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ASSESSMENT BRIEF AND MARKING RUBRIC
Module title: Environmental Sustainable Engineering and Logistics (UEL-
Assessment point: Summative Assessment point (Week 12)
Assessment task: Report
Word count limit: 3000 words +/- 10% (excluding references and appendices) Width:
100% of overall module grade
Procedure in the event of illness or other valid cause (extenuating circumstances)
If you believe that:
• your performance in assessment or reassessment has been impaired, or;
• you were unable to attend for an assessment or reassessment, or;
• you were unable to submit assessed or reassessed work by the scheduled date due to
illness or other valid cause ( as defined in the Procedures Governing Extenuating
Circumstances), may apply for extenuation for the relevant component(s) to Unicaf Extenuating
Circumstances team ([email protected]
*Once a component has been capped, extenuation does not uncap it.
Academic misconduct including plagiarism
Ensure that you are familiar with the relevant regulations regarding academic misconduct. By
submitting the assignment, you declare that it is your own work and that the material and
sources of information used, including internet sources, have been fully identified and properly
acknowledged. In addition, you confirm that the presented work has not been submitted for
any other assessment. You also acknowledge that the faculty reserves the right to investigate
allegations of plagiarism and other forms of academic misconduct which, if proven and
dependent on the severity level of the offence, may result in a penalty that could affect your
By submitting your work, you acknowledge that you have read and agreed with the above
Your assignment should be MS Word processed (handwritten assignments are not accepted),
using Times New Roman size 12 font, double spaced, with numbered pages and your student
number printed as a footer on every page. Note this is a report supported by academic research
so you should adhere to the appropriate referencing guidance. The word limit stated for this
assignment excludes the list of references at the end of the assignment but includes all text in
the main body of the assignment (including direct quotations, in-text citations, footnotes,
tables, diagrams and graphs). Please be aware that exceeding the word limit will affect the
academic judgement of the piece of work and may result in the award of a lower mark.
Appendices are not considered a supplement and will not be assessed as part of the content of
the assignment. As such, they will not contribute to the grade awarded; however, it may be
appropriate to use an Appendices section for any material which is a useful reference for the
reader. Please note that appendices are not included in the word count. The majority of
references should come from primary sources (e.g. journal articles, conference papers, reports,
etc.) although you can also utilise area specific textbooks. You must ensure that you use the
Harvard style of referencing. Please indicate the word count length at the end of your
Marking and assessment
This assignment will be marked out of 100% and contributes to 100% of the total module mark.
The pass mark is 50%. The marking rubric is attached, which offers guidance on the assessment
criteria and weighting.
There will be a stipulated deadline date for all assignments. All assignments will need to be
submitted by the set time on the stipulated deadline date. Assignments submitted up to 24 hours
late will be accepted, but the assignment mark will be subject to a deduction of 5 marks from
the mark awarded or a mark of 40% whichever is the greater.
Learning outcomes applied in this assessment
• LO1-Understand the social, environmental and economic performance requirements of the
design & construction process from a sustainable perspective
• LO2-Identify and describe health and safety and the concept of environmental limits to
continuing current development practices,
• LO3-Describe the terms of sustainable development and sustainable construction
• LO4-Understand challenges and opportunities of construction projects and their impacts
• LO5-The impacts of construction projects on sustainable development
• LO6-Environmental assessment of buildings and cities
• LO7-Develop a deeper understanding of the ways in which managers interact with the
built environment by the use of tools and techniques.
Produce a 3000-word coursework (+/- 10%) (excluding the list of references) that offers students
the ability to demonstrate their developing knowledge and application of the teaching and learning
material covered in weeks 1 to 12. It also encourages students to develop their thoughts and
perspectives on theories and concepts.
WSD Ltd, a commercial property development company based in South Africa, is developing a
strategy to improve the sustainability of its construction projects. Management would like your
advice on key issues that need to be addressed in the delivery of sustainable construction projects.
Write a paper discussing the key issues that need to be addressed in the delivery of sustainable
construction projects, focusing on the issues identified below.
Your coursework should include a discussion of the following important points:
1. An introduction that demonstrates the need for sustainable construction, including the
industries contribution to greenhouse gas emissions and definitions of sustainable
2. The role of the construction industry to sustainable development
3. How construction projects can be socially, economically and environmentally sustainable
4. A recommendation of a sustainability assessment tool
5. How you will apply sustainable project management principles to the management of
6. Demonstrate how health and safety should be considered as a sustainability performance
Additional considerations for your analysis.
1. The coursework requires you to use the relevant module material (ideas, concepts, theories or
frameworks) to inform your evaluation. It is expected that the principles underpinning your
analysis should preferably be from academic books and/or updated peer-reviewed academic
Your assignment will be marked according to the following criteria:
1. Understanding and Reading: The depth of your reading (number, range and quality of
sources) and understanding of it. You are expected to read the essential and further readings
to support your argument/discussion; you cannot rely on personal opinion or unsupported
2. Critical Analysis: The level of critical analysis in your writing and the quality of the
argument developed. You cannot rely on simple description, but have to apply knowledge
and theory from the readings to critically engage with the material.
3. Structure: Your ability to develop a clear, logical structure for your coursework which
addresses the required points of the task and guides the reader. Your coursework should
include a clear introduction, a cogently argued main body, and a conclusion that summarises
the argument and answers the overall question.
4. Presentation and Referencing: Your ability to express yourself clearly in English using
appropriate terminology, correct spelling and grammar. The extent to which your
coursework is correctly referenced using the Harvard system of referencing in-text and with
a reference list.
Section/aspect Content to cover Marks
General background on the topic you are going
to discuss, including demonstrates the need for
sustainable construction. This should include a
brief overview of the industry’s contribution to
greenhouse gas emissions.
Possible definitions for terms relating to the
question should also be included.
What the essay will include and/or leave out (scope).
What themes the essay will discuss and the order
they are presented.
What the essay will argue/demonstrate (thesis
This should address the key issues including:
1. The role of the construction industry to
2. How construction projects can be socially,
economically and environmentally sustainable
3. A recommendation of a sustainability assessment
4. How you will apply sustainable project
management principles to the management of
5. Demonstrate how health and safety should be
considered as a sustainability performance
Links back to the themes identified in the
A reminder of what the essay has argued. A
recap of the main themes that have been
Proffer some recommendations
(list of references
not included in
High quality presentation of the material that
conforms to principles of academic writing and
contains minimal errors in sentence
construction, grammar and punctuation.
A logical structure was followed.
The assignment followed appropriate academic
conventions regarding in-text
citations and referencing.
Masters Grading Scale
Mark Range Criteria
Demonstrates an exceptional ability and insight, indicating the highest level of technical
competence. The work has the potential to influence the forefront of the subject, and may be of
publishable /exhibitable quality.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at the highest possible standard.
Demonstrates an outstanding ability and insight based on authoritative subject knowledge and a
very high level of technical competence.
The work is considered to be close to the forefront of the subject, and may be close to
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a very high level.
Demonstrates an authoritative, current subject knowledge and a high level of technical
The work is accurate and extensively supported by appropriate evidence. It may show some
originality. Clear evidence of capacity to reflect critically and deal with ambiguity in the data.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a high level.
Demonstrates a sound, current subject knowledge. No significant errors in the application of
concepts or appropriate techniques. May contain some minor flaws.
The work is well developed and coherent; may show some originality. Clear evidence of capacity
to reflect critically.
Relevant generic skills are demonstrated at a good level.
50 – 59%
Demonstrates satisfactory subject knowledge. Some evident weaknesses; possibly shown by
conceptual gaps, or limited use of appropriate techniques. The work is generally sound but tends
toward the factual or derivative. Limited evidence of capacity to