Retail Theory and Practice: Summative Assessment

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Retail Theory and Practice: Summative Assessment

Formative Assessment Brief

Academic year and term: Semester two 2018-19
Module title: Retail Theory and Practice
Module code: QAB020N522S
Module Convener: Philip Cooper
Learning outcomes assessed within this piece of work as agreed at the programme level meeting  

Knowledge outcome –

1.    You will be able to develop your understanding of contemporary developments in retail theory and practice and how these contribute to organisational success


Intellectual /transferrable skill –

2.    You will be able to consider a complex issue in retail theory and practice and propose feasible alternative options for consideration.



Type of assessment:             


Formative Assessment – Feedback provided on one page draft plan. (500 words).

Summative Assessment – Individual assignment: A 2500 words report analysing a specific retail sector and how a large retailer might respond to the issues facing the sector in general and the retailer. (100%)


SummativeAssessment deadline: 02ndApril 2019, 14.00.


Formative Assessment

In order to provide some feedback on your work before you write the summative assignment t there is a formative task to ensure that you are engaging with the topic and with good quality reading materials. The task requires to produce a draft report plan outlining:

  1. i) The key issues/debates to be covered in your assessed assignment and the fashion retailer that you plan to focus on.


  1. ii) The key references and sources that will be used


iii) How you plan to present/ structure your discussion


The draft plan must not exceed 500 words in length. The plan should demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts and issues in your topic area.




How will we support you with your assessment?

  • There will be an assessment briefing in Week 2
  • A formative assessment of 500 words consisting of report plan will allow you the opportunity to show your work to date on your assignment and obtain formative feedback from your tutors.
  • You will receive formative feedback in week 9. This will take the form of written feedback on the formative report plan.
  • Links to the assessment throughout your seminars.
  • There will be an opportunity to review and reflect upon work from previous cohorts.

How will your work be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by a subject expert who will use the marking grid provided in this assessment brief.  When you access your marked work it is important that you reflect on the feedback so that you can use it to improve future assignments.


You MUST use the Harvard System.  The Harvard system is very easy to use once you become familiar with it.

Assignment submissions

The Business School requires a digital version of all assignment submissions.  These must be submitted via Turnitin on the module’s Moodle site.  They must be submitted as a Word file (not as a pdf) and must not include scanned in text or text boxes.  They must be submitted by 2pm on the given date.  For further general details on coursework preparation refer to the online information via StudentZone

Mitigating circumstances/what to do if you cannot submit a piece of work or attend your presentation

The University Mitigating Circumstances Policy can be found on the University website – Mitigating Circumstances Policy

Marking and feedback process

Between you handing in your work and then receiving your feedback and marks within 20 days, there are a number of quality assurance processes that we go through to ensure that students receive marks which reflects their work. A brief summary is provided below.

  • Step One – The module and marking team meet to agree standards, expectations and how feedback will be provided.
  • Step Two – A subject expert will mark your work using the criteria provided in the assessment brief.
  • Step Three – A moderation meeting takes place where all members of the teaching and marking team will review the marking of others to confirm whether they agree with the mark and feedback
  • Step Four – Work at Levels 5 and 6 then goes to an external examiner who will review a sample of work to confirm that the marking between different staff is consistent and fair
  • Stop Five – Your mark and feedback is processed by the Office and made available to you.