Unit 35 Business And Business Environment Assignment Sample

Purpose of this assignment

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 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.
The evidences towards this assignment should include;
-> Essay
-> Case study

Section 1 – Essay (LO1 & LO2)

Using a real organisations, write an essay of approximately 1500 words critically analysing different kinds of
organisations (profits, non-profits, public sector etc.) based on their purpose, size and scope. You are also to
consider the interrelationship between different organisation structures and functions within the organisation.
Your essay must be structured to cover three key areas;
1) Different types of organisations.
 Differences between profit, not for profit and non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
 Business purpose and supply of goods and services
2) Size and scope of the organisations.
 Difference between micro, small, medium-size and large enterprises
 Market share, profit share, growth and sustainability
3) Organisation structures and functions
 Different kinds of structures relating to size and scope of operations
 Complexities of transnational, international and global organisation structures
 How functions relate to overall organisation mission and objectives

Part 2 – Case study: ‘The UK Supermarket sector’ (LO3 & LO4)

Most of the major UK supermarket chains has recently announced plans to restructure their businesses in a bid to
be more competitive but also as a direct response to changes within the business environment.
Marks & Spencer has unveiled plans to close up to 14 shops, putting around 500 jobs at risk, as the high street
stalwart takes a more ruthless approach to its struggling stores


Using these case with additional research of the sector;
a) Apply the PESTEL model to the sector to analyse how the macro environment is impacting the UK retail sector.
b) Apply the SWOT/TOWS analysis and also Porter’s five forces analysis to any UK Supermarket to determine
how they influence decision of the supermarket.

Assessment criteria (please note these are not the questions they are for evidence purpose only)

Pass Merit Distinction
LO1 Explain the different types, size and scope of organisations
P1 Explain different types and
purposes of organisations; public,
private and voluntary sectors and
legal structures.
P2 Explain the size and scope of a
range of different types of

M1 Analyse how the structure, size
and scope of different organisations
link to the business objectives and
product and services offered by the

LO1 & 2
D1 Provide a critical analysis of the
complexities of different types of
business structures and the
interrelationships 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 between
different organisational functions and
how they link to organisational
objectives and structure.

M2 Analyse the advantages and
disadvantages of interrelationships
between organisational functions and
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

LO3 & 4
D2 Critically evaluate the impacts that
both macro and micro factors have
upon business objectives and

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

M3 Apply appropriately the PESTLE
model to support a detailed analysis
of the macro environment within an

LO4 Determine the internal strengths and weaknesses of specific businesses
and explain their interrelationship with external macro factors
P5 Conduct internal and external
analysis of specific organisations in
order to identify strengths and

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

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

Submitting your assignment

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Glossary of commonly used academic words used in this and other assignments

Account for Give reasons for: explain why something happens.
Analyse Examine something in very close detail and from a number of angles.
Identify the important points and chief features, and understand
their relationships.

Argue Present a case for and against a proposal or statement and present

your own opinion at the end.

Compare Show how two or more things are similar.
Contrast Look at two or more things and draw out differences. State whether

the differences are significant.

Critically evaluate Weigh arguments for and against something, assess the strength of

evidence on both sides.
Define Give the exact meaning of.
Describe Give a detailed account of the main features or characteristics

Discuss Write about the most important characteristics of something. Give
arguments for and against, look at it from a variety of perspectives.

Evaluate Assess the worth or usefulness of something. Use evidence to

support your opinion

Determine To establish appropriateness of a theory or an argument