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Strategic Management/ Oil and Gas Management

Strategic Management/ Oil and Gas Management
requirements:
? All work should be submitted on the Student Portal.
? Work to be submitted in a professional manner, and
as directed by the Module Leader.
Word Limit: 2,500 words (with 10% plus or minus leeway)
Deadline date for
submission:
Friday, 5th August 2016
Learning outcomes
to be examined in
this assessment
(please note that
this is NOT the
assessment task)
? Analyse the internal and external influences on
corporate objectives and strategy
Percentage of
marks awarded for
module:
This assignment is worth 60% of the total marks for the
module
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Assessment
criteria
Explanatory comments on the
assessment criteria
Maximum marks
for each section
Knowledge and
Research
(content,
relevance, and
originality)
Clear demonstration of rigorous
research from recognised
authoritative sources. Audience
focus. Meeting the deliverables.
35%
Writing and
Presentation
(format,
references or
bibliography, and
style)
Rigorous use of the Harvard
Methodology for citation and
referencing; page numbering; correct
display of direct quotations.
10 %
Argument and
Analysis (Critical
analysis,
evaluation, and
application)
Constructive critical analysis,
introduction, conclusion.
Demonstration of a clear
understanding of the issues. Use of
academic models. Full articulation of
ideas developed. Offering wellargued
solutions and/or alternatives if
and where appropriate.
55%
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Background
The period 2014-2016 has been a difficult time for the energy sector due to the oil price
drop. Companies have had to achieve a balance between short term viability and
maintaining their long term objectives and investments as the oil price drop has impacted
on profits and spending on projects. During times like this energy firms consider different
strategies which will help to stabilise or improve their position through either gaining
access to new markets, technology or resources. Merger and acquisition is one strategy
that is used in the energy sector.
“The sharp decline in oil prices in the past year has put a damper on many big energy
producers’ prospects, but that hasn’t kept them from joining the gusher of mergers-andacquisitions
activity”. (Energy M&A Surges Despite Oil Slump, Mattioli, D and D, Cimilluca,
The Wall Street Journal, 2015)
Assignment Task
Write a 2,500-word report critically analysing how the strategy of merger and acquisition
has been used in the energy sector during the oil price drop of 2014 to 2016.
The report should include the application of two appropriate academic models. One
academic model should focus on internal and external factors. The other model used in
the report should focus on strategy.
You should also consider the following when carrying out your research:
? The report should include appropriate energy examples of merger and acquisition
deals during the oil price drop of 2014 to 2016, and should critically analyse the
challenges and benefits of merger and acquisition as a strategy within the energy
sector.
? The report should not analyse any ongoing merger or acquisition deals.
Total Marks for Assignment: 100
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marking Criteria for Assessment at Level 6 (Bachelors Degree with Honours)
Marks 0-25 (Fail) 26-39 (Fail) 40-49 (3
rd
) 50-59 (2.2) 60-69 (2.1) 70-85 (1
st
) 70-85 (1
st
)
Assessment
categories
Knowledge &
Understanding
of Subject
Major gaps in
knowledge and
understanding of
material at this
level. Substantial
inaccuracies.
Gaps in knowledge,
with only superficial
understanding.
Some significant
inaccuracies.
Threshold level.
Understanding of
key aspects of field
of study; coherent
knowledge, at least
in part informed by
current research in
the subject
discipline.
Systematic
understanding of
field(s) of study, as
indicated by
relevant QAA
subject benchmark
statements for the
degree programme.
Good understanding
of the field(s) of
study; coherent
knowledge, in line
with subject
benchmark, at least in
part informed by
current research in
the subject discipline.
Excellent knowledge
and understanding of
the main concepts
and key theories/
concepts of the
discipline(s). Clear
awareness of the
limitations of the
knowledge base.
Highly detailed
knowledge and
understanding of the
main theories/concepts
of the discipline(s), and
an awareness of the
ambiguities and
limitations of
knowledge.
Cognitive/
Intellectual
Skills
(e.g. analysis
and synthesis;
logic and
argument;
analytical
reflection;
organisation and
communication
of ideas and
evidence)
Unsubstantiated
generalizations,
made without use
of any credible
evidence. Lack of
logic, leading to
unsupportable/
missing
conclusions.
Lack of any
attempt to
analyse,
synthesise or
evaluate. Poor
communication of
ideas.
Some evidence of
analytical
intellectual skills,
but for the most
part descriptive.
Ideas/findings
sometimes illogical
and contradictory.
Generalized
statements made
with scant
evidence.
Conclusions lack
relevance.
Threshold level.
Evidence of some
logical, analytical
thinking and some
attempts to
synthesise, albeit
with some
weaknesses.
Some evidence to
support findings/
views, but evidence
not consistently
interpreted.
Some relevant
conclusions
Evidence of some
logical, analytical
thinking and
synthesis. Can
analyse new and/or
abstract data and
situations without
guidance.
An emerging
awareness of
different stances
and ability to use
evidence to support
the argument.
Valid conclusions
Sound, logical,
analytical thinking;
synthesis and
evaluation. Ability to
devise and sustain
persuasive
arguments, and to
review the reliability,
validity & significance
of evidence. Ability to
communicate ideas
and evidence
accurately and
convincingly.
Sound, convincing
conclusions.
Thoroughly logical
work, supported by
judiciously selected
and evaluated
evidence. High quality
analysis, developed
independently or
through effective
collaboration..
Ability to investigate
contradictory
information and
identify reasons for
contradictions.
Strong conclusions.
Exceptional work;
judiciously selected
and evaluated
evidence. Very high
quality analysis,
developed
independently or
through effective
collaboration.
Ability to investigate
contradictory
information and identify
reasons for
contradictions.
Highly persuasive
conclusions.
Use of
Researchinformed

Literature
(including
referencing,
appropriate
academic
conventions and
academic
honesty)
Little evidence of
reading.
Views and
findings
unsupported and
non-authoritative.
Academic
conventions
largely ignored.
Evidence of little
reading and/or of
reliance on
inappropriate
sources, and/or
indiscriminate use
of sources.
Academic
conventions used
inconsistently.
Threshold level.
References to a
range of relevant
sources. Some
omissions and
minor errors.
Academic
conventions
evident and largely
consistent, with
minor lapses.
Knowledge,
analysis and
evaluation of a
range of researchinformed
literature,
including sources
retrieved, analysed
independently.
Academic skills
consistently
applied.
Knowledge, analysis
and evaluation of a
range of researchinformed
literature,
including sources
retrieved, analysed
independently with
accuracy and
assurance. Good
academic skills,
consistently applied.
Excellent knowledge
of research informed
literature embedded
in the work.
Consistent analysis
and evaluation of
sources. High-level
academic skills
consistently applied.
Outstanding knowledge
of research-informed
literature embedded in
the work. Consistent
analysis and evaluation
of sources. High-level
academic skills
consistently and
professionally applied.
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LEVEL 6 cont…
Graduate Skills
for Life and
Employment
(e.g. researchrelated
skills;
written, graphical
and oral
communication
skills;
group working;
problem-solving;
practical and
professional skills)
Little or no
evidence of the
required skills in
any of the
graduate skills
identified in the
programme
specification at
this level.
Limited evidence of
the graduate skills
identified in the
programme
specification.
Significant
weaknesses
evident, which
suggest that the
candidate has not
gained the skills
necessary for
graduate-level
employment.
Research skills:
Can competently
undertake
reasonably
straightforward
research tasks with
minimum guidance,
but with minor
weaknesses.
Can communicate
in a range of
formats, including
orally, at a standard
appropriate for
graduate-level
employment, and
with limited
weaknesses.
Can generally work
effectively within
a team, negotiating
in a professional
manner and
managing conflict.
Is largely confident
and effective in
identifying and
defining complex
problems and
applying knowledge
and methods to
their solution.
Able to recognise
own strengths
and weaknesses
in relation to
graduate
employment, with
minor areas of
weakness.
Research skills:
Can competently
undertake
reasonably
straightforward
research tasks with
minimum guidance
Can communicate
effectively in a
range of formats,
including orally, at
a standard
appropriate for
graduate-level
employment, and
with limited
weaknesses.
Can consistently
work effectively
within a team,
negotiating in a
professional
manner and
managing conflict.
Is confident and
flexible in
identifying and
defining complex
problems and
applying knowledge
and methods to
their solution.
Able to evaluate
own strengths
and weaknesses
in relation to
graduate
employment.
Research skills:
Can successfully
complete a range of
research-like tasks,
including evaluation,
with very limited
external guidance.
Can communicate
well, confidently and
consistently in a
range of formats,
including orally, at a
standard appropriate
for graduate-level
employment.
Can consistently
work very well
within a team,
leading & negotiating
in a professional
manner and
managing conflict.
Is confident and
flexible in identifying
and defining a range
of complex
problems and
applying knowledge
and methods to their
solution.
Able to take initiative
in evaluating own
strengths and
weaknesses in
relation to graduatelevel
professional and
practical skills, and
act autonomously to
develop new areas of
skills as necessary.
Research skills:
Can very successfully
complete a range of
research-like tasks,
including evaluation,
with a significant
degree of autonomy.
Can communicate
professionally and
confidently in a range
of formats, at a high
standard appropriate
for graduate-level
employment.
Can work
professionally
within a team,
showing leadership
skills as appropriate,
managing conflict and
meeting obligations.
Is professional and
flexible in
autonomously
identifying and
defining a range of
complex problems
and applying
knowledge and
methods to their
solution.
Able to show insight
and autonomy in
evaluating own
strengths and
weaknesses and
developing
professional and
practical skills needed
for graduate-level
employment.
Research skills:
Exceptionally
successful in a wide
range of research-like
tasks, including
evaluation, with a high
degree of autonomy
Can communicate
with an exceptionally
high level of
professionalism, in a
range of formats,
including orally,
appropriate for
graduate-level
employment.
Can work
exceptionally well
and professionally
within a team,
showing leadership
skills as appropriate,
managing conflict, and
meeting all obligations.
Is exceptionally
professional and
flexible in
autonomously
defining and solving
a range of complex
problems and applying
knowledge and
methods to their
solution.
Outstanding ability to
evaluate own
strengths and
weaknesses, showing
outstanding attributes
for graduate-level
employment.
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