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Coursework Assignment Brief

 

Semester:

C16 Summer 2016

Module Code: 

POG 360

Module Title:

Oil and Gas Management Project

Programme

BSc (Honours)

Level:

Level 6

Awarding Body:

Plymouth University

Module Leader

Paul Booth

Format:

Report

Presentation:

No

Any special requirements:

All work should be submitted as two hard copies with an acceptable Turnitin Report

Word Limit:

10,000 words for report and maximum 500 words for personal statement.  (+/- 10%)

Deadline date for submission:

TBA

Learning outcomes to be examined in this assessment (please note that this is NOT the assessment task)

·         Provide a detailed analysis of the policies designed to achieve stated corporate objectives of one or more organisation in the oil and gas industry, and an examination of the problems related to resource acquisition and deployment relevant to those policies.

·         Provide a relevant literature review on the problems investigated and relate current management theory to practical recommendations.

·         Demonstrate a lucid and logic discourse containing objectives of the project, methodology, relevant literature review, recommendations for action, appropriate references and bibliography.

·         Demonstrate the elements of autonomy, personal responsibility and critical analysis and evaluation

·         Break down a project proposal into component parts and construct a time and cost constrained project plan towards its completion

·         Reflecting on Personal Development Planning

Percentage of marks awarded for module:

This assignment is worth 100% of the total marks for the module

 

Assessment criteria

Explanatory comments on  the assessment criteria  

Maximum marks for each section 

Aims of research

Clearly defined objectives/research questions relevant to aim. Clear focus on aims / objectives maintained throughout. If appropriate, hypotheses defined and explained.

10%

Literature review

Thorough review of appropriate secondary sources; relationship between the literature and the project explored (i.e. justification is linked to literature) 

(20%)

Research methodology

Explanation and justification of an appropriate methodology – approach and data collection techniques appropriate to aims and research questions. 

(20%)

Data Analysis

Appropriate analysis of data in the light of the research objectives and questions. Clear and analytical presentation of findings.

(10%)

Discussion –

Results discussed, highlighting significant findings and comparing theory & practice where appropriate

(10%)

Conclusions / recommendations

Based on a reasonable interpretation of both the research conducted and the existing literature.

(10%)

Critical evaluation

Critical evaluation of own work. Areas for further research identified and discussed. 

(5%)

Overall layout and

Presentation is of an acceptable standard, logical and adds value to the document. Appropriate structure. 

(5%)

Reflection

Reflection on programme is detailed and insightful. 

(10%)

 

 

 

 

Background

N/A

 

Assignment Task

1.         Analyse one or more strategic problems in the oil and gas industries and produce a comprehensive report detailing the objectives, methodologies, findings, analysis, and conclusions of the research carried out above.  The word length for the report is 10,000 words.

2.         Analyse the extent to which you have developed your knowledge, throughout the course and how the course and this project has helped your employability.  This should be summarised as a personal statement of no more than 500 words and placed in an appendix to the main document.

 

 

 

Total Marks for Assignment: 100

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indicative Content

Aims of research

Define objectives/research questions relevant to aim. Maintain focus on aims/objectives throughout. Define and explain hypotheses.                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Worth 10% of marks)

Literature review

Conduct thorough review of appropriate secondary sources.  Critically explore relationship between the literature and the project.                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Worth 20% of marks)

Research methodology

Explain and justify an appropriate methodology – approach and data collection techniques appropriate to aims and research questions.                                                                                                                                                                                                   (Worth 20% of marks)

Data Analysis

Analysis of data in the light of the research objectives and questions. Analytical presentation of findings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                (Worth 10% of marks)

Discussion

Discuss results highlighting significant findings and comparing theory & practice

(Worth 10% of marks)

Conclusions / recommendations

Formulate conclusions and recommendations based on interpretation of both the research conducted and the existing literature.

(Worth 10% of marks)

Critical evaluation

Critically evaluate work. Identify and discuss areas for further research.

(Worth 5% of marks)

Presentation

Present work to an acceptable standard that is logical and adds value to the document.

(Worth 5% of marks)

Reflection

Reflect in a detailed and insightful manner.                                         

(Worth 10% of marks)

 

 

Marking Criteria for Assessment at Level 6 (Bachelors Degree with Honours)

Marks

025 (Fail)

2639 (Fail)

4049 (3rd)

5059 (2.2)

6069 (2.1)

7085 (1st)

7085 (1st)

 

Assessment categories

 

 

Knowledge & Understanding of Subject

Major gaps in knowledge and

understanding of

material at this level. Substantial

inaccuracies.

Gaps in knowledge, with only superficial

understanding.

Some significant inaccuracies.

Threshold level.

Understanding of key aspects of field of study; coherent knowledge, at least in part informed by current research in the subject discipline.

Systematic understanding of

field(s) of study, as

indicated by relevant QAA

subject benchmark statements for the degree programme.

Good understanding of the field(s) of

study; coherent

knowledge, in line with subject

benchmark, at least in part informed by current research in

the subject discipline.

Excellent knowledge and understanding of

the main concepts

and key theories/

concepts of the discipline(s). Clear

awareness of the

limitations of the knowledge base.

Highly detailed knowledge and

understanding of the

main theories/concepts of the discipline(s), and

an awareness of the ambiguities and limitations of

knowledge.

 

 

Cognitive/ Intellectual Skills

 

(e.g. analysis and synthesis; logic and argument; analytical reflection; organisation and communication

of ideas and evidence)

Unsubstantiated generalizations, made without use

of any credible evidence. Lack of logic, leading to unsupportable/

missing conclusions. Lack of any attempt to analyse,

synthesise or evaluate. Poor communication of

ideas.

Some evidence of analytical intellectual skills,

but for the most part descriptive. Ideas/findings sometimes illogical

and contradictory. Generalized statements made with scant evidence.

Conclusions lack relevance.

Threshold level.

Evidence of some logical, analytical thinking and some attempts to synthesise, albeit with some weaknesses. Some evidence to support findings/

views, but evidence not consistently

interpreted. Some relevant conclusions

Evidence of some logical, analytical thinking and

synthesis. Can analyse new and/or abstract data and situations without

guidance.

An emerging awareness of different stances and ability to use

evidence to support the argument.

Valid conclusions

Sound, logical, analytical thinking; synthesis and

evaluation. Ability to devise and sustain persuasive arguments, and to

review the reliability, validity & significance of evidence. Ability to communicate ideas and evidence

accurately and convincingly. Sound, convincing

conclusions.

Thoroughly logical work, supported by judiciously selected

and evaluated evidence. High quality analysis, developed independently or

through effective collaboration..

Ability to investigate contradictory information and

identify reasons for contradictions. Strong conclusions.

Exceptional work; judiciously selected and evaluated

evidence. Very high quality analysis, developed independently or

through effective collaboration.

Ability to investigate contradictory information and identify

reasons for contradictions.

Highly persuasive

conclusions.

 

 

Use of Research- informed Literature (including referencing, appropriate academic conventions and academic honesty)

Little evidence of reading.

Views and

findings unsupported and nonauthoritative. Academic conventions largely ignored.

Evidence of little reading and/or of reliance on

inappropriate sources, and/or indiscriminate use of sources.

Academic conventions used inconsistently.

Threshold level.

References to a range of relevant sources. Some omissions and minor errors. Academic conventions evident and largely consistent, with minor lapses.

Knowledge, analysis and evaluation of a

range of researchinformed literature, including sources retrieved, analysed

independently. Academic skills consistently applied.

Knowledge, analysis and evaluation of a range of research

informed literature, including sources retrieved, analysed independently with

accuracy and assurance.  Good academic skills, consistently applied.

Excellent knowledge of research informed literature embedded

in the work. Consistent analysis and evaluation of sources. Highlevel

academic skills consistently applied.

Outstanding knowledge of researchinformed literature embedded in the work. Consistent analysis and evaluation of sources. Highlevel academic skills consistently and professionally applied.

 

LEVEL 6 cont…

 

Graduate Skills for Life and Employment

 

(e.g.  research– related skills; written, graphical and oral communication skills;

group working; problemsolving; practical and professional skills)

Little or no evidence of the

required skills in

any of the graduate skills

identified in the programme specification at this level.

Limited evidence of the graduate skills

identified in the

programme specification.

Significant weaknesses evident, which suggest that the

candidate has not gained the skills necessary for graduatelevel

employment.

Research skills:

Can competently undertake reasonably straightforward research tasks with minimum guidance, but with minor weaknesses.

Can communicate

in a range of formats, including orally, at a standard appropriate for graduatelevel employment, and with limited weaknesses.

Can generally work

effectively within

a team, negotiating

in a professional manner and managing conflict. Is largely confident and effective in identifying and defining complex problems and

applying knowledge and methods to

their solution.

Able to recognise

own strengths and weaknesses in relation to graduate employment, with minor areas of weakness.

Research skills:

Can competently undertake reasonably straightforward research tasks with minimum guidance Can communicate effectively in a range of formats, including orally, at

a standard appropriate for

graduatelevel employment, and with limited weaknesses.

Can consistently work effectively within a team,

negotiating in a professional manner and managing conflict. Is confident and flexible in identifying and defining complex problems and

applying knowledge and methods to

their solution. Able to evaluate

own strengths and weaknesses

in relation to graduate employment.

Research skills:

Can successfully complete a range of researchlike tasks, including evaluation, with very limited external guidance. Can communicate well, confidently and consistently in a range of formats, including orally, at a standard appropriate for graduatelevel employment.

Can consistently work very well within a team,

leading & negotiating in a professional manner and managing conflict.

Is confident and flexible in identifying and defining a range of complex

problems and

applying knowledge and methods to their solution.

Able to take initiative in evaluating own strengths and weaknesses in

relation to graduatelevel professional and practical skills, and

act autonomously to

develop new areas of skills as necessary.

Research skills:

Can very successfully complete a range of researchlike tasks, including evaluation, with a significant degree of autonomy. Can communicate professionally and confidently in a range of formats, at a high standard appropriate for graduatelevel employment.

Can work

professionally within a team,

showing leadership skills as appropriate, managing conflict and meeting obligations.

Is professional and flexible in autonomously identifying and

defining a range of complex problems and applying knowledge and methods to their solution.

Able to show insight and autonomy in

evaluating own

strengths and weaknesses and

developing professional and practical skills needed for graduatelevel employment.

Research skills:

Exceptionally successful in a wide range of researchlike tasks, including evaluation, with a high degree of autonomy Can communicate with an exceptionally high level of professionalism, in a range of formats, including orally, appropriate for graduatelevel employment.

Can work

exceptionally well and professionally within a team, showing leadership skills as appropriate, managing conflict, and

meeting all obligations. Is exceptionally

professional and flexible in autonomously defining and solving

a range of complex problems and applying knowledge and

methods to their

solution.

Outstanding ability to evaluate own strengths and weaknesses, showing

outstanding attributes for graduatelevel employment.

Marks for Level 6

025 (Fail)

2639 (Fail)

4049 (3rd)

5059 (2.2)

6069 (2.1)

7085 (1st)

86100 (1st)

                               

 

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