Okay, so I'm gonna attempt to keep this as short as I can.
Currently in my 2nd year of studying Business Management and I just got one of my grades back in which I got 67%, equalling a 2:1.
Here lies the problem I have with that, the overall mark obviously consisted of individually weighted aspects, with "evidence of wider research and use of the reading list" worth 30 marks (30%). I only got 19/30 for this, however in a 4000 word assignment I used 45 references, both including many off the reading list and many others not on the reading list. It would have been very difficult for me to include many (if any) more references, I referenced every single thing I talked about and most from multiple sources.
I find it difficult to see how this constitutes only 19/30 for their individual area, I believe my evidence of wider reading mark should have been upwards of 25/30. Especially considering I know people who received 22/30 & 23/30 for evidence of further reading when I know in no uncertain terms I read more than them and referenced more than them (one of them done their assignment in a night or 2 in the days before it was due). Of course, I'd never mention any names and sabotage anybody's grade or anything, just mentioning that to support my point that I should have received a higher mark than 19/30.
Is this worth appealing on the grounds that I don't agree with the overall mark due to what I believe is an unfair reflection of my wider reading? Or am I wasting my time?
I guess this wasn't as short as I'd hoped, sorry for the essay. I'd appreciate any answers that anyone may have.
Last edited by Joshhh33; 1 week ago
Is it possible that 45 references was too many for a 4000 word essay? Did the references provide good quality, relevant information which you then incorporated? What was the split between books and papers - on my MBA we would generally aim for 10% from non-specialist sources, 20% from academic books and 70% from peer-reviewed papers.
As above, you need to get feedback from whoever marked it.
Yeah, 45 references are far too much. I doubt you could've provided a sufficient assessment of each for your paper. As others have said, that is likely where you dropped the marks.