If you are studying for your ABE Level 7 Diploma in Business Management, then you’ll know that the assessment of this qualification differs from ABE’s other levels in that four of the Level 7 Diploma’s five units are assessed by assignment rather than examination. There are a variety of documents available by following the Level 7 (PgDip) link on the Members Area of the ABE website which are necessary for writing and completing your assignment, and this post should tell you what each of those documents is for. Please remember that ABE does encourage you to sit the examination in Strategic Business Management and Planning before attempting any of the Level 7 assignments, since passing this unit will ensure that you have a base of knowledge that you can apply when producing your assignments.
Syllabuses and Lecture Guides
As for all ABE units, the Level 7 syllabuses and lecture guides outline and expand upon the content that will be assessed in each unit. Please see the How to Study ABE and Lecture Guides - Who are they for? blog entries for more information on these resources.
The texts recommended in the Level 7 reading lists are particularly useful if you are undertaking self-study, since they’ll provide you with a depth of subject knowledge that you can then put to use when writing assignments.
Once you have followed the Level 7 (PgDip) link, you will see another link entitled ‘Assignments’. Please follow this to access the documents described below.
If you are not enrolled with a college, you will have to submit your assignments through Management Approaches. Management Approaches is a company separate to ABE who offer a variety of services to ABE Level 7 students sitting their qualification privately. The document (available in the introductory paragraph of the Assignments section) outlines those services and provides contact details for the company. Please bear in mind that as a company separate to ABE, Management Approaches has a fee structure of its own, and ABE cannot enter into any discussion regarding Management Approaches fees or services.
General Assignment guidance for Students
As suggested by its title, this document explains the features common to all of the four units assessed by assignment – which management skills the assignments will assess, how to select an assignment topic, the general structure of the assignment (although this can vary slightly depending on unit) and the word count. It is therefore essential to read this document at the start of planning your assignment.
How to submit an Assignment
This document lets you know where to submit your assignment, depending on whether you are attending college or submitting privately. If submitting privately, you should read the Management Approaches document. As the How to submit an Assignment document states, please complete an Assignment Entry Form (see below) for each assignment that you submit.
Assignment Submission Process
The Assignment Submission Process document is a flowchart that elaborates on the information contained in the How to submit an Assignment document. Looking at this should inform you of the stages that your assignment goes through during the marking and moderation process, as well as at what point you will be charged your fees and at what point your results will be released.
Assignment Entry Form
You must complete this form for every assignment that you submit, and submit your assignment with the completed form on the cover. This helps your college, Management Approaches and ABE know who you are and what subject your assignment has been written for.
Assignment Payment Form
If you wish, you can use this form to pay for your assignment(s). Simply fill in which assignments you are paying for and how you are paying for them, then forward the form to your college to include with your assignment(s). If you are submitting as a private student, this form can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org when you send your assignment to Management Approaches for marking.
Please bear in mind that this form is not the only way to pay for assignments. Sometimes your college will handle your payment for you. There will also be the option to pay via direct debit on the Members Area when your assignment has been marked.
This document sets out the various regulations assignments are subject to, as regards submission, marking, plagiarism (more in this in a moment!) and results. Please make sure that you read it so that you are aware of your responsibilities when writing and submitting ABE assignments.
Plagiarism and Collusion Policy
The ABE Plagiarism and Collusion Policy sets out how ABE defines the terms ‘plagiarism’ and ‘collusion’, and the risks you take by engaging in either activity. Plagiarising someone else’s work (copying and pasting from the Internet counts as this!), or colluding with other people to produce an assignment can result in your assignment being awarded zero marks, so please familiarise yourself with the policy and ensure that your work is your own!
Assignment Guidelines by Unit
ABE receives a lot of queries from students asking things like ‘where do I get assignment questions?’, or ‘what should I write my assignment about’? Where the General Assignment Guidance document discussed above will give you a broad idea of how to write your assignment, the Assignment Guidelines by Unit cover the specific requirements of each unit, and whilst there are no assignment ‘questions’, they do tell you what you should write your assignment about. Please read the Assignment Guidelines by Unit thoroughly before attempting your assignment, and follow their instructions closely whilst constructing it.