Faculty of Social Sciences – Assessment Brief for Students – 2017 / 2018

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Faculty of Social Sciences – Assessment Brief for Students – 2017 / 2018

 

Module code and title

 

4FC001 Quantitative Analysis for Economics and Finance

Module leader

 

Diet

 

First attempt

 

Assessment type

 

PORTFOLIO

Submission date

 

Tuesday 8th May 2018 at 12:00 midday – Part 1 & 2

 

Submission method

 

        A Hard Copy of the Report (Part 1 & Part 2 ) to MU202 and

        Electronic Submission via Canvas (Report (Part 1 & Part 2 ) and Data File in SPSS)

Assessment limits

 

2,500 words (excluding tables, references, appendices)

This includes:

        1,000 words for Part 1 (40%) – Report

        1,500 words for Part 2 (60%) –  Report

 

Assessment weighting

 

100%

                       

Assessment brief (if appropriate, please refer to module assessment briefing document)

 

 

Portfolio consists of two parts:

 

Part 1 (40%): Discussion of sampling methods and data handling (1,000 words).

 

You have been asked to examine financial performance of UK non-financial firms in 2016. To do that, you need to select a sample of 40 UK publicly listed firms from FAME Database. All your selected companies should be from FTSE All Share Index and should exclude financial firms (such as banks and insurance companies).

 

Collect data from each selected company in 2016 for the following 3 variables:

 

1.     Company Name

2.     UK SIC Code

3.     Firm Profitability:  

        Return on Capital Employed (ROCE)

OR

        Return on Total Assets (ROA)

 

Collect data from each selected company for any 3 of the following variables:

 

4.     Firm Size: Total Sales (Turnover)

5.     Liquidity: Current Assets, Current Liabilities

6.     Tangibility: Tangible Assets, Total Assets

7.     Asset Growth: Total Assets in 2016, Total Assets in 2015

8.     Debt Ratio: Long-Term Liabilities, Total Assets

 

Perform the following tasks in IBM SPSS Software:

 

1)     Input/Import the data you collected into IBM SPSS Software

2)     Make necessary transformation of your data in SPSS.

 

        Firm Size = Natural Log of Total Sales (Turnover)

        Liquidity = Current Assets/Current Liabilities

        Tangibility = (Tangible Assets/Total Assets)*100

        Asset Growth = ((Assets2016–Assets2015)/Assets2015)*100

        Debt Ratio = (Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets)*100

 

3)     Produce histograms and descriptive statistics (min/max, mean/median, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis) for profitability and the other three variables you have.

4)     Produce a Short Report in Word. 

 

Your report should contain the following:

 

a)     Introduction, where you need to specify the aim of the report.

b)     Explain the process of sample selection with reference to an appropriate sampling method.

c)     Explain what data you collected and what transformations were made.

d)     Describe your variables using histograms and descriptive statistics (min/max, mean/median, standard deviation, skewness and kurtosis). Comment on the distribution of each variable.

e)     Conclude the report by making a reference to companies’ performance in your sample.

 

NOTES: You are required to submit the data you collected and transformed in SPSS AND the File with your Output in the Appendix (It should be an SPSS file uploaded on Canvas only).

 

 

 

Part 2 (60%): Statistical Analysis using SPSS (1,500 words).

                                   

You are required to examine factors that can influence firm profitability using statistical analysis in IBM SPSS software. To do that, you need to use the dataset you created in Part 1 of the Portfolio.

 

Use the dataset you have created in Part 1. Select the profitability measure and three variables that can be related to profitability.

 

Perform the following tasks in IBM SPSS:

 

1)     Use your descriptive statistics in Part 1 to identify outlying observations. Make appropriate adjustments to your variables to ensure that there are no extreme outliers.

 

2)     Conduct statistical analysis in SPSS to examine what factors can influence firm profitability using correlation and either simple or multiple regression analysis.

 

3)     Produce a Report in Word:

 

Your report should contain the following:

 

a)     Introduction, where you clearly state the aim of this section and the variables you selected to conduct the analysis.

 

b)     Specify adjustments that were made to your variables.

 

c)     Perform Correlation Analysis to check whether there is linear association between profitability and each of the other three variables.

 

d)     Perform either Simple or Multiple Regression Analysis to test your hypotheses. Depending on the variables you selected, test any three hypotheses below:

 

        H1: Firm Size is Statistically Significantly Related to Profitability

        H2: Liquidity is Statistically Significantly Related to Profitability

        H3: Asset Tangibility is Statistically Significantly Related to Profitability

        H4: Asset Growth is Statistically Significantly Related to Profitability

        H5: Debt Ratio is Statistically Significantly Related to Profitability

 

e)     Discuss the results. You should clearly state whether your results show evidence in support of the hypothesized relationship.

 

f)      State the limitations of your study.

g)     Draw a conclusion on what factors can be related to firm profitability.

 

NOTES: You are required to submit the data you collected and transformed in SPSS AND the File with your Output in the Appendix (It should be an SPSS file uploaded on Canvas only).

 

Assessment Criteria (The actual assessment components for this assignment)

Criteria – Part 1 – 40%

Weighting (If applicable)

Level of understanding and discussion of the sampling techniques

 

Accuracy of data collected and calculations: complete dataset with all variables, correct calculations using correct measures

 

Appropriateness of methods used to present the data

 

Level and accuracy of discussion of the main results

 

Clarity and structure of written work and referencing

 

 

 

Criteria – Part 2 – 60%

 

Level of understanding of the main concepts of data analysis

 

Appropriateness of methods used for the analysis

 

Accuracy of the analysis conducted

 

Level of discussion of the main results

 

Accuracy of data collected and calculations: complete dataset with all variables, correct calculations using correct measures

 

Clarity and structure of written work and referencing

 

 

 

Pass mark   

Undergraduate                                                                                                                        40%

Performance descriptors in use;

·       University of Wolverhampton                                                                                                Yes

·       Professional or Statutory Body                                                                                             No

·       Module specific                                                                                                                       No

·       Other (specify below)                                                                                                                              No

     

 

Return of assessments

(Instructions for return / collection of assessments)

 

Within four weeks of submission. Electronic Feedback on Canvas.

Printed hardcopy upon request.

 

 

 

This assessment is testing Module Learning outcomes

Tick if tested here

LO1

Discuss methods of sampling and data handling

ü   

LO2

Apply statistical techniques to various relationship in economics and finance

ü   

 

 

Additional information for students

The University’s Learning Information Services have produced a series of guides covering a range of topics to support your studies, and develop your academic skills including a guide to academic referencing http://www.wlv.ac.uk/lib/skills_for_learning/study_guides.aspx

Your module guide and course handbook contain additional and important information regarding;

·   The required referencing style for your assignment.*

Whilst many modules require referencing in accordance with the Harvard Referencing convention, some modules – for example those within the School of Law – require Oxford Referencing. Please familiarise yourself with the requirements of your module.

 

·   Submission of your work

·   Marking, feedback and moderation in accordance with the University of Wolverhampton Assessment Handbook

·   Extensions on submission dates *

·   Additional support *

·   Academic conduct with regards to cheating, collusion or plagiarism *

·   Links to appropriate sources of relevant information *

* Further information regarding these and other policies can be accessed through your student portal on wlv.ac.uk.

 

Always keep a copy of your work and a file of working papers

The requirement to keep a file of working papers is important.  There may be circumstances where it is difficult to arrive at a mark for your work. If this is the case, you may be asked to submit your file and possibly meet with your tutor to answer questions on your submission. 

When you submit your work you will be required to sign an important declaration confirming that:

·       The submission is your own work

·       Any material you have used has been acknowledged and appropriately referenced

·       You have not allowed another student to have access to your work

·       The work has not been submitted previously.

 

The following information is important when:

·       Preparing for your assignment

·       Checking your work before you submit it

·       Interpreting feedback on your work after marking. 

Module Learning Outcomes

                     Module Learning Outcomes are specific to this module, and are set when the module was validated.

 

Assessment Criteria

The module Learning Outcomes tested by this assignment, and precise criteria against which your work will be marked are outlined in your assessment brief.

 

Performance Descriptors

Performance descriptors indicate how marks will be arrived at against each of the assessment criteria. The descriptors indicate the likely characteristics of work that is marked within the percentage bands indicated. 

To help you further:

  • Re-sit opportunities are available for students who are unable to take the first sit opportunity, or who need to re take any component.

·       Refer to the VLE topic for contact details of your module leader / tutor, tutorial inputs, recommended reading and other sources, etc.   Resit details will also appear on the VLE module topic.


FoSS Generic Assessment Performance Descriptors

Based on – University Performance Descriptors (updated September 2015)

Note that these are generic descriptors that apply mainly, though not exclusively, to written academic work. The relevant performance descriptors for the appropriate level (as below) should appear in the module guide.

Any further module-specific assessment criteria, such as number of words, should be clearly stated in the assignment brief.

The pass rate at levels 3 -6 = 40%

 

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6 (Graduate level)

90-100%

 

 

Very detailed answers to all parts of the question / task. Extremely clearly structured and focused, demonstrating overall coherence and in- depth understanding. Clear evidence of a range of independently sourced material well applied in all contexts.

No obvious errors in grammar as appropriate.

Focused and comprehensive engagement with the question, showing evidence of in-depth understanding of the issues. Extremely clearly structured and demonstrating a coherent argument throughout.

Evidence of wide, independent reading.

No obvious errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

Exceptionally detailed and original response to the assignment, with critical use of independently sourced contextual material.
Outstanding demonstration of linked understanding of relevant theory, concepts and models. Extremely well structured with high level of analysis.

No obvious errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Exceptional level of analysis, showing deep critical engagement with a comprehensive range of contextual material. Demonstration of independent thought resulting in highly original or creative responses to the assignment. Provision of clear evidence of understanding of current scholarship and research based on an extensive range of relevant sources. Extreme clarity of structure demonstrating complete focus of argument.

No obvious errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

 

 

80-89%

Detailed answers to all parts of the question / task. Very clear, logical structure and focus, demonstrating overall coherence. Clear evidence of independently sourced material appropriately applied.

Very few errors in grammar as appropriate.

 

Detailed response to all relevant parts of the question with evidence of clear understanding of the issues. Well-structured with evidence of independent reading supporting the argument.

Very few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

 

Very full, independent response to the assignment with totally relevant material which is well beyond any module input, demonstrating independent study. Excellent understanding and application of relevant theory, concepts and models. Very clear logical structure.

Very few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Excellent links between relevant ideas, theories and practice. Evidence of clearly independent scholarship and the ability to engage critically and analytically with a wide range of contextually relevant resource material.

Demonstration of original insights, supported by extremely well structured overall argument.

Very few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

70-79%

 

 

 

Full answers to all the parts of the question / task. Clear structure and focus. Evidence of material not covered in taught context and appropriately applied to given context.

Few errors in grammar as appropriate.

 

 

Identification and very good understanding of issues in the assessment. Full answers to all questions/task. Very clear argument with relevant examples used to illustrate response. Clear evidence of reading outside the module list.

Few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Full response to the assignment with all content relevant and focused. Very good understanding of relevant theory, concepts and models. Application of appropriate theory to examples/practice, demonstrating a rigorous approach to a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks.

Few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Very good links between a range of different ideas and theories. Places issues in a wider context. Evidence of clear understanding of a range of relevant theories and application of these appropriately. Independent ideas, well-argued and supported.

Few errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

60-69%

 

All significant content accurate. All main points of question / task covered. Identifiable structure. Some evidence of material not directly covered in taught input.

Some small repeated errors in grammar as appropriate

 

Good understanding of the issues. Engages directly with the question. Clear argument with good examples used to support it. All main points and important issues of the question/task covered. Some evidence of reading outside the module list

Some small repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate

 

Answers most if not all detailed aspects of the question. Content mainly relevant and accurate. Good knowledge and understanding of relevant theory and concepts and application of theoretical models. Evidence of a developing appreciation of contextual issues.

Some small repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate

 

Clear links between theory and practice. Good coverage of assignment issues. Full understanding of core issues.
Evidenced level of understanding of appropriate theory and concepts.

Some small repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate

 

 

50-59%

 

 

 

Content generally accurate and relevant to the question / task. Reasonable breadth of taught material used. Evidence of structure.

 

 

Generally sound understanding of basic concepts. Content relevant to the question/task. Competently deals with main issues. Reading based on main texts or materials, but not always fully utilised in supporting arguments.

Some repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Main issues addressed and solid attempt to answer question. Some relevant content applied. Sound knowledge and understanding of relevant theory and concepts and identification of main issues

Some repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

 

Identifies main issues and relevant theory. Coverage of most of assignment issues. Competent application of relevant theory and states obvious links to practice.

Some repeated errors in referencing or grammar or syntax as appropriate.

40-49%

40% Pass mark

 

Satisfactory evidence of understanding of basic concepts/issues and demonstration that the learning outcomes have been met. Limited use of the breadth of taught content. Some attempt at structure.

 

 

Satisfactory evidence of understanding of basic concepts/issues and demonstration that the learning outcomes have been met. Content broadly relevant but with limited or little application of theory. Almost totally descriptive.

 

 

Satisfactory attempt to address question/issues with some content relevant to assignment topic. Demonstration that the learning outcomes have been met. Material engages with relevant module materials, but largely repeats taught input and lacks development or personal interpretation. Some general understanding of topic

Demonstration that the learning outcomes have been met. Makes few links between theory and practice. Answers question in a very basic way.

Describes relevant theory accurately, and some relevant ideas offered.

Limited coherence of structure.

30-39%

Compensatable Fail

Some learning outcomes and / or assessment criteria not met.

Repetition of taught content with minimal attempt to focus on the given question or issue. Little evidence of structure.

Evidence of sufficient grasp of learning outcomes to suggest that the student will be able to retrieve the module on resubmission.

Some learning outcomes and / or assessment criteria not met.

Superficial treatment of issues. Some is relevant to topic set. Material merely repeats taught input. Lacks understanding of basic theory or concepts. Possible use of extensive quoted passages.

Evidence of sufficient grasp of learning outcomes to suggest that the student will be able to retrieve the module on resubmission.

 

Some learning outcomes and / or assessment criteria not met.

Questions not answered fully. Content not wholly relevant. Little or no evidence of understanding of relevant theory. Very repetitive of taught input – no development or application. The use of extensive quoted passages evident.

Evidence of sufficient grasp of learning outcomes to suggest that the student will be able to retrieve the module on resubmission.

Some learning outcomes and / or assessment criteria not met.

Inadequate content with issues not addressed; insufficient evidence of understanding of relevant theory and concepts and only partial understanding shown. Very limited application of theory. Use of extensive quoted passages is evident.

Evidence of sufficient grasp of learning outcomes to suggest that the student will be able to retrieve the module on resubmission.

 

20-29% Fail

No learning outcomes fully met. Little evidence of attempts to engage with module materials.

No learning outcomes fully met. Little evidence of attempts to engage with module materials.

 

No learning outcomes fully met. Little attempt to engage with the module materials or ideas.

No learning outcomes fully met.
No demonstration of adequate knowledge or understanding of key concepts or theories. There is no recognition of the complexity of the subject.

10-19% Fail

Little attempt to engage with assignment brief and has not met learning outcomes. Inadequate demonstration of knowledge or understanding of key concepts, theories or practice.

Little attempt to engage with assignment brief and has not met learning outcomes. Inadequate demonstration of knowledge or understanding of key concepts, theories or practice.

 

Little attempt to engage with assignment brief and has not met learning outcomes. Inadequate demonstration of knowledge or understanding of key concepts, theories or practice.

 

Little attempt to engage with assignment brief and has not met learning outcomes. Inadequate demonstration of knowledge or understanding of key concepts, theories or practice.

 

0-9% Fail

 

 

No real attempt to address the assignment brief or learning outcomes

No real attempt to address the assignment brief or learning outcomes

No real attempt to address the assignment brief or learning outcomes

 

No real attempt to address the assignment brief or learning outcomes.

 

 

Originally posted 2018-04-29 17:44:48.

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