BUS287 Management Accounting Assignment

BUS287 Management Accounting
Assignment: 2020

Assignment
In recent years, successful companies have begun to focus on managing cross-company processes with suppliers to reduce costs, increase speed, and improve quality. In tis print advertisement J.D. Edwards, a producer of ERP software systems notes that companies must ‘collaborate or die’.

Required:
a) Pick a company and discuss how it an collaborate with key suppliers
b) Identify mutual benefits
c) Discuss how management accounting information can play a role in different stages of collaboration

Limit: 5-7 pages
Instructions:
Students will prepare the assignment in groups of 4 students. No individual assignments or assignments from groups with more or less than 4 students are to be submitted. All members of an assignment group must be from the same tutorial.

By session 4 students must have:
– formed a group of 4 students
– notified your tutor of all members of your group

Students are reminded they are required to retain a copy of all assignment work submitted for assessment and hold it until a grade for the unit has been published.

Format:
A4 paper, corner stapled; no folders accepted; typewritten in 1½ spacing; pages must be numbered. A completed assignment cover sheet must be attached to the front of your assignment.
Style Guide:
Assignments should be closely checked for errors of typing, spelling, grammar, etc. Where you use specific material from any source, you must provide reference to the specific quotation, and all sources consulted must be included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
Penalties for late lodgement:
A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assignment will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late
Appendix 1

Tips For Successfully Working In A Group:

• Decision making process – How will direction be set and decisions be made? Will you appoint a leader, vote or reach consensus?

• Quantify what you want – Agree on exactly what is wanted from group members. State what is required, how much is required and when it is required.

• Set deadlines – Set a time limit for all activities. Failure to meet a deadline, means losing one of the three chances.

• Three chances – If any group member fails to complete three actions, as required by the group they are automatically excluded from the group.

• Dispute resolution mechanism – It is the group’s collective responsibility to ensure that an equitable dispute mechanism is in place.

• Take action immediately – Don’t hope that it will get better by itself. Take action immediately to deal with poor behaviour and failure to do as agreed.

• Discuss performance and NOT personalities – When dealing with disputes deal with whether or not the standard required was achieved?

• Give written warnings – The group should warn the non-performing member in writing. Warnings are given face-to-face. If a third omission occurs after two written warnings the person is excluded from the group.

• Document poor behaviour – If a group member fails to do as agreed, document that problem. All other group members should sign off on it, once it has been agreed the member has defaulted.

• If the group does not conform – Each student is free to leave that group and join another, provided the second group agrees. Students should not feel trapped into doing the work for the rest of the group. Just deal with the issues as best you can and if worst comes to worst, leave.

Your Responsibilities

Assignments are not designed to present you with a right answer which you can memorize in the hopes that you will remember it if you ever encounter a similar situation. The learning comes from actively participating in the search for solutions.

Preparation: Assignments require more preparation and active participation.

Informal Discussion Groups: After preparing your assignment, it can really help to meet your group to talk about the assignment as whole. This will give you a chance to test your ideas on others and learn about other perspectives about the case.

Participating in group Discussions: The purpose of the group discussion is to test others ideas so that together students can reach a richer and deeper understanding of the case. The role of the discussion is to moderate and create an environment in which contributions of individual students build on one another to understand the problem more fully. This requires good team members to push ideas and support them. Good discussion also requires an emphasis on listening; others will raise ideas you hadn’t thought of and you should be prepared to change your mind and incorporate new ideas when you find them persuasive.

Rights And Obligations

While all of us have rights we also have obligations. Groups have a right to expect a certain standard of performance from each member, and each member a certain level of performance from the rest of the group.

Consider the following:

RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
The group The member
Has the right to have all members in attendance at all group meetings. Each student has the obligation to inform the group, in ADVANCE, if you cannot attend.

Has the right to expect members to be on time.
Each student has the obligation to be on time.
Has the right to expect high quality work. Each student has an obligation to provide work of high quality.

Has the right to expect full input and participation and support from each group member.
Each student has the obligation to speak up frequently and contribute.
Has the right to hold different opinions from other members of the group. Each student has the obligation to act as a ‘devil’s advocate’ when the situation calls for it.

Has the right to debate another’s point of view.
Each student has the obligation to listen to critique.
Has the right to dismiss a group member who chooses not to perform. Each student has the obligation to support the group’s decision.

Marks Descriptors

The percentage mark that you are awarded in each section of the marking guide reflects the extent to which you have achieved each of the criteria.

For each criterion you are given a mark as follows:

80-100 Exceptional standard of work indicating complete and comprehensive understanding. The student demonstrates an extremely high level of interpretative and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates original thought and deep knowledge, high academic and presentation standard.
70-79 Excellent standard of work indicating a very high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates intelligent organisation, application and expansion of concepts and ideas and is presented professionally.
60-69 Good standard of work indicating a high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a high level of interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates analysis of the issues, concepts, theories involved with clear presentation of components. Work may show weaknesses, eg. lack of clarity.
50-59 Satisfactory standard of work indicating an adequate understanding. The student demonstrates adequate interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates awareness and understanding of the major concepts and theories/frameworks involved, and sufficient organization of thought and expression to allow the reader to follow without effort. Works shows weaknesses, eg. flaws in logic.
less than 50 Unsatisfactory standard of work indicating an inadequate understanding. The student has failed to develop relevant skills and demonstrates insufficient interpretive and analytical ability. Discussion or argument contains errors with gaps in knowledge of key issues. Work poorly organised or not logically presented. Referencing inadequate.BUS287 Management Accounting
Assignment: 2020

Assignment
In recent years, successful companies have begun to focus on managing cross-company processes with suppliers to reduce costs, increase speed, and improve quality. In tis print advertisement J.D. Edwards, a producer of ERP software systems notes that companies must ‘collaborate or die’.

Required:
a) Pick a company and discuss how it an collaborate with key suppliers
b) Identify mutual benefits
c) Discuss how management accounting information can play a role in different stages of collaboration

Limit: 5-7 pages
Instructions:
Students will prepare the assignment in groups of 4 students. No individual assignments or assignments from groups with more or less than 4 students are to be submitted. All members of an assignment group must be from the same tutorial.

By session 4 students must have:
– formed a group of 4 students
– notified your tutor of all members of your group

Students are reminded they are required to retain a copy of all assignment work submitted for assessment and hold it until a grade for the unit has been published.

Format:
A4 paper, corner stapled; no folders accepted; typewritten in 1½ spacing; pages must be numbered. A completed assignment cover sheet must be attached to the front of your assignment.
Style Guide:
Assignments should be closely checked for errors of typing, spelling, grammar, etc. Where you use specific material from any source, you must provide reference to the specific quotation, and all sources consulted must be included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
Penalties for late lodgement:
A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assignment will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late
Appendix 1

Tips For Successfully Working In A Group:

• Decision making process – How will direction be set and decisions be made? Will you appoint a leader, vote or reach consensus?

• Quantify what you want – Agree on exactly what is wanted from group members. State what is required, how much is required and when it is required.

• Set deadlines – Set a time limit for all activities. Failure to meet a deadline, means losing one of the three chances.

• Three chances – If any group member fails to complete three actions, as required by the group they are automatically excluded from the group.

• Dispute resolution mechanism – It is the group’s collective responsibility to ensure that an equitable dispute mechanism is in place.

• Take action immediately – Don’t hope that it will get better by itself. Take action immediately to deal with poor behaviour and failure to do as agreed.

• Discuss performance and NOT personalities – When dealing with disputes deal with whether or not the standard required was achieved?

• Give written warnings – The group should warn the non-performing member in writing. Warnings are given face-to-face. If a third omission occurs after two written warnings the person is excluded from the group.

• Document poor behaviour – If a group member fails to do as agreed, document that problem. All other group members should sign off on it, once it has been agreed the member has defaulted.

• If the group does not conform – Each student is free to leave that group and join another, provided the second group agrees. Students should not feel trapped into doing the work for the rest of the group. Just deal with the issues as best you can and if worst comes to worst, leave.

Your Responsibilities

Assignments are not designed to present you with a right answer which you can memorize in the hopes that you will remember it if you ever encounter a similar situation. The learning comes from actively participating in the search for solutions.

Preparation: Assignments require more preparation and active participation.

Informal Discussion Groups: After preparing your assignment, it can really help to meet your group to talk about the assignment as whole. This will give you a chance to test your ideas on others and learn about other perspectives about the case.

Participating in group Discussions: The purpose of the group discussion is to test others ideas so that together students can reach a richer and deeper understanding of the case. The role of the discussion is to moderate and create an environment in which contributions of individual students build on one another to understand the problem more fully. This requires good team members to push ideas and support them. Good discussion also requires an emphasis on listening; others will raise ideas you hadn’t thought of and you should be prepared to change your mind and incorporate new ideas when you find them persuasive.

Rights And Obligations

While all of us have rights we also have obligations. Groups have a right to expect a certain standard of performance from each member, and each member a certain level of performance from the rest of the group.

Consider the following:

RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
The group The member
Has the right to have all members in attendance at all group meetings. Each student has the obligation to inform the group, in ADVANCE, if you cannot attend.

Has the right to expect members to be on time.
Each student has the obligation to be on time.
Has the right to expect high quality work. Each student has an obligation to provide work of high quality.

Has the right to expect full input and participation and support from each group member.
Each student has the obligation to speak up frequently and contribute.
Has the right to hold different opinions from other members of the group. Each student has the obligation to act as a ‘devil’s advocate’ when the situation calls for it.

Has the right to debate another’s point of view.
Each student has the obligation to listen to critique.
Has the right to dismiss a group member who chooses not to perform. Each student has the obligation to support the group’s decision.

Marks Descriptors

The percentage mark that you are awarded in each section of the marking guide reflects the extent to which you have achieved each of the criteria.

For each criterion you are given a mark as follows:

80-100 Exceptional standard of work indicating complete and comprehensive understanding. The student demonstrates an extremely high level of interpretative and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates original thought and deep knowledge, high academic and presentation standard.
70-79 Excellent standard of work indicating a very high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates intelligent organisation, application and expansion of concepts and ideas and is presented professionally.
60-69 Good standard of work indicating a high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a high level of interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates analysis of the issues, concepts, theories involved with clear presentation of components. Work may show weaknesses, eg. lack of clarity.
50-59 Satisfactory standard of work indicating an adequate understanding. The student demonstrates adequate interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates awareness and understanding of the major concepts and theories/frameworks involved, and sufficient organization of thought and expression to allow the reader to follow without effort. Works shows weaknesses, eg. flaws in logic.
less than 50 Unsatisfactory standard of work indicating an inadequate understanding. The student has failed to develop relevant skills and demonstrates insufficient interpretive and analytical ability. Discussion or argument contains errors with gaps in knowledge of key issues. Work poorly organised or not logically presented. Referencing inadequate.BUS287 Management Accounting
Assignment: 2020

Assignment
In recent years, successful companies have begun to focus on managing cross-company processes with suppliers to reduce costs, increase speed, and improve quality. In tis print advertisement J.D. Edwards, a producer of ERP software systems notes that companies must ‘collaborate or die’.

Required:
a) Pick a company and discuss how it an collaborate with key suppliers
b) Identify mutual benefits
c) Discuss how management accounting information can play a role in different stages of collaboration

Limit: 5-7 pages
Instructions:
Students will prepare the assignment in groups of 4 students. No individual assignments or assignments from groups with more or less than 4 students are to be submitted. All members of an assignment group must be from the same tutorial.

By session 4 students must have:
– formed a group of 4 students
– notified your tutor of all members of your group

Students are reminded they are required to retain a copy of all assignment work submitted for assessment and hold it until a grade for the unit has been published.

Format:
A4 paper, corner stapled; no folders accepted; typewritten in 1½ spacing; pages must be numbered. A completed assignment cover sheet must be attached to the front of your assignment.
Style Guide:
Assignments should be closely checked for errors of typing, spelling, grammar, etc. Where you use specific material from any source, you must provide reference to the specific quotation, and all sources consulted must be included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
Penalties for late lodgement:
A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assignment will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late
Appendix 1

Tips For Successfully Working In A Group:

• Decision making process – How will direction be set and decisions be made? Will you appoint a leader, vote or reach consensus?

• Quantify what you want – Agree on exactly what is wanted from group members. State what is required, how much is required and when it is required.

• Set deadlines – Set a time limit for all activities. Failure to meet a deadline, means losing one of the three chances.

• Three chances – If any group member fails to complete three actions, as required by the group they are automatically excluded from the group.

• Dispute resolution mechanism – It is the group’s collective responsibility to ensure that an equitable dispute mechanism is in place.

• Take action immediately – Don’t hope that it will get better by itself. Take action immediately to deal with poor behaviour and failure to do as agreed.

• Discuss performance and NOT personalities – When dealing with disputes deal with whether or not the standard required was achieved?

• Give written warnings – The group should warn the non-performing member in writing. Warnings are given face-to-face. If a third omission occurs after two written warnings the person is excluded from the group.

• Document poor behaviour – If a group member fails to do as agreed, document that problem. All other group members should sign off on it, once it has been agreed the member has defaulted.

• If the group does not conform – Each student is free to leave that group and join another, provided the second group agrees. Students should not feel trapped into doing the work for the rest of the group. Just deal with the issues as best you can and if worst comes to worst, leave.

Your Responsibilities

Assignments are not designed to present you with a right answer which you can memorize in the hopes that you will remember it if you ever encounter a similar situation. The learning comes from actively participating in the search for solutions.

Preparation: Assignments require more preparation and active participation.

Informal Discussion Groups: After preparing your assignment, it can really help to meet your group to talk about the assignment as whole. This will give you a chance to test your ideas on others and learn about other perspectives about the case.

Participating in group Discussions: The purpose of the group discussion is to test others ideas so that together students can reach a richer and deeper understanding of the case. The role of the discussion is to moderate and create an environment in which contributions of individual students build on one another to understand the problem more fully. This requires good team members to push ideas and support them. Good discussion also requires an emphasis on listening; others will raise ideas you hadn’t thought of and you should be prepared to change your mind and incorporate new ideas when you find them persuasive.

Rights And Obligations

While all of us have rights we also have obligations. Groups have a right to expect a certain standard of performance from each member, and each member a certain level of performance from the rest of the group.

Consider the following:

RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
The group The member
Has the right to have all members in attendance at all group meetings. Each student has the obligation to inform the group, in ADVANCE, if you cannot attend.

Has the right to expect members to be on time.
Each student has the obligation to be on time.
Has the right to expect high quality work. Each student has an obligation to provide work of high quality.

Has the right to expect full input and participation and support from each group member.
Each student has the obligation to speak up frequently and contribute.
Has the right to hold different opinions from other members of the group. Each student has the obligation to act as a ‘devil’s advocate’ when the situation calls for it.

Has the right to debate another’s point of view.
Each student has the obligation to listen to critique.
Has the right to dismiss a group member who chooses not to perform. Each student has the obligation to support the group’s decision.

Marks Descriptors

The percentage mark that you are awarded in each section of the marking guide reflects the extent to which you have achieved each of the criteria.

For each criterion you are given a mark as follows:

80-100 Exceptional standard of work indicating complete and comprehensive understanding. The student demonstrates an extremely high level of interpretative and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates original thought and deep knowledge, high academic and presentation standard.
70-79 Excellent standard of work indicating a very high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates intelligent organisation, application and expansion of concepts and ideas and is presented professionally.
60-69 Good standard of work indicating a high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a high level of interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates analysis of the issues, concepts, theories involved with clear presentation of components. Work may show weaknesses, eg. lack of clarity.
50-59 Satisfactory standard of work indicating an adequate understanding. The student demonstrates adequate interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates awareness and understanding of the major concepts and theories/frameworks involved, and sufficient organization of thought and expression to allow the reader to follow without effort. Works shows weaknesses, eg. flaws in logic.
less than 50 Unsatisfactory standard of work indicating an inadequate understanding. The student has failed to develop relevant skills and demonstrates insufficient interpretive and analytical ability. Discussion or argument contains errors with gaps in knowledge of key issues. Work poorly organised or not logically presented. Referencing inadequate.BUS287 Management Accounting
Assignment: 2020

Assignment
In recent years, successful companies have begun to focus on managing cross-company processes with suppliers to reduce costs, increase speed, and improve quality. In tis print advertisement J.D. Edwards, a producer of ERP software systems notes that companies must ‘collaborate or die’.

Required:
a) Pick a company and discuss how it an collaborate with key suppliers
b) Identify mutual benefits
c) Discuss how management accounting information can play a role in different stages of collaboration

Limit: 5-7 pages
Instructions:
Students will prepare the assignment in groups of 4 students. No individual assignments or assignments from groups with more or less than 4 students are to be submitted. All members of an assignment group must be from the same tutorial.

By session 4 students must have:
– formed a group of 4 students
– notified your tutor of all members of your group

Students are reminded they are required to retain a copy of all assignment work submitted for assessment and hold it until a grade for the unit has been published.

Format:
A4 paper, corner stapled; no folders accepted; typewritten in 1½ spacing; pages must be numbered. A completed assignment cover sheet must be attached to the front of your assignment.
Style Guide:
Assignments should be closely checked for errors of typing, spelling, grammar, etc. Where you use specific material from any source, you must provide reference to the specific quotation, and all sources consulted must be included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
Penalties for late lodgement:
A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assignment will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late
Appendix 1

Tips For Successfully Working In A Group:

• Decision making process – How will direction be set and decisions be made? Will you appoint a leader, vote or reach consensus?

• Quantify what you want – Agree on exactly what is wanted from group members. State what is required, how much is required and when it is required.

• Set deadlines – Set a time limit for all activities. Failure to meet a deadline, means losing one of the three chances.

• Three chances – If any group member fails to complete three actions, as required by the group they are automatically excluded from the group.

• Dispute resolution mechanism – It is the group’s collective responsibility to ensure that an equitable dispute mechanism is in place.

• Take action immediately – Don’t hope that it will get better by itself. Take action immediately to deal with poor behaviour and failure to do as agreed.

• Discuss performance and NOT personalities – When dealing with disputes deal with whether or not the standard required was achieved?

• Give written warnings – The group should warn the non-performing member in writing. Warnings are given face-to-face. If a third omission occurs after two written warnings the person is excluded from the group.

• Document poor behaviour – If a group member fails to do as agreed, document that problem. All other group members should sign off on it, once it has been agreed the member has defaulted.

• If the group does not conform – Each student is free to leave that group and join another, provided the second group agrees. Students should not feel trapped into doing the work for the rest of the group. Just deal with the issues as best you can and if worst comes to worst, leave.

Your Responsibilities

Assignments are not designed to present you with a right answer which you can memorize in the hopes that you will remember it if you ever encounter a similar situation. The learning comes from actively participating in the search for solutions.

Preparation: Assignments require more preparation and active participation.

Informal Discussion Groups: After preparing your assignment, it can really help to meet your group to talk about the assignment as whole. This will give you a chance to test your ideas on others and learn about other perspectives about the case.

Participating in group Discussions: The purpose of the group discussion is to test others ideas so that together students can reach a richer and deeper understanding of the case. The role of the discussion is to moderate and create an environment in which contributions of individual students build on one another to understand the problem more fully. This requires good team members to push ideas and support them. Good discussion also requires an emphasis on listening; others will raise ideas you hadn’t thought of and you should be prepared to change your mind and incorporate new ideas when you find them persuasive.

Rights And Obligations

While all of us have rights we also have obligations. Groups have a right to expect a certain standard of performance from each member, and each member a certain level of performance from the rest of the group.

Consider the following:

RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
The group The member
Has the right to have all members in attendance at all group meetings. Each student has the obligation to inform the group, in ADVANCE, if you cannot attend.

Has the right to expect members to be on time.
Each student has the obligation to be on time.
Has the right to expect high quality work. Each student has an obligation to provide work of high quality.

Has the right to expect full input and participation and support from each group member.
Each student has the obligation to speak up frequently and contribute.
Has the right to hold different opinions from other members of the group. Each student has the obligation to act as a ‘devil’s advocate’ when the situation calls for it.

Has the right to debate another’s point of view.
Each student has the obligation to listen to critique.
Has the right to dismiss a group member who chooses not to perform. Each student has the obligation to support the group’s decision.

Marks Descriptors

The percentage mark that you are awarded in each section of the marking guide reflects the extent to which you have achieved each of the criteria.

For each criterion you are given a mark as follows:

80-100 Exceptional standard of work indicating complete and comprehensive understanding. The student demonstrates an extremely high level of interpretative and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates original thought and deep knowledge, high academic and presentation standard.
70-79 Excellent standard of work indicating a very high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates intelligent organisation, application and expansion of concepts and ideas and is presented professionally.
60-69 Good standard of work indicating a high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a high level of interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates analysis of the issues, concepts, theories involved with clear presentation of components. Work may show weaknesses, eg. lack of clarity.
50-59 Satisfactory standard of work indicating an adequate understanding. The student demonstrates adequate interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates awareness and understanding of the major concepts and theories/frameworks involved, and sufficient organization of thought and expression to allow the reader to follow without effort. Works shows weaknesses, eg. flaws in logic.
less than 50 Unsatisfactory standard of work indicating an inadequate understanding. The student has failed to develop relevant skills and demonstrates insufficient interpretive and analytical ability. Discussion or argument contains errors with gaps in knowledge of key issues. Work poorly organised or not logically presented. Referencing inadequate.BUS287 Management Accounting
Assignment: 2020

Assignment
In recent years, successful companies have begun to focus on managing cross-company processes with suppliers to reduce costs, increase speed, and improve quality. In tis print advertisement J.D. Edwards, a producer of ERP software systems notes that companies must ‘collaborate or die’.

Required:
a) Pick a company and discuss how it an collaborate with key suppliers
b) Identify mutual benefits
c) Discuss how management accounting information can play a role in different stages of collaboration

Limit: 5-7 pages
Instructions:
Students will prepare the assignment in groups of 4 students. No individual assignments or assignments from groups with more or less than 4 students are to be submitted. All members of an assignment group must be from the same tutorial.

By session 4 students must have:
– formed a group of 4 students
– notified your tutor of all members of your group

Students are reminded they are required to retain a copy of all assignment work submitted for assessment and hold it until a grade for the unit has been published.

Format:
A4 paper, corner stapled; no folders accepted; typewritten in 1½ spacing; pages must be numbered. A completed assignment cover sheet must be attached to the front of your assignment.
Style Guide:
Assignments should be closely checked for errors of typing, spelling, grammar, etc. Where you use specific material from any source, you must provide reference to the specific quotation, and all sources consulted must be included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment.
Penalties for late lodgement:
A maximum penalty of 10 per cent of the mark allocated to this assignment will be deducted for each day that the assignment is late
Appendix 1

Tips For Successfully Working In A Group:

• Decision making process – How will direction be set and decisions be made? Will you appoint a leader, vote or reach consensus?

• Quantify what you want – Agree on exactly what is wanted from group members. State what is required, how much is required and when it is required.

• Set deadlines – Set a time limit for all activities. Failure to meet a deadline, means losing one of the three chances.

• Three chances – If any group member fails to complete three actions, as required by the group they are automatically excluded from the group.

• Dispute resolution mechanism – It is the group’s collective responsibility to ensure that an equitable dispute mechanism is in place.

• Take action immediately – Don’t hope that it will get better by itself. Take action immediately to deal with poor behaviour and failure to do as agreed.

• Discuss performance and NOT personalities – When dealing with disputes deal with whether or not the standard required was achieved?

• Give written warnings – The group should warn the non-performing member in writing. Warnings are given face-to-face. If a third omission occurs after two written warnings the person is excluded from the group.

• Document poor behaviour – If a group member fails to do as agreed, document that problem. All other group members should sign off on it, once it has been agreed the member has defaulted.

• If the group does not conform – Each student is free to leave that group and join another, provided the second group agrees. Students should not feel trapped into doing the work for the rest of the group. Just deal with the issues as best you can and if worst comes to worst, leave.

Your Responsibilities

Assignments are not designed to present you with a right answer which you can memorize in the hopes that you will remember it if you ever encounter a similar situation. The learning comes from actively participating in the search for solutions.

Preparation: Assignments require more preparation and active participation.

Informal Discussion Groups: After preparing your assignment, it can really help to meet your group to talk about the assignment as whole. This will give you a chance to test your ideas on others and learn about other perspectives about the case.

Participating in group Discussions: The purpose of the group discussion is to test others ideas so that together students can reach a richer and deeper understanding of the case. The role of the discussion is to moderate and create an environment in which contributions of individual students build on one another to understand the problem more fully. This requires good team members to push ideas and support them. Good discussion also requires an emphasis on listening; others will raise ideas you hadn’t thought of and you should be prepared to change your mind and incorporate new ideas when you find them persuasive.

Rights And Obligations

While all of us have rights we also have obligations. Groups have a right to expect a certain standard of performance from each member, and each member a certain level of performance from the rest of the group.

Consider the following:

RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS
The group The member
Has the right to have all members in attendance at all group meetings. Each student has the obligation to inform the group, in ADVANCE, if you cannot attend.

Has the right to expect members to be on time.
Each student has the obligation to be on time.
Has the right to expect high quality work. Each student has an obligation to provide work of high quality.

Has the right to expect full input and participation and support from each group member.
Each student has the obligation to speak up frequently and contribute.
Has the right to hold different opinions from other members of the group. Each student has the obligation to act as a ‘devil’s advocate’ when the situation calls for it.

Has the right to debate another’s point of view.
Each student has the obligation to listen to critique.
Has the right to dismiss a group member who chooses not to perform. Each student has the obligation to support the group’s decision.

Marks Descriptors

The percentage mark that you are awarded in each section of the marking guide reflects the extent to which you have achieved each of the criteria.

For each criterion you are given a mark as follows:

80-100 Exceptional standard of work indicating complete and comprehensive understanding. The student demonstrates an extremely high level of interpretative and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates original thought and deep knowledge, high academic and presentation standard.
70-79 Excellent standard of work indicating a very high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a very high level of interpretive and analytical ability and intellectual initiative. Work demonstrates intelligent organisation, application and expansion of concepts and ideas and is presented professionally.
60-69 Good standard of work indicating a high level of understanding. The student demonstrates a high level of interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates analysis of the issues, concepts, theories involved with clear presentation of components. Work may show weaknesses, eg. lack of clarity.
50-59 Satisfactory standard of work indicating an adequate understanding. The student demonstrates adequate interpretive and analytical ability. Work demonstrates awareness and understanding of the major concepts and theories/frameworks involved, and sufficient organization of thought and expression to allow the reader to follow without effort. Works shows weaknesses, eg. flaws in logic.
less than 50 Unsatisfactory standard of work indicating an inadequate understanding. The student has failed to develop relevant skills and demonstrates insufficient interpretive and analytical ability. Discussion or argument contains errors with gaps in knowledge of key issues. Work poorly organised or not logically presented. Referencing inadequate.

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