Topic / Title (E-Business strategy in an online banking services)This is an individual Assignment (85%) and Progress Report (15%)Assessment MethodAn ASSIGNMENT consisting of 2000 WORDS weighted at 85% and PROGRESS REPORT consisting of 500 WORDS weighted at 15%. ASSIGNMENT Introduction:A brief introduction about the topic in 3 paragraphs (250 Words Approximately) Two paragraphs should discuss / talk about the topic with appropriate citations coming from 2 reliable sources. ( with proper citation ) One paragraph shall state the assignment objective/s or question/s.Literature Review (1500 Words Approximately) (As Main body)Conclusions (250 Words Approximately)Total Words all together 2000
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Topic / Title (E-Business strategy in an online banking services)
This is an individual Assignment (85%) and Progress Report (15%)
An ASSIGNMENT consisting of 2000 WORDS weighted at 85% and
PROGRESS REPORT consisting of 500 WORDS weighted at 15%.
A brief introduction about the topic in 3 paragraphs (250 Words Approximately)
Two paragraphs should discuss / talk about the topic with appropriate citations coming from 2
reliable sources. ( with proper citation )
One paragraph shall state the assignment objective/s or question/s.
Literature Review (1500 Words Approximately)
(As Main body)
Conclusions (250 Words Approximately)
Total Words all together 2000
GULF COLLEGE MUSCAT SULTANATE OF OMAN
UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAMME
ACADEMIC YEAR: 2017-2018
Module Title: Project
Module Code: XXSE 60108
Method of Assessment: Assignment and Progress Report
Weighting: 85% Assignment;
Module Credits: 15
15% Progress Report
Semester/Teaching block: 1
Morning / Evening Session: BOTH
Examiner: Dr. Agustin D. Cortez Jr.
Additional Information (if any): Ethical standards and practices should be
taken into account when writing your assignment paper.
Module Title: Project.
Module Code: XXSE 60108
GC Module Tutor: Mr.Abdul Rauf; Mr Abdul Samad; Dr Agustin; Dr Anna; Dr Bechir;
Dr.Benjamin; Mrs Fatima; Dr Ferdinand; Mrs Juliet; Dr.Khaild; Dr Petcharat; Dr
Prashant; Dr.Ravindra; Dr Rodrigo; Dr Roland; Dr.Romeo; Mr Sanjay; Dr Tamer; Dr
Tareq, Dr Venus
Submission Time and Date: __________________
You should hand in one copy of your assignment and report by the time and date to the
appropriate time specified by your tutor hand-in location at the Gulf College. Fill in the
front cover (staple together with your assignment). MAKE SURE that you fill in all the
relevant details on this form. An acknowledgement will be given to you upon receiving
your assignment. This is your receipt, keep it. You can submit work by post, but you must
send it recorded delivery, it must be postmarked two days before the deadline date and a
copy must be kept by you in case it is lost in the post. Faxed assignments will not be
Assignments must be submitted by the due date. The only circumstance in which
assignments can be submitted late is if an extenuating circumstances form is submitted
at the same time. In these circumstances work may be submitted up to 5 working days
late only. If the extenuating circumstances are upheld, the assignment will be graded;
otherwise a 0 will be awarded.
Maximum Word Length: This is an individual assignment with a length of 2000 words
weighted at 85% and a progress report with a length of 500 words weighted at 15%.
State the number of words used at the end of your assignment. You may include diagrams,
figures etc. without word penalty. A sliding scale of penalties for excess length will be
imposed according to the amount by which the limit has been exceeded.
10% reduction in the mark
20% reduction in the mark
the work will be capped at a pass ex. 40%
NB. None of the above penalties will be used to change a student mark which is above
the pass mark, to one that is below the pass mark. Therefore the maximum penalty for
exceeding the word limit will be a reduction to a pass grade.
To achieve a Pass grade of 40%
In order to achieve a pass grade the student will have demonstrated at least a satisfactory
understanding of the concepts, theories and principles of the chosen topic or subject area.
The work produced must apply appropriate principles, concepts and frameworks in order
to address the areas specified in the assignment. There should be also a clear evidence
of research and reading, with reference to appropriate sources.
To achieve a grade of 70% or above
In order to achieve a grade of 70% or above, as well as satisfying all of the outlined criteria
for a pass, the student must demonstrate a detailed understanding and application of the
concepts, theories and principles in the chosen topic or subject area. The submission will
be well organised and contain all relevant data. It will show evidence of appropriate
investigation including research from a range of academic literature and other secondary
sources of information. Detailed answers will be given to each of the questions with
appendices where appropriate. There will be an evidence of wider reading through
appropriate supporting references.
This assignment will assess the following learning outcomes:
1. Develop knowledge of, analyse and critically assess the literature in a given business
related subject area.
In conjunction with a supervisor/adviser, formulate research questions or objectives in
the given subject area.
Construct an argument employing relevant and valid evidence in support of a
conclusion that directly addresses the problem posed by the research questions or
Demonstrate competence in independent learning.
Demonstrate competence in the communication skills needed to generate the required
format of written presentation.
This is an individual Assignment (85%) and Progress Report (15%).
1. You are required to work on approved SMART topic in your area of specialisation
and critically analyse the literatures related to the topic and the objectives of your
study. Formulate the research questions or the research objectives of your chosen
topic in your area of specialisation upon consultation and approval by your advisorsupervisor. Make your arguments on the literatures presented that are related to
your topic and objectives or that directly answer the research questions. Literatures
must be properly cited to make your study credible. Draw the conclusion that
directly addresses the problem posed by the research questions or objectives. Use
Harvard Style of referencing. Use separate sheet/s for the list of recent edition of
references. This Assignment component is weighted 85% of the total mark.
2. Prepare a detailed Progress Report in each stage of the study that clearly
describe the activities, processes, and procedures that were undertaken while
doing your Assignment with reference to the standard format. This Progress
Report is weighted 15% of the total mark.
Project Assessment Criteria/Marking Scheme:
SMART topic with a comprehensive introduction supported by
authorities and experts which contains a statement of research
question or objective in the given subject area.
Level of analysis and interpretation of related and relevant
literatures presented from various sources that directly address
the research problem or research objectives. (35%)
Logical organisation of literatures and materials relating to the
topic, problem, or objectives that shows a wide range of
appropriate readings in the selected subject area. (20%)
Construct an argument employing relevant and valid evidence in
support of a conclusion that directly addresses the problem
posed by the research questions or objectives.
Presentation Accurate referencing (5%), structure (5%) and
language proficiency (5%).
The main purpose of this assessment is to enable the students to extend and deepen their
knowledge of an aspect of a business – related subject area appropriate to their award.
They will apply a range of secondary research skills covered in the Research Methods
Literature: The term literature is being used here in the academic sense to refer not only
to the text books but also to the wide range of other available information sources such as
papers in the academic publication, database, and university websites and so on.
Although in a few subjects it may be acceptable to draw upon a limited number of nonacademic resources, in an analysis of this type, students are expected to refer to academic
resources such text books, academic on university web-sites and the like.
The analysis should be written using formal, academic English, and recommended
How to write a Literature Review?
In writing a critical Literature Review you will need to:
a. Assess the strengths and weaknesses of previous work including omissions or
biases and take these into account in your arguments
b. Justify your arguments by referencing previous research
c. Through clear and consistent referencing, enable those reading your critical review
to find the original work cited.
In addition, by fully acknowledging the work of others you will avoid charges of plagiarism
and associated penalties. Information concerning referencing can be found at
The critical Literature Review should be a description and critical analysis of what other
authors have written. When drafting your review you need to focus on your research
question(s) or objective(s). Although there is no single structure that your critical review
should take, you may find it helpful to think of the review using a funneling technique:
Start at more general level before moving to the specific;
Provide a brief overview of key ideas;
Summaries in brief, compare and contrast the work of the key writers;
Narrow down to highlight the work most relevant to your research; and
Provide a detailed account of the findings of this work.
Whichever way you structure your review, you must demonstrate that you have read, fully
understood and evaluated the items you have located. The key to writing a critical literature
review is therefore to link together the different ideas you find in the literature form with
coherent and cohesive argument.
Progress Report Assessment Criteria:
Brief Introduction and statement of purpose of the report
Work completed during the time period of the study (i.e. from March
2018 to June 2018) in terms of topic selection, writing of introduction,
literature review and conclusion.
Description of the problems, issues and limitations encountered while
conducting the study (8%);
Drawing of conclusion (7%)
Presentation (5%), standard format (5%), and language proficiency
(5%) of the report.
Progress Report Writing:
Identify and describe in chronological order the activities undertaken during the month
specified. At the end of every month make a conference with your advisor to discuss
issue/s or problem/s in doing the project. Indicate the dates of the meeting/conference
with the advisor/supervisor in each time period.
Plagiarism occurs if you use somebody else’s work in an assignment or exam answer,
but fail to state where you got the material from. You need to be also very careful about
the amount of words you are using from somebody elses work.
It can happen in any type of assessment where you are given the questions or tasks
If another student uses your work in his/her answer(s), both you and he/she will be
punished when caught.
Punishments for committing plagiarism can be very severe.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating in which students use the work of others and present it as
their own. Staffordshire University publishes a fully detailed description of what the term
plagiarism means on the Universitys main web-site under the heading Procedures for
dealing with suspected cases of academic dishonesty. We strongly recommend that you
go and read the full document at the above address. Meanwhile, here is an extract of
some of the relevant content. You will have committed plagiarism and may be caught,
reported and punished (as described below) if you:
Copy extensively from the work of others (from sources such as books,
magazines, journals, web-sites for example) and submit the work as your own.
NB It is acceptable to refer to the work of others as long as you do not use too
much, and reference your sources properly. If you do not know how to do this,
please follow the guidelines given in the document entitled Adding quotations
and references to your written work at this web-site address:
Copy another students work and submit it for assessment under your own
Allow another student to copy your work and they then submit it for assessment
under their name
This last item is of particular importance; few students seem to understand what it means.
If, for example, you allow another student to borrow your work and they subsequently copy
some of that work and present it as their own, you and they will both be punished even
though someone else copied your work.
The risks of working with other students
Some assessment tasks are explicitly designed for group work, and it will be made clear
that a group answer is expected from you. All other tasks are intended as an assessment
of your individual comprehension and performance, and group answers are not permitted.
In individually assessed forms of assessment your work must be different from that of
every other student. Plagiarism can occur in assignments and any examination where the
questions are issued to students in advance. In both cases it is possible for you to ask
other people about how best to answer the questions or complete the necessary tasks.
You should be aware that different modules and subjects may have different requirements.
In some subjects, answers to questions may, for example, require every student on a
module to employ or refer to the same diagram(s), concepts and the like in order to
construct an acceptable answer. You should note, however, that even in these
circumstances your explanations of what the diagrams mean, and any other writing
referring to any common diagrams and concepts should all be in your own words.
Moreover, the situation may be very different on other modules, where the submission of
work that has a very similar structure, or the use of very similar materials such as concepts,
diagrams, quotations and the like, to that of another student, may lead to you being
accused of plagiarism.
The picture is complicated and, unfortunately, it is not possible to give advice that is
directly relevant to every module you study. If you are unsure about how to avoid
plagiarism in any specific module, then rather than hoping and guessing, you should ask
for guidance from the member of staff who delivers that module.
Our overall advice is straightforward; by all means discuss how best to answer questions
or complete tasks with your colleagues, but when it comes to actually writing your answers
– DO IT ALONE!
What happens if you get caught?
Examination Boards may punish offending students in any manner that they deem fit.
Typical punishments Boards may choose range from reducing grades, making students
re-sit modules, through to failing students on a module or an entire award. The University
regards this form of cheating as a serious offence. Full details of the range of likely
punishments can be found on the Universitys web-site under the heading Procedures for
dealing with suspected cases of academic dishonesty.
Please consider yourself warned!
Module Code: XXSE 60108
SU Principal Lecturer: GERARD RYAN – Business school
GC Module Leader: Dr. Agustin D. Cortez Jr.
GC Module Tutors: Mr. Abdul Rauf; Mr. Abdul Samad; Dr. Agustin; Dr. Anna;
Dr. Bechir; Dr.Benjamin; Mrs Fatima; Dr. Ferdinand; Mrs. Juliet; Dr. Khaild;
Dr Petcharat; Dr Prashant; Dr. Ravindra; Dr. Rodrigo; Dr. Roland; Dr. Romeo;
Mr. Sanjay; Dr. Tamer; Dr. Tareq, Dr. Venus
Students will extend and deepen their knowledge of an aspect of a business-related
subject area appropriate to their award. They will apply a range of secondary research
skills covered in the Research Methods subject.
1. DEVELOP KNOWLEDGE OF, ANALYSE AND CRITICALLY ASSESS THE
LITERATURE IN A GIVEN BUSINESS – RELATED SUBJECT AREA.
2. IN CONJUNCTION WITH A SUPERVISOR, FORMULATE RESEARCH
QUESTIONS OR OBJECTIVES IN THE GIVEN SUBJECT AREA.
3. CONSTRUCT AN ARGUMENT EMPLOYING RELEVANT AND VALID
EVIDENCE IN SUPPORT OF A CONCLUSION THAT DIRECTLY
ADDRESSES THE PROBLEM POSED BY THE RESEARCH QUESTIONS
4. DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN INDEPENDENT LEARNING.
5. DEMONSTRATE COMPETENCE IN THE COMMUNICATION SKILLS
NEEDED TO GENERATE THE REQUIRED FORMAT OF WRITTEN
An ASSIGNMENT consisting of 2000 WORDS weighted at 85% and a
PROGRESS REPORT consisting of 500 WORDS weighted at 15%.
A progress report of 500 words weighted at 15% [Tests learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
An assignment 2000 words long, weighted at 85% comprising a critical literature
review and reasoned argument tackling research questions/objectives agreed with
the student’s supervisor. [Tests learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
Teaching & learning Strategies
Guided independent learning is the core strategy on this module. You will have
workshop sessions with a group of fellow students to discuss ideas, approaches and
problems, and one-on-one meetings with your supervisor to review progress. Both of
these will occur in a timetabled weekly slot. The module handbook will provide a
detailed learning schedule.
1. Gill, J.and Johnson, P. (2002) Research Methods for Managers, Sage, ISBN
2. Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2002), Research Methods for Business
Students, 3rd edition, Financial Times Prentice Hall, ISBN 0273658042
The module website
Special Admissions & Requirements
Have studied Research Methods or equivalent
When choosing a research topic:
? What you are interested in
? Your award
? The discipline you would like to work in
The size of the topic
The time you have available
The resources you have available
Topic generation techniques:
Reading relevant publications
Communication with module leader/supervisor
Step one: Choose a topic
The topic should be SMART which means:
Step Two: Introduction:
The introduction must include:
a) Brief information about your topic
b) Write your question
c) Tie between your question & the information.
Step Three: Write a question, or objective
The question should be;
Step Four: Examples of secondary data sources:
Secondary data such as:
? Articles in academic publications
? Conference papers
? Published statistics
? Annual reports and accounts
? Popular media e.g. newspapers, broadcasts
? Electronic databases
You need at least 20 sufficient references
You must use Harvard Referencing system within the assignment text and
at the end of the assignment.
Arrange them Alphabetically
First: Conducting a literature review:
? Start as soon as possible
? Decide on the scope e.g. timescales or geography
? Key word identification
? Identify quality research articles i.e. discuss the methodology, results and
? Use the references to guide to other sources
Second: When writing up:
Select only relevant material
Group material into categories
Draw out important features
Make comparisons of results
Third: Writing the literature review
The literature review should:
Summarise the main ideas, issues & debates
Link these to your assignment question.
Link these to your findings.
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