Assessed Group Coursework Brief – The Group Project Report
Between a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 students per group
Weighted 30% of the total assessment
Title: Segment disclosures are widely regarded as some of the most useful disclosures in financial reports because of the extent to which they disaggregate financial information into meaningful and often revealing groups. Discuss
The project report (maximum 2,000 words, excluding the one to two-page summary requested) should address the following:
Creativity in content and presentation will be rewarded.
The report should include:
A few points that need to be taken into consideration:
Please note: materials included in the appendices but were not mentioned/referred to in the main body of the report could be considered as irrelevant information.
Assessment Criteria & Marking Guideline for Written Report
For the group assignment, all reports must be completed and submitted electronically via Canvas.
Any work received after the deadline given will be awarded a mark of zero (0%). Any student with extenuating circumstances such as illness which may prevent them from meeting the given date must notify the module co-ordinator formally in writing as well as notifying the undergraduate programme office prior to the submission deadline. Each member of the group will receive the group mark unless there is clear evidence that a member has not delivered the agreed work. Where this is the case, the module co-ordinator should be informed well before the submission of the report and the case shall be investigated.
Performance in the summative group report is judged against the following criteria:
The above assessment criteria for the written report are in line with the criteria listed in the School of Management feedback criteria for assessed coursework for undergraduate programmes.
Students can expect to be able to receive feedback on their assessed group assignment approximately 4 working weeks after the work is submitted. You will be advised via Canvas announcements and emails (to your University of Bradford email account) when the feedback are released.
A Discussion Board dedicated to issues related to the assignment has been set up on the module Canvas site, and students are encouraged to place their queries and observations on the board where they can be addressed both by fellow-students as well as the course teaching team. If you have a question related to the assignment, it is worth checking, before sending it to the lecturer, to see if your query has already been raised by other course members and an answer posted. Although teaching staff will monitor the discussion boards on a regular basis, it is sensible to advise teaching staff when you post a query to ensure as speedy a response as possible.
Students’ attention is drawn to the consequences of breaching the University’s policies and regulations concerning assessment, including issues relating to plagiarism (plagiarism related issues are also discussed in Section 7 of the module handbook on page14). These may be found on the University website at:
The requirement stated below for work supported by evidence from, and analysis of, appropriate theory and literature requires that your essay be referenced throughout and that it concludes with a reference section indicating the sources you have used. Failure to include references will result in a fail mark.
You must use the Harvard Referencing System. This requires a citation (partial reference) within the text and a list of full references at the end of the assignment.
Harvard is an Author Date system. So, the citation shows the name of the author(s) followed by the year of publication, for example:
Blundel and Ippolito (2008) suggest that cultural diversity is a valuable feature of society.
Cultural diversity can create barriers to effective communication (Blundel and Ippolito 2008).
Direct quotations should be kept to a minimum (see guidance on plagiarism below), but if used, these should be contained within quotation marks, and the page reference of the quote should also be given, along with the author name and date:
“A failure to deal appropriately with cultural differences can also lead to disastrous outcomes for individuals and organizations” (Blundel and Ippolito 2008, p.41).
It is crucial that you produce your full reference list according to the guidance provided in the Effective Learning Service References and Bibliographies Booklet. This shows examples of all the typical sources of your reading that you will want to list, e.g. books, journals, websites etc.
You may be tempted to hand in essays, projects or other pieces of assessed coursework containing work that you know are not completely your own, hoping that the lecturer will not notice. This may be for several reasons such as shortage of time, hoping for a better grade than would be achievable under a particular set of circumstances or perhaps even lack of knowledge regarding how to correctly reference the sources of data/ information used. This is plagiarism. Plagiarism is the presentation of a piece of work as if it were your own, when it is either exactly or substantially the work of another. For example, unacknowledged quotation from books and articles, or the use of substantial portions of these will be classed as plagiarism.
It is inevitable that students will make use of published sources of information in preparing the report and will wish to quote from, or utilize ideas from, these sources. In all cases, it is vital that you correctly reference your sources, in order that you are not guilty of plagiarism (see the referencing section on page 16). As stated previously, information on how to reference appropriately can be found via the Effective Learning Services provided at the School of Management and the References and Bibliographies booklet is available at http://www.bradford.ac.uk/management/media/management/els/restricted/references-and-bibliographies.pdf.
For further information, please contact Martin Sedgley (M.T.Sedgley@bradford.ac.uk).
It is ESSENTIAL that you understand the dangers of plagiarism, as you would be contravening the University regulations and could be subject to disciplinary action, or to failure of the assessment. For further details on plagiarism policy, please refer to: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/legal-and-governance/breaches-appeals-complaints/breaches/information-for-students/.
The Library has information about plagiarism, and how to avoid it: http://www.bradford.ac.uk/library/help/plagiarism/.