Project #122434 - Historical Context of Sustainability

  1. b) Summative Assessment: PROJECT (100% of TMM)

The written project report


Based on your country (chose Russia or England) based research and tacit knowledge, you are to develop a Project (NOT an essay) that will both discuss the history of the sustainability problems that have arisen from business use of that specific natural resource(s) and discuss a set of your recommendations for industries, businesses or even local government, to advise them on how to make better and more sustainable use of that specific natural resource. Discussion supported by research is the key approach.

The project is to be submitted in Week 10 via Turnitin: No deadline extensions.

This is supposed to be a project (you can use illustrations and bullet points to back up your discussions (not an essay)) maximum 1500 words long, with the following INDICATIVE structure (the word limit given for each section is also indicative):

    • §  Executive summary (the basis for your presentation) _ 200 words
    • §  Key words (a selection of 5 words that you consider fully describe the topic

and your findings)

    • §  Overview of Resource/Industry and discuss the historical context of the

sustainability challenge associated with it (600 words)

    • §  Development of the improved sustainable use idea (which can be presented as

bullet points) and brief discussion of your recommendations (600 words)

    • §  Concluding remarks (100 words)

§ The individual project should draw from and fully integrate and reflect upon the knowledge, awareness and skills acquired during the lectures, seminars, and the feedback you got during the formative stage as well as your own independent further study.

An illustrative set of thoughts that might shape your report:

    • §  A brief overview on the natural resource selected and what may have led people to

start using it and trading it, either per se or as a component of a final product;

    • §  What have been the social impacts of the exploitation of that resource locally and

globally? (e.g. apprenticeships, jobs)

    • §  What have been the environmental impacts of the trading of the resource (e.g. if it

has to be transported from how far and using what types of transport? Or if has to be

processed in some way, does the process lead to dust/noise, etc.)

    • §  Examples of historical sustainability issues that could be discussed:

o It could be by means of addressing CSR issues ( workers, animal welfare, fair trade);

o Or it could be by addressing the ways in which the resource is extracted from a mine (human health and welfare, use of water or energy, environmental impact caused by the exploration, etc.)

o Or the way in which the breeding programmes are set for the animals to be exploited as food, or fur/wool/feathers...

o Or the issues with CO2 emissions because of the transport involved in taking the natural resource from its extraction/production/natural origin to the processing/manufacturing/storage/distribution sites;

o Or the issues about illegal trading
o Or any other issues related to business ethics and environmental


§ If you were a business person leading a business/industry that would require the use of this specific resource (either as the resource itself or as a component of any product/service your company were to provide) and you are aware of the sustainability challenges you outlined earlier, what would be your recommendations for the company/industry to address these challenges and become more sustainable.

The Project Presentation

A brief overview of your Project has to be presented in class (in your seminar class) in Week 11 or 12, depending on class numbers, as part of your summative assessment so that the whole class shares their findings. This will also enable you to develop presentation and argumentative skills.

This summary presentation should be no longer than THREE minutes and should highlight the key aspects of your Project, particularly the discursive and argumentative elements.

It may be presented in Power Point (3 to 5 slides) or an alternative format.

It is supposed to be engaging, concise and straight-to-the-point and give a brief personal overview of the topic you researched upon and the recommendation you made.

Indicative Assessment Criteria


x.                  Structuring and coherence of the findings presented

xi.                  Demonstrated depth, scope and focus of the research

xii.                  Discussion

xiii.                  Argumentative skills demonstrated in the project report and how reflected in the presentation of the highlights of the project

xiv.                  Bibliography (using Harvard referencing system)

Marking scheme (indicative)

0 t0 29%

The student does not address the topic/format requested, OR clearly fails to address even the most basic ideas/concepts. Far below any acceptable strict minimum.

30 to 39%

The student identifies only the most basic concepts, addressing it from a very basic and incomplete perspective OR provides a very rudimentary definition based coursework exclusively from the literature.

40 to 49%

The student identifies the major aspects of the concept, and addresses the coursework respecting the requirements but from a basic perspective, showing no evidence of any further engagement.

50 to 59%

The student identifies the most important aspects of the concept/situation, provides basic illustrative examples to sustain his/her proposal but does not elaborate further.

60 to 69%

A good reply, with clear personal input and a clear understanding of the requested concepts, additional research and able to provide information and recommendations with supporting reasons that show personal input.

70 to 79%

The student is clearly at ease with all the relevant aspects of the concept and shows a fairly extensive additional research/knowledge and interest in the topic. The project is very focused and well structured . The examples provided and the recommendations are very well chosen and integrated, extensively and clearly justified and providing some clear personal critical insights into the matter. A very good project, with a very clear and mature personal input.

80 to 89%

An outstanding project. The student provides extremely clear, well structured, insightful and very well illustrated recommendations, with examples visibly drawn from a rather extensive personal research and growing awareness/knowledge into the issues, showing proof of a mature and interested learning process on the subject..

90 to 99%

The student over exceeds. The overall assignments are perfectly presented and excellently structured, with a very strong personal input throughout, including reflexive analysis and coherent critical thinking . The illustrative examples provide and the recommendations put forward show additional proof of extensive knowledge / research and are fully justified / discussed to fully meet the goal of the question. Basically a “publishable” exemplary project for the applicable undergraduate level.


Above all expectations. Suggestions from neutral external experts should be required to decide on next step.

Mapping of assessment tasks to learning outcomes

Assessment tasks

Learning Outcomes








Formative: research-based activities






Summative: individual project







Subject Business
Due By (Pacific Time) 04/20/2016 08:25 am
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