Friday 27 February 2015

Student Task Sheet  Unit 4 Assignment 1 Information Audit

Student Name 
Ass 1 Marking guide

Explain different types of business information, their sources and purposes


Analyse different types of business information and their sources


Evaluate the appropriateness of business information used to make strategic decisions



You work for a well known management consultancy and have been asked to carry out an audit on the types of information used within The Oxford Spires Academy in order to report back to Senior Management on the range of information used; the way in which it is used; and the appropriateness of information used in decision making. Write a report to show the results of your investigation.

Task 4.1:        INFORMATION AUDIT (P1, M1 & D1)

Your report should include the following:

a)    A table like the one below to show the types, sources and purposes of information used within the organisation. Try and include at least two examples of each type of information
Type of Information





N.B where possible cross reference your examples to evidence of this in your appendices, for example, a screenshot of web-based information or a copy of a letter (P1)
b)    Analyse the different types of business information by explaining the range of sources they come from and explaining how they meet their purpose (M1)
Hint: Analysis means breaking down and examining each part in detail, so you will only achieve this criteria if you extend your report significantly. Try to break down each piece of information and its sources, and see if there are any connections between them.
c)    Evaluate the appropriateness of information used to make important strategic decisions. Choose two functions of the organisation, such as finance and marketing and find out what sort of information each functions requires and uses (D1)
d)    Find out what sort of strategic decisions each of these two functions make and then evaluate whether the information they used to make these decisions is appropriate (D1)
Hint: Evaluation is about considering in detail the advantages and disadvantages of something and coming to conclusions about this. Try to identify the strategic decisions made by each department and then judge whether the information they used was appropriate or not.
BTEC Level 3 Business Book 1 Bevan et al p.126-p.131

Deadline Date Wednesday 4th March 2015

Use this template here to plan your work before you start it

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