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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.
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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.
Surely it is not the number of sources you use? It's how relevant they are to the assignment and how well they 'fit'. Fewer quotes used better might have got a higher mark. Have you talked to anyone about how that section was marked? Did you have marking cirteria?
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Surely it is not the number of sources you use? It's how relevant they are to the assignment and how well they 'fit'. Fewer quotes used better might have got a higher mark. Have you talked to anyone about how that section was marked? Did you have marking cirteria?
They were all extremely relevant and the type of sources we were encouraged to look for/use. Plus, using sources from the reading list was stressed greatly, and I used a lot of those also.

All sources were from academic, peer reviewed journals or academic text books, too.
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They were all extremely relevant and the type of sources we were encouraged to look for/use. Plus, using sources from the reading list was stressed greatly, and I used a lot of those also.

All sources were from academic, peer reviewed journals or academic text books, too.
This is your opinion though - get feedback - you might have not chosen as wisely as you thought.
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This is your opinion though - get feedback - you might have not chosen as wisely as you thought.
You make a very fair point. Thanks for your comment.
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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.
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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.
It's definitely possible that I could have referenced too much, I guess I hadn't really considered that. I strongly believe they provided good quality, relevant information, however.

It's possible I may have lost marks in not linking the references and information back to the case study quite enough. Thanks for giving me a different perspective on it.
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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.
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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.
Yeah, I see where you're coming from. I probably got too caught up on trying to reference all the time that my assessment of the literature may have suffered. Thanks for your comment.
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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.
The number of references means nothing if you didn't use them correctly. You need to discuss the content of each reference and its relevance to the assignment's aims/title. Given that you averaged more than 1 reference per 100 words, you didn't really leave yourself much room to do that.

I think the most important thing for you to do is to go to the lecturer who marked it to get feedback. They will have insights and justifications that you probably haven't considered. Then after receiving feedback, if you still don't feel that the mark was justified, then you can explore your options regarding appeals/complaints. Tbh though, a lot of universities don't really consider appeals unless there are serious grounds for it; you still got a 2:1, so its not as though an appeal would result in a fail becoming a pass for example.
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