FoSS Generic Assessment Performance Descriptors
Based on – University Performance Descriptors (updated September 2015)
The pass rate at Masters Level = 50%
|L7 (Masters Level)|
|90-100%||This work is of an outstanding standard. It demonstrates engagement in a focused academic debate which presents a range of evidence underpinning a deep understanding of the global sustainability issues studied and a totally justified position. The work demonstrates a high level of originality. There is evidence of a high level of synthesis of theoretical debates, underpinning principles and practical implications on business.|
Flawless writing, no errors in referencing or grammar.
|The work is of an excellent standard. The work demonstrates engagement in an academic debate which presents clear evidence of a considered understanding of the global sustainability issues studied, the approach adopted and the position taken. The work enhances current theory and practice. There is evidence of clear synthesis of theoretical debates and practical implications on business.|
Good writing skills, very few errors in referencing or grammar.
|70-79%||There is evidence of analysis and critique of concepts, models of key authors, rival theories, and major debates together with some evidence of synthesis. The work considers the complexity of the context in which global sustainability issues are situated and it takes cognisance of differing perspectives and interpretations and recognises dilemmas regarding the implications on business. Ideas are presented in a succinct manner and conclusions are well reasoned. Good writing skills, few errors in referencing or grammar.|
|The work demonstrates a capacity to express views based on sound argument and solid evidence in an articulate and concise way. There is evidence of effective engagement in a critical dialogue in relation to global sustainability issues and their implications, a clearly presented overview of an area of concern, and a comparative review of key authors, rival theories and major debates. The work demonstrates a willingness to question and to explore issues and to synthesise theoretical perspectives and practical implications on business. Some small repeated errors in referencing or grammar.|
50% Pass mark
|The structure and focus are evident and relevant to the assignment task. There is evidence of engagement with pertinent issues. Key authors and major debates are clearly presented and there is evidence of suitable basic reading on the global sustainability issue studied. The work explores and analyses issues, but is not strong on presenting synthesis or evaluations. The work is mainly descriptive, but has achieved the learning outcome.|
Some repeated errors in referencing or grammar.
|40-49% Fail||Whilst some of the characteristics of a pass have been demonstrated, the work does not address the multiple dimensions of sustainability for businesses in the context of global challenges. The work is an overly descriptive account demonstrating only minimal interpretation, and very limited evidence of analysis, synthesis or evaluation. No counterarguments or alternative frames of reference are generated or considered.|
|The work has failed to address the outcome of the module. There are fundamental misconceptions of the multiple dimensions of sustainability for businesses in the context of global challenges. The work is mainly descriptive and shows little or no understanding of relevant theoretical debates in relation to global sustainability issue studied.|
|20-29% Fail||This work shows little or no understanding of relevant debates in relation to global sustainability issue studied. There is little reference to appropriate literature and no evidence of independent thought or criticality. Overall the work is unduly descriptive and presents only a superficial grasp of the essential issues.|
|This work is not coherent and shows severe faults in referencing or grammar. It includes unsubstantiated statements or assertions in relation to the multiple dimensions of sustainability for businesses in the context of global challenges. It is unstructured and extremely badly presented. It is totally descriptive and lacks any attempt at analysis.|
|0-9% Fail||No real attempt to address assignment brief or learning outcomes.|
FoSS Generic Assessment Performance Descriptors
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