Executive Summary An Executive Summary MUST be provided

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Executive Summary
An Executive Summary MUST be provided (before the Contents page). It provides a reader with a
summary of why the report (coursework/assignment) was prepared, what it covers, and a summation
of the conclusions, and/or recommendations. It should be about 10% of the assignment length, single
line spacing, and is excluded from formal word counts. It is not an introduction, but should function
as a totally self-contained removable document for readers who will read no more of the report. It
should contain all pertinent information including conclusions and recommendations in a concise
summary, but should not contain any theory.

Table of Contents and Numbering
A comprehensive table of contents is required, with section numbers, section headings, and page
numbers. It should include the List of Tables, a List of Figures, a List of References, and a List of
Appendices; all with page numbers indicated. All sections and pages should be fully numbered.

An Introduction should be provided at the beginning to summarize the structure of the following
sections of the report (coursework/assignment). The introduction does not contain theory, nor does it
contain any conclusions or recommendations.

DO NOT ASSUME that the reader has read the Executive Summary, as it is a totally separate

Body of Assignment
This is an academic coursework/assignment, so it is essential that your statements be justified by
relevant academic theory. For example, do not just use terms like ‘stakeholder’ BUT must explain
why you selected those terms, and the academic theory to justify their use. A major failing of students
is to simply ‘DESCRIBE’ the processes that have happened. At postgraduate level, you are expected
to be able to apply recognized theory to situations, and form opinions. You will often find conflicting
opinions from so-called ‘experts’. You should be developing analytical and communication skills.
You are expected to use your judgment to analyse problems, and make value judgments as to whether
it is good or bad (or both); use existing academic theory from a range of sources to justify your
position, and to argue whether something is valid or not. In the study of management, there is no right
or wrong answers, only lots of opinions; many of which change over a period of time. Show that you
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can act as managers, and communicate your opinions. Major sections should start on a new page. You
will be surprised just how much more readable it makes your report (coursework/assignment).

Referencing is NOT just inserting a list of publications at the end of the report
(coursework/assignment), and this is not acceptable. Referencing is NOT just inserting a citation at
the end of each paragraph, and is not acceptable.

At postgraduate level, you are expected to cite at least 10 to 15 different sources of reference material,
and to make multiple references to such material. References MUST be cited using Harvard system
(which is author/date). Please do not use footnotes, etc. Read your Communication skills handbook
for information on how to cite reference materials. References must be listed alphabetically by author
in a single List of References at the end of each coursework/assignment. Do not put multiple lists of
references at the end of each section or part.

Figures and Tables
There are many instances where diagrams and tables would assist in the communication of
information, and the reduction of word length. For example, if a stakeholder analysis were required, it
would be much more clearly understood if presented in a table. Figures and tables must be numbered
in some logical way, so they can be listed on the Contents page, and referred to in the text. A
recommendation is that you call it Figure/Table X.1, X.2 etc., where ‘X’ represents the section
number. Consecutive numbering through the whole document (rather than by section) can mean lots
of renumbering if there are changes. Tables should not run over onto following pages. Start them on a
new page to avoid this. If they are multi-page tables, then think about making them into an appendix.
Use a smaller font size (10 point) and single line spacing to reduce the size of tables.

Larger amounts of relevant material (such as sample documents or supporting material) should be put
at the end of the assignment in an Appendix after the List of References. Smaller charts or summaries
could be located in the text, but anything over a page becomes a distraction. Appendices should be
numbered sequentially (Appendix 1, Appendix 2, etc). Unnecessary and irrelevant information should
not be attached. Size of assignments has no bearing on marks achieved.

Turnitin Report
The similarity index should be less than or equal to 15%. Coursework/assignment with similarity
index that exceeds 15% or without the turnitin report will not be graded.

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Word Count
The word count is indicative. Try to stay with allocated word count as far as possible. Marks are
gained for facts and conciseness, and marks are lost for unnecessary material.

As a postgraduate student, there is no excuse for poor spelling, bad grammar, or lack of formatting.
Use 1.5 lines-spacing with 12-point font size, and pages must be numbered. Use Times New Roman
font ONLY.

Late Submission ? Late submission between 1 and 4 days, results in a 10% deduction per day of total
coursework/assignment marks. ? Late submission between 5 and 10 days, results in a 50% deduction of total coursework/assignment
marks. ? Late submission more than 10 days, will result in an automatic 0% for coursework/assignment
marks, and the student will be barred from taking the final examination.

Additional Information
1. You should bind your coursework/assignment using tape binding, and with the
coursework/assignment cover sheet as the first page. Do not use COMB binding.
2. Do not FORGET to include Name, Identity Card Number/Passport Number, Student Number,
Course, Code, Mode of Study, Name of Lecturer, Due Date, and Centre in the
coursework/assignment cover sheet. Student who omitted to filled-in student details in this cover
sheet, results in a 10% deduction of total coursework/assignments marks. Student who filled-in
inaccurate or misleading information in student details in this cover sheet, you should accept the
responsible or risk of affecting your final marks or grade.
3. You should submit a CD containing the softcopy version of your coursework/assignment (1 CD for
single award programme, and 2 CDs for double awards programme).
4. You should label your CD with Name, Identity Card Number/Passport Number, Course, Code, and
Due Date.
5. You should submit one hardcopy version of your coursework/assignment for single award
programme, and two hardcopies version of your coursework/assignment for double awards
6. You also should submit your couserwork/assignment online via SEGi University Blackboard.
7. You should use United Kingdom (UK) English language to complete your coursework/assignment