APS 2021/22 Trimester 1 Written Assignment Brief

ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS

WRITING YOUR ASSIGNMENT

•   This assignment must be completed individually.

•   You must use the Harvard referencing system.

•    Your work must indicate the number of words you have used. Written assignments must not exceed the specified maximum number of words. When a written assignment is marked, the excessive use of words beyond the word limit is reflected in the academic judgement of the piece of work which results in a lower mark  being awarded for the piece of work (regulation 6.74).

•    Assignment submissions are to be made anonymously. Do not write your name anywhere on your work.

•   Write your student ID number at the top  of every page.

•   You must number all pages.

•   You must submit a Word document (a .doc, .docx or .odt file), not a PDF.

SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT

In order to achieve full marks, you must submit your work before the deadline. Work that  is submitted late (up to five working days after the published submission deadline) will be accepted and marked. However, the element of the module’s assessment to which  the work contributes will be capped at a maximum mark  of 40%.

Work cannot be submitted if the period of 5 working days after the deadline has passed (unless an extension has  been approved). Failure to submit within the relevant period will mean that  you fail the assessment.

Requests for short-term extensions: These will only be considered in the case of illness or another cause considered valid by the Director of Studies Team. To request an extension, please contact  DoS@london.aru.ac.uk A request must normally be received and agreed by the Director of Studies Team in writing at least 24 hours prior to the deadline. See rules 6.64–6.73: http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

Mitigation: The deadline for submission of mitigation in relation to this assignment is no later than five working days after the submission deadline. Please contact the Director of Studies Team - DoS@london.aru.ac.uk See rules 6.112–6.141:

http://web.anglia.ac.uk/anet/academic/public/academic_regs.pdf

ASSIGNMENT QUESTION (100 marks)

Write a 2000-word report  responding to the task  in the box below.

Task: Analyse the impacts of making a city centre car-free. Use  this analysis to recommend ways of maximising the benefits and/or minimising the  challenges of making a city centre car-free.

READING LIST

•   You must use the following source in your answer:

Olander, S., 2007. Stakeholder impact analysis in construction project management. Construction management and  economics. [Online] 25 (3), pp.277–287. Available through: ARU Library website <library.aru.ac.uk>

•   You must also use a range of other  sources that you select yourself. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

•     The report should analyse impacts in general. It should not be about a specific city or country, although you may  use specific examples.

•     The Analysis  section should be split into 3 main  subsections, where you consider the viewpoints of various stakeholders. The first subsection should cover a perspective relating to your degree (either Economic Impacts, Health Impacts or Impacts on the Tourism, Hospitality and Events Industries). The other perspectives should be Environmental Impacts and Social Impacts.

•   Your report should include the following sections:

Cover Page (not included in word count). Contents Page (not included in word count). Executive Summary (not included in word count). Introduction (suggested: 300  words).

Analysis (suggested: 1200 words. Split into 3 subsections of roughly 400 words each, one for each perspective).

Conclusion (suggested: 150 words).

Recommendations (suggested: 350 words. Ideally,  include 3 or 4

recommendations).

Reference List (not included in word count).

Further guidance on what should be included in each section is provided below.

Cover Page

•   Title of the report (the assignment question).

•   Title of the module.

•   Student Number (1xxxxxx).

•   Date of submission.

•     Word count. This should exclude the Executive Summary, Contents Page, Reference List and in-text citations e.g. (Smith, 2021).

Executive Summary (not included in the word count)

•   Summary of each section of the report and its key points.

Contents Page (not included in the word count)

•   Section headings with page numbers.

Introduction (suggested: 300  words)

•    Definition of a car-free city.

•    A discussion (with examples) of the various stakeholders involved in making a city centre car-free.

•   A sentence summarising the main  aims  of the report.

Analysis (suggested: 1200 words, 400  for each perspective)

•     One subsection for each of the 3 perspectives. Ideally,  each perspective should cover 2 to 3 different issues.

•   Each  subsection should have a subheading.

•   All key ideas should be supported with reliable, relevant source evidence.

For students studying a degree related to Health and Social Care the first

Analysis subsection should be The Health Impacts.

Relevant issues might include:

?  Changes in how  citizens exercise.

?  The impact on mental health.

?  Changes in health related to using vehicles less frequently.

For students studying a degree related to Business the first Analysis subsection should be The Economic Impacts.

Relevant issues might include:

?  Impacts related to employment.

?  Costs to the taxpayer.

?  Impacts on businesses.

For students studying a degree related to Tourism and Events Management the first Analysis subsection should be The Impacts on the Tourism,

Hospitality and Events Industries.

Relevant issues might include:

?  Impacts on the city as a tourist destination.

?  Changes in the type of event that  can  be hosted in the city.

?  Opportunities for new hospitality businesses.

The other  Analysis subsections are: The Environmental Impacts.

Relevant issues might include:

?  Impacts on the city’s carbon footprint and sustainability.

?  Impacts on pollution and climate.

?  The environmental impacts of any construction work that  is needed.

The Social Impacts.

Relevant issues might include:

?  Public response to the changes and impacts of this response on society.

?  Changes to the demographic of the  area.

?  Changes in crime rate and prevalent types of crime.

Conclusion (suggested: 150 words)

•   A summary of key points from the Analysis  section.

Recommendations (suggested: 350 words)

•   Three or four recommendations. Each  one should have a subtitle.

•    Each  recommendation must suggest a way to maximise a benefit or minimise a challenge which  has  been discussed in your Analysis  section.

•   The recommendations should be supported by research.

Reference List (not included in word count)

•   A list of all the sources you have cited.

•   This should follow  the conventions of ARUL Harvard referencing.

ALLOCATION OF MARKS

Your grade is allocated based on four different categories: task  fulfilment (worth 40% of your grade), structure, use of sources and language (each worth 20% of your grade). Each  of these categories assesses different aspects of your work, as explained below:

Task Fulfilment (40%)

•    Relevance: Your report should stay  on topic. It should not contain any information that  does not help answer the report task.

•    Report  section function: Each  section of the report should fulfil its function. This means that  each section should follow  report-writing conventions and should do what the reader expects it to. Your ideas should be included within the appropriate section (for example, you should not make recommendations in the Analysis  section).

•    Analysis: Your report should go beyond being descriptive. You should analyse your points. This means considering the consequences and implications of the ideas you include, as well as their limitations. Your analysis should show original  thinking and a thorough understanding of the point  you are  discussing.

Structure (20%)

•     Organisation of ideas: Your ideas should be presented in an order that makes sense. Each  paragraph should link logically to the next one, and the same idea  should not be repeated in multiple sections (although you may make reference to ideas you have previously discussed).

•     Paragraph structure: Your paragraphs should be structured in a logical way which  makes your ideas easy to follow. They should begin with strong topic sentences that  make their main  ideas clear.  Each  paragraph should focus on only one main idea,  and this idea  should be developed fully. Each sentence should link logically to the next sentence.

•    Cohesive language: You should use a wide range of cohesive devices (e.g. therefore, whereas, however) to show the links between your ideas. The cohesive language you use should be academic and used in a grammatically correct way.

Use of Sources (20%)

•    Quality and appropriacy: The sources you choose should be of a high quality, which  means they should be academic and reliable. You should use a large enough range of sources to show that  you have researched the topic thoroughly. You should use sources in an appropriate way. This means that  the ideas you choose to include should support your points and that  it should be clear to the reader how  they link to your point and to the report task.

•     Use of paraphrase/summary: Your report should demonstrate an ability to summarise and paraphrase. You may  also  include direct quotes if you wish, but  only when it is appropriate to do so. Your paraphrases and

summaries should be easy to understand. You should use your own  words and the meaning of the original  source should remain clear.

•     Use of Harvard referencing: You should make it clear when information comes from sources. To do this, you should reference accurately. Your citations and reference list should follow  the conventions of ARUL Harvard referencing, as detailed here: https://library.aru.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm.

Language (20%)

•   Range: Your vocabulary should be varied and relevant to the report topic.

You should use a wide range of grammatical structures and subject- specific language where appropriate. You should avoid  sounding repetitive.

•    Accuracy: Your language use should be accurate and natural. Your writing should be easy to understand and should not cause strain  for the reader. The grammatical structures and vocabulary you use should make sense in context.

•     Academic style: Your writing should be formal and should follow  the conventions of academic style. You should avoid  contractions, idiomatic language and personal language. Your language should be precise, objective and accurate, and you should use caution where appropriate.
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