ASSESSMENT 1 BSB61015 Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management

ASSESSMENT 1
BSB61015
Advanced Diploma of Leadership and Management BSB52415
Course Name Advanced Diploma of Marketing and Communication
BSB60915
Advanced Diploma of Management (Human Resources)
Subject/module Strategic Planning
Assessment method Written Report
Due date Session 5
Weighting 50%
BSBMGT616
Units of Competency
Develop and Implement Strategic Plans Instructions
1. Assessments should be completed as per your trainer’s instructions.
2. Assessments must be submitted by the due date to avoid a late submission penalty.
3. Plagiarism is copying someone else’s work and submitting it as your own. You must write your answers in your own words or appropriately reference your sources. A mark of zero will be given for any assessment or part of an assessment that has been plagiarised.
4. A list of references must be included.
5. You may discuss your assessments with other students, but submitting identical answers to other students will result in a failing grade. Your answers must be yours alone.
6. Your trainer will advise whether the assessment should be digitally uploaded or submitted in hard copy. Assessments that are digitally uploaded should be saved in pdf format.
7. You must pass both assessments in the subject to pass the subject.
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Assessment 1
Written Report
Your Task:
In this assessment task, you are required to write a report discussing value chain analysis.
1. Prepare a report (minimum of 500 words, maximum 1500 words) discussing value chain analysis. Your report should discuss:
a. Definition of value chain analysis (10 marks)
b. Primary activities (8 marks)
c. Secondary activities (8 marks)
d. Cost advantages and the value chain (8 marks)
e. Differentiation and the values chain (8 marks)
f. Technology and the value chain (8 marks)
g. Linkages between value chain activities (10 marks)
h. Outsourcing value chain activities (10 marks)
2. The report should be structured with an introduction, body and conclusion.
References are essential. (10 marks)
References:
? NetMBA, The Value Chain: http://bit.ly/1LVaA01 ? MarketingTeacher.com, Value Chain Analysis: http://bit.ly/2towDuz ? Tutor2u, Value Chain Analysis: http://bit.ly/2scWdmD Notes:
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Assignment: Case Study 1 (2000 words)

Assignment: Case Study
Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due date
Case Study 1 (2000 words) 40 40 10 December 2017
Please see the case titled ‘Home Pharmaceuticals’ in the assignment forum on study desk. This case is applicable to both Case Study Assignment and the examination. You are required to analyse this case and answer the questions below.
Important instructions:
A. The format of presenting the case study answers is indicated in the assignment questions below. Please note that neither a report format nor essay format is required; just follow the format and instructions in the assignment questions below. A general introduction and conclusion to the case study should not be included.
B. Word count: The word count is 2000 words. A word count between 1800 and 2200 (10% +/- 1 800) is acceptable. If the word count is exceeded, only the first 2200 words will be marked and this will obviously have a negative impact on your mark for the assignment. The word count excludes the title page, words in the figures and tables and the List of References. In-text references are included in the word count.
C. Theory support: As indicated in the case study questions below, you are required to support your views with theory. To ensure depth and credibility of your work, you need to demonstrate that you read widely on the topic by including the views of a wide range of theory sources. Theory sources include scholarly journal articles researched through the USQ Library databases. The prescribed text (Grant et al. 2014) as well as the course readings must also be included as theory support. On postgraduate level it is expected that research include about fifteen journal articles (excluding the course readings and text).
D. References: Please note that information obtained from the case study should not be referenced as the case study is the base source of information for your assignment. Do not use the course Study Book (or any other study books) as a reference source. All ideas and data presented in-text, must be referenced according to the Harvard AGPS method. The full reference of each source must be presented in the List of References at the end of your document. Please see the USQ Library website for help on how to use the Harvard AGPS method: http://ift.tt/2xxuvTT
E. Marking criteria sheet: It is important that you read through the marking criteria when preparing your assignment to note the criteria that assignments will be evaluated against. Please insert a copy of this criteria sheet at the end of your document. Please insert a page break at the end of your assignment before copying the marking criteria sheet on the next page.
F. Submission: Only one document in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) can be submitted. Please make sure that you submit the correct file and the final version of your assignment. It creates unnecessary problems if you submit the wrong file and we have to reset your submission page.
G. It is extremely important that you submit your assignment by the due date. We are learning about strategic planning in this course and your ability to plan your time to ensure that you meet the due dates is an important aspect of this course. Please see the USQ policy on assignment submission, Point 4.2.4 ‘Late submission of assignments’ http://ift.tt/2wiienH . This policy, that outlines penalties for late submission, will be applied in this course. Requests for extension to the due date can only be considered if the guidelines in the policy are followed.
H. If you have questions about the assignment, please post them on Case Study Discussion Forum on Study Desk. Even if you don’t have questions, it is important that you follow the discussions on this forum to make sure that you are on the right track with your responses to the case study questions.
Assignment questions:
After reading and analysing the case Home Pharmaceuticals carefully, please respond to the following questions. Use the headings and subheadings as shown below to present your answers.
Title page
The USQ Cover sheet should not be included. The first page of your assignment must be a title page where the following information must be included:
• Assignment title
• Full name and student number
• Actual word count (not the required word count but the actual number of words in your assignment (excluding the title page, List of References, and words in tables/figures).
• Email address or contact phone number (If there is a problem with your assignment, it is useful to have your details so that I can contact you directly).
Please present the title page as a separate page.
1. Summarise the Industry and Market Information (+/- 300 words)
Based on the information provided in the case, summarise the industry and market background for Home Pharmaceuticals. Present this in your own words and outline aspects such as the industry in general, current industry trends, competition in the industry, the state of the global market, state of the Australian market, and any other fact that might be relevant background that can be used in preparing future strategies.
2. Industry analysis: PESTEL Analysis (+/- 400 words)
2.1 Introduction
Explain what the PESTEL tool is used for and how it assists in strategy development. Use theory to support your explanations. Use your text but also other theory sources to add depth to your explanation. It is important that you explain the link to strategy development here.
2.2 Figure 1: PESTEL analysis
Draw the PESTEL framework as presented in your text, (Grant et al. 2014, p.115) and populate each block with data from the case, using bullet points. The six elements as well as the middle block, the industry environment, must be populated. Make sure that the reader understands what the case study fact is that you are identifying, one word in a bullet point may not be sufficient. For instance, for the element ‘Political conditions’, you have to ask yourself what the political situation in the country is and how this affects the pharmaceutical industry. Australia is a politically stable country that directly transpires to ease of doing business, government support as well as low levels of corruption. Australia’s government is based on federal parliamentary democracy, with religious tolerance, freedom of speech and association. How do these facts affect the pharmaceutical industry? Bullet points in the Political conditions block can include, for instance: ‘*stable political situation supporting businesses’. As you can see, more than one word in the bullet point is presented to clarify the point.
For each element, identify a number of issues. The level of analysis of your case will be demonstrated in the population of each of the blocks.
Remember that the number of words included in the framework are not included in the word count. Here you can demonstrate the depth of your case analysis by including as many as possible relevant bullet points. I strongly suggest that you make good use of the frameworks!
2.3 Element narrative
From the bullet points identified for each of the elements in the framework, identify the top three (3) issues/environmental conditions that impact on the organisation. These three can include individual bullet points or a combination of the bullet points from one or more elements.
Explain how these environmental conditions might influence the organisation (Home Pharmaceuticals) in future and impact on future strategic planning. Also note the impact of these environmental conditions on suppliers, competitors and customers and how this impacts on future strategic planning.
Here you need to add theory to support your views (please see Point C & D above in the ‘Important Instructions section). Make sure that you use your theory component to integrate the views and arguments of other authors (journal articles) with your own views rather than using theory only for definitions of elements.
3. Industry Analysis: Porter’s Five Forces (+/- 400 words)
3.1 Introduction
Explain what Porter’s Five Forces Framework is used for and how it assists in strategy development. Use theory to support your explanations. Use your text but also other theory sources to add depth to your discussion.
3.2 Figure 2: Porter’s five forces framework (extended version)
Draw ‘Porter’s Five Forces Framework Extended with Complements’ as presented in your text, (Grant et al. 2014, p.134) and populate each block with data from the case, using bullet points. Make sure that the reader understands what the case study fact is that you are identifying, one word in a bullet point may not be sufficient. Don’t forget the Complements block!
Read Grant et al. (2014, pp. 121 – 134) for information about what each force entails. Note that the case study facts should be included here. It is very important that you are specific about the case study here, applying the theory to the case. Identify in the framework who the potential entrants, buyer and suppliers are, also what the substitutes are. You need to consider here the bargaining power of suppliers and buyers, the switching costs for suppliers, buyers and substitutes but also the threat of new entrants and substitutes.
Remember that the number of words included in the framework are not included in the word count. Here you can demonstrate the depth of your case analysis by including as many as possible relevant bullet points. I strongly suggest that you make good use of the frameworks!
3.3 Forces narrative
From the bullet points identified for each of the factors in the framework, identify the top three (3) issues/industry conditions that impact on the organisation. These three can include individual bullet points or a combination of the bullet points from one or more of the factors.
Explain how the micro environmental conditions (industry conditions) might influence the organisation (Home Pharmaceuticals) in future and impact on future strategic planning. Here you need to add theory to support your views (please see Point C & D above in the ‘Important Instructions’ section). Make sure that you use your theory component to integrate the views and arguments of other authors (journal articles) with your own views rather than using theory only for definitions of elements.
4. Industry Analysis: Key Success Factors (KSFs) (+/- 400 words)
4.1 Table 1: Key Success Factors
Draw up a KSF Table similar to Table 4.2 (Grant et al. 2014, p.145) for the pharmaceutical industry. Identify the external forces impacting on the pharmaceutical industry, list the likely industry responses as a whole (how the whole industry is currently responding to these forces) and then list Key Success Factors for the industry. Pay special attention to how you formulate these success factors (see Table 4.2 for examples) as they will be carried over and used in the examination to develop a range of strategies going forward.
4.2 KSF narrative
Theory discussion: Explain what KSFs are, how KSFs are identified for an industry, and how they are used in strategy development. Use theory to support your explanations. Your text (Grant et al. 2014, pp.143-4) explains the basic principles about how key success factors are identified. Do not copy Figure 4.8 (Grant et al. 2014, p.144) or the information from the text into your discussion. Here you need to add theory from at least three (3) journal articles to provide depth to your discussion.
5. Discuss the value of the rational models (such as PESTEL, Five Forces and KSFs) in contemporary strategic planning. (+/- 500 words)
Theory discussion: The Module 2 Readings address the use of strategic tools in modern strategic planning. In this section, discuss the value and role of rational models in practice. Conclude with your personal view about the issue, whether these strategic tools should be used or not in strategy development.
In Section 2.3.2 Strategic Tools and their Use in Practice of your Study Book (Module 2, p.11) the use of ‘technical rational’ models is addressed. Please do not copy information from the study book into your answer in this section. It is important that you read the views of the authors of the readings (Module 2 Readings) and develop your own opinion about the usefulness of these models in practice. In this section, additional theory sources are not required, only the relevant Module 2 readings should be used as theory to support your discussion. Remember to apply in-text referencing of these readings (and of course full references in the List of References) when you present the views obtained from these sources.
6. List of References
Include here a list of full references of all the in-text references that you included in your discussions. The case study should not be referenced here but your text and readings that you referenced should appear here. Only list those sources that you referred to in your written work. Make sure that you follow the correct Harvard AGPS method of referencing. Please see the USQ Library website for help on how to use the Harvard AGPS method: http://ift.tt/2xxuvTT . The Communication Skills Handbook by Summers and Smith (any of the editions) is also a very valuable source of information for referencing and assessment writing in general.
Marking Criteria Sheet (see next 3 pages)
The marking criteria below will be used to evaluate your assignment against. Please make sure that you read through the criteria sheet to see the expectations on various grade levels per section of the Case Study questions.
Please insert a copy of the full criteria sheet (three pages) into your assignment. This should be done by inserting a page-break after the List of References, then copy-and-paste each of the 3 pages into your own document to display as presented below. To ensure that the three pages are copied correctly into your assignment, please insert a page break after each page as shown in the criteria sheet below. Thank you for your help in this!
Please post questions about Case Study in the Study Desk forum titled ‘Case Study Discussion Forum’.
CRITERIA FAIL
Less than 50% PASS
50%–64% CREDIT
65%–74% DISTINCTION
75%–84% HIGH DISTINCTION
85% and up TOTAL
SUMMARISE INDUSTRY AND MARKET INFORMATION Lacks a demonstrated understanding of the question. Differentiation between industry and market is not clear.
Not all issues relevant to question are identified. Misunderstood the case study focus. Included mostly irrelevant material.
High degree of copy and paste from case.
Phrases/sentences from case directly copied to this section. Basic to fair understanding of question. Some attempt to differentiate between industry and market.
May not have identified all the issues relevant to the question.
Included some irrelevant material.
Some degree of copy and paste from case. Sound understanding of the question demonstrated in the answer to the question.
Clear distinction between industry and market information.
Good selection of information presented in a structured way. Strong understanding of the question.
Answers all parts of the question; included a broad selection of relevant industry and market information.
Well-constructed answer, summary is clear and reinforces important key issues. Unequivocal understanding of question.
Excellent analysis of relevant issues pertaining to the question.
No irrelevant content.
Excellent development and flow of summary.
MARK / 4 2 2 – 2.6 2.6 – 3 3- 3.4 3.4- 4
PESTEL ANALYSIS: INTRODUCTION
No introduction or introduction without theory support. Prescribed text not used. Introduction does not explain the link with strategy development. Basic introduction, only text used as theory support. Prescribed text not effectively used. Basic explanation of link with strategy development. Sound introduction, some original sources used as theory support. Sound explanation of link with strategy development. Clear introduction demonstrating research of the topic. Link with strategy development is well researched and presented clearly. Original sources of theory applied. Excellent introduction, concise, clear and demonstrating a deep level of understanding of the topic. A range of original sources of theory applied
PESTEL ANALYSIS: FRAMEWORK No framework presented or presented incorrectly. No case facts only theory as bullet points. Elements not populated with case data. Irrelevant data included.
Elements populated with only theory, no case study data. Poor selection of case data. Misunderstood the requirements. Insufficient case analysis. Framework is presented with bullet points from case data but covers only some issues, analysis is incomplete.
Elements populated insufficiently. Mostly theory, insufficient case study data. Basic level of case analysis. Framework is presented with relevant bullet points with case data; most of the important issues are included.
Elements are sufficiently populated with theory and case data, satisfactory level of case analysis. Framework is populated with relevant and significant case study data demonstrating a deep level of case analysis. Excellent population of the framework with important and relevant case study data. Original material is the result of in depth investigation. Excellent analysis of sources.
PESTEL ANALYSIS: NARRATIVE Lacks a demonstrated understanding of the question. Assignment instructions ignored. Not all issues relevant to question have been answered. Misunderstood the case study focus. Included mostly irrelevant material.
Poor structure: no paragraphs, no logical progression of discussion.
No references. No integration of theory and application. No theory, only application. Only theory, no application. Course materials and/or prescribed text not used. Only textbook no other research. High degree of paraphrasing or direct quotes. Included irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory component. Basic to fair understanding of question. May not have answered all the issues relevant to the question. Might have some patches of irrelevant material.
Some evidence of structure and progression of discussion.
Included some additional references although integration of all or some of these references need improvement. Citations were mostly from the text. Included some irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory component. Sound understanding of the question demonstrated in the answer to the question. All issues were addressed.
Good structure and progression of discussion.
Original material obtained and integrated in most instances.
Sources of theory include scholarly journal articles to support the theory component. Strong understanding of the question. Answers all parts of the question, including discussions for each of the elements.
Very good structure, clear arguments and progression of discussion.
Clear evidence of wider reading. References are well integrated into the discussions. Good balance of text, journals, etc. Critical analysis of sources. Unequivocal understanding of question. Excellent analysis of relevant issues pertaining to the question.
Excellent critical analysis and discussion.
Original material is the result of in depth investigation. Excellent critical analysis of sources. References are relevant and clearly integrated.
MARK/9 4.5 4.5 – 5.8 5.8 – 6.7 6.7 – 7.6 7.6 – 9
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CRITERIA
FAIL
Less than 50% PASS
50%–64% CREDIT
65%–74% DISTINCTION
75%–84% HIGH DISTINCTION
85% and up TOTAL
FIVE FORCES: INTRODUCTION No introduction or introduction without theory support. Prescribed text not used. Introduction does not explain the link with strategy development. Basic introduction, only text used as theory support. Prescribed text not effectively used. Basic explanation of link with strategy development. Sound introduction, some original sources used as theory support. Sound explanation of link with strategy development.
Clear introduction demonstrating research of the topic. Link with strategy development is well researched and presented clearly. Original sources of theory applied. Excellent introduction, concise, clear and demonstrating a deep level of understanding of the topic. A range of original sources of theory applied.
FIVE FORCES: FRAMEWORK No framework presented or presented incorrectly. No case facts only theory as bullet points. Elements not populated with case data. Irrelevant data included.
Elements populated with only theory, no case study data. Poor selection of case data. Misunderstood the requirements. Insufficient case analysis. Framework is presented with bullet points from case data but covers only some issues, analysis is incomplete.
Elements populated insufficiently. Mostly theory, insufficient case study data. Basic level of case analysis. Framework is presented with relevant bullet points with case data; most of the important issues are included.
Elements are sufficiently populated with theory and case data, satisfactory level of case analysis. Framework is populated with relevant and significant case study data demonstrating a deep level of case analysis. Excellent population of the framework with important and relevant case study data. Original material is the result of in depth investigation. Excellent analysis of sources.
FIVE FORCES: NARRATIVE Lacks a demonstrated understanding of the question. Not all issues relevant to question have been answered. Misunderstood the case study focus. Included mostly irrelevant material.
Poor structure: no paragraphs, no logical progression of discussion.
No references. No integration of theory and application. No theory, only application. Only theory, no application. Course materials and/or prescribed text not used. Only textbook no other research. High degree of paraphrasing or direct quotes. Included irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory component. Basic to fair understanding of question. May not have answered all the issues relevant to the question. Might have some patches of irrelevant material.
Some evidence of structure and progression of discussion.
Included some additional references although integration of all or some of these references need improvement. Citations were mostly from the text. Included some irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory component. Sound understanding of the question demonstrated in the answer to the question. All issues were addressed.
Good structure and progression of theme.
Original material obtained and integrated in most instances.
Sources of theory include scholarly journal articles to support the theory component. Strong understanding of the question. Answers all parts of the question, including discussions for each of the elements.
Very good structure, clear arguments and progression of discussion.
Clear evidence of wider reading. References are well integrated into the discussions. Good balance of text, journals, etc. Critical analysis of sources. Unequivocal understanding of question. Excellent analysis of relevant issues pertaining to the question.
Excellent critical analysis and discussion.
Original material is the result of in depth investigation. Excellent critical analysis of sources. References are relevant and clearly integrated.
MARK/9 4.5 4.5 – 5.8 5.8 – 6.7 6.7 – 7.6 7.6 – 9
KSF FRAMEWORK
No framework presented or presented incorrectly. No case facts only theory as bullet points. Elements not populated with case data. Irrelevant data included. Elements populated with only theory, no case study data. Poor selection of case data. Misunderstood the requirements. Insufficient case analysis. Framework is presented with bullet points from case data but covers only some issues, analysis is incomplete. Elements populated insufficiently. Mostly theory, insufficient case study data. Basic level of case analysis. Framework is presented with relevant bullet points with case data; most of the important issues are included. Elements are sufficiently populated with theory and case data, satisfactory level of case analysis. Framework is populated with relevant and significant case study data demonstrating a deep level of case analysis.
Excellent population of the framework with important and relevant case study data. Original material is the result of in depth investigation. Excellent analysis of sources.
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CRITERIA
FAIL
Less than 50% PASS
50%–64% CREDIT
65%–74% DISTINCTION
75%–84% HIGH DISTINCTION
85% and up TOTAL
KSF: NARRATIVE Lacks a demonstrated understanding of the question. Not all issues relevant to question have been answered. Included mostly irrelevant material.
Direct copy and paste from text. Include figure from text.
Poor structure: no paragraphs, no logical progression of discussion.
No references. No theory. Less than 3 journal articles for theory support. Only textbook no other research. High degree of paraphrasing or direct quotes. Included irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory. Basic to fair understanding of question. May not have answered all the issues relevant to the question. Might have some patches of irrelevant material.
Writing is very close to text although paraphrased. Information from figure presented in written format. Some evidence of structure and progression of discussion.
Included one journal article and prescribed text for theory support. Citations were mostly from the text. Include some irrelevant sources (web pages, study books, articles from magazines) to support theory. Sound understanding of the question demonstrated in the answer to the question. All issues were addressed.
Good structure and progression of discussion.
Original material obtained and integrated in most instances.
Included the required 3 journal articles and text as sources for theory support.
Strong understanding of the question. Answers all parts of the question, including discussions for each part of the question. Very good structure, clear arguments and progression of discussion.
Clear evidence of wider reading. References are well integrated into the discussions. Good balance of text, journals, etc. Critical analysis of sources.
Included more than the required number of journal articles and text for theory support. Unequivocal understanding of question. Excellent analysis of relevant issues pertaining to each part of the question.
Excellent critical analysis and discussion.
Original material is the result of in-depth investigation. Excellent critical analysis of sources. References are relevant and clearly integrated and exceed the required number of sources.
MARK/9 4.5 4.5 – 5.8 5.8 – 6.7 6.7 – 7.6 7.6 – 9
VALUE OF RATIONAL MODELS Lacks a demonstrated understanding of the question. Study book materials copied. No evidence that the readings for Module 2 were studied. Did not conclude with a clear opinion about the value of the models. Arguments not supported with theory from the readings. No theory references (readings). Unsupported personal opinions. Basic to fair understanding of question. Evidence that some of the readings were studied.
Some valid arguments offered, supported by theory.
Concluded with opinion about the value of the models. Some arguments supported by theory from readings. Sound understanding of the question. Evidence that all of the relevant readings for Module 2 were studied.
Valid arguments built on the views presented in the readings. Good theory support.
Concluded with a valid opinion about the value of the models. All arguments supported by theory from the readings. Strong understanding of the question. Clear critical opinion justified from the theory.
Very good arguments built on the views presented in the readings. Very good theory support.
Very good conclusion about the value of the models, supported by theory from the readings. Unequivocal understanding of question. Excellent critical opinion justified from the theory.
Excellent arguments, clear evidence of understanding of the issues addressed in the readings.
Excellent conclusions, supported by theory from the readings.
MARK /5 2.5 2.5 – 3 3 – 3.5 3.5 – 4 4 – 5
RESEARCH/ REFERENCING/ PRESENTATION No research of topics. No scholarly journal articles. Only company websites or general websites.
Did not conform to Harvard referencing.
Not adhering to assignment requirements. No title page. Did not follow the required structure. Excessive spelling, grammatical errors; poor syntax. Poorly presented; A lot of typing errors.
Over or under 10% of word limit Included some scholarly journal articles although insufficient number of relevant journal articles. Citations were mostly from the text.
Harvard referencing techniques varies.
Some instances in which the assignment requirements and structure were not followed. Fair understanding of rules of grammar and construction. Some spelling /typing errors. Within word count. Satisfactory number of scholarly journal articles. Sufficient research.
Only minor errors in Harvard referencing – in-text or List of references. Adhere to assignment requirements and structure. Sound level of fluency in writing; (may have one or two awkward sentences). No obvious errors in grammar or syntax. Well presented. Clear evidence of wider reading.
Meets Harvard referencing protocols.
Clear and fluent writing. Professional presentation.
Uses dynamic, unique material beside relatively standard material to develop theoretical concepts. Excellent research.
Accurate Harvard referencing no errors.
Well-constructed and crafted piece of work. A pleasure to read. Professional presentation.
MARK / 4 2 2 – 2.6 2.6 – 3 3- 3.4 3.4- 4
TOTAL/40:

FLR2722 Diploma in Marine Surveying Covering Modules One, Two and Three

MARKED ASSIGNMENT
FLR2722 Diploma in Marine Surveying
Covering Modules One, Two and Three
Consider that you have established a marine surveying company to provide services to your local port.
Part One: 10 marks
As a self-employed surveyor your finance will be an important consideration How would you plan your finances and what financial statements would you keep?
Part Two: 25 Marks
Describe the key types of survey you would focus on for your business, explaining the particular skills you would have to carry out this work.
Selecting one these types of survey, briefly outline the international codes and regulations that would guide you in your findings. What influence would the Flag state and Classification have in directing you to making your report.
To protect your integrity, there may be a situation where you to refuse or to abandon a survey. What reasons may you have to justify this decision?
Part Three: 25 marks
Explain the importance to have knowledge of trading arrangements of the ship you are surveying. Briefly describe the matrix of key contracts used in the international maritime trade. Further explain the different types of charter parties commonly used and the three key applications of the Bills of Lading.
Part Four: 40 Marks
You have been instructed by a ship-owner to carry out a damage survey for a vessel that has suffered fire damage in the accommodation.
Describe your preparation for this work, including the equipment that you would take with you.
Who would you consider to be key people to meet and discuss to carry out this work?
Lloyd’s and the Lloyd’s crest are the registered trademarks of the Society incorporated by the Lloyd’s Act 1871 by the name of ‘Lloyd’s’
Outline the report to your principal on the survey carried out. (Note this question does not require the full content of a written report, an outline of a formal report is required)
Note: You should aim for 1500 words to complete this assignment
For candidates taking the Diploma option, all Tutor Marked Assignments must be completed. There is a minimum pass mark for each assignment and candidates will be expected to reach this minimum standard.
Please ensure that you use the NKC Diploma Assignment Template found on your course home page and submit via Turnitin
There is no penalty for the late submission of an assignment, provided all assessments are completed by the end of the course. You are recommended to complete each assignment by the suggested deadline date, so the marker can plan their time and return your work as quickly as possible. However, you can submit assignments at any time during the course, but a longer time period may elapse before your marked work is returned.
The suggested deadline for this assignment is:
14th March 2017
Lloyd’s and the Lloyd’s crest are the registered trademarks of the Society incorporated by the Lloyd’s Act 1871 by the name of ‘Lloyd’s’

Assessment Task: an essay, explained below. The word limit (for Sections 1 and 2 combined) is 2000 words

Bibliography needed
– 10 Harvard references – throughout the essay
– classical, monetarism and Keynesian views on the quantity theory of money.
– look like a student that can get a first class so new English format
– start off with describing what MV = PY is and the difference between MV = PT and MV = PQ and why is one used and the others are not.
– Section 1 graphs have already been complete – use same ones
– First class standard for a first-year student studying Economics

more info on word document which has been attached

I have emailed a separate copy of instructions and the graphs needed to support@AssignmentProvider.co.uk

10 Harvard References

Assessment Task: an essay, explained below. The word limit (for Sections 1 and 2 combined) is 2000 words (plus or minus 10%); this limit excludes the bibliography, and do not count any words in the three Charts such as axis labels or legend.
Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed:
LO1 – Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

LO2 – Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

LO5 – Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Specification: You are required to answer the questions in both sections 1 and 2 below; they are based on data downloaded on 2nd Sept 2017 from http://ift.tt/2xr9NHw

Section 1 (30 marks) (Graphs have already been done)

(a) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a chart showing the link between quantity of money (on the horizontal axis), and price level (on the vertical axis), for UK.

(b) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a similar chart for USA.

(c) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to make a similar chart for the country allocated to you (in the spreadsheet on Moodle).

Section 2 (70 marks) ( Use Harvard Referencing)

Write an essay to answer all three of the following questions:

(a) Explain the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’, and explain some recent discussions of this theory in textbooks and/or academic journals.

(b) To what extent do your three charts from section 1 support, or reject, the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’?

(c) Examine whether available evidence (including your charts) suggests a government can control inflation, by controlling the money supply.

Order instructions

See below
Bibliography needed
10 Harvard references – throughout the essay
classical, monetarism and Keynesian views on the quantity theory of money.
look like a student that can get a first class so new English format
start off with describing what MV = PY is and the difference between MV = PT and MV = PQ and why is one used and the others are not.
Section 1 graphs have already been complete – use same ones
First class standard for a first-year student studying Economics

Assessment Marking Criteria:

Assessment descriptor 0-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-85% 86-100
LO1

Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

Work fails to adequately explain the theoretical principles and models that underpin the question. There is little evidence of understanding of the core principles and an inability to formulate and communicate ideas Work partially addresses the underlying models and theoretical principles. There is a demonstration of an incomplete understanding of the core principles and ideas are not communicated in a clear and focused way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles but some errors and omissions remain. A good understanding of the key principles are communicated in a relatively logical and structured way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles well with few errors and omissions. Arguments are presented in a clear and systematic way Work fully addresses the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their main implications & limitations. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed Work fully addresses all the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their implications & limitations. A critical evaluation is also provided. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed.
LO2

Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

Work fails to apply macroeconomic principles to key issues and fails to assess the impact of policies on events. There is little evidence of further reading and research. Work that briefly relates macroeconomic principles to key issues and the effectiveness of policy is only addressed superficially. Only essential material is covered. Work relates macroeconomic principles to key issues well and addresses the impact and effectiveness macroeconomic policies. There is evidence of further reading and research Work effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and addresses the impact of macroeconomic policies in a clear and appropriate way. Significant evidence of further reading/research Detailed work that very effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and evaluates fully the impact of macroeconomic policies. Clear evidence of wider reading and research utilizing up to date information Very detailed work that effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and critically evaluates the impact and effectiveness of macroeconomic policies. Evidence of substantial and up to date additional reading and research
LO5

Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Little use of examples, evidence and data in support of key arguments. Fails to demonstrate the significance or importance of data. Answers characterised by irrelevance and brevity. Some use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments although little evaluation of it is provided. Good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments. A competent evaluation of the importance and quality of the data is provided. Very good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the main arguments. Work shows evidence of good and broad-based engagement with and understanding of the relevant material, organised in a clear and concise manner. Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates authoritative understanding. It may provide independent insight, sophistication, or understanding of the issues involved Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates critically authoritative understanding. It will be rich in independent insight, sophistication, relevant information, & understanding of the issues involved.
Assessment Task: an essay, explained below. The word limit (for Sections 1 and 2 combined) is 2000 words (plus or minus 10%); this limit excludes the bibliography, and do not count any words in the three Charts such as axis labels or legend.
Unit Learning Outcomes Assessed:
LO1 – Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

LO2 – Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

LO5 – Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Specification: You are required to answer the questions in both sections 1 and 2 below; they are based on data downloaded on 2nd Sept 2017 from http://ift.tt/2xr9NHw

Section 1 (30 marks) (Graphs have already been done)

(a) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a chart showing the link between quantity of money (on the horizontal axis), and price level (on the vertical axis), for UK.

(b) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to produce a similar chart for USA.

(c) Use data in the coursework spreadsheet file on Moodle, to make a similar chart for the country allocated to you (in the spreadsheet on Moodle).

Section 2 (70 marks) ( Use Harvard Referencing)

Write an essay to answer all three of the following questions:

(a) Explain the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’, and explain some recent discussions of this theory in textbooks and/or academic journals.

(b) To what extent do your three charts from section 1 support, or reject, the ‘Quantity Theory of Money’?

(c) Examine whether available evidence (including your charts) suggests a government can control inflation, by controlling the money supply.

Order instructions

See below
Bibliography needed
10 Harvard references – throughout the essay
classical, monetarism and Keynesian views on the quantity theory of money.
look like a student that can get a first class so new English format
start off with describing what MV = PY is and the difference between MV = PT and MV = PQ and why is one used and the others are not.
Section 1 graphs have already been complete – use same ones
First class standard for a first-year student studying Economics

Assessment Marking Criteria:

Assessment descriptor 0-39% 40-49% 50-59% 60-69% 70-85% 86-100
LO1

Explain the concepts of equilibrium and disequilibrium in macroeconomic modelling and analysis

Work fails to adequately explain the theoretical principles and models that underpin the question. There is little evidence of understanding of the core principles and an inability to formulate and communicate ideas Work partially addresses the underlying models and theoretical principles. There is a demonstration of an incomplete understanding of the core principles and ideas are not communicated in a clear and focused way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles but some errors and omissions remain. A good understanding of the key principles are communicated in a relatively logical and structured way Work addresses the key points of the models and principles well with few errors and omissions. Arguments are presented in a clear and systematic way Work fully addresses the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their main implications & limitations. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed Work fully addresses all the key points of the models and principles and fully evaluates their implications & limitations. A critical evaluation is also provided. Arguments are logical, systematic and clearly expressed.
LO2

Research macroeconomic issues independently and explain the findings through a portfolio of work

Work fails to apply macroeconomic principles to key issues and fails to assess the impact of policies on events. There is little evidence of further reading and research. Work that briefly relates macroeconomic principles to key issues and the effectiveness of policy is only addressed superficially. Only essential material is covered. Work relates macroeconomic principles to key issues well and addresses the impact and effectiveness macroeconomic policies. There is evidence of further reading and research Work effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and addresses the impact of macroeconomic policies in a clear and appropriate way. Significant evidence of further reading/research Detailed work that very effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and evaluates fully the impact of macroeconomic policies. Clear evidence of wider reading and research utilizing up to date information Very detailed work that effectively relates macroeconomic principles to the main issues and critically evaluates the impact and effectiveness of macroeconomic policies. Evidence of substantial and up to date additional reading and research
LO5

Evaluate macroeconomic data, trends and policy

Little use of examples, evidence and data in support of key arguments. Fails to demonstrate the significance or importance of data. Answers characterised by irrelevance and brevity. Some use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments although little evaluation of it is provided. Good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the key arguments. A competent evaluation of the importance and quality of the data is provided. Very good use of examples, evidence and data in support of the main arguments. Work shows evidence of good and broad-based engagement with and understanding of the relevant material, organised in a clear and concise manner. Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates authoritative understanding. It may provide independent insight, sophistication, or understanding of the issues involved Excellent use of wide ranging and up to date examples, evidence and data. Work that demonstrates critically authoritative understanding. It will be rich in independent insight, sophistication, relevant information, & understanding of the issues involved.

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Department of Accounting GROUP ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET

Department of Accounting

GROUP ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET
This form must be attached to all submitted work with all sections completed via the TURNITIN on the Learning Management System of this subject. An incomplete form may result in the delayed return of your assignment or of your mark for the assignment. Please keep a copy of all assignments before submitting them for assessment.

Rationale:
The rationale for this assignment is for students to investigate, analyse and report on the topic of Property, Plant & Equipment that encompasses depreciation.
Suggested support material is Australian Accounting Standard AASB 116 Property, Plant & Equipment.
http://www.aasb.gov.au/admin/file/content105/c9/AASB116_07-04_COMPjun09_07-09.pdf

Instructions:
1. Answer the four questions provided. All questions should be clearly identified. No question should be in point form and your response should be in complete sentences.
2. Answers should be detailed.
3. Where analytical evidence needs to be provided, students need to include an appendix of all calculations.
4. Bibliography – Reference style APA 6th http://www.lib.unimelb.edu.au/recite/citations/apa6/generalNotes.html
Word Count:
Fifteen hundred (1,500) words with a 10% variance. If the word count is greater than what is stated in the assessment, a penalty of 5% will be incurred.

Assignment Mark Allocation: 15%
• Please refer to the Marking Rubric.
• The Marking Rubric will be placed on the IFA1 LMS page so that you can check at any time the marking criteria.
• Marks will be allocated according to the marking rubric and this assignment will be marked on line via TURNITIN.
Submission:
Very Important:
For Case Study 2, only one submission is required per group. Only one student submits the assessment, Case Study 2 – Qantas and Singapore Airlines.
The student who does not submit the assignment WILL NOT BE ABLE to view the submission under TURNITIN. It is essential that the student who submits the assignment downloads the final feedback and grade and gives access to that information to their partner. If this does not take place, then only one student will be able to view the grade and feedback.

Case Study 2: Qantas Airways Ltd and Singapore Airlines Ltd
This comparative study of accounting policies adopted by two international airlines for the depreciation of aircraft, spares and spare engines provides an insight into the differences in accounting policy that may emerge, even when accounting practice in the jurisdictions involved is regulated.
Key concepts involved are as follows:
• Non-current assets
• Depreciable amount
• Depreciation
• Useful life
• Comparability of results
• Financial statement analysis
Qantas Airways Ltd (Qantas) and Singapore Airlines Ltd (Singapore) both operate in the international aviation industry. The former is Australia’s largest airline, having been formed in 1920 in outback Queensland as the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service Ltd (now Qantas). Singapore was formed in 1972, although its origins date back to 1947, and is based in south-east Asia, operating from the city-state of Singapore at the Changi Airport.
Both companies operate diverse airline fleet. Aircraft, spares and spare engines collectively constitute a major asset of such corporations as is demonstrated by reference to the 2011 statements of financial position of these two companies. In the case of Qantas, this non-current asset, shown as ‘Property, Plant and Equipment’ at the stated carrying value of AUD$9753.7 million as at 30 June 2011. For Singapore, this ‘fixed’ asset category, disclosed as ‘Aircraft, spares and spare engines’ at a carrying value of S$12464.5 million, constituted 62.4 per cent of total group assets as at 31 March 2011 of S$19990 million. Accordingly, the accounting policies adopted in depreciating such assets over their useful lives assume importance in assessing the financial performance and position of airline operators.
In the case of Qantas, the ‘Depreciation and amortisation’ policy for aircraft, spares and spare engines was disclosed in Note 1(n) for the ‘Notes to the financial statements’ for the year ending 30 June 2011. The relevant portion of this note is reproduced below:
Depreciation (Qantas)
Depreciation is provided on a straight-line basis on all items of property, plant and equipment except for freehold and leasehold land. The depreciation rates of owned assets are calculated so as to allocate the costs or valuation of an asset, less any estimated residual value, over the asset’s estimated useful life to the Qantas Group. Assets are depreciated or amortised from the date of acquisition or, in respect of internally constructed assets, from the time an asset is completed and held ready for use. The costs of improvements to assets are depreciated over the remaining useful life of the asset or the estimated life of the improvement whichever is shorter. Assets under finance lease are amortised over the term of the relevant lease or, where it is likely the Qantas Group will obtain ownership of the asset, the life of the asset.

The principal asset depreciation and amortisation periods and estimated residual value percentages are:

Years Residual Value %
Jet Aircraft and engines 20 0-20
Non-jet Aircraft and engines 10-20 0-20
Aircraft spare parts 15-20 0-20

These rates are in line with those for the previous year, with the exception of the residual value assumption on wide-bodied aircraft, which was revised from 25% to 20%.

Depreciation rates and amortisation rates and residual values are reviewed annually and reassessed having regard to commercial and technological developments and the estimated useful life of assets to the Qantas Group.

On the other hand Singapore reported its policy to the ‘Depreciation of fixed assets’ at Note 2(g), entitled ‘Accounting policies’. The portion of this note pertaining to aircraft, spares and spare engines is reproduced hereunder:

Depreciation of Fixed Assets (Singapore)
Fixed assets are depreciated on a straight-line basis at rates that are calculated to depreciate their cost to their estimated residual values at the end of their operational lives. Operational lives and residual values are reviewed annually in light of experience and changing circumstances.

Fully depreciated assets are retained in the financial statements until they are no longer in use. No depreciation is charged after assets are depreciated to their residual values.

Aircraft Fleet
The following table gives information relating to Singapore’s calculation of useful life and residual values of its aircraft fleet and associated spare parts.

Years Residual Value %
Passenger Jet Aircraft (New) 15 10
Freighter Aircraft (New) 15 20

Please Note:
AUD = Australian Dollars
S = Singapore Dollars

Qantas Airways Ltd 2011 Financial Report
http://www.qantas.com.au/infodetail/about/investors/2011AnnualReport.pdf

Singapore Airline Ltd 2011 Financial Report
http://www.singaporeair.com/pdf/Investor-Relations/Annual-Report/annualreport1011.pdf

Required:
Students need to address the following Case Study 2 questions.

1. Compare and contrast the depreciation accounting policies of Qantas and Singapore for the years ended 30 June 2011 and 31 March 2011 respectively and comment on the comparability of the results reported.

2. What guidance is provided under relevant accounting pronouncements (standards, policies, legislation) in estimating useful lives and salvage values of long-lived assets (such as jet aircrafts).
What key aspects must companies keep on mind when estimating these useful lives and salvage values?

3. What would be the impact, on Qantas’s financial reports, and on you as a potential investor comparing Qantas’ performance with that of Singapore, if Qantas used the reducing balance method of depreciation instead of the straight-line method?

4. Qantas has recently acquired the Airbus A380, the biggest passenger jet ever built. Different from other aircraft in Qantas’ fleet, the Airbus A380 uses composite materials (such as carbon-fibre reinforced plastic) for greater durability of its airframe. The engines that provide the necessary thrust are also newer, more powerful variants of their predecessors used on planes in Qantas’ existing fleet.
Given the information above, answer the following questions;
a). What difficulties may Qantas face in estimating the useful life and salvage value of the Airbus A380?
b). What information, as a user of financial statements, would you want about this acquisition in the financial reports, if any at all?

Assignment 2 SPECIFICATIONS CIS8011_Digital Innovation 1500 words

Assignment 2 SPECIFICATIONS
CIS8011_Digital Innovation
Assignment 2 (30%) (1500 words maximum)
This assignment continues from the first assignment and your task is to write a report on the
following aspects.
Following on from the previous assignment, the CIO was comfortable with what has been
proposed by you in the first assignment and would like to see three key elements be investigated
and reported further in this assignment.
1. The processes and procedural considerations the organization would/will need
to understand to mitigate your key points?
2. What are the potential securit y risks in implementation, and how do you plan to
mitigate such risks?
3. What would be the cost implications if the organisations fail to understand the issues
and problems?
4. What are the issues arising from your discussion for the adoption of the
recommended digital innovation for the selected organization.
For the purpose of this assignment, you will have to recap your previous assignment and
then provide a well-researched and informed report to the CEO.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS
TURNITIN report
For this assignment, you MUST use a plagiarism application to ensure that this assignment is plagiarismfree. Please note that the report generation can take time through TURNITIN and you are asked to submit
your assignment through TURNITIN well in advance to avoid last minute delays. Normally, it is hard to
put the percentage number correctly as it all depends on the actual report contents produced by the
TRUNITIN application. As a general rule, less than 15% is acceptable. It is the student’s responsibility to
have the report ready before the due date. (If you do not provide this you will lose marks)
Digital file naming convention
For all assessment items digital file naming convention: When y ou have an assessment item you
need to upload digitally, please use the following naming convention when saving your digital
document: (If you do not follow this you will lose marks)
Student last name_assignment #_CIS8011_Student USQ ID
For example, the first assignment for CIS8011 submitted by John Smith, student #
005890420163. If I (Mr. John Smith) were uploading this assessment item, the file would be
named as follows:
Smith_A1_CI S8011_005890420163.doc
File format and submission
Only PDF format of the final report is to be submitted through EASE system only, available
through UConnect. (All other mode of submissions are inadequate and the assignment will be
considered not submitted

Case study: ‘Cordia LLP: service reform in the public sector

Case study: ‘Cordia LLP: service reform in the public sector’ (Johnson, G, Whittington, R & Scholes, K 2011, pp. 613–617). 
Case study questions: 
1. Assess the strategic position of Cordia paying particular attention to an organisational cultural perspective. (10 marks) 
2. What modes of strategy development are evident in Cordia, and which would you expect to be prevalent, given the strategic change described? (20 marks) 
3. What strategy should Cordia adopt and why? (10 marks) 
4. What organisational structure should Cordia adopt and why? (10 marks) 
The following are some notes to assist with interpreting the requirements of this assignment: 
• You can use essay format to respond to this requirement. Answer each question separately. 
• This assignment is based on a specific case study. Make sure you read it carefully. The case study is the means to an end – the end in this case is getting you to demonstrate your understanding and application of some of the key concepts in strategic management in general and strategy development processes in particular. You are doing this on the basis that you now have a greater appreciation of what strategic management is about. 
• The case considers elements of the change journey facing Cordia LLP, formerly known as Direct and Care Services of Glasgow City Council. The strategic changes illustrated in the case occur as the former council department changes into an arms length company of the council. 
• Use the discussion forum on the study desk for this course assignment to raise questions and make comment about these requirements. 
• Don’t forget the expectation of research. The textbook and study book provide the basic resource kit for this course but you are expected to do your own research on issues of significance. The extent and quality of further research can only enhance your response to the assignment and support your arguments and punchlines. Punchlines refer to the paragraphs that state the point you are making. Some students are good at writing but it is descriptive writing. In other word, they describe a lot of things particularly what other people say but they don’t clarify what point or argument they are making out of all this description. This situation will lead some examiners to comment after reading such descriptions ‘so what?’. Make sure you understand the essence of writing in an analytic rather than descriptive way. 
• Make sure you study the marking criteria for this assignment very carefully because this is the template for assessing and grading your submitted assignment. The marking criteria sheet is provided below. The criteria will be applied to each of the four assignment questions. 
• You are required to have a minimum of 15 references to support your critical discussion. You only need to present one reference list. In the minimum of 15 applies to the answer of the four questions in total. 
• Don’t forget, you must submit your Turnitin report when you submit your assignment file. Hence, you will be submitting two files on submission day

HBC330N Accounting Theory- Assignment Information Sheet Fair Value Accounting and the GFC

HBC330N Accounting Theory
Semester 2 2013
Assignment Information Sheet
Fair Value Accounting and the GFC
Individual or Groups of 2
Assignment
According to Laux and Leuz (2009, p. 833) “accounting rules and changes in them are shaped by
political processes”.
Laux, C. & Leuz, C. 2009. The crisis of fair-value accounting: Making sense of the recent debate. Accounting,
Organizations and Society, 6-7, 826-834.
Required:
You have been commissioned by the Chair of the Australian Accounting Standards Board to
write a Report explaining the foregoing Laux and Leuz (2009) claim in the context of the
controversy surrounding whether or not fair-value accounting contributed to the global financial
crisis of 2008.
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Additional requirement: you are to use no less than 6 high quality* scholarly journal articles in
the development of your report. The Library database Business Source Complete is a useful tool
for sourcing journal articles.
*The quality of journals can be assessed by reference to the Australian Council of Business
Deans (ABDC) 2010 journal rankings (A*, A, B, C in order of declining quality) available
(after scrolling down) at www. http://www.abdc.edu.au/3.43.0.0.1.0.htm.
Learning outcomes addressed by the assignment.
The assignment is designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop the following
learning outcomes:
1 with regard to your accounting theory knowledge, the assignment provides you with the
opportunity to develop your understanding of fair-value accounting and, in particular,
how the public and private interest theories of regulation apply to accounting standard
setting. The assignment can be commenced after the first lecture.
2. with respect to generic skills, the assignment provides you with the opportunity to
develop your ability to research and analyse complex issues, to formulate well-reasoned
and coherent arguments and to reach well considered conclusions, and to develop your
written communication skills, including the conventions of referencing at university.
You are to aspire to the highest standard of work with respect to both the content and
presentation of the Report. The Harvard referencing system is to be used. Marks will be deducted
where the Harvard system is not used appropriately. Please note that Wikipedia is not an
appropriate source to reference for an academic Report such as this. The Library holds sessions
on referencing technique and provides guidelines at
http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lib/researchhelp/harvard_style.html.
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LODGEMENT: You must submit your assignment via the Turnitin facility available on
Blackboard and also in hardcopy by the due date in the allocated assignment box (location to be
advised) no later than 4.00pm 11
th
October, 2013. Students must also keep an electronic or
photocopied version of their assignment for evidentiary purposes. The file name should be
Surname1_Surname2 (in the case of a submission by two students). A Draft Safe Assign facility
is available for assessment of potential plagiarism before submission of the final version in Final
Safe Assign facility.
MAXIMUM MARKS: 20 Marks toward the final assessment. The assignment will be marked
out of 100. The rubric for marking is in the Unit Outline. Assignments will be marked to the
same standard regardless of whether one or two students are involved in the submission. When
working in pairs, students are expected to contribute equally. On this basis each student
responsible for a submission is provided the same mark. Where equal contributions are not
forthcoming and this cannot be resolved by the students, the Convenor should be informed in
writing.
WORD COUNT: the body of the Report should not exceed 1500 words (+/- 10 per cent)
(excluding title page, references and executive summary but including footnotes, endnotes and
appendices). Please provide a word count on the cover sheet.
FORMAT
A report format is required for this assignment. In a report, the Executive Summary should
provide an overview of the whole report, including any recommendations. This is a ‘thinking’
assignment and what is expected is the personal view of individual students’ based on research
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and the evidence that has been sourced. Further, an assignment which presents more quotes than
constructive analysis and argument may be heavily penalised.
SUGGESTED REPORT STRUCTURE
1. Title Page
2. Contents Page
3. Executive Summary (which provides an overview of the whole report)
4. Introduction and Purpose
5. Responses to specific task using appropriate headings and sub-headings
6. Conclusion
7. References
This assignment is an important assessment component of this Unit and as such the assignment
must be properly researched and professionally presented. The assignment should also:
• Be all your own (individual submissions) or your group’s (pairs) work
• Be word-processed (printed), and have 1.5 spacing for clarity; a high standard of
presentation is expected, but a folder, binding etc. is not to be included. Please do
not staple, but use a bull dog clip or large paper clip because assignments may be
scanned to be returned with feedback.
• Have the cover sheet with all relevant details, including:
– student name, student number, tutorial time & tutor’s name
– Unit name and code
– date of submission
• Contain correct referencing, using the Harvard system.
• Include a list of references (alphabetical by first author’s surname) adequately referencing
your sources (in-text references should only refer to the surname of the author/authors and
the year of the publication).
Students are reminded to review the University policy on plagiarism.
The University uses the Turnitin tool. This is an effective tool to reduce plagiarism. Students should
self-check their assignments prior to final submission. Documentation on the use of this tool will be
posted on Blackboard. Please ensure that you use only the Draft option to check your work. This is a
matching and not a punitive tool. The default setting allows every student to check draft
submissions, but you should be aware that the closer to the deadline you use Turnitin, the longer it
may take to receive a report. Upon receiving feedback from Turnitin, you should amend your
assignment to ensure that it is -Plagiarism Safe- before submitting the final version.