriptors.
Academic Misconduct
You are responsible for ensuring you understand the policy and regulations
about academic misconduct. You must:
• Complete this work alone except where required or allowed by this
assignment briefing paper and ensure it has not been written or composed
by or with the assistance of any other person.
• Make sure all sentences or passages quoted from other people’s work in
this assignment (with or without trivial changes) are in quotation marks, and
are specifically acknowledged by reference to the author, work and page.
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Assignment Questions
1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of market structure,
small and medium enterprises, multinational corporations and growth strategy to a
UK local high street store. Your answer should include both the theory of these
concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the company. (600 words) (20
marks).
(Learning outcome 1 and 6)
2. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of demand and supply
and the monetary policy of the Bank of England to the UK Housing Market. Your
answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence
from the actions of the Bank of England and hypothetical examples from the UK
Housing Market. (600 words) (20 marks).
(Learning outcome 3 and 6)
3. Write a report that discusses the key macroeconomic indicators and the trend in
these indicators in the UK over the past five years. Your answer should include both
the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the UK. (600 words) (20
marks.)
(Learning Outcomes 2 and 6)
4. Write an essay that shows how managers apply the concepts leverage and current
asset management in their decision making. Your answer should include both the
theory of these concepts and hypothetical examples. (600 words) (20 marks)
(Learning outcomes 4 and 5)
5.
a. Choose one financial statement from the two on GSM Learn, and
calculate five (5) financial ratios, one each from the following
categories– liquidity ratio, market value ratio, asset management ratio,
debt management ratio and profitability ratio for the year 2016. Then
analyse these ratios either by comparing it to the 2016 figures for a
similar company, or the 2015 figures for the same company, to determine
the health of the company in 2016 by deciding if each ratio is either,
good or poor. In your answer, identify the sources of your financial
statements. (8 marks). [Hint: Financial ratios.]
b. Suppose that Marcia has decided that she wants to pay herself £650 each
year for the next three years rather than deposit these amounts in her
savings account. If she can invest a lump-sum amount in a savings
account that pays 4.5 percent interest per year, how much money does
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Alice need to deposit today to accomplish her goal? (6 marks). [Hint:
Present Value]
c. Two projects being considered are mutually exclusive and have the
following projected cash flows:
Year Project A Project B
0 −$50,000 −$50,000
1 26,000 0
2 17,625 0
3 15,000 0
4 10,000 0
5
32,000 99,500
If the required rate of return on these projects is 11.25 percent, which would be chosen
and why? Show your calculations/explanations. (6 marks) [Hint: Net Present Value]
(100 words) (20 marks total)
(Learning outcomes 4 and 5)
End of Assignment Brief
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Marking Criteria
Please note pages 11 to 15 of the marking criteria are bank
pages and now excluded from this document
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Marking Criteria
GENERIC ASSESSMENT MARKING CRITERIA LEVEL 4
KNOWLEDGE &
UNDERSTANDING
INTELLECTUAL &
COGNITIVE SKILLS
Graduate Skills: transferable,
employability, practical and academic
skills
Factual and
conceptual
knowledge and
understanding;
use of class
materials;
independent
reading
Critical thinking;
conceptualisation;
creativity; synthesis,
analysis and evaluation;
application; problem
solving and
research/investigation
Written, oral and presentation skills;
interpersonal, group and teamwork
skills; leadership skills; numeracy;
digital skills; practical, professional and
academic skills (including
referencing/presentation
MARKING
BAND
MODULE
LEARNING
OUTCOMES
CLASSIFICATION WEIGHTED AT
45%
WEIGHTED AT 30% WEIGHTED AT 25%
86 – 100% Achieved
at this
level
FIRST (1ST) Includes all required
factual content,
accurately
summarised.
Well developed, relevant,
reasoned introduction and
conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly and logically
structured material.
Accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation,
paragraphing.
Accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from a good range of primary
and secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques.
Fluent, interesting writing style, appropriate
to the assignment OR engaging, confident,
audible and well-paced presentation.
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Excellent
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Well developed, coherent
arguments, referencing
primary and secondary
literature.
Appropriate visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
accurate, clearly set
out, with
explanations.
Well-developed integration of
theory and practice, for this
level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Correct use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Independent, wideranging
reading and
research, from both
primary and
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Very good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems.
Outstanding, consistent delivery of group
work obligations, for this level.
Substantiated, relevant
recommendations. Very good
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Insightful reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
70 – 85% Achieved
at this
level
FIRST (1ST) Includes all required
factual content,
accurately
summarised.
Well developed, relevant
introduction and conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly structured material. Accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation,
paragraphing.
Accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from relevant primary and
secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques.
Fluent writing style, appropriate to the
assignment OR engaging, audible and
well-paced presentation.
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Very good
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Coherent arguments,
referencing primary and
secondary literature.
Appropriate visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
accurate, clearly set
out, with
explanations.
Very good integration of
theory and practice, for this
level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Correct use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Independent, wideranging
reading and
research, from both
primary and
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems.
Very good, consistent delivery of group
work obligations, for this level.
Relevant recommendations.
Good awareness of ethical
issues, where relevant.
Good reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
60 – 69% Achieved
at this
level
UPPER SECOND
(2:1)
Includes most
required factual
content, mostly
accurately
summarised.
Relevant introduction and
conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly structured material. Mostly accurate spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Mainly accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from some relevant primary
and secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques but
with some gaps or
misunderstandings.
Mainly fluent writing style, appropriate to
the assignment OR mainly engaging,
audible and well paced presentation.
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Sound
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Mostly coherent arguments,
referencing primary and
secondary literature.
Mostly appropriate visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
mainly accurate,
mostly clearly set
out, with mostly
good explanations.
Good integration of theory
and practice, for this level.
Mostly correct use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Independent
reading and
research from
sufficient and mostly
authoritative primary
and secondary
sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Mainly good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with some gaps,
errors or misunderstandings.
Consistent delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Some relevant
recommendations.
Satisfactory awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Clear reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
50 – 59% Achieved
at this
level
LOWER SECOND
(2:2)
Includes essential
required factual
content, but with
some gaps or
misunderstandings.
Adequate introduction and
conclusions.
Within 10% of word count or presentation
time.
Includes some
irrelevant factual
content.
Mostly clearly structured
material.
Some mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
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Some identification
of relevant
concepts, theories
and/or principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from mainly secondary
sources, and categorised,
analysed or evaluated using
mostly relevant methods or
techniques but with gaps or
misunderstandings.
Writing style is appropriate but not always
fluent OR a presentation that is not always
engaging, audible or well-paced.
Adequate
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Limited arguments,
referencing mostly secondary
literature.
Inconsistent visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations may
have inaccuracies,
or issues relating to
set out and
explanation.
An adequate attempt to
relate theory to practice, for
this level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Inconsistent use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Some independent
reading and
research from
mainly secondary
sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Adequate application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with gaps, errors
or misunderstandings.
Inconsistent delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Basic recommendations.
Satisfactory awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Some evaluation of own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
40 – 49% Marginal
achievem
ent at this
level
THIRD (3RD) Includes limited
required factual
content, with many
gaps or
inaccuracies.
Basic introduction and
conclusions.
Within 10% of word count or presentation
time.
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Includes
considerable
irrelevant factual
content.
Unevenly structured material. Frequent mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Limited identification
of relevant
concepts, theories
and/or principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from secondary sources, and
poorly categorised, analysed
or evaluated using
inappropriate methods or
techniques.
Awkward or inappropriate writing style OR
a presentation that is not engaging, audible
or well-paced.
Limited
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Sense of emerging
argument, mainly descriptive
or personal opinion, with little
reference to literature.
Clear but inappropriate visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
often inaccurate,
with many issues
relating to set out
and explanation.
Limited attempt to relate
theory to practice, using
defined conceptual
frameworks.
Inconsistent or incomplete use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Limited independent
reading and
research from
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Weak application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with many gaps or
errors.
Unreliable delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Recommendations lack
clarity or may be incomplete.
Little awareness of ethical
issues, where relevant.
Limited reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
30 – 39% Marginal
failure at
this level
FAIL. POSSIBLE
COMPENSATION.
Includes insufficient
required factual
content, with
significant gaps or
Incoherent or irrelevant
introduction and conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
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inaccuracies.
Includes substantial
irrelevant factual
content.
Incoherently structured
material.
Serious mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Very limited or
inaccurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Little selection of information
or data, and little attempt at
collation, categorisation,
analysis or evaluation.
Poor writing style OR a presentation that is
not engaging, audible or well-paced.
Very limited
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Little or no argument, entirely
descriptive or personal
opinion, with no reference to
literature.
Poor visual presentation, including font,
spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
mostly inaccurate,
or incorrectly set out
or explained.
Theory only sporadically
related to practice, using
defined conceptual
frameworks.
Inaccurate or incomplete use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Minimal
independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
Very weak application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with significant
errors.
Poor delivery of group work obligations, for
this level.
Irrelevant recommendations.
Little or no awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Very limited reflection on own strengths
and weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
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16 – 29% Not
achieved
at this
level
FAIL. NO
COMPENSATION.
Includes almost no
required factual
content, and with
very significant
inaccuracies.
Incoherent or missing
introduction and conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
Includes mainly
irrelevant factual
content.
Very incoherently structured
material.
Serious and extensive mistakes in spelling,
grammar, punctuation, paragraphing.
No identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles.
No evidence of the selection,
categorisation, analysis or
evaluation of information or
data.
Incoherent writing style OR an inaudible,
poorly paced and unengaging
presentation.
No understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
No argument, entirely
descriptive or personal
opinion, with no reference to
literature.
Very poor visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
inaccurate, with no
explanations.
Theory not related to
practice.
Very inaccurate or no use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
No independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
Minimal application of
numerical and statistical
methods and techniques to
defined problems, with
significant errors.
Very poor delivery of group work
obligations, where relevant.
No recommendations. No
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Minimal or no evaluation of own strengths
and weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
0 – 15% Not
achieved
at this
level
FAIL. NO
COMPENSATION.
Does not include
required factual
content.
No introduction and
conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
Includes entirely
irrelevant factual
content.
Very incoherently structured
material.
Serious and extensive mistakes in spelling,
grammar, punctuation, paragraphing.
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No identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles.
No evidence of the selection,
categorisation, analysis or
evaluation of information or
data.
Incoherent writing style OR an inaudible,
poorly paced and unengaging
presentation.
No understanding of
factual and
conceptual material.
No argument, entirely
personal opinion, with no
reference to literature.
Exceptionally poor visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
missing, with no
explanations.
Theory not related to
practice.
No use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
No independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
No application of numerical
and statistical methods to
defined problems.
No delivery of group work obligations, for
this level.
No recommendations. No
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Financial and Economic Literacy for Managers
 

  1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of market structure, small and medium enterprises and growth strategy to a UK local high street store. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the company. (600 words) (20 marks). (Learning outcome 1 and 6)

Business economics is an analysis of private firms with different behavioural characteristics operating in different market structures. Firms can operate in several market structures which are influenced in the firm’s behaviour to identify weather the structure is efficient and the amount of profits it can generate, This then helps consider the competitive market and market failures.

Introduction to Business Economics


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of demand and supply and the monetary policy of the Bank of England to the UK Housing Market. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the Bank of England and hypothetical examples from the UK Housing Market. (600 words) (20 marks). (Learning outcome 3 and 6)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write a report that discusses the key macroeconomic indicators and the trend in these indicators in the UK over the past five years. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the UK. (600 words) (20 marks.) (Learning Outcomes 2 and 6)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write an essay that shows how managers apply the concepts leverage and current account management in their decision making. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and hypothetical examples. (600 words) (20 marks) (Learning outcomes 4 and 5)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. a. Choose one financial statement from the two on GSM Learn, and calculate five (5) financial ratios, one each from the following categories– liquidity ratio, market value ratio, asset management ratio, debt management ratio and profitability ratio for the year 2016. Then analyse these ratios either by comparing it to the 2016 figures for a similar company, or the 2015 figures for the same company, to determine the health of the company in 2016 by deciding if each ratio is either, good or poor. In your answer, identify the sources of your financial statements. (8 marks). [Hint: Financial ratios.]

 

  1. Suppose that Marcia has decided that she wants to pay herself £650 each year for the next three years rather than deposit these amounts in her savings account. If she can invest a lump-sum amount in a savings account that pays 4.5 percent interest per year, how much money does Alice need to deposit today to accomplish her goal? (6 marks). [Hint: Present Value]
  2. Two projects being considered are mutually exclusive and have the following projected cash flows:

If the required rate of return on these projects is 11.25 percent, which would be chosen and why? Show your calculations/explanations. (6 marks) [Hint: Net Present Value] (100 words) (20 marks total)

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FELM4026
Financial and Economic Literacy for Managers
Spring 2018
Coursework Brief
Handout: [Time (am/pm), Date Month Year]
Deadline for Submission: 2pm, Wednesday, 25th
April, 2018
Submit this coursework through the Student Portal with a Turn-it-in Report
Word Limit: 2,500 (Plus or minus 10%)
Learning outcomes assessed:
At the end of a module students will be expected to be able to:
1. Explain the principles of business and financial economics in an international
context.
2. Identify and explain the impact of governmental, monetary and economic policy
on decision making in a business context.
3. Describe and apply macro and micro concepts and models to business decision
making.
4. Interpret financial information (external and internal) and apply to decision making
within a business context.
5. Discuss the rationale and impact of decisions for business strategies to users and
stakeholders.
6. Examine and discuss the relationship between theory, application in business
and financial economics in an international context.
This coursework is worth 100% of the total marks for this module.
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Coursework Instructions
Please read carefully
• Carefully read the module handbook, the marking criteria and the grade
descriptors.
Academic Misconduct
You are responsible for ensuring you understand the policy and regulations
about academic misconduct. You must:
• Complete this work alone except where required or allowed by this
assignment briefing paper and ensure it has not been written or composed
by or with the assistance of any other person.
• Make sure all sentences or passages quoted from other people’s work in
this assignment (with or without trivial changes) are in quotation marks, and
are specifically acknowledged by reference to the author, work and page.
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Assignment Questions
1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of market structure,
small and medium enterprises, multinational corporations and growth strategy to a
UK local high street store. Your answer should include both the theory of these
concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the company. (600 words) (20
marks).
(Learning outcome 1 and 6)
2. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of demand and supply
and the monetary policy of the Bank of England to the UK Housing Market. Your
answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence
from the actions of the Bank of England and hypothetical examples from the UK
Housing Market. (600 words) (20 marks).
(Learning outcome 3 and 6)
3. Write a report that discusses the key macroeconomic indicators and the trend in
these indicators in the UK over the past five years. Your answer should include both
the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the UK. (600 words) (20
marks.)
(Learning Outcomes 2 and 6)
4. Write an essay that shows how managers apply the concepts leverage and current
asset management in their decision making. Your answer should include both the
theory of these concepts and hypothetical examples. (600 words) (20 marks)
(Learning outcomes 4 and 5)
5.
a. Choose one financial statement from the two on GSM Learn, and
calculate five (5) financial ratios, one each from the following
categories– liquidity ratio, market value ratio, asset management ratio,
debt management ratio and profitability ratio for the year 2016. Then
analyse these ratios either by comparing it to the 2016 figures for a
similar company, or the 2015 figures for the same company, to determine
the health of the company in 2016 by deciding if each ratio is either,
good or poor. In your answer, identify the sources of your financial
statements. (8 marks). [Hint: Financial ratios.]
b. Suppose that Marcia has decided that she wants to pay herself £650 each
year for the next three years rather than deposit these amounts in her
savings account. If she can invest a lump-sum amount in a savings
account that pays 4.5 percent interest per year, how much money does
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Alice need to deposit today to accomplish her goal? (6 marks). [Hint:
Present Value]
c. Two projects being considered are mutually exclusive and have the
following projected cash flows:
Year Project A Project B
0 −$50,000 −$50,000
1 26,000 0
2 17,625 0
3 15,000 0
4 10,000 0
5
32,000 99,500
If the required rate of return on these projects is 11.25 percent, which would be chosen
and why? Show your calculations/explanations. (6 marks) [Hint: Net Present Value]
(100 words) (20 marks total)
(Learning outcomes 4 and 5)
End of Assignment Brief
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Marking Criteria
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Marking Criteria
GENERIC ASSESSMENT MARKING CRITERIA LEVEL 4
KNOWLEDGE &
UNDERSTANDING
INTELLECTUAL &
COGNITIVE SKILLS
Graduate Skills: transferable,
employability, practical and academic
skills
Factual and
conceptual
knowledge and
understanding;
use of class
materials;
independent
reading
Critical thinking;
conceptualisation;
creativity; synthesis,
analysis and evaluation;
application; problem
solving and
research/investigation
Written, oral and presentation skills;
interpersonal, group and teamwork
skills; leadership skills; numeracy;
digital skills; practical, professional and
academic skills (including
referencing/presentation
MARKING
BAND
MODULE
LEARNING
OUTCOMES
CLASSIFICATION WEIGHTED AT
45%
WEIGHTED AT 30% WEIGHTED AT 25%
86 – 100% Achieved
at this
level
FIRST (1ST) Includes all required
factual content,
accurately
summarised.
Well developed, relevant,
reasoned introduction and
conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly and logically
structured material.
Accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation,
paragraphing.
Accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from a good range of primary
and secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques.
Fluent, interesting writing style, appropriate
to the assignment OR engaging, confident,
audible and well-paced presentation.
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Excellent
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Well developed, coherent
arguments, referencing
primary and secondary
literature.
Appropriate visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
accurate, clearly set
out, with
explanations.
Well-developed integration of
theory and practice, for this
level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Correct use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Independent, wideranging
reading and
research, from both
primary and
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Very good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems.
Outstanding, consistent delivery of group
work obligations, for this level.
Substantiated, relevant
recommendations. Very good
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Insightful reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
70 – 85% Achieved
at this
level
FIRST (1ST) Includes all required
factual content,
accurately
summarised.
Well developed, relevant
introduction and conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly structured material. Accurate spelling, grammar, punctuation,
paragraphing.
Accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from relevant primary and
secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques.
Fluent writing style, appropriate to the
assignment OR engaging, audible and
well-paced presentation.
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Very good
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Coherent arguments,
referencing primary and
secondary literature.
Appropriate visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
accurate, clearly set
out, with
explanations.
Very good integration of
theory and practice, for this
level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Correct use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Independent, wideranging
reading and
research, from both
primary and
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems.
Very good, consistent delivery of group
work obligations, for this level.
Relevant recommendations.
Good awareness of ethical
issues, where relevant.
Good reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
60 – 69% Achieved
at this
level
UPPER SECOND
(2:1)
Includes most
required factual
content, mostly
accurately
summarised.
Relevant introduction and
conclusions.
Within word count or presentation time.
Includes relevant
factual content only.
Clearly structured material. Mostly accurate spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Mainly accurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from some relevant primary
and secondary sources, and
categorised, analysed or
evaluated using relevant
methods or techniques but
with some gaps or
misunderstandings.
Mainly fluent writing style, appropriate to
the assignment OR mainly engaging,
audible and well paced presentation.
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Sound
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Mostly coherent arguments,
referencing primary and
secondary literature.
Mostly appropriate visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
mainly accurate,
mostly clearly set
out, with mostly
good explanations.
Good integration of theory
and practice, for this level.
Mostly correct use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Independent
reading and
research from
sufficient and mostly
authoritative primary
and secondary
sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Mainly good application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with some gaps,
errors or misunderstandings.
Consistent delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Some relevant
recommendations.
Satisfactory awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Clear reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
50 – 59% Achieved
at this
level
LOWER SECOND
(2:2)
Includes essential
required factual
content, but with
some gaps or
misunderstandings.
Adequate introduction and
conclusions.
Within 10% of word count or presentation
time.
Includes some
irrelevant factual
content.
Mostly clearly structured
material.
Some mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
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Some identification
of relevant
concepts, theories
and/or principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from mainly secondary
sources, and categorised,
analysed or evaluated using
mostly relevant methods or
techniques but with gaps or
misunderstandings.
Writing style is appropriate but not always
fluent OR a presentation that is not always
engaging, audible or well-paced.
Adequate
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Limited arguments,
referencing mostly secondary
literature.
Inconsistent visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations may
have inaccuracies,
or issues relating to
set out and
explanation.
An adequate attempt to
relate theory to practice, for
this level, using defined
conceptual frameworks.
Inconsistent use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
Some independent
reading and
research from
mainly secondary
sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Adequate application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with gaps, errors
or misunderstandings.
Inconsistent delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Basic recommendations.
Satisfactory awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Some evaluation of own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
40 – 49% Marginal
achievem
ent at this
level
THIRD (3RD) Includes limited
required factual
content, with many
gaps or
inaccuracies.
Basic introduction and
conclusions.
Within 10% of word count or presentation
time.
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Includes
considerable
irrelevant factual
content.
Unevenly structured material. Frequent mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Limited identification
of relevant
concepts, theories
and/or principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Information or data selected
from secondary sources, and
poorly categorised, analysed
or evaluated using
inappropriate methods or
techniques.
Awkward or inappropriate writing style OR
a presentation that is not engaging, audible
or well-paced.
Limited
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Sense of emerging
argument, mainly descriptive
or personal opinion, with little
reference to literature.
Clear but inappropriate visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
often inaccurate,
with many issues
relating to set out
and explanation.
Limited attempt to relate
theory to practice, using
defined conceptual
frameworks.
Inconsistent or incomplete use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Limited independent
reading and
research from
secondary sources,
appropriate to this
level.
Weak application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with many gaps or
errors.
Unreliable delivery of group work
obligations, for this level.
Recommendations lack
clarity or may be incomplete.
Little awareness of ethical
issues, where relevant.
Limited reflection on own strengths and
weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
30 – 39% Marginal
failure at
this level
FAIL. POSSIBLE
COMPENSATION.
Includes insufficient
required factual
content, with
significant gaps or
Incoherent or irrelevant
introduction and conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
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inaccuracies.
Includes substantial
irrelevant factual
content.
Incoherently structured
material.
Serious mistakes in spelling, grammar,
punctuation, paragraphing.
Very limited or
inaccurate
identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles,
appropriate to this
level.
Little selection of information
or data, and little attempt at
collation, categorisation,
analysis or evaluation.
Poor writing style OR a presentation that is
not engaging, audible or well-paced.
Very limited
understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
Little or no argument, entirely
descriptive or personal
opinion, with no reference to
literature.
Poor visual presentation, including font,
spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
mostly inaccurate,
or incorrectly set out
or explained.
Theory only sporadically
related to practice, using
defined conceptual
frameworks.
Inaccurate or incomplete use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
Minimal
independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
Very weak application of
numerical and statistical
methods to defined
problems, with significant
errors.
Poor delivery of group work obligations, for
this level.
Irrelevant recommendations.
Little or no awareness of
ethical issues, where
relevant.
Very limited reflection on own strengths
and weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
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16 – 29% Not
achieved
at this
level
FAIL. NO
COMPENSATION.
Includes almost no
required factual
content, and with
very significant
inaccuracies.
Incoherent or missing
introduction and conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
Includes mainly
irrelevant factual
content.
Very incoherently structured
material.
Serious and extensive mistakes in spelling,
grammar, punctuation, paragraphing.
No identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles.
No evidence of the selection,
categorisation, analysis or
evaluation of information or
data.
Incoherent writing style OR an inaudible,
poorly paced and unengaging
presentation.
No understanding of
factual and
conceptual material,
relative to this level.
No argument, entirely
descriptive or personal
opinion, with no reference to
literature.
Very poor visual presentation, including
font, spacing, margins, headings, graphics,
images and appendices.
Calculations are
inaccurate, with no
explanations.
Theory not related to
practice.
Very inaccurate or no use of academic
conventions, references and bibliography.
No independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
Minimal application of
numerical and statistical
methods and techniques to
defined problems, with
significant errors.
Very poor delivery of group work
obligations, where relevant.
No recommendations. No
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Minimal or no evaluation of own strengths
and weaknesses in relation to defined
professional and practical skills.
0 – 15% Not
achieved
at this
level
FAIL. NO
COMPENSATION.
Does not include
required factual
content.
No introduction and
conclusions.
More than 10% outside word count or
presentation time.
Includes entirely
irrelevant factual
content.
Very incoherently structured
material.
Serious and extensive mistakes in spelling,
grammar, punctuation, paragraphing.
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No identification of
relevant concepts,
theories and/or
principles.
No evidence of the selection,
categorisation, analysis or
evaluation of information or
data.
Incoherent writing style OR an inaudible,
poorly paced and unengaging
presentation.
No understanding of
factual and
conceptual material.
No argument, entirely
personal opinion, with no
reference to literature.
Exceptionally poor visual presentation,
including font, spacing, margins, headings,
graphics, images and appendices.
Calculations are
missing, with no
explanations.
Theory not related to
practice.
No use of academic conventions,
references and bibliography.
No independent
reading and
research,
appropriate to this
level.
No application of numerical
and statistical methods to
defined problems.
No delivery of group work obligations, for
this level.
No recommendations. No
awareness of ethical issues,
where relevant.
Financial and Economic Literacy for Managers
 

  1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of market structure, small and medium enterprises and growth strategy to a UK local high street store. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the company. (600 words) (20 marks). (Learning outcome 1 and 6)

Business economics is an analysis of private firms with different behavioural characteristics operating in different market structures. Firms can operate in several market structures which are influenced in the firm’s behaviour to identify weather the structure is efficient and the amount of profits it can generate, This then helps consider the competitive market and market failures.

Introduction to Business Economics


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write a report that applies the business economics concepts of demand and supply and the monetary policy of the Bank of England to the UK Housing Market. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the actions of the Bank of England and hypothetical examples from the UK Housing Market. (600 words) (20 marks). (Learning outcome 3 and 6)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write a report that discusses the key macroeconomic indicators and the trend in these indicators in the UK over the past five years. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and empirical evidence from the UK. (600 words) (20 marks.) (Learning Outcomes 2 and 6)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. Write an essay that shows how managers apply the concepts leverage and current account management in their decision making. Your answer should include both the theory of these concepts and hypothetical examples. (600 words) (20 marks) (Learning outcomes 4 and 5)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

  1. a. Choose one financial statement from the two on GSM Learn, and calculate five (5) financial ratios, one each from the following categories– liquidity ratio, market value ratio, asset management ratio, debt management ratio and profitability ratio for the year 2016. Then analyse these ratios either by comparing it to the 2016 figures for a similar company, or the 2015 figures for the same company, to determine the health of the company in 2016 by deciding if each ratio is either, good or poor. In your answer, identify the sources of your financial statements. (8 marks). [Hint: Financial ratios.]

 

  1. Suppose that Marcia has decided that she wants to pay herself £650 each year for the next three years rather than deposit these amounts in her savings account. If she can invest a lump-sum amount in a savings account that pays 4.5 percent interest per year, how much money does Alice need to deposit today to accomplish her goal? (6 marks). [Hint: Present Value]
  2. Two projects being considered are mutually exclusive and have the following projected cash flows:

If the required rate of return on these projects is 11.25 percent, which would be chosen and why? Show your calculations/explanations. (6 marks) [Hint: Net Present Value] (100 words) (20 marks total)

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