Faculty of Business, Environment and Society

Assignment Brief
Module Title: The Global
Environment ?
Evolution and
Module Code: M01SSL Assignment
Coursework 2 (TWO):
9th January 2017
(before 23:55
Module Leader Richard Woodward
Time and Place:
through Turnitin
Module Team Richard Woodward
Sujay Sinha
Module learning outcomes being assessed
1. Critically engage with competing explanations for economic globalisation since 1945
2. Analyse the global business environment in different industrial sectors and evaluate the
strategies corporations deploy to manage those environments
3. Demonstrate understanding of the global business environment by communicating, both
verbally and in writing, complex ideas and arguments about the evolution and dynamics of
the world economy
4. Locate, identify and synthesise appropriate information to design, conduct and report
research into business and management issues, both individually and as part of a team
Assignment Information
This assignment requires you to write a 2000 word essay on the following question:
Are multinational corporations or states the most important actors in the global business
environment? Illustrate your answer with reference to the OIL industry.
In writing your answer you may find it helpful to reflect on some of the following questions:
? What are the main powers and vulnerabilities of multinational corporations operating
in the oil industry?
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? What role do states and other public authorities such as international organisations
play in the oil industry? For instance, do they play a minimal role, merely providing
the framework of rules and regulations that facilitate the operation of global markets
or do they play a more interventionist role (perhaps as owners of multinational
corporations or factors of production)?
? What factors affect the relationship between multinational corporations and states in
the oil industry? Are these relationships cooperative or antagonistic?
? What factors affect the balance of power between states and multinational
corporations in the oil industry?
How to submit your assessment
The report must be submitted via Turnitin by 23.55 on 9th January 2017. No paper copies are
required. You can access the Turnitin link through the module web.
? Your coursework will be given a zero mark if you do not submit a copy through
Turnitin. Should you submit work on time but fail the assignment, you will be offered
a resit opportunity but the resit mark will be capped at 40%.
? All work submitted after the submission deadline without a valid and approved
reason (see below) will be given a mark of zero. Please note that a non-submission
is not the same as a failed submission; a failed submission counts as an attempt
whereas an absent mark does not necessarily allow you to resit the coursework.
? Students MUST keep a copy and/or an electronic file of their assignment.
? Checks will be made on your work using anti-plagiarism software and approved
plagiarism checking websites.
The University wants you to do your best. However we know that sometimes events happen
which mean that you can?t submit your coursework by the deadline ? these events should be
beyond your control and not easy to predict. If this happens, you can apply for an extension
to your deadline for up to two weeks, or if you need longer, you can apply for a deferral,
which takes you to the next assessment period (for example, to the resit period following the
main Assessment Boards). You must apply before the deadline.
You will find information about the process and what is or is not considered to be an event
beyond your control athttps://share.coventry.ac.uk/students/Registry/Pages/Deferrals-andExtension.aspx
This assessment will assess the module learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 4 and makes
up 50% of the overall module mark.
Word Count Limit
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Your word count includes in text citations but not the final references or appendices. If you
are more than 10% over or under the word count limit you may lose marks as a 10% penalty
The contents of your References and Appendices are not normally given a specific mark
(though they may contribute to your overall mark, as detailed in the assessment criteria). We
therefore recommend that you only use Appendices for supporting material and not for the
substantive part of your work.
As part of your study you will be involved in carrying out research and using this when
writing up your coursework. It is important that you correctly acknowledge someone else?s
writing or thoughts and that you do not attempt to pass this off as your own work. Doing so
is known as plagiarism. It is not acceptable to copy from another source without
acknowledging that it is someone else?s writing or thinking. This includes using paraphrasing
as well as direct quotations. You are expected to correctly cite and reference the works of
others. The Centre for Academic Writing provides documents to help you get this right. If you
are unsure, please visit www.coventry.ac.uk/caw.
Turnitin includes a plagiarism detection system and assessors are experienced enough to
recognise plagiarism when it occurs. Copying another student?s work, using previous work of
your own or copying large sections from a book or the internet are examples of plagiarism
and carry serious consequences. Please familiarise yourself with the CU Harvard
Reference Style (on Moodle) and use it correctly to avoid a case of plagiarism or cheating
being brought. Again, if you are unsure, please contact the Centre for Academic Writing or a
member of the course team.
Return of Marked Work
You can expect to have marked work returned to you 2 weeks after the submission date.
Marks and feedback will be provided online. As always, marks will have been internally
moderated only, and will therefore be provisional; your mark will be formally agreed later in
the year once the external examiner has completed his / her review.

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