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London School of Science and

Technology

Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in


Business

Unit 1: Business and the Business

BBE
Environment
Assignment Title: Business Environment
Module Leader: Mr. Shafqat Abbas
Internal Verifier: Mr. Mohammad Haider
Issued on: 02nd October 2017
Formative Assessment Week: 30th October 2017
Deadline: 22nd December 2017
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Campus: Alperton/Luton/Birmingham (delete as appropriate)
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BTEC Assignment Brief

Qualification Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business(RQF)

Unit Number and Title Unit 1: Business and the Business Environment (BBE)

Unit Code (RQF Level) L / 508 / 0485 (RQF Level 4)

The aim of this unit is to provide students with background knowledge


and understanding of business, the functions of an organisation and
the wider business environments in which organisations operate.
Students will examine the different types of organisations (including
for profit and not for profit), their size and scope (for instance, micro,
SME, transnational and global) and how they operate.

Students will explore the relationships that organisations have with


their various stakeholders and how the wider external environments
Learning Aims influence and shape business decision-making.

The knowledge, understanding and skill sets gained in this unit will
help students to choose their own preferred areas of specialism in
future studies and in their professional career.

Possible Grades: Pass Merit or Distinction. P1 to P6 must be


satisfactorily accomplished before Merit or Distinction may apply.

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Examples of
Organisations

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LO1: Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations.

Task 1 LO2: Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various functions within


an organisation and how they link to organisational structure.

You will need to identify minimum of TWO organisations as your case


study, one from the public limited organisations and another
Scenario:
from the private limited organisations. You will research both
organisations extensively for the purpose of this assignment.

Evidence required Essay (1500-2000 words)

Assessment Criteria (AC) covered by this task: P1, P2, P3, M1, M2 and D1

AC To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:

You are to provide information into the background of each organisation (e.g. legal status,
P1 year established, product/services offered) and describe the purpose of each of the two
chosen organisations.

Explain about the size (e.g. number of employees, gross annual turnover, market share
P2 etc.) and their scope of operations (e.g. national/international coverage, extent of their
product portfolio or service provision).

Using the two chosen organisations

Explain how the relationship between organisational functions such as HR, Finance,
P3 Marketing/Sales, Production etc. are linked to

1. The organisations objectives


2. The organisation structure

Analyse how the structure, size and scope of your two selected organisations link to the
M1
business objectives and product and services offered by these organisations.

Analyse the advantages and disadvantages of interrelationships between organisational


M2 functions and the impact that can have upon organisational structure.

Provide a critical analysis of the complexities of different types of business structures


and the interrelationships of the different organisational functions. (With specific
D1
references to your selected organisations)

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LO3: Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both the positive
and negative influence/impact the macro environment has on business
operations.

Task 2
LO4: Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific
businesses and explain their interrelationship with external macro
factors.

You will now need to investigate the chosen case study even further
by looking at various recent (past year) sources of information about
the organisation, e.g. news bulletins, documentaries, consumer
reviews and reports, stakeholder interviews, conduct own interview,
Scenario:
YouTube clips, blog articles, academic articles etc. You will need to
have approximately around 1500 words worth of information about the
organisation, which you will then need to actively use and reference in
order to develop a report.

Evidence required Report (1500-2000 words)

Assessment Criteria (AC) covered by this task: P4, P5, P6, M3, M4 and D2

AC To achieve the criteria you must show that you are able to:

P4 Identify the positive and negative impacts the macro environment has upon business
operations, supported by specific examples.

P5 Conduct internal and external analysis of specific organisations in order to identify


strengths and weaknesses.

P6 Explain how strengths and weaknesses interrelate with external macro factors.

M3 Apply appropriately the PESTLE model to support a detailed analysis of the macro
environment within one of the selected organisation.

M4 Apply appropriately SWOT/TOWS analysis and justify how they influence decision-making.

D2 Critically evaluate the impacts that both macro and micro factors have upon business
objectives and decision-making.

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Sources of information Recommended Textbooks:


to support you with this
Assignment. 1. BARON, P. (2012) Business and its Environment. 7th Ed.
London: Prentice Hall.

2. PALMER, A. and HARTLEY, B. (2011) The Business


Environment. 7th Ed. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill.

3. WEATHERLEY, P. (Editor) and OTTER, D. (Editor) (2014) The


Business Environment: Themes and Issues in a Globalised
World. 3rd Ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

4. WORTHINGTON, I. and BRITTON. C. (2014) The Business


Environment. 7th Ed. Harlow Pearson.

eBooks (Free Downloads)

1. http://bookboon.com/en/business-environment-and-ethics-
ebook (Accessed: 03/07/2017)
2. http://bookboon.com/en/an-introduction-to-business-and-
business-planning-ebook (Accessed: 03/07/2017)
3. http://bookboon.com/en/the-real-business-of-real-business-
ebook (Accessed: 03/07/2017)
4. http://bookboon.com/en/the-basics-of-business-models-
ebook(Accessed: 03/07/2017)

Cross-Referencing of Module Outcomes to Module Assessment (detailed below)

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Types of Assessment

Unit / Module Learning Outcome (LO) Task 2 Task 2

Required Format of Submission Essay Report

LO1: Explain the different types, size and scope of


organisations.
1,500 to 2,000
LO2: Demonstrate the interrelationship of the Not Applicable
various functions within an organisation and how Words
they link to organisational structure.

LO3: Use contemporary examples to demonstrate


both the positive and negative influence/impact the
macro environment has on business operations.

LO4: Determine the internal strengths and 1,500 to 2,000


weaknesses of specific businesses and explain their Not Applicable
Words
interrelationship with external macro factors.

Total Recommended Word Count 4,000 Words (Maximum)

Please Note:
All Assessment Criteria (in LO1 to LO4) must be successfully completed in order to achieve a Pass
grade in this Unit/Module.
Merit or Distinction grades cannot be achieved/awarded, unless and until LO1 to LO4 have been
successfully completed and Pass by the Student.

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Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria

Pass Merit Distinction

LO1:Explain the different types, size and scope of


organisations

P1 Explain different types and M1 Analyse how the LO1 & 2


purposes of organisations; structure, size and scope of
public, private and voluntary different organisations link D1 Provide a critical analysis of
sectors and legal structures. to the business objectives the complexities of different
and product and services types of business structures
P2 Explain the size and scope of offered by the organisation. and the interrelationships of
a range of different types of the different organisational
functions.
LO2:Demonstrate the interrelationship of the various
functions within an organisation and how they link to
organisational structure

P3 Explain the relationship M2 Analyse the advantages


between different organisational and disadvantages of
functions and how they link to interrelationships between
organisational objectives and organisational functions and
structure. the impact that can have
upon organisational
structure.
LO3:Use contemporary examples to demonstrate both
the positive and negative influence/impact the macro
environment has on business operations

P4 Identify the positive and M3 Apply appropriately the LO3 & 4


negative impacts the macro PESTLE model to support a
environment has upon business detailed analysis of the D2 Critically evaluate the
operations, supported by macro environment within impacts that both macro and
specific examples. an organisation. micro factors have upon
business objectives and
LO4:Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of decision-making.
specific businesses and explain their interrelationship
with external macro factors

P5 Conduct internal and M4 Apply appropriately


external analysis of specific SWOT/TOWS analysis and
organisations in order to identify justify how they influence
strengths and weaknesses. decision-making.

P6 Explain how strengths and


weaknesses interrelate with
external macro factors.

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