HI6008 ASSIGNMENT 2 – LITERATURE REVIEW
Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester T2 2019
Unit Code HI6008
Unit Title Business Research Project
Assessment Type 2. Group* Report on Literature Review (including statement of ‘who wrote
which sections)
Assessment Title Literature Review
Purpose of the
assessment (with ULO
Mapping)
This assessment item seeks to ensure that all students enrolled in the Capstone Unit –
Business Research Project – are adept at sourcing relevant and current literature using
academic search portals, such as Pro-Quest, and other places where high quality
secondary data resides.
Furthermore, this assessment requires students to not only read and summarise what
other authors have already established, but also to become skilful at weaving together
complementary or contrasting arguments relevant to their approved topic, research
problem, and research question(s).
Relates to Unit Learning Outcomes 1, 2, 3 and 5
Weight 30 % of the total assessments
Total Marks 30
Word limit At least 2500 words for the Literature Review
Due Date Week 8
Submission
Guidelines
 All work must be submitted on Blackboard by 12 midnight on the due date, along
with a completed Assignment Cover Page. [If no cover page your mark will be
reduced -20%]
 The assignment must be in MS Word format, single spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2
cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings,
paragraphing, and page numbers.
 Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately
at the end in a reference list, all using Harvard referencing style.
*Note: Students are required to form groups of 3 or 2 students per group and notify their lecturer in writing,
indicating the students’ names and Holmes student numbers. You may request approval from your lecturer to
undertake this assignment individually, i.e. to form a group of 1. You will not be able to submit your assignment
unless you are in a designated group.
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HI6008 BUSINESS RESEARCH PROJECT. ASSIGNMENT 2 – LITERATURE REVIEW
Assignment 2 Specifications
Purpose:
This unit aims to give you an opportunity to combine many facets of your acquired MBA skills into
the production of a high-quality research project.
Assignment 2 – the Literature Review – is designed to ensure that each team member masters the
skills of searching, locating, reading, summarising, and using relevant academic literature and
secondary data to create a compelling discussion and/or argument, thereby creating the context for
their further research in pursuit of the answer to their research question(s).
Your lecturer will LEAD and FACILITATE you through the process, week by week. The learning will be
progressive, so for best results you will need to be in weekly contact with your lecturer during class
time at your campus.
Assignment Structure should be the following:
1. An opening statement of the Research Problem and research Question(s) – these should
now be more detailed than what you had in your Topic Approval.
2. Discussion of major theories, models or streams of influence around this topic. This provides
your lecturer with evidence that you have gone deeper than your initial search now to find
literature that leads you toward answering your research question
3. Draw the reader’s attention to any contrasting views expressed in prior research in this area
and give your view of how differing opinions can be brought together to help answer the
research question and ultimately resolve the research problem. [the more comprehensive
your literature review, the better. Whatever you do NOT find out in this literature review
will leave you with more work to do when you move to the next part of the project, i.e.
methodology]
4. Report how it has brought you closer to an answer to your research question(s).
5. Ensure all in text citations are correctly referenced.
6. Add a comprehensive List of References, in Harvard referencing style.
7. Append a statement indicating ‘who wrote which sections of this report’
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HI6008 BUSINESS RESEARCH PROJECT. ASSIGNMENT 2 – LITERATURE REVIEW
HI6008 Assignment 2 – Literature Review – Marking Rubric
Excellent
4-5 marks
Very Good
3-4 marks
Good
2-3 marks
Satisfactory
1-2 marks
Unsatisfactory
0-1 mark
Identification of
appropriate Body of
Knowledge
[Max 5 marks]
Cited sources are
all current and
relevant
Cited sources
are mostly
current and
relevant
Cited sources
are somewhat
current and
relevant
Cited sources
are marginally
current and
relevant
Irrelevant or
poorly-selected
sources
Depth of literature
search
[Max 5 marks]
The sources
provide an
excellent depth
of contextual
understanding
The sources
provide a very
good depth of
contextual
understanding
The sources
provide a
good depth of
contextual
understandin
g
The sources
provide a
satisfactory
depth of
contextual
understanding
Insufficient depth
Quality of Literature
Sourced
[Max 5 marks]
At least 12
additional
sources of
excellent quality
At least 12
additional
sources of very
high quality
At least 10
additional
sources of
high quality
At least 8
additional
sources of
satisfactory
quality
Low quality
literature, lack of
academic sources,
or less than 8
relevant sources
Structure of the
Literature Review
[max 5 marks]
The literature
review is
extremely wellstructured, with
sub-sections and
logical
paragraphing
The literature
review is very
wellstructured,
with subsections and
logical
paragraphing
The literature
review is wellstructured,
with subsections and
logical
paragraphing
The literature
review is
sufficiently
structured,
with subsections and
logical
paragraphing
No or little logical
structure
Design, content and
flow of discussions
or arguments
[Max 5 marks]
The literature
review is
exceptionally
well-designed,
with interesting
and wellformulated
discussion or
argument that
makes for
compelling
reading
The literature
review is very
well-designed,
with
interesting and
wellformulated
discussion or
argument that
makes for very
good reading
The literature
review is welldesigned,
with
interesting
discussion or
argument
that makes
for good
reading
The literature
review is
sufficiently
well-designed,
with
discussion or
argument at
least worthy
of reading
Difficult to make
sense of what is
written; significant
grammatical or
spelling mistakes.
Not of a
sufficiently high
standard for an
MBA Capstone
Project.
Referencing (in-text
and reference list)
[Max 5 marks]
Excellent in all
respects, both intext and the
reference list
Very good in
all respects,
both in-text
and the
reference list
Good in-text
and the
reference list
Satisfactory in
both in-text
and the
reference list
Unsatisfactory
referencing
Total (30)
/30
Note to lecturer: No Cover Sheet -20%. No statement of ‘Who Wrote What’ -20%

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