Assessment 1 – Essay
Understanding Management and Business Context
Length: 1500 word essay
Referencing: Author-Date Style (APA)
This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 3 and 5.
This is an individual assessment task in which students will examine critical issues related to business and management context. The purpose of the task is to assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the internal contextual factors that impact on a business and the way that decisions are made in an organisation.
Before starting this assessment please read the marking criteria (in a separate document) and refer to other resources provided on the Moodle site for this course.
As Masters students, you are required to engage in research as per the Australia Quality Framework (AQF) guidelines. Two specific requirements need to be considered. 1. Students need to demonstrate “a body of knowledge that includes the understanding of recent developments in a discipline and/or area of professional practice, and 2. Students must demonstrate “knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to a field of work and/or learning”.
This unit has a number of required weekly readings in terms of academic texts, journals and business publications that represent the appropriate body of knowledge and recent developments referred to by the AQF. In order to demonstrate the ability to engage in appropriate research, students should read and utilise these texts and journals and publications. As Masters students, you are expected to research beyond this minimum standard through additional texts, journals and studies to demonstrate an ability to engage in independent research.
You are required to select an organisation that will help you to illustrate your understanding of the concepts and theories discussed in topics 1-5 of this course. The organisation you choose will also be the subject of analysis for assessment task 2, so ensure that you can find (and appropriately reference) a satisfactory amount of information regarding the organisation you choose.
You will then prepare an essay that demonstrates awareness and understanding of the concepts and theories discussed in this course in relation to the organisation you have chosen. The course coordinator has prepared a video that explains the requirements of the task in greater detail, along with several other useful tips about the assignment, and this video is available on the Moodle site.
The marking criteria is also provided on the Moodle site as a separate document; however, in summary, your assessment will be marked based on how well it addresses the following areas.
Students are to demonstrate knowledge of the subject matter by:
- Defining key terms and utilising the theories and concepts presented in topics 1-5
- Ability to explain major domestic and international contextual factors and how they affect business structures and strategy.
- Demonstrating a breadth and quality of research by using a minimum of 12-16 academic sources.
- Correctly using of the APA in text referencing system to correctly citing academic sources.
These are the minimum requirements as outlined in the marking criteria. However, students should note that satisfactorily meeting the minimum requirements will typically only result in the minimum pass grade being awarded. Higher grades will be awarded for students that exceed these minimum requirements. See the marking criteria for further details.
Your attention is drawn to the University’s stated position on plagiarism. THE WORK OF OTHERS, WHICH IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSIGNMENT MUST BE ATTRIBUTED TO ITS SOURCE (a full list of references must be submitted as part of the assessment).