AT7054 - Professional Reporting on Sustainability Issues

What will I learn on this module?

You will develop your academic and professional writing proficiency with a focus on the following:

selecting, comprehending, analysing, evaluating and summarising academic texts,

writing a critical literature review,

structured thinking in communicating information about your research data, findings and professional advice,

writing a consulting report.

How will I learn on this module?

The module is designed to facilitate the development of the student learning experience over the course of one semester. Its activities provide your development of professional and academic writing skills.

Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive, group-based activities in seminars and use of the discussion board on the electronic Learning Portal.
A teaching and learning plan supports the module, outlining the formal lecture sessions, together with the tutor-directed study in seminars and independent reading. An interactive approach to lecture sessions will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and your own experiences. Throughout, the emphasis will be on high levels of your participation.

Every session of the module leads you towards creating a professional consulting report on a sustainability issue of a company.

Also, you will have a one-day workshop, with a professional business trainer and copywriter, which will aim at maximizing the quality of your company-internal, as well as external, communication.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

A member of academic staff leading the module will provide support both during the sessions as well as online, whenever necessary. The sessions will include module lectures, seminars, workshops and directed learning. The emphasis will be on the transferability of academic activities to support your academic and professional development.

The electronic Learning Portal will house lecture and seminar materials relating to the module. You will be provided with electronic reading and practice material as well as a set of data for description and analysis.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at:
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team –

What will I be expected to achieve?


How will I be assessed?

Formative Assessment

Formative assessment will take place during weekly interactive lectures and seminars where individual contributions and group discussions will be accompanied by relevant tutor feedback. Additional further tutor-supported individual and group discussion will be supported via the module’s electronic Learning platform. During each session you will work on individual assignments leading up to the creation of a problem-related literature review and a consulting report, both of which will be graded. After each session, you will be expected to upload parts of your work to the electronic Learning Portal. As systematic work and revisions of text are inherent in professional and academic writing, the regularity and timeliness of these submissions will be reflected in the final grades of the summative assessment.

Summative assessment

The module has two summative assessment submissions:

Literature review – within a week after Session 5

Consulting report – within a week after Session 9

Both submission grades are of equal weight and each one constitutes 50% of the final module grade, with each assessment criterion constituting 25% of the submission’s grade.

Summative assessment will be used to evaluate your submissions against the module learning outcomes with a range of assessment criteria.

The criteria for the assessment of the literature review will concern the following:

Validity, reliability and relevance of sources

Literature presentation and analysis

Coherence, referencing, language style and accuracy

Preparation and participation

Your consulting report will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Report structure

Report content and data presentation

Referencing, language style and accuracy

Preparation and participation

Small-group feedback on the assessment of your literature review will be provided in Session 6, and there will be a review session for the consulting report 15 working days after the submission deadline.

The resits will entail correcting the inadequacies of the initial submissions.





Module abstract

The main objective of the module is to help you develop professional skills necessary for writing a consulting report that contains professional advice, which you will also find useful when preparing your dissertation and research. As this module is designed to give you the necessary tools to fulfil the requirements that academic writing imposes, you will advance your general professional writing style, which?is also crucial to functioning in an international business environment.

At the outset of the module you will analyse the latest academic literature with a view to identifying authors’ (hypo)theses, supporting points, evidence and conclusions; this will help you summarise and critically evaluate texts and, ultimately, write a critical literature review. You will also learn how to present data and findings in a clear and efficient manner. Conclusively, on the basis of the literature review and provided data, you will learn how to organize and communicate your ideas clearly in the form of a consulting report.

Course info

Credits 10

Level of Study Postgraduate

Mode of Study 18 months Full-Time

Department Newcastle Business School

Location Netherlands

City Amsterdam

Start September 2023

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Full time Courses starting in 2023 are primarily delivered via on-campus face to face learning but may include elements of online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with additional restrictions imposed by the government or the University in the interest of maintaining the health and safety and wellbeing of students, staff, and visitors, potentially to a full online offer, should further restrictions be deemed necessary in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


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