CF968: Industry Expert Lectures
Due: 22 April 2020 (11:59:59am)
This assignment consists of two parts.
Part I: Executive summaries (worth 30%)
You are asked to select three of the lectures of the module and write an executive summary on each
of them. A single executive summary must contain 500 words max.
The summaries will be assessed using the following marking scheme, as a rough guideline.
0-9% Something submitted, but it is incomprehensible; there is some effort
10-19% Report difficult to read, student confused, but good effort shown
20-29% Report difficult to read but readable, student slightly confused, but good effort shown
30-39% Poor presentation, student confused, but report makes some sense; good effort
40-49% Presentation may be weak, student may be confused, but good effort; report captures
some of the key points in the lecture
50-59% Weak report, but covers some of the key points, albeit plain and disorganised; weak
60-69% Good effort, most key points summarised, report is organized; flaws tolerated
70-79% this is a distinction mark. A distinction summary must satisfy the following
o The presentation must look professional; it must be readable, and spell checked.
Something special must be present. For example, the author has summarised all the
key points in the lecture (which shows good understanding and the ability to drop
irrelevant things), provided meaningful interpretation on the topic, intelligently
selected material to prune and include, or organised the speaker’s ideas to make it
easy to read.
80-89% Something more special, e.g. insightful interpretations are provided
90-100% Professional summary, easy to read, main points summarised, insightful
Note: 50% is pass mark for postgraduate modules. A summary would fail if it is poorly presented, or
the report is incomprehensible.
Part II: Essay (worth 70%)
Your task is to conduct an in-depth research on one of the topics covered in one of the lectures, not
necessarily included in the three selected for part I, and report your findings in a 3,000 word essay.
A good piece of research should clearly state what it is about, what literature it is based on and what
your conclusions are. Your conclusions must be based on your analysis, which must be clearly
presented. Think what a reader could take away after reading your research.
A good thinking process for this part of the assignment is the following.
Choose a topic from the expert lectures that most interests you.
Decide what you want to research in. For example, “how is blockchain going to change
banking?” or “how to build a risk model?”
Apart from material from the lecture, you may base your research on web resources,
magazines, newspapers, technical papers, books, etc.
Construct meaningful statements to summarise what you have read from your sources. These
statements form your analysis.
Draw conclusions from your analysis. Defend your conclusions rigorously.
Present your analysis clearly.
The marking of the essay will attend factors such as its contents, clarity and readability, explanations,
use of references, convincing arguments/analysis and insights. Do not lose marks on spelling, spacing,
The submission of the assignment must be done through Faser in a zip file, including
the three executive summaries in three different files (in PDF format) named with your name
followed by the expert name, e.g., KanellopoulosOlsen.pdf;
the essay (in PDF format).
Please refer to the Student’s handbook on the Departmental Policy on Plagiarism and Late
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