AS1: The Future of Work
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Feedback and Grades due:
Please see NILE under Assessment Information
Please read the whole assessment brief before starting work on the Assessment Task.
The Assessment Task
You will conduct a review of the literature to identify the origins of the concept of the Technological Unemployment and to chart its development up to the present day.
Following your review, you are to critically evaluate the impact of Technological Unemployment on a company of your choice.
You will be expected to illustrate your discussion with examples from the trade press and other authoritative sources.
The word count limit for this assessment is 1800 words (+/- 10%). In line with normal practice, tables, figures, references and appendices are excluded from this word count.
1. Establish the scenario for your report by selecting an organisation of any type, sector and size to focus your report on. Describe:
a) Which organisation is it? (type, sector and size)
b) What are the main products and/or services provided by the organisation?
c) Who are the main customers?
(10% of word count)
2. Prepare a literature review, charting the development of the concept of Technological Unemployment from its inception until the present day.
Ensure that you include references to at least 10 peer-reviewed articles, including the 2017 paper by Frey and Osborne that has been supplied. You may also find relevant reviews in the trade press and from other authoritative sources.
(45% of word count)
3. Apply Frey and Osborne’s findings (Appendix A) in the context of your chosen company.
Consider a low impact scenario, when only jobs at high risk (> 70%) are replaced
by technology. How does Frey and Osborne’s study suggest that the company will change?
Compare the predictions implied by Frey and Osborne’s study with the recent work by Cords and Prettner (2022).
In your view, is Technological Unemployment a net benefit to society?
(45% of word count)
On successful completion of this assessment, you will be able to:
a) Recognise, analyse and critically reflect on key concepts, managerial frameworks and techniques available to operations managers.
b) Demonstrate conceptual and practical understanding of the opportunities and constraints that organisational characteristics place on operations managers and on operational decision making in the supply chain context.
f) Demonstrate ability to relate theory to practice and to identify and proactively anticipate broader implications for selected issues across contexts.
Your grade will depend on how well you meet these learning outcomes in the way relevant for this assessment. Please see the final page of this document for further details of the criteria against which you will be assessed.
Specific support sessions for this assessment will be provided by the module team and notified through NILE. You can also access individual support and guidance for your assessments from Library and Learning Services. Visit the Skills Hub to access this support and to discover the online support also available for assessments and academic skills.
Academic Integrity and Misconduct
Unless this is a group assessment, the work you produce must be your own, with work taken from any other source properly referenced and attributed. This means that it is an infringement of academic integrity and, therefore, academic misconduct to ask someone else to carry out all or some of the work for you, whether paid or unpaid, or to use the work of another student whether current or previously submitted.
For further guidance on what constitutes plagiarism, contract cheating or collusion, or any other infringement of academic integrity, please read the University’s Academic Integrity and Misconduct Policy. Other useful resources to help with understanding academic integrity are available from UNPAC – the University of Northampton’s Plagiarism Avoidance Course.
N.B. The penalties for academic misconduct are severe and include failing the assessment, failing the module and even expulsion from the university.
To submit your work, please go to the ‘Assessment and Submission’ area on the NILE site and use the relevant submission point to upload the assignment deliverable. The deadline for this is 11.59pm (UK local time) on the date of submission. Please note that essays and text-based reports should be submitted as word documents and not PDFs or Mac files.
Written work submitted to TURNITIN will be subject to anti-plagiarism detection software. Turnitin checks student work for possible textual matches against internet available resources and its own proprietary database.
When you upload your work correctly to TURNITIN you will receive a receipt which is your record and proof of submission. If your assessment is not submitted to TURNITIN, rather than a receipt, you will see a green banner at the top of the screen that denotes successful submission.
N.B Work emailed directly to your tutor will not be marked.
Late submission of work
For first sits, if an item of assessment is submitted late and an extension has not been granted, the following will apply:
• Within one week of the original deadline – work will be marked and returned with full feedback and awarded a maximum bare pass grade.
• More than one week from original deadline – grade achievable LG (L indicating late).
For resits there are no allowances for work submitted late and it will be treated as a non-submission.
Please see the Assessment and Feedback Policy for full information on the processes related to assessment, grading and feedback, including anonymous grading. You will also find Guidance on grades and resit opportunities from the main University website. Also explained there are the meanings of the various G grades at the bottom of the grading scale including LG mentioned above.
The University of Northampton’s general policy about extensions is to be supportive of students who have genuine difficulties in meeting an assessment deadline. It is not intended for use where pressures of work could have reasonably been anticipated.
For full details please refer to the Extensions Policy. Extensions are only available for first sits – they are not available for resits.
For full guidance on Mitigating circumstances please go to Mitigating Circumstances where you will find information on the policy as well as guidance and the form for making an application. Please also see Extensions & Mitigating Circumstances guide 22_23 that compares your options.
Please note, however, that an application to defer an assessment on the grounds of mitigating circumstances should normally be made in advance of the submission deadline or examination date.
Feedback and Grades
These can be accessed through clicking on the “Gradebook” on NILE. Feedback will be provided by a rubric with summary comments.