BFA347 Unit Outline Regulatory Compliance

BFA347 Unit Outline Regulatory Compliance
Regulatory Compliance
Semester One 2013
School of Accounting and Corporate Governance
Faculty of Business
Unit Outline
Simone Bingham
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Unit description
Learning Outcomes/Assessment/Generic Graduate Attributes
Alterations to the Unit as a Result of Unit Feedback
Learning resources required
MyLO facilities used for this unit
Details of teaching arrangements
Unit Schedule
Learning expectations and teaching strategies/approaches
Specific attendance/performance requirements
How your final result is determined
How to submit Assignments
Requirements for Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
Requests for extensions
Penalties: Faculty Assessment Submission Policy
Review of Assessment and Appeals
Academic Misconduct
Further information and assistance
If you have a problem
Unit description
The Unit examines government, non-government and self-regulation of businesses in
Australia and compliance with that regulation by using a variety of mechanisms.
Examination of Work Health and Safety (WH&S) Regulation and Compliance
provides a case study for a detailed examination of business regulation and
The prerequisite for the Unit is BFA 141 Commercial Transactions.
Learning Outcomes/Assessment/Generic Graduate Attributes
See the table on the following page that sets out the Learning Outcomes, Criteria for
Assessment Tasks, Assessment Methods and Graduate Attribute Outcomes for this
unit and the linkages between them.
Generic Graduate Attributes
The University has defined a set of generic graduate attributes (GGAs) that can be
expected of all graduates
By undertaking this unit you should make progress in attaining those attributes as
described in the table on the following page:
Learning Outcomes
Assessment Criteria – In assessing this learning outcome we will consider your ability to:
1a.Knowledge of business
regulation both national and
a. Identify, describe and explain the main features of the historical development of business regulation
with particular emphasis on WHS regulation.
Online Discussion
b. Identify, describe and explain the main impacts of the Australian Federal System on government
business regulation including WHS regulation.
As above
c. Identify, describe, explain and compare/contrast the nature and purposes of business regulation with
particular emphasis on WHS regulation and evaluate the manner and extent to which the purposes are
d. Identify, describe and evaluate the most relevant regulatory theories for the three forms of business
regulation - (i) government regulation; (ii) industry self-regulation; and (iii) voluntary regulation of
business ("business regulation") with particular emphasis on WHS regulation.
e. Identify, describe and evaluate the following types of government business regulation (with particular
emphasis on WHS): command and control legislation; quasi-regulation; co-regulation; informal policies
and guidelines; and, economic instruments.
f. Identify, describe and evaluate the main types of industry self-regulation.
Assignment 1
Online Discussion
g. Identify, describe and evaluate the main types of voluntary regulation.
1b. Knowledge of methods
and systems used for securing
compliance with national and
international business
2. Ability to communicate
information and advice to
business about business
regulation and compliance
systems (both national and
international) and provide
them with advice to solve
compliance problems in the
context of their social
responsibility to ensure
regulatory compliance.
As above
Assignment 1
Online Discussion
Online Discussion
As above
h. Identify, describe, explain and compare/contrast the differing regulatory instruments/tools that are
used (for e, f & g) to achieve the purposes referred to in c. above and evaluate their usage (with
particular emphasis on WHS).
i. Identify, describe, explain and evaluate the regulatory enforcement activities of Government business
regulators with particular emphasis on WHS regulators.
Assignment 1
Online Discussion
As above
j. Identify, describe, explain and evaluate the main costs and benefits of business regulation for the main
stakeholders (with particular emphasis on WHS).
As above
a. Describe, explain and evaluate the following methods and systems available to governments for
securing compliance with business regulation (with particular emphasis on WHS) – use of: regulatory
design; enforcement by regulators; quasi-regulation; co-regulation; informal policies and guidelines;
economic instruments; and, education and information strategies.
b. Describe, explain and evaluate the following methods available to industry for securing compliance
with business regulation (with particular emphasis on WHS) – use of enforcement provisions contained
in: self-regulatory codes of conduct, professional bodies‟ codes, industry service charters, guidelines and
standards, industry based accreditation and complaint handling schemes.
c. Describe, explain and evaluate the following methods available to businesses for securing compliance
with business regulation (with particular emphasis on WHS ) – use of : enforcement provisions contained
in voluntary/internal codes of conduct; corporate governance and risk management practices;
management practices including QA and TQM; compliance with AS3806 2006; and AS/NZS 4804/4801.
a. Describe, explain and evaluate the education, training, skills and experience of compliance
professionals and their role in providing advice to businesses for achieving regulatory compliance
nationally and internationally (with particular emphasis on WHS).
b. Provide preliminary written advice to national and international business clients in relation to business
regulation and the implementation of any one or more of the strategies referred to above for securing
regulatory compliance (with particular emphasis on WHS), using the knowledge, education, training,
skills and experience expected of a compliance professional.
c. Provide preliminary written advice to national and international business clients in relation to the
engagement of compliance professionals including advice in relation to the services that they can provide
and the manner and extent to which they can provide solutions to regulation and regulatory compliance
problems of the business (with particular emphasis on WHS regulation).
As above
Online Discussion
As above
As above
As above
As above
Graduate Attribute Outcomes
Basic broad subject knowledge
An understanding of the concept and process of
lifelong learning.
An understanding of the written communication
requirements of business.
The ability to clearly and accurately communicate
information in both written and oral formats.
The ability to apply logical thinking to a range of
business and related problems
Ability to determine and apply an ethical framework to
simulated governance tasks for situations involving
both Australian and international contexts.
An awareness of the global business environment and
the ability to evaluate and incorporate its influence on
governance practices and decisions.-
Alterations to the Unit as a Result of Unit Feedback
The Unit Materials, Discussion Questions and Assignment Questions have been
amended to take account of legal and other changes so that they materials are now
up to date and relevant. The quantity of the Unit Readings has been reduced.
Learning resources required
Requisite texts
There is no text for this unit. However, I have used the following book to provide
material for various Modules and Topics. There are copies in Closed Reserve at the
Morris Miller, Launceston and Cradle Coast libraries.
Planning Work Health & Safety: A Guide to WHS Risk Management, CCH
Australia Ltd, 2012.
Course Materials
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Modules 1-5 (there are Topics within each Module). The Materials include: “Lecture
Materials”; “PowerPoint slideshows” with audio narrations for each Topic; copies of
slides (in PDF format – 6 per page); „Readings‟ that I have taken from various
sources (in PDF format) including the WEB (direct links are provided when I do this).
(the „Readings‟ are intended to be used in conjunction with the Lecture Notes and to
make Unit more practical and useful for you); and, „Activities‟ which allow you to
apply the knowledge that you have gained in individual topics.
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Discussion is arranged under a list of „Topics‟, which are as follows.
“General Discussion” (Modules 1-5) – I have opened Topics for each of the five (5)
Modules in which you can make postings in relation to the particular Modules (these
are for Non-Assessable Discussion ONLY). For example, you may have questions to
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“Assessable Discussion” (Modules 1-5) – Assessable Discussions are a part of this
unit (see later in this Outline). I have opened four (4) Discussion Topics that create
discussion areas for each Assessable Discussion. The number of Assessable
Discussion Topics is equal to the number of Assessable Discussions that students
MUST participate in (see later in this Outline).
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that are relevant to the unit that you may have seen on TV or read about in the press
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will enjoy it!
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Details of teaching arrangements
This unit is offered by flexible delivery. NO formal face-to-face classes or meetings
are scheduled.
Unit Schedule
The following Schedule sets out the Modules and Topics that make up this unit. A
suggested target time schedule is set out in the third column for those who wish to
complete the course progressively throughout the semester. The Readings for each
Topic are indicated in the Course Materials on MyLO
Completion Dates
Introduction to the Unit
1a Background and Unit Overview
1b Business and Regulation
1c Complying with Business Regulation
1d Case Study in Regulatory Compliance – WHS
2a Business Regulation and the Federal System
2b Regulation by Legislation
2c Quasi Regulation and Co-Regulation
2d Informal Policies and Guidelines
2e Education and Information Strategies
2f Economic Instruments
2g Penalties and Sanctions
2h Regulators and Regulation
2i Corporations
2j Lawyers and Legal Issues
6 March, Semester
Week 2
Sunday 31 March,
Semester Week 5.
Assessable Discussion 1 due date: Sunday 31 March
[Mid-Semester Break – 28 March – 3 April]
3a Industry Self-Regulation and Codes of Conduct
3b Voluntarism
Friday 12 April,
Semester Week 6.
Assignment 1 due date: Midnight Sunday 14 April
Assessable Discussion 2 due date: Sunday 21 April 2013
4a Compliance, Governance and Management
4b Historical Development of Regulatory Compliance
4c Legislators and Compliance
4d Commonwealth Criminal Code
4e Regulators and Compliance
4f Compliance and the Courts
4g The Compliance Industry
Assessable Discussion 3 due date: Sunday 5 May 2013
Sunday 5 May,
Semester Week 10
5a Compliance Programs and AS3806: 2006
5b AS3806 - Commitment
5c AS3806 - Implementation
5d AS3806 – Monitoring, Measuring & Continual
5e Case Study - OHS Compliance
5f WHS - Risk Management
5g WHS – Compliance Policy and Planning
5h WHS - Compliance Implementation
5i WHS – Compliance Measurement, Evaluation and Review
5j Workers Compensation and Injury Management
Sunday 26 May,
Semester Week 12
Assessable Discussion 4 due date: Sunday 26 May 2013
Monday 3 June –
Friday 7 June
Study Period
Capstone Assignment - Monday 10 June 2013
Unit Schedule: Dates for Semester 1, 2013
Week 1
25 February
Week 2
4 March
Week 3
11 March
Week 4
18 March
Week 5
25 March
Mid Semester Break Thursday 28 March to Wednesday 3 April
Week 6
8 April
Week 7
15 April
Week 8
22 April
Week 9
29 April
Week 10
6 May
Week 11
13 May
Week 12
20 May
Week 13
27 May
Week 14
3 June – 7 June (Study Period)
Examination Period
8 June – 25 June.
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Students are expected to participate actively and positively in the
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as required, strive to maintain steady progress within the subject or
unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and submit
required work on time.
Teaching and Learning Strategies
As mentioned above, there are five (5) Modules for you to study independently in this
unit, each of which has a number of Topics within it. For each Topic there are
narrated PowerPoint slides that introduce the key concepts for that Topic. There are
also Readings for each of the Topics (and in some cases videos) and some
questions for you to „consider‟ and „activities‟ to do in relation to the readings. There
are also questions for four (4) Assessable Discussions located at the end of Modules
2, 3, 4 and 5 (see later in this Outline). There is a requirement for the completion of
these Assessable Discussions by four (4) fixed dates throughout the Semester and
you must comply with this requirement so that you do not lose marks (see under
At the end of each Module there are also „Self Review Activities‟ for you to undertake
that will allow you to test your knowledge of the material covered in the Module.
There is one (1) assignment that is due during the semester and at the end of the
Unit, there is a Capstone Assignment to undertake and return to me (see later in this
From the start of Semester it is important to work consistently through the Course
Materials. If there is any area of work that you do not understand, you should contact
me immediately via email or personally, and make sure you do not progress to the
next Topic/Module without a thorough understanding of the previous one. Each part
of the unit develops themes from, and assumes an understanding of, the previous
Modules/Topics, so it is important that areas are not to be skipped. I will reply to
email requests for assistance within 48 hours during business hours (Mon – Fri
9.00am -5.00pm).
Test your knowledge by undertaking the „Self Review Activities‟. Make sure that you
complete assessable discussion by the due dates indicated under „Assessment”.
Start work on each of the two assignments early so that you will have adequate time
to complete them and every opportunity to be awarded a good mark.
Encouraging you to study and learn independently is an important goal of university
study. It is a feature of a reflective approach to learning in which you reflect on what it
is you are learning and how you plan your learning strategy. It is not the aim of
flexible delivery that you feel you must work through problems alone. Throughout the
unit as mentioned above, there are “questions” and “activities” for you to consider
and you may choose to discuss these by making postings to the Non-Assessable
Discussion Topics for each of the Modules via the Discussion facility of MyLO. There
are also the questions for Assessable Discussion with other students. The exchange
of information and ideas is a very important part of the learning development. You
will gain most benefit by staying in close contact with other students and with me.
There are also the „Self Review Activities‟ for you to undertake at the end of each
All aspects of your work are expected to be of a high standard, both in academic
content and quality of presentation. It is important to contact me immediately should
you experience any difficulties. Do not be reluctant to ask questions or contribute
ideas, even if only partly formed, as these can often form a basis for very
constructive interaction. Remember that the MyLO Discussions (Assessable and
Non-Assessable) will be as interesting and useful as you make them.
The “Double L, Double R, Double D” approach
To get the most from this unit, you should adopt the following approach:
Locate the Topic on MyLO that must be done next.
Listen to the PowerPoint presentation for it.
Read the relevant section of the lecture materials and the other readings
provided for the Topic on MyLO.
Reflect on the concepts and issues that have been encountered using the
questions and activities posed for your consideration.
Discuss the issues raised by any or all of the Modules using the Discussion
Topics that I have created for you.
Do any other activities that are scheduled/provided for the Topic or Module.
Formal Written Feedback from me on Assessable Discussion 1 (15%)
As mentioned above, if there is any area of work that you do not understand or need
help with, you MUST contact me immediately, and I will assist you in every possible
way. The assistance given may include „Informal‟ feedback eg: you may ask for
assistance in relation to a plan that you have prepared for Assignment 1 and I will
provide feedback on your plan.
However, I will ALSO provide „Formal Written Feedback‟ in relation to Assessable
Discussion 1 (this will be your discussion for EITHER Discussion 1 or 2 – both of
which you are required to do – I will choose to mark one or the other - see p.14).
It is intended that by providing Formal Written Feedback on Assessable Discussion 1
(15%) you will be afforded the opportunity to know how you are performing against
the „Criteria‟ for Assessable Discussions (see later in this Outline) and you will be
encouraged to work consistently through the Course Materials from the start of the
Semester. If you find as a result of Formal Written Feedback that you are not
performing well, you have the opportunity to know HOW you can improve your
performance with a view to receiving the highest possible mark for your next
Assessable Discussion (15%) (ie: Discussion 3 or 4 – depending on which one I
choose to mark).
The condition on which Formal Written Feedback for Discussion 1 (15%) will be
provided is that you complete your discussion postings on or before the due dates
namely:- Discussion 1 – by Midnight on Sunday 31 March; Discussion 2 - by Midnight
on Sunday 21 April. The feedback will be emailed to you via MyLO together with your
mark for the Discussion.
Web Documents
You should also obtain (as and when required) copies of “Documents” that are
located on the Internet (you will be told when to do this in particular Modules). The
Documents are referred to and used in many Topics and Modules throughout the
Unit in conjunction with the Course Materials. On MyLO you are provided with the
Internet address and a button that you can click on to access the site where the
Document is located and it may be viewed. Then you can take a copy of the
Document for your personal use in connection with your study of this unit. Typically
the documents are in PDF format.
The Media
Regulatory Compliance developments of one type or another are frequently in the
media. To make this unit more interesting and useful you should try to keep abreast
of these developments by reading newspapers and magazines. You should also
watch current affairs and business programs on TV and listen to such programs on
the radio.
Student Interaction and Discussion
Throughout the semester, your objective should be to gain a broad knowledge and
understanding of the Topics that are covered in the various Modules contained in the
unit. Wherever possible, discuss issues with other students. Make extensive use of
MyLO Discussion, both Assessable and Non-Assessable that I have provided for you
to use. You should make sure that you use the „Social Café‟ for example, so that we
can all get to know each other. Use any or all of the Topics in the Discussion area – it
can be very helpful.
Contact with me
If you have a problem that cannot be resolved by communication and interaction with
other students, you should not hesitate to contact me at the earliest opportunity. You
should use MyLO Mail or your personal email or, if necessary telephone me or ask
me to telephone you back (you can do this in your email by providing a return
telephone number).
As NO formal face-to-face classes or meetings are scheduled for this unit, you MUST
maintain regular contact with me in this way so that you can get the necessary
assistance to undertake the unit. If you are geographically close to the Hobart
Campus of the University, you can make an appointment to see me and get the help
you need face-to-face.
Unit Schedule
There is a Unit Schedule provided earlier in the Unit Outline (see earlier) in which you
will find the five (5) Modules covered in this unit together with the separate Topics
covered in each Module. It also contains SUGGESTED target times for the
completion of the five (5) Modules in the unit. This will be helpful for you to complete
the Unit progressively throughout the Semester. The „Readings‟ for each of the
Modules/Topics are indicated in the Unit Resources on MyLO. You MUST allow
yourself SUFFICIENT TIME to work your way through all of the Modules and the
Topics within them, participate in the Assessable Discussion and, complete the one
(1) Assignment. It would be VERY unwise to leave insufficient time so that you have
to complete a large amount of work in a short period. In particular, you will see under
„Assessment‟ that you are not permitted to undertake the Capstone Assignment
(40%) in the unit UNLESS and UNTIL you complete ALL of the requirements for the
unit by the prescribed DEADLINES ie: four (4) „Assessable Discussions‟ (two are
marked – 30%) and one (1) Assignment (30%).
If you are studying this unit you must already have developed skills and strategies
that have helped you to achieve success in previous undergraduate units. However,
the subject matter of this unit will be new to you. In addition to practical problem
solving and application of regulatory compliance practices, the unit requires an ability
for critical and abstract thinking and good communication skills. The emphasis is on
you USING your knowledge of best practice to address real life regulatory
compliance issues that you hear about on TV and radio or read about in the media.
You should do well in this unit if you:
 have a strong interest in regulatory compliance issues;
 keep up-to-date with your coursework, and with daily newspapers, relevant
magazines, journals radio and TV programs;
 consolidate your understanding by making appropriate short notes and
 give yourself plenty of time to complete your “Assignments”;
 prepare for and actively participate in Assessable and Non-Assessable
Discussion (this is especially important as a medium for students from many
disciplines to share their particular expertise); and
 take responsibility for your own learning.
Specific attendance/performance requirements
This unit is offered by flexible delivery. NO formal face-to-face classes or meetings
are scheduled and therefore there are no specific attendance requirements.
In order to pass this unit you must complete and submit each item of assessment
listed below AND achieve a final result of at least 50%.
Assessment schedule
Assessment Assessment
task number task
task 1
task 2
task 3
Assignment 1:
Date due
Discussions 1 – Sun Wk 5,
31 March 2013
Discussions 2 – Sun Wk 6,
21 April 2013
Discussions 3 – Sun Wk 10,
5 May 2013
Discussions 4 – Sun Wk 12,
26 May 2013
Midnight Sun 15 April 2013
(2 x 15%)
(see later)
Midnight Mon 10 June 2013
NOTE: midnight is based on Australian Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Assessment details
Assessment task 1 – Assessable Discussions – 30%
There are four (4) Assessable Discussions and you MUST
participate in each one of them by the four (4) due dates
above. There is one (1) Assessable Discussion for each of
Modules 2 to 5. You will be assessed on the quality on your
contribution in TWO (2) ONLY (NOT FOUR (4)) of the
Discussions. The selected TWO (2) will be determined at
random by me. Any discussion not engaged in will incur a
penalty of 15%.
Task description
For ease of management of this task I will allocate you
through MyLO to an online Assessable Discussion Group.
There is no set length for this task. However, an approximate
word length for your total postings for a Module would be in
the vicinity of 375 words (375 x 4 = 1,500 words)
Task length
NOTE: this compares to the word lengths for Assignment 1
(2,100 words – 30%) and the Capstone (2,000 words – 40%).
Links to
Dates due (4)
See Table on p. 3
See below and on the MyLO homepage at the end of
/ Modules 2, 3, 4 and 5 where the Assessable Discussion
Questions are located.
Discussions 1 – Midnight on Sunday Wk 5, 31 March 2013
Discussions 2 – Midnight on Sunday Wk 6, 21 April 2013
Discussions 3 – Midnight on Sunday Wk 10, 5 May 2013
Discussions 4 – Midnight on Sunday Wk 12, 26 May 2013
You are required to engage in each one of the four (4) Assessable Discussion/s.
You may move the discussion in any broad direction that is related to the Question(s)
and issues raised by the Question/s.
I will monitor the Assessable Discussion/s regularly (in most cases on a daily basis in
the mornings), but will not interfere, except to correct misconceptions and errors and
to make postings that are designed to elicit further discussion and interaction where
this is seen to be necessary or useful. It is the Assessable Discussion for you to
explore in whatever directions and dimensions that you wish provided they are at
least tangentially related to the Question(s) and the Module/Topic content. If I can
help you to achieve this goal he will make postings designed to assist you and other
You are required to engage in Assessable Discussion at a minimum of three (3)
levels for each one of the four (4) Assessable Discussion topics and preferably at
more levels. If you fail to comply with this requirement for one or more
Assessable Discussion Topics a mark out of 15% will NOT be awarded for the
discussion/s of which the missed discussion/s forms part.
The discussion levels are as follows.
Level 1 Discussion - involves posting answers/comments in response to the
Question(s) that are posed for Discussion in the relevant Topic/Module as
indicated on MyLO. For some Assessable Discussions there may be specific
guidelines that you MUST follow for discussion.
Level 2 Discussion - involves responding to the first posting of at least one other
student in response to the Question(s) that are posed for Discussion. You can
agree or disagree with the first posting of that student and you must give your
reasons. You can also make other comments that are relevant to what they have
stated in their first posting or, which are relevant to the Topic/Module. For some
Assessable Discussions there may be specific guidelines that you MUST follow
for discussion.
Level 3 and Later Levels of Discussion - involve responding to ANY postings at
ANY level.
The more levels of discussion that you engage in, the greater the opportunity that
you will have to be awarded a high mark for Assessable Discussion. However, the
mark will not only depend on the number of levels of discussion that you engage in, it
will also depend on the manner and extent to which you comply with the
„Assessment Criteria‟ for Discussion provided on MyLO under each of the four (4)
A mark out of 15% will be awarded for each of the two (2) discussions that are chosen
at random by me in accordance with the above „Assessment Criteria‟. The marks will be
awarded on the basis of ALL of your discussion postings (3 or more). Postings will not
be marked individually. The marks for the two (2) discussions will be added together
and converted to give a mark out of 15% for that Assessable Discussion. The two
marks for Assessable Discussion will be added together to give a mark out of 30% for
Assessable Discussion. Marks for each of the two (2) discussions will be advised via
email sent to you on MyLO.
Student discussion is likely to be more constructive and effective if you participate when
others in the Group are also discussing the Question(s) for Assessable Discussion.
You cannot expect to stimulate or direct the discussion of your group if you leave your
contributions until a date close to one of the four (4) due dates for assessable
discussion. Therefore, you should monitor the discussion board of your group regularly
to see what discussion is taking place during the four (4) periods for discussion.
NOTE: For ALL Topics there are questions posed for student „consideration' (and
activities). The questions are NOT the Questions for Assessable Discussion, which
are clearly marked as such on MyLO and are located at the end of each Module. The
questions for „consideration‟ and the „activities‟ are made available so that you will
have the opportunity to explore and apply the knowledge and information that you
have gained from doing the relevant Topic and the questions may facilitate your
participation in „Non-Assessable Discussion‟ for that Module/Topic (use the „General
Discussion‟ Topics for Modules 1-5 in the „Discussions‟ area mentioned earlier).
NOTE: If you wish to receive „Formal Written Feedback‟ (see earlier) on your
Assessable Discussion 1, you Must complete the requirements for the Discussion by
the two (2) due dates namely, Module 2 – by Midnight on Sunday 31 March; and
Module 3 - by Midnight on Sunday 21 April. The feedback will be emailed to you via
MyLO together with your mark for the Discussion.
NOTE: Feedback on Assessable Discussion 2 (15%) will NOT be provided
(ONLY on Discussion 1 (15%).
Assessment task 2 – Assignment 1 – 30%
Task description
NOTE: Summary (only). See MyLO under “Assessment Tasks –
Discussion and Assignment 1” for FULL description.
Written in depth analysis of the regulatory enforcement policies and
activities of Workplace Standards Tasmania (differentiated from
WorkCover Tasmania). Logically argued and clearly presented.
Task length
learning outcomes
Assessment criteria /
Guidelines / Marking
Date due
2,100 words (see later „Over length Work p.19)
See Table on p. 3
Provided on MyLO under “Assessment Tasks –
Discussion and Assignment 1”
Midnight on Sunday 14 April 2013 (EST)
Assessment task 3 – Capstone Assignment
Task description
It may require examination of material covered in any or all
Modules. It is a substitute for a final examination in the Unit.
The objectives of the Capstone Assignment are to test you and
afford you an opportunity to demonstrate your:
Task length
breadth of knowledge and understanding of regulation and
compliance issues;
skills in being able to identify regulation and compliance issues
in given factual situations;
understanding of appropriate measures for developing and
maintaining regulatory compliance systems and programs;
skills in applying regulatory compliance practices to factual
competence in using an appropriate discipline specific
academic writing style to present answers to questions and
arguments coherently and concisely; and
capability in other aspects related to the Learning Outcomes
and the Graduate Attribute Outcomes listed in the Table on p.
2,000 words (see later „Over length Work p.19)
learning outcomes
See table on p. 3
Assessment criteria /
Demonstration of the knowledge, skills, competencies and capabilities
listed above. Assessment Criteria, Guidelines and Marking Sheet
attached to and forms part of the Capstone Assignment.
Date due
Midnight on Monday 11 June, 2013 (EST)
When you have worked completely through the Unit Resources, participated in the
four (4) Assessable Discussions and submitted the Assignment by the due dates,
you may send an email request to me to email the Capstone Assignment to you. The
Assignment will be emailed to you by 5.00pm on the next business day following
receipt of your email request. Recall that the FINAL date and time for submission of
all Assessable Discussions is Midnight on Sunday 26 May 2013 (ie: Sunday of Week
12 of Semester 1). If you comply with this deadline having submitted your two
assignments and you forward an email request to me on that day, the Capstone
Assignment will be emailed to you by 5.00pm on Monday 27 May 2013.
How your final result is determined
To be able to pass this unit, you MUST satisfactorily participate in EACH one of the
four (4) Assessable Discussions by the due dates AND submit the Assignment by the
due date AND submit the Capstone Assignment by the due date.
The marks for each of the three (3) Assessment Tasks are added together to
determine your final result. You must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% to pass
the unit.
You will be advised by the University of your total mark and grade when results for
Semester 1 Units are formally released by the University to all students.
You will NOT be entitled to receive information in relation to your mark and grade or
work undertaken in connection with the Capstone Assignment until AFTER formal
release of results AND upon receipt by me of a formal request (lodge an Application
with the School for „Access to Examination Script‟).
How to submit Assignments
Each one of the assignments MUST be submitted to the relevant DROP BOX (there
is a separate Drop Box for each one of the Assignments) at the MyLO site for the
Unit. The boxes are located at the „Assessment‟ section of the home page for the unit
under „Assignment Submissions and Information‟ – „Assignment 1‟ and „Capstone
You are required to make your SUBMISSION and ADD an attachment to the
submission that contains your assignment. Before making the submission you are
required to DECLARE that the assignment is your own work and that you have read
and complied with the University statement on Plagiarism and Academic Integrity.
You MUST do this by clicking on the button: „I AGREE‟ after which you will be able to
proceed to submit your assignment.
The attachment for the assignment MUST be a Microsoft Word file (Version 2010 or
earlier) or a Rich Text File.
You MUST retain an exact electronic copy of each submitted assignment that is not
to be altered until your mark is released to you. Note that this copy may be requested
for viewing at any time during the marking process.
Requirements for Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
The submitted Assignment and Capstone Assignment are to be presented in
accordance with the Guide for Students issued by the Faculty of Business. You can
find a copy of the Guide at the following website:
Your attention is particularly drawn to the University‟s rules on Academic
Misconduct and Plagiarism (see later). Whilst you are encouraged to work together
with other students and exchange information in this unit, the submitted Assignment
and the Capstone Assignment must be your own work. The Assignment and
Capstone Assignment scripts containing any plagiarised information will be referred
to the Head of School and will be subject to the disciplinary processes of the
Marking of Assignment 1 and Assessable Discussion Postings
Assignment 1 will be marked as quickly as possible after submission and the mark,
grade and written feedback will be emailed to you personally via MyLO. A marked up
assignment will NOT be posted to you. Assignment 1 and the Capstone Assignment
may be submitted to plagiarism detection software.
Your postings for the Online Assessable Discussion will be marked as quickly as
possible after the due dates for Discussions 2 and 4, and marks and grades will be
emailed to you personally via MyLO.
Requests for extensions
Extensions of time will only be granted in accordance with paragraph 4 of the Faculty
Assessment Submission Policy set out below. The relevant form is available at: and on MyLO.
Penalties: Faculty Assessment Submission Policy
Late Submission of Coursework - Assessable Discussion Postings, Assignment 1
and Capstone Assignment
“In this Policy
(a) „day‟ or „days‟ includes weekends and public holidays;
(b) „late‟ means after the due date and time; and
(c) „coursework‟ includes all internal non examination based forms of
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in Units taught by the Faculty of
Business at whatever Campus or location.
Students are expected to submit coursework on or before the due date and
time specified in the relevant Unit Outline. The onus is on the student to prove
the date and time of submission.
Students with special circumstances may apply for an extension. Requests for
extensions should be made in writing to the Unit Coordinator on or before the
due date. Students will need to provide independent supporting documentation
to substantiate their claims.
Late submission of coursework will incur a penalty of 10% of the available
marks for each day the coursework is late unless an extension had been
granted on or before the relevant due date.
Coursework submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
Late work must be submitted to a staff member in the relevant School or
Faculty Office and the time of submission recorded.
Academic staff DO NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty”.
You are expected to submit coursework electronically - via the MyLO discussion
board for your Assessable Discussion Postings and via the MyLO drop box for
Assignment 1 and the Capstone Assignment.
Over-length Work – Assignments 1 and the Capstone Assignment
The word limit specified on your assessment task is a maximum. If you submit overlength work there will be an automatic 10% penalty of available marks. It will be at my
discretion whether the words beyond the limit will be assessed. Title pages,
reference lists and appendices are not included in word counts.
Review of Assessment and Appeals
Review of assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following School Policy for a review of
any piece of continuous/internal assessment.
As well as including any assessment task undertaken across the teaching phase of
any unit (such as an assignment, a tutorial presentation, an online discussion, and
the like), the term internal assessment also includes any task such as a capstone
assignment or a take-home-examination conducted within a non-face-to-face unit.
Within 5 days of the release of the assessment result, a student may request a
meeting with the assessor for the purpose of an informal review of the result
(Academic Assessment Rule No 2 Clause 22 ).
During this meeting, the student should be prepared to discuss specifically the marks
for the section/s of the marking criteria they are disputing and why they consider their
mark/s is/are inappropriate. The assessor shall provide a response to the request for
review either at the meeting or within 5 days. If the student is dissatisfied with the
response, he/she may, within 5 days of the response, request the Head of School to
arrange for a formal review of the assessment by completing and lodging with the
School a „Review of Assessment Form‟.
Review of final result
You may also request a review of the final result (assessment) in this unit. This
would usually involve a review of your final examination script.
Step 1: You may request to see your examination script after results have been
released, by completing the “Access to Exam Script” form available from the School
office or at
Step 2: Your Unit Coordinator will then contact you within 5 working days to arrange
a time to go through the examination script with you (you will need to ensure that you
check your UTAS email account regularly during this time).
Step 3: Should you still require a review/remark of your final result, a formal request
(and payment if relevant) must be made ONLY after completing Step 2 and, to
comply with UTAS policy, within 10 days from the release of the final grade
(Academic Senate Rule 2: Academic Assessment Clause 23). You will need to
complete a form “Application for Review of Assessment” available on-line:
that if you have passed the unit, then you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The School of Accounting and Corporate Governance reserves the right to
refuse a student request to review their final result should this process not be
Academic referencing
In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to journals,
books, websites and other scholarly literature.
It is important that you understand how to correctly refer to the work of others and
maintain academic integrity. Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others
constitutes academic dishonesty (plagiarism), a matter considered by UTAS as a
serious offence.
The appropriate referencing style for the School of Accounting and Corporate
Governance is the Harvard style. For information on referencing styles, it is
imperative that you:
Refer to the School‟s website – Accounting Communication Matters
access the following UTAS Library site:
A link to the UTAS Library site also appears under “Useful Links” on the Student
Resources page of the School website.
Please read the following statement on plagiarism.
Plagiarism is a form of cheating. It is taking and using someone else's
thoughts, writings or inventions and representing them as your own; for
example, using an author's words without putting them in quotation marks and
citing the source, using an author's ideas without proper acknowledgment and
citation, copying another student's work.
If you have any doubts about how to refer to the work of others in your
assignments, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing
guidelines, and the academic integrity resources on the web. See:
The intentional copying of someone else‟s work as one‟s own is a serious
offence punishable by penalties that may range from a fine or
deduction/cancellation of marks and, in the most serious of cases, to exclusion
from a unit, a course or the University. Details of penalties that can be imposed
are available in the Ordinance of Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic
Misconduct. See:
The University and any persons authorised by the University may submit your
assessable works to a plagiarism checking service, to obtain a report on
possible instances of plagiarism. Assessable works may also be included in a
reference database. It is a condition of this arrangement that the original
author‟s permission is required before a work within the database can be
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines, see or follow the link under „Policy, Procedures and
Feedback‟ on the Current Students homepage.
Should you require clarification, please see your unit coordinator or lecturer, or ask a
member of the Library staff via:
Each unit MyLO site also has a direct link to the above site.
Academic Misconduct
“Academic misconduct” is defined in the University Ordinance of Student Discipline
(Ordinance 9) – Part 3 Academic Misconduct as: “including cheating, plagiarism
and any other conduct by which a student -
(a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for any other person, any academic
advantage or advancement to which they or that other person are not
entitled; or
(b) improperly disadvantages any other student”.
Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the
Ordinance, and this can include the imposition of penalties. Details of penalties that
can be imposed are available at:
Further information and assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assignments, have personal or
life planning issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study, you
are advised to raise these with your lecturer in the first instance. There is a range of
University-wide support services available to you including Teaching & Learning,
Student Services, International Services. Please refer to the Current Students
homepage at:
Should you require assistance in accessing the Library visit their website for more
information at:
If you have a problem of an academic nature, please see your lecturer. For individual
assistance, you are encouraged to see your lecturer/tutor during "consultation hours"
if you have problems using MyLO, contact the service desk at.
Telephone: 62261818 Email: [email protected]
The University also has formal policies, which can be accessed at:
If you have a problem
In the first instance you should discuss the matter with me. However, if you do not
feel comfortable approaching me, or if you have a discussion and are not satisfied
with the outcome, then you are encouraged to contact the Major Coordinator:
Corporate Governance Major Coordinator:
David Kronenberg
(03) 6226 2280
[email protected]
Discussions with the major coordinator will be kept in the strictest confidence.
You are always welcome to also raise issues with one of the Co-Heads of
School, as appropriate:
David Kronenberg ([email protected])
Trevor Wilmshurst ([email protected])
If you are on the Launceston or the Cradle Coast campus and the coordinator is not
located on that campus, you may consult Trevor Wilmshurst (Launceston,
[email protected])
[email protected] ) with whom you can also have confidential discussions.
If you wish to pursue the matter further, a student advocate may be able to assist
you. Information about the advocates is available at:
Students with Disabilities – University & Faculty Equity Plans
Goal 1 of the University of Tasmania Equity Plan provides for: “An inclusive teaching
and learning environment that values diversity, supports the pursuit of academic
excellence and produces high quality education and employment results for all
students and staff”:
The Faculty of Business Equity Plan facilitates the University Plan at an operational
level and has developed an „Action Plan‟. The Action Plan for Goal 1 lays down
procedures to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, have equal
access to lecture and course materials. The School of Accounting & Corporate
Governance complies with these procedures.
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