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Unit number and title J/601/0946: Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results

Qualification HND Business

Start date 27th April 2015

Deadline/hand-in 16th June 2015 (Turn tin – 2pm)

Assignment title MBAAR Assignment 1 - BBC

Purpose of this assignment The aim of this assignment is to check the knowledge of the learner regarding the working of an organisation and how to improve its performance by managing its activities, internal systems, processes and their relationships. Through this assignment the learner will demonstrate the ability to assess, evaluate, plan, design and monitor processes and procedures for an organisation.

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Scenario The United Kingdom (UK) is home to the BBC with a vision to be the most creative organisation in the world! However, with the recent job cuts, change of location and negative media publicity of some of its famous staff, the BBC faces stiff competition from other organisations with similar functions. Therefore, the BBC is now under pressure to achieve better results and improve its image. You have been appointed as a consultant to help the BBC achieve better results. You have to create an independent report covering the objectives stated in the following tasks.

CREATE A REPORT COVERING THE POINTS STATED IN THE FOLLOWING TASKS

Task 1 (LO 1: AC1.1, AC 1.2 and AC 1.3)
  1. Evaluate the relationship between the processes and functions within BBC [AC1.1]

  2. Justify how the processes of BBC are mapped against its organisational goals and objectives [AC 1.2]

  3. List a minimum of 2 outputs and evaluate their quality [AC 1.3].


Guidelines for Task 1:  Complete this task as part of your report using 500 words (+/- 10%)  ‘To evaluate’ means to establish whether something is good enough by answering 5 simple questions: what, when, why, how and who? This means you would need to identify few processes and functions within BBC and establish any relationship(s) between them  Justify means to explain by providing evidence, why and how the vision, mission, goals and objectives follow a logical connection (mapping) to any processes that exist in BBC    Refer any book on Strategic Management, Business Strategy and Organisational Behaviour from the library or internet for the clarification of basic concepts regarding structure, culture and functions of organisation. Hand-outs and books from previous terms could also be used.

Task 2 (LO2: AC 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4)
  1. Choose one of the responsibilities of the BBC that you like and want to improve [AC 2.1]

  2. List all the stakeholders that need to be satisfied for this area of responsibility [AC 2.2]

  3. Develop and list your objectives for this area of responsibility according to the SMART principle    [AC 2.2] 4. Develop a plan to achieve the objectives a. List all the activities that you think are needed to achieve the objectives for your chosen area of responsibility [AC 2.1]

  4. List steps to monitor and control the activities established above [AC 2.4] c. Incorporate in your plan, the time, budget and standards of quality (established by BBC) for all activities/steps [AC 2.3]

  5. Justify your plan [AC 2.3, AC 2.4]


Guidelines for Task 2:  Complete this task as part of your report using 750 words (+/- 10%)  You can visit the website of BBC (www.bbc.co.uk) for more information  In your plans you are required to list activities that help to achieve the objectives for your area of responsibility and list steps to monitor and control the above activities  All activities and steps in your plan should be bound by time, budget and standards of quality established by BBC. The standards can be taken from the BBC website and mentioned in your plan.

Task 3 (LO 3: AC 3.1, AC 3.2, AC 3.3 and AC 3.4)
  1. Study the quality standards, monitoring and controlling systems within the BBC [AC 3.1]

  2. Propose a new system of how to monitor and control the quality standards within BBC. You can choose one or more of systems under TQM, ISO 9000/EN29000 and adapt them for the BBC to monitor and control the quality [AC 3.1]

  3. Justify how your new system would sustain a quality culture [AC 3.2] 4. Recommend how your system would be used to achieve the Objectives and Goals of the BBC by bringing improvement over their existing system [AC 3.3] 5. Explain the wider consequences of implementing your system within the BBC [AC 3.4].


Guidelines for Task 3:  There is no word limit for this task but you are expected to write a minimum of 250 words  You may use diagrams to explain your system  Research how TQM, ISO principles are used for system creation. Then choose one and adapt it for your answer  To justify ‘quality culture’, you need to explain how your system would create continuous monitoring, evaluation and developments for improvement  Following books could be used for more explanation of Quality: o Quality management 2 nd edition by Donna C S Summers (Chapter 11)   o Operations and Quality Management by Samuel K M Ho (Chapter 6) o Dale B G – Managing Quality – 2nd Ed. (Prentice Hall, 1994)

GENERAL GUIDANCE FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT  Ensure that you answer all the AC (Assessment Criteria) by answering all the Tasks completely  The ultimate aim of this assignment is to create a report which has different sections containing the answers of the different tasks stated above  The word limit (if any) has been mentioned against each task  Please do not copy data or information (including diagrams/pictures) from any source without proper referencing in Harvard style  To get a higher grade (Merit/Distinction), you need to answer and pass all the AC and satisfy the criteria for a higher grade as mentioned in the grade descriptors below  Attend the tutorial sessions (after the lectures) for additional guidance   Do not forget to put page numbers on your answer sheet and write down relevant page numbers in the evidence column on the front cover page of this assignment  Do not forget to write your name, Student No. and signature on the front cover page.

Evidence checklist Summary of evidence required by student Evidence presented Task1, 2 and 3 A report of maximum 2000 words (not a strict limit) incorporating Tasks 1, 2 and 3 as different sections.

Achievement Summary

Qualification

HND Business

Unit Number and title

Managing Business Activities to Achieve Results

Criteria Reference

To achieve the criteria, the evidence must show that the student is able to:

Achieved? (tick)

1.1 evaluate the interrelationship between the different processes and functions of organisations

1.2 justify the methodology to be used to map processes to the organisation’s goals and objectives 1.3 evaluate the output of the process and the quality gateways

2.1 design plans which promote goals and objectives for own area of responsibility

2.2 write objectives, which are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time based to align people and other resources in an effective and efficient way

2.3 implement appropriate systems to achieve objectives in the most efficient way, on time, on budget and meeting organisational standards of quality

2.4 carry out work activities meeting the operational plan through effective monitoring and control 3.1 design systems to manage and monitor quality standards specified by the organisation

3.2 demonstrate a quality culture to ensure continuous monitoring, evaluation and development of the process

3.3 recommend improvements which align with the organisation’s objectives and goals and which result in improvements

3.4 report on wider implications of proposed changes within the organisation

Higher Grade achievements (where applicable)

Grade descriptor

Achieved? (tick)

Grade descriptor

Achieved? (tick)

M1.3: Identify and apply strategies to find appropriate solutions – An effective approach to study and research has been applied

D1.1: Use critical reflection to evaluate own work and justify valid conclusions – Conclusions have been arrived at through synthesis of ideas and have been justified

M2.1: Select/design and apply appropriate methods/techniques – A range of sources of information has been used

D2.2: Take responsibility for managing and organising activities – Autonomy/Independence has been demonstrated

M3.2: Present and communicate appropriate findings – Coherent and logical development of principles/concepts for the intended audience

D3.6: Demonstrate convergent/lateral/creative thinking – Receptiveness to new ideas is evident

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