Assessment

Assessment methods

Students will be formally assessed in both the Accounting and Management Control Systems and Ethics and Sustainability Accounting units of the BA Honours degree in Sustainable Performance Management. The marks attained in the formal assessments of both of these units will determine the classification of degree awarded. The Assessment criteria information found later in this section provides further details.

The Accounting and Management Control Systems unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • A 2,000 word report.
  • 10 minute presentation.
  • Slide presentation.
  • Contribution to on-line forum activities 

The Ethics and Sustainability Accounting unit requires students to produce and submit:

  • A 2,000 word report.
  • 10 minute presentation.
  • Slide presentation.
  • Contribution to on-line forum activities

The specific requirement will be given in each unit.

Students will be guided in the production of their assessed work with material in each of the units as well as academic tutor direction.

Assessed work submission dates

Unit assignments may only be submitted by the stated submission deadline for that unit. The units on the programme are delivered once each academic year, the programme’s academic year runs from September to August the following year.

The Accounting and Management Control Systems unit runs from September to March.

Ethics and Sustainability Accounting unit runs from March to August.

Instructions on how to submit assessed work to Manchester Metropolitan University are given in each learning unit.

Once you have started a unit you are required to submit the relevant assignments during the submission period associated with the delivery of that unit. You are expected to complete the programme in 12 months.

Missed or late assignment submission

Assignments that are submitted after the stated final deadline of the submission period will not be marked. If you miss an assignment deadline, you will have two further attempts to pass the unit assignments. These subsequent attempts will receive marks that are capped at 40% (unless Exceptional Factors have been claimed and approved). Please see the ‘Subsequent attempts at unit assignments’ section below for further details.

Failed assignments

In the event of failing one or both of the assignments for a unit, you are allowed two further attempts at each assignment in each unit. These subsequent attempts will receive marks that are capped at 40%, please see the ‘Subsequent attempts at unit assignments’ section below for further details.

Please note, only the failed assignment(s) are required to be resubmitted and you may not resubmit work that has gained a pass mark in order to improve that mark.

Subsequent attempts at unit assignments

Your second attempt of an assignment will receive a mark capped at 40% unless there are exceptional factors that have been approved by the University, in which case the full mark will be awarded. Please see www.mmu.ac.uk/sas/studentservices/guidance/ for more information on where exceptional factors apply.

If you submit and fail an assignment at your second attempt, you will be allowed a third attempt. If you do not submit the required assignments at your second attempt you will not be permitted a third attempt and be deemed to have failed the unit.

The fee for resubmission of assignments is £50 per unit.

Exceptional Factors

Exceptional Factors are exceptional, short-term events which have a serious impact your assessment by either preventing you from attending, completing or submitting an assessment on time or significantly affecting your performance in an assessment. The following link provides further information on Student Guidance and also gives an overview of the Process. http://www.mmu.ac.uk/academic/casqe/regulations/exfacs-students 

Suspension of studies

If you wish to suspend your studies, you must inform the programme administrator.

To suspend your studies you should complete the Suspension Request Form and send to cima.degree.enquiry@mmu.ac.uk.In some cases, when suspending studies, fees maybe applicable. For further information about fees please refer to page 6 of the MMU finance regulations

If you do not inform the programme administrator of your wish to suspend your studies and do not submit the relevant assignments, the assignments will be assumed late and subject to the ‘Missed or late assignment submission’ guidance above. Please note that in order to comply with MMU’s suspension regulations a suspension request for an assignment must be received by the administrator no later than 30 days before the submission deadline.

Assessment criteria

In order to complete the programme students must achieve a pass mark in each of the two units. The pass mark for each requirement, within each unit is 40%.

The units within the programme are assessed as follows:

The Accounting and Management Control Systems unit assess the following requirements:

Forum Activities 20% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5
Report 60% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5
Presentation and slides 20% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5

The Ethics and Sustainability Accounting unit assess the following requirements:

Forum Activities 20% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1,2, and 3
Report 60% weighting Assessed against learning outcomes 1,2 and 3
Presentation and slides 20% weighting Assessed against learning outcome 4

Learning outcomes for the above units are detailed in the Accounting and Management Control Systems unit and Ethics and Sustainability Accounting unit sections.

Degree award and classification

The final mark for the BA Honours degree programme will be calculated as follows:

The average of:

  • the weighted mark from the Accounting and Management Control Systems unit – 50% weighting and
  • the weighted mark from Ethics and Sustainability Accounting unit – 50% weighting

Marks from each of the two units in the programme will be given in whole numbers. These marks will be used in the calculation of the overall mark for the BA Honours degree programme, that will be rounded to the nearest whole number.

The BA Honours degree will be awarded in accordance with the following assessment criteria:

Overall average mark of at least Together with a minimum unit mark of Honours classification to be awarded
70% 60% First class
60% 50% Upper Second class
50% 40% Lower Second class
40% 40% Third class

85-100

First Class

General descriptor: Outstanding

In addition to the elements found in the 'excellent' criteria, the work shows clear creativity or ingenuity in work and expression. Outstanding use of citations and presentation of ideas at this level.

70-84

First Class

General descriptor: Excellent

Excellence in analysing complex issues using primary and secondary sources; understanding and informed discussion of the relationship between theory and practice. Excellent level of strategic and innovative thinking. Ability to critically evaluate alternative approaches. Able to communicate with rigour, structure and clarity. Excellent use of citations and presentation of ideas at this level.

60-69

Upper Second 2(i)

General descriptor: Good to Very Good

Genuine competence in advanced academic work; relating studied theory and practice in analysing complex issues. Very good level of strategic and innovative thinking. Uses alternative approaches to business problems, very good understanding of each approach. Clear use of citations and presentation of ideas at this level.

For higher 2.i marks: good clear critical and analytical approaches.

50-59

Lower Second 2(ii)

General descriptor: Adequate to Good

Good advanced ability to research and analyse issues and synthesise theory and practice. Sound enough understanding and evaluation of alternative approaches and solutions. Good level of strategic and innovative thinking. Communication adequate but less than competent. Adequate use of citations and presentation of ideas at this level.

40-49

Third class

General descriptor: Pass

Only basic ability in advanced research and analysis of complex issues; limited understanding of relationship theory to practice. Basic level of strategic and innovative thinking. Communication skills lacking in rigor, structure and/or precision, but just not necessitating a fail. Basic use of citations and presentation of ideas at this level.

0-39

Fail