Business Report

 

 

MAA310 Accounting and society 

Trimester 2 2017

Assessment task 1  Report 

 

Learning Outcome Details

Unit Learning Outcome (ULO) Graduate Learning Outcome (GLO)
ULO 2: Evaluate contemporary accounting and business issues incorporating global perspectives. 1, 2, 4 and 8
ULO 4: Justify, analyse and communicate financial and nonfinancial information to assist managers’ ethical and responsible decision making and reporting. 1, 2 and 4

Assessment Feedback:

Students who submit their work by the due date will receive their marks and feedback on CloudDeakin by 4 September 2017 at 9am AEST.

 

Word limit: 2,000 words maximum (excluding references and the executive summary). In-text citations, the introduction, body and conclusion of the report are included in the word count.

Students who exceed 2,000 words will be penalised 1 mark (of the available 20 marks for this task) per 100 words over the word limit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Description / Requirements

Background:

Woolworths Limited (Woolworths) is a large listed Australian company which operates in a number of different sectors. These include supermarkets, liquor stores, petrol, gaming machines (poker machines) and finance. In 2016, Woolworths was reported to be Australia’s biggest poker machine owner.[1] Recently there has been a number of media articles suggesting that Woolworths should no longer operate gaming machines.

 

Required:

Assume you are a business consultant recently hired by the Board of Directors of Woolworths Limited. The Board has asked you to prepare a business report which evaluates whether Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia firstly, using arguments developed from an agency theory approach and secondly, using arguments from a stakeholder theory approach. Based on your evaluation, the Board has asked you to conclude with your recommendation on whether Woolworths should continue operating gaming machines.

 

A detailed rubric is provided which you should refer to as you complete this assessment task.

 

Submission Instructions

Submit your work online to the assignment Dropbox on CloudDeakin.

  • You should include sub-headings in your report
  • An executive summary is required, in addition to the introduction.
  • Students must submit a properly referenced assignment that complies with the Harvard referencing style.
  • You must keep a backup copy of the assignment you submit, until the marked assignment has been returned to you. In the unlikely event that one of your assignments is misplaced, you will need to submit your backup copy.
  • Any work you submit may be checked by electronic or other means for the purposes of detecting collusion and/or plagiarism.
  • When you are required to submit an assignment through your CloudDeakin unit site, you will receive an email to your Deakin email address confirming that it has been submitted. You should check that you can see your assignment in the Submissions view of the Assignment Dropbox folder after upload, and check for, and keep, the email receipt for the submission.

 

 

 

 

Notes

  • Penalties for late submission: The following marking penalties will apply if you submit an assessment task after the due date and time without an approved extension: 5% will be deducted from available marks, each day up to five days, and work that is submitted more than five days after the due date will not be marked. You will receive 0% for the task. ‘Day’ means working day for paper submissions and calendar day for electronic submissions. The Unit Chair may refuse to accept a late submission where it is unreasonable or impracticable to assess the task after the due date.
  • Please consider carefully the impact of late submission on achievement of the hurdle requirement on this assignment.
  • For more information about academic misconduct, special consideration, extensions, and assessment feedback, please refer to the document Your rights and responsibilities as a student in this Unit in the first folder next to the Unit Guide of the Resources area in the CloudDeakin unit site.
  • Building evidence of your experiences, skills and knowledge (Portfolio) – Building a portfolio that evidences your skills, knowledge and experience will provide you with a valuable tool to help you prepare for interviews and to showcase to potential employers. There are a number of tools that you can use to build a portfolio. You are provided with cloud space through OneDrive, or through the Portfolio tool in the Cloud Unit Site, but you can use any storage repository system that you like. Remember that a Portfolio is YOUR tool. You should be able to store your assessment work, reflections, achievements and artefacts in YOUR Portfolio. Once you have completed this assessment piece, add it to your personal Portfolio to use and showcase your learning later, when applying for jobs, or further studies. Curate your work by adding meaningful tags to your artefacts that describe what the artefact represents.

 

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[1] http://www.smh.com.au/business/retail/poker-machine-reform-raises-stakes-for-woolworths-supermarket-chain-20160721-gqb4qz.html

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MAA310 Accounting and Society – Assessment Task 1  Marking rubric – Written report T2 2017

MARKING CRITERIA 50 N P C D HD
Executive Summary 5 0 – 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 – 5.0
A correctly structured executive summary is included in the report.

 

 

 

  The report does not include an executive summary or the report includes an executive summary but it does not provide a summary of the contents of the report. The report includes an executive summary but it includes very limited information on the content of the report. The report includes an executive summary that logically summarises some of the contents of the report. The report includes an executive summary that logically and coherently summarises all aspects of the report but it includes irrelevant information or extraneous detail. The report includes an executive summary that logically and coherently summarises all aspects of the report.
Introduction /5 0 – 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 – 5.0
The purpose and scope of

the report is briefly introduced

  Little or no evidence of the purpose. The purpose and scope are present but limited. The purpose and scope are generally clear and appropriate. The purpose and scope are clear and appropriate. A sophisticated awareness of purpose, scope and audience is evident.
Response to task /25 0 – 12.0 12.5 – 14.5 15.0 – 17.0 17.5 – 19.5 20.0 – 25.0
Evaluates whether

Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia using arguments developed from agency theory approach.

  Agency theory is not defined. The report does not evaluate whether Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines from an agency theory approach. The report defines agency theory but does not use this theory to evaluate whether Woolworths should continue to operate games machines in Australia. The report states at least one reason why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and one reason why not. While agency is defined, the identified arguments are not linked to the theory or the links to the theory are vague.

 

The report analyses two arguments why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and two arguments why Woolworths should not continue to operate gaming machines in Australia. The report defines agency theory and makes general and consistent links between the identified arguments and the theory. The report analyses two arguments why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and two arguments why Woolworths should not continue to operate gaming

machines in Australia and explicitly, logically, consistently and correctly links the identified arguments to agency theory. Agency theory is precisely defined.

 

Evaluates whether

Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines using arguments from a stakeholder theory approach.

  Stakeholder theory is not defined. The report does not evaluate whether Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines from a stakeholder theory approach. The report defines stakeholder theory but does not use this theory to evaluate whether Woolworths should continue to operate games machines in Australia The report states at least one reason why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and one reason why not. While stakeholder theory is defined, the identified arguments are not linked to the theory or the links to the theory are vague.

 

The report analyses two arguments why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and two arguments why Woolworths should not continue to operate gaming machines in Australia. The report defines stakeholder theory and makes general and consistent links between the identified arguments and the theory The report analyses two arguments why Woolworths should continue to operate gaming machines in Australia and two arguments why Woolworths should not continue to operate gaming

machines in Australia and explicitly, logically, consistently and correctly links the identified arguments to stakeholder theory. Stakeholder theory is precisely defined.

Conclusion and Recommendation /5 0 – 2.0 2.5 3.0 3.5 4.0 – 5.0
A concise summary which includes your

recommendation, based on your arguments, whether Woolworths should continue operating gaming machines

  You have not included a summary of the points in your report and/or you have not stated a recommendation. The report includes a conclusion that summarises all points discussed.

However, it does not state a recommendation or it is unclear what the recommendation is.

The report includes a conclusion that briefly summarises all points discussed. It states your recommendation but it is unclear why you have made this recommendation.

 

The report includes a conclusion that briefly summarises all points discussed. It clearly states your recommendation and this recommendation is consistent with the arguments made in your report.

 

The report includes a conclusion that briefly summarises all points discussed. It clearly states your recommendation and links this recommendation to the arguments made in your report.
Report communication and referencing /10 0 – 4.5 5.0 – 5.5 6.0 -6.5 7.0 – 7.5 8.0 – 10.0
Appropriately structured response

Appropriate use of references

Correct referencing and citing Appropriate grammar, and language

  Little or no evidence of relevant research and/or poor use and acknowledgement of sources. Texts selected may be inappropriate and/or poorly integrated, and cited.

Referencing may be uniformly

Evidence of basic research, but some sources may be inappropriate or irrelevant. Use of readings to support position may be inconsistent. Citation and referencing is attempted, but may be faulty. Academic and professional sources are used appropriately to support position but they may be limited in scope and quality. There are some errors in citation and referencing. Well selected academic and professional sources that shows evidence of wide reading are well-utilised to support argument. Citation and referencing is generally appropriate and accurate. Clear evidence of a wide variety of quality academic and professional reading. Skilful engagement and deployment of sources to enrich argument. Accurate citation and referencing.
    poor. There are numerous errors and inaccuracies in written expression. Written expression may be of variable standard and have significant grammatical errors. Expression is generally grammatically clear and uses a professional tone.

 

Expression is clear and grammatically correct, and professional in tone with only an occasional error. Information is clearly organised and expressed in concise, grammatically accurate and engaging language with an appropriate professional style.
Total Marks 50          
Contribution to final result 20