MGMT20144 Management and Business Context
Term 3, 2016
Assessment 2 – Report
Applying Contextual Factors
Length: 1500 word report
Referencing: Author-Date Style (APA)
This assessment item relates to course learning outcomes numbers 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6.
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.
Taking the role of a business consultant, you will prepare a report that outlines how the organisation you selected for assessment 1 could improve by incorporating better consideration of one of the contextual factors discussed in weeks 6, 7 and 8.
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 act as a consultant for the organisation you selected for assignment 1. In this role, you will prepare a report designed to inform the organisation about how they can improve their business through better consideration of a chosen contextual factor. You can choose one of the following contextual factors to have as the main focus of your report:
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship
- Knowledge Management and eCommerce
The course coordinator has prepared a video that explains the requirements of the task in greater detail, along with several other useful information 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, 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 relevant terms, theories and concepts presented in topics 1-8
- Utilising the specific contextual factor chosen, explaining key details and assessing its impact on the relevant firm or organisation
- Explaining 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 the APA in text referencing system to cite 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.