BFA719 Corporate Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line Unit Outline

BFA719 Corporate Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line Unit Outline
BFA719
Corporate Sustainability and
the Triple Bottom Line
Semester Two, 2012
Unit Outline
Lecturer-in-charge
Dr Belinda Williams
School of Accounting & Corporate Governance
Faculty of Business
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
Contact Details
Unit Coordinator:
Dr Belinda Williams
Campus:
Launceston
E-mail:
[email protected]
Telephone:
(03) 63 243661
Postal Address:
School of Accounting & Corporate Governance
University of Tasmania
Locked Bag 1314
Launceston, TAS 7250
School Website:
http://fcms.its.utas.edu.au/business/accg/
Consulting Hours:
Any time during business hours (9.00am to 5.00pm) by
appointment in Launceston, telephone or via email with a
maximum 48 hour turn around (excludes weekends and
public holidays).
Flexible Education
Officer Coordinator
Ms Latha Jeyaraj
Campus:
Launceston
e-mail:
[email protected]
Phone:
1800 449 902
(+61 3) 6324 3186
Fax:
(+61 3) 6324 3369
Room number
Building D, Room D126
© The University of Tasmania 2012
Contents
1.
Unit Description ................................................................................................... 1
2.
Learning Outcomes/General Graduate Attributes Table ...................................... 1
3.
Learning Resources Required............................................................................... 3
4.
Changes to the Unit as a Result of Student Feedback ......................................... 6
5.
Details of Teaching Arrangements ....................................................................... 6
6.
Learning Expectations and Strategies .................................................................. 6
7.
Specific Attendance/Performance Requirements ................................................. 7
8.
Assessment ........................................................................................................... 8
9.
How Your Final Result is Determined ............................................................... 11
10.
Submission of Assignments and Capstone Assignment ..................................... 12
11.
Penalties .............................................................................................................. 13
12.
SETLs ................................................................................................................. 14
13.
Academic Referencing ....................................................................................... 14
14.
Academic Misconduct ........................................................................................ 14
15.
Further Information and Assistance .................................................................... 15
16.
Unit Schedule ..................................................................................................... 17
1.
Unit Description
This Unit provides an introduction to the concept of economic, social and
environmental (triple bottom line) reporting from both a business and social
perspective. The link between triple bottom line (TBL) reporting and the concept of
sustainability is explored. This Unit also examines related areas of corporate and
government accountability, including corporate social responsibility and corporate
ethics.
2.
Learning Outcomes/General 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 links between them.
The University has defined a set of generic graduate attributes that can be expected of
all graduates. See: www.learningsupport.utas.edu.au/generic_attributes.html
By undertaking this unit you should make progress in attaining the relevant attributes
as described in the following table.
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Learning
Outcomes
Knowledge of the
concept of economic,
social and
environmental
reporting.
Link corporate social
reporting with triplebottom-line (TBL)
reporting.
Knowledge of
corporate governance
and accountability.
Assessment Criteria – In assessing this learning
outcome we will consider your ability to:
Assessment
Methods
Graduate Attribute Outcomes
Discuss and explain the concept of sustainable development and
sustainability.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1
Capstone
The assessments in this unit have been designed
to develop the following graduate attributes in
students:
Analyse a TBL report and comment on TBL reporting.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 2
Explain and apply the meaning of TBL reporting and related theories.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 2
Analyse, evaluate and make recommendations in relation to corporate
social reporting.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1
Discuss the linkages between TBL Reporting and CSR.
MyLO discussion
Assignment 1
Explain corporate governance and accountability.
MyLO discussion
Capstone
Discuss and debate current CSR and corporate sustainability issues.
MyLO discussion
Capstone
MyLO discussion
Participate and present information in online discussions.
Communicate
knowledge in an
academic style.
Write in a scholastic style.
MyLO Discussion
Assignment 1&2
Capstone
Undertake scholarly research, acknowledge sources of information and
reference according to the Harvard conventions.
MyLO Discussion
Assignment 1&2
Capstone
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Knowledge - The ability to transfer knowledge to
complex and ambiguous accounting and related
situations and transmit that knowledge to
professional peers for critical discussion.
Communication Skills - Oratory and thinking skills
that enable participation in critical discussions and
the ability to defend a position held both
individually and as part of a culturally and
linguistically diverse group.
Problem-Solving Skills - The ability to apply
relevant theoretical knowledge and integrated
strategies learnt and employed over time to
problem resolution.
Global Perspectives - An awareness of the global
business environment and the ability to evaluate
and incorporate its influence in accounting and
governance practices and decisions.
Social Responsibility - An awareness and
understanding of the social responsibilities of
accounting and governance practices and the
ability to make decisions that consider
sustainability and the public interest.
3.
Learning Resources Required
3.1.
Required Texts
There is no requisite text for this unit. Extensive course materials will be provided on
MyLO, the University’s online service which is described in more detail below.
No formal face-to-face meetings are scheduled for this unit, but students are strongly
encouraged to maintain contact with the Unit Coordinator through MyLO, e-mail, and
telephone, and with the Unit Coordinator and other students through the MyLO chat
room. Students that are geographically close are encouraged to form local work
groups.
As this unit is offered on a completely flexible basis, communication is of utmost
importance.
3.2.
Recommended Reading
Whilst there are few texts suitable for a unit such as this, there are several that will
provide useful background information. The following contain information useful to
some of the individual topics discussed. This is, however, by no means an exhaustive
list, and many other useful references will be found in the university’s library. Please
refer to the bibliography for a complete list of reading materials that will be used
and/or referred to in this subject.
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Brundtland, G. H. (1987), Our Common Future, World Commission on
Environment and Development, Switzerland.
Dellaportas, S., Gibson, K., Alagiah, R., Hutchinson, M., Leung, P. and Van
Homrigh, D. (2005), Ethics, Governance and Accountability, Wiley, Milton,
Queensland.
Estes, R. (1996), Tyranny of the Bottom Line, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, San
Francisco.
Pearce, D., Markandya, A. and Barbier, E. B. (1989), Blueprint for a Green
Economy, Earthscan Publications, London.
There are several academic journals that provide current research in this field:
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Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
Accounting Forum
Accounting Organisations and Society
Critical Perspectives on Accounting
3.3.
MyLO
MyLO is an internet service that has been adopted by the University and will be used
in this unit. MyLO may be accessed on computers in computing laboratories at the
University or on your computer at home or at work.
Information about accessing and using this service, about required computer
specifications and frequently asked questions, and about how to get help if you
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experience
difficulties,
is
available
at
the
following
University
website: http://www.utas.edu.au/coursesonline. You are strongly advised to visit
this site and become familiar with the features of MyLO, especially if you have not
used it before. You will probably be using it in other units that you are studying as
well.
Here are some important points about accessing our web site:
Access to MyLO
You can access your MyLO course from the Student Page on the University’s web
site: Quick Links MyLO or go directly to the web address noted above:
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Enter your email POP account “Username” (for example, dsmith) and your
“Password”. These are identical to the pop account/email username and
password that you are given with your enrolment confirmation form. If you
forget your pop account username, contact the Help Desk (see below under
‘getting assistance with MyLO). Both MyLO and e-mail passwords must
remain the same. If you are going to change your password, change your email password first.
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When you enter your user name and password, click on OK and choose
“BFA207” from the list of units (subjects) in which you are enrolled. [NOTE:
Another box may periodically appear when using the University network
which asks you to verify your user name & password, this is simply a security
device – enter your password when asked & click OK].
o MyLO will automatically check that your browser is properly
configured. If the MyLO ‘browser checker’ window appears – scroll
down to make sure you have a tick in each area shown – then close the
window.
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3.4.
From the Unit’s homepage click on the area you wish to access e.g. “Unit
Information”. A table of contents will appear on the left hand side of your
screen. Scroll through the list until you find what you want & click the
underlined topic.
Computer Hardware & Software
To access MyLO from your own computer you will need the appropriate software,
and
hardware
to
run
that
software.
See
Learning
Online
at: http://uconnect.utas.edu.au/ for the computer software you will need.
Note: Older computers may not have the hardware to run some of the required
software applications. Contact your local IT support person or the Service Desk on
1818 if you experience difficulties.
See MyLO: Information for Students for further information about accessing MyLO.
3.5.
MyLO Facilities Used for this Unit
MyLO facilities used for this unit include:
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Announcements - MyLO offers an “Announcements” facility, which the Unit
Coordinator will use in connection with this Unit to make announcements to you from
time to time. Only the Unit Coordinator can use the “Announcements” facility.
However, you will see below that there is a “Discussions” area with allocated
“Topics” that you can use for personal communication, either with the Unit
Coordinator or, with other students, and you should make use of these.
Discussions - This area is provided for on-line Discussion between the Unit
Coordinator and you and between you and other students. Discussion is arranged
under a list of “Topics”, which are as follows.
Assessable Discussion - Assessable Discussions are a part of this Unit (see later in
this Outline). The Unit Coordinator has opened six (6) Discussion Topics that
create discussion areas for six of the seven modules.
General Discussion - The Unit Coordinator has opened General Discussion Topics
that create general discussion areas for each of the seven modules. These are for
Non-Assessable Discussion ONLY. For example, you may wish to ask the unit
coordinator a specific question about the module or make a comment to your
fellow students or ask questions to them in terms of generating discussion that will
help you or may be of interest to them.
Assignments - The Unit Coordinator has opened a Topic in which you can make
postings in relation to the assignments. For example, you may have queries that
you wish to raise with the Unit Coordinator and can use this Topic for that
purpose.
Café - The Unit Coordinator has opened this Topic so that you can communicate
with other students with a view to getting to know everyone in the Unit.
Other Discussion Topics may be opened by the Unit Coordinator as particular
needs are identified throughout the Semester. If you think that a special
Discussion Topic area is needed you should let the Unit Coordinator know.
Mail - MyLO offers a “Mail” facility, which the Unit Coordinator will use in
connection with this Unit to send emails to you from time to time and to advise marks
awarded for Assignments. If you wish to communicate with the Unit Coordinator
privately, please use the MyLO Mail facility.
You should NOT use MyLO Mail to send files to the Unit Coordinator containing
your assignment (see later in this Outline) and/or capstone assignment (see later in
this Outline). You MUST send these files to the Unit Coordinator through TURNITIN
provided in MyLO.
If you have difficulty in gaining access to or using MyLO you can contact the Service
Desk Tel: (03) 62 26 1818 (1300 304 903 Free call – Tasmanian Land Lines only) or
send an e-mail message detailing your problem to: [email protected] (you can
use the on-line form to request help).
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3.6
MyLO expectations
1. Students are expected to maintain the highest standards of conduct across all
modes of communication, either with staff or with other students. Penalties
may be imposed if the Unit Coordinator believes that in any instance or mode
of communication that your language or content is inappropriate or offensive.
MyLO
2. In particular provides a public forum. Due levels of respect, professionalism
and high ethical standards are expected of all at all times.
3. Submission of assessment tasks via MyLO presumes that students have read,
understood and abide by the requirements relating to academic conduct, and in
particular those requirements relating to plagiarism. All work submitted
electronically is presumed to be “signed-off” by the student submitting as their
own work. Any breach of this requirement will lead to student misconduct
processes.
4. MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the
University. As much of the delivery of this unit will be available through
MyLO, it is expected that students will access the facility on a regular basis,
preferably at least once per day.
5. Students are also expected to check their UTAS email site on a regular basis
6. Students submitting requests or queries to staff via email should provide very
clearly their:
a. Family name: Preferred name; Student ID; BFA719
b. and allow teaching staff at least 24 hours on business days to reply.
4.
Changes to the unit as a result of student feedback
Where appropriate, alterations have been made to this unit as a result of student
feedback
5.
Details of Teaching Arrangements
This Unit is offered by flexible delivery. NO formal face-to-face classes or meetings
are scheduled.
6.
Learning Expectations and Strategies
This Unit is offered by flexible delivery and is planned to enable you work at your
own pace. It is important, however, to work consistently through the materials. If
there is any area of work that you do not understand, please contact the Unit
Coordinator, and make sure that you do not progress to the next stage without a
thorough understanding of the previous one. Each part of the unit develops themes
from, and assumes an understanding of, the previous parts, so it is important that areas
are not skipped.
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 students feel they must work through problems alone.
Throughout the unit, topics are provided for discussion with other students via the
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discussion facility of MyLO, and the exchange of information and ideas is a very
important part of your learning development. You will gain most benefit by staying in
close contact with other students and with your Unit Coordinator.
This is a very full unit that may introduce you to many new concepts. 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 your Unit Coordinator immediately should
you experience any difficulties. The Unit Coordinator will seek to respond to any
query by 5.00PM of the next business day following receipt of your query.
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 will be as interesting and useful as you make them.
6.1.
No Formal Classes/Meetings
As stated above, no formal face-to-face classes or meetings are scheduled for this
Unit. It is a fully flexible on-line unit. You are required to undertake the Unit by
complying with the requirements of this Outline and you are also required to meet the
University and School expectations of students.
6.2.
Expectations
The School of Accounting & Corporate Governance is committed to high standards of
professional conduct in all activities, and holds its commitment and responsibilities to
its students as being of paramount importance. Likewise, it holds expectations about
the responsibilities that students have as they pursue their studies. The University’s
‘Code of Conduct for Teaching and Learning’ states: Students are expected to
participate actively and positively in the teaching/learning environment. They must
strive to maintain steady progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with
workload expectations, and submit required work on time.
To undertake this flexible on-line unit you must strive to meet the expectations of the
School and the University as stated.
7.
Specific Attendance/Performance Requirements
You must achieve an overall mark of at least 50 per cent AND have completed and
submitted each item of assessment to pass the unit.
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8.
Assessment
8.1.
Assessment Schedule
Assessment Task
Assessment Task 1:
Contribution to MyLO
discussion activities (3 at
6.66% each)
Date Due
Module 1:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
26 July 2012
Weighting
Module 2:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
16 August 2012
Module 4:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
13 September 2012
Module 5:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
20 September 2012
20%
Module 6:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
4 October 2012
Module 7:
Closes Midnight, Thurs,
18 October 2012
Assessment Task 2:
Assignment 1
Assessment Task 3:
Assignment 2
Assessment Task 4:
Capstone Assignment
Midnight Thursday 23 August
20%
Midnight Thursday 27 September
20%
Midnight Thursday 1 November
40%
NOTE: Due date is based on Australian Eastern Standard Time.
8.2.
Assessment Task 1 – 20%
Participation in MyLO Assessable Discussions
8.2.1
Task Description
The task involves six (6) assessable discussion activities and you are expected to
engage in the discussion on each question. The discussion questions will be made
available on MyLO in Week 1. You will be assessed on the quality of your
contribution to THREE of these tasks, but any discussion in which you do not actively
participate will incur a penalty of 6.66%.
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You may move the discussion in any broad direction that is related to the issues
raised. You are required to engage in discussion at a minimum of two (2) levels,
being Level 1 and Level 2. These levels are;
Level 1 - prepare and post discussion commenting in response to the topic that the
Unit Coordinator has posted on MyLO.
Level 2 –respond to the Level 1 or 2 posting of other students. Your response can
either agree adding additional information or disagree (ensuring you post your opinion
in a polite and respectful manner).
Later level of discussion –you can continue to argue your point or add new concepts
to the discussion.
The Unit Coordinator will monitor the Assessable Discussion/s regularly, but will not
interfere, except to correct misconceptions and errors and to remove any postings that
are determined to be harmful to other students and/or the Unit Coordinator (e.g.
determined to be insulting, disparaging, defamatory, etc). You may also be imposed a
penalty if the Unit Coordinator believes that your language or content is inappropriate
or offensive. MyLO provides a public forum. Due levels of respect, professionalism
and high ethical standards are expected of all at all times.
Statement on periodic feedback
Students will be provided with individual feedback following their Module 1
discussion postings after Thursday 26 July 2012. This will provide an opportunity to
gauge progress and the appropriate level of academic content in what for many may
be the first experience in on-line learning.
8.2.2. Task Length
There is no overall word limit for this activity however there is a limit of 400 words
for each post on the discussion board. The discussion has been limited to ensure you
keep to the point. Any part of a submission beyond 400 words will not be assessed.
8.2.3. Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
8.2.4. Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.2.5. Date Due
Refer assessment schedule for individual module closing dates.
8.3.
Assessment Task 2 – 20%
8.3.1. Task Description
This assignment will focus on corporate social responsibility and sustainable
development.
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8.3.2. Task Length
2,500 words (maximum)
8.3.3. Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
8.3.4. Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.3.5. Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Thursday, 23 August 2012.
8.4.
Assessment Task 3 – 20%
8.4.1. Task Description
This assignment will focus on the triple bottom line.
8.4.2. Task Length
2,500 words (maximum)
8.4.3. Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
8.4.4. Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.4.5. Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Thursday, 27 September 2012.
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8.5.
Assessment Task 4 – 40%
8.5.1. Task Description and Conditions
The Capstone Assignment will require interpretation of material covered in any or all
Modules.
When you have worked completely through the Unit materials, completed all MyLO
on-line discussion activities, submitted the two assignments, and are ready to do the
Capstone Assignment, send an email request to your Unit Coordinator, and the
Capstone Assignment will be sent to you. The Capstone Assignment will be emailed
to you by 5.00PM on the next business day following receipt of your email request.
The University has a closing date for submission of final results. The capstone
assignment will be sent to all students (that have successfully completed all
requirements of the unit) via MyLO email (except those who have already requested
it) by 5.00pm Friday, 18 October 2012.
8.5.2. Task Length
2,500 words (maximum)
8.5.3. Link to Units Learning Outcomes
Refer to table on page 2.
8.5.4. Assessment Criteria
Refer to table on page 2.
8.5.5. Date Due
Submitted by Turnitin on MyLO, Midnight Thursday, 1 November 2012
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How Your Final Result is Determined
To be able to pass this unit, you MUST undertake EACH of the six (6) Assessable
Discussions, submit EACH of the two Assignments AND submit the Capstone
Assignment by the due dates.
The marks for each of the four Assessment Tasks are combined to determine your
final result. You must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% to pass the unit.
To be eligible to undertake the Capstone Assignment you MUST satisfactorily
complete ALL of the Assessable Discussions and submit each of the two Assignments
(see ‘Final Submission Date for Assignment and Assessable Discussion’ below).
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10.
Submission of Assignments and Capstone Assignment
10.1.
How to submit your Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
The two written assignments and capstone assignment MUST be submitted via
Turnitin on MyLO. A MS Word file containing your completed Assignment MUST
be attached to your submission. The file name for the assignment should be as
follows:
Student Surname; Initials; Assignment Detail
e.g.: Student I M Capstone Assignment
10.2
Requirements for Assignments and the Capstone Assignment
The submitted Assignments 1 and 2 and the completed Capstone Assignment are to be
presented in accordance with the Guide for Students issued by the Faculty of
Business.
Your attention is drawn particularly to the revised UTAS rules on Plagiarism (see Part
14 below). Whilst you will understand from previous comments that you are very
much encouraged to work with other students and exchange information in this unit,
submitted Assignments and the Capstone Assignment must be entirely your own
work. Assignments 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 University.
The submitted Assignments (1 & 2) will be marked and returned as quickly as
possible after submission.
10.3. Requests for extensions
Requests for extensions must be consistent with Faculty policy (Section 11.1,
paragraph 4).
The relevant form to apply for an extension is available
at http://www.utas.edu.au/accg/studentres.htm and on MyLO.
10.4. Review of Results and Appeals
It is expected that students will adhere to the following School Policy for a review of
any piece of continuous/internal assessment:
1.
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 http://www.utas.edu.au/universitycouncil/university-governance/rules ).
At the 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 at the meeting or within 5 days. If the student is
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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’.
2.
11.
Students may also request a review of the final result in a unit. The request and
payment must be made within 10 days from the date of the result notification.
Students are referred to Academic Assessment Rule No 2. Clause 23.
Penalties
11.1.
Assessment Submission Policy
1.
In this Policy
a. ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and
public holidays;
b. ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
c. ‘coursework’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of
assessment
2.
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in Units taught by the Faculty of
Business at whatever Campus or location
3.
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.
4.
Students with special circumstances may apply for an extension. Requests for
extensions should, where possible, 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.
5.
Late submission of coursework will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks
possible for that piece of assessment for each day the coursework is late unless
an extension had been granted on or before the relevant due date.
6.
Coursework submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
7.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to
clause 4 above.
11.2.
Word Length
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
the discretion of the Unit Coordinator whether the words beyond the limit will be
assessed. Title pages, reference lists and appendices are not included in word counts.
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11.3.
Final Submission Date for Assignments and Assessable Discussion
If ALL of the Assessable Discussions have not been undertaken AND both
Assignments have not been submitted on or before Midnight on Thursday
18 October 2012 students will be awarded the grade of NN for the Unit.
11.4.
Failure to Submit the Capstone Assignment by the Due Date
If the Capstone Assignment is not submitted by Midnight on Thursday 1 November
2012 students will be awarded the grade of NN for the Unit.
There will NO
extensions beyond this date.
12.
SETLs
SETL is the University’s Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning program.
SETL is a system for feedback from students to academic teaching staff to help in the
formulation and development of unit organisation and teaching. This program serves
as the main systematic way for students to tell the University what they think of units
they study and the teaching they receive. For further information about SETL see the
University Web site at: http://student.admin.utas.edu.au/setl/students/index.html
SETL questionnaires will be posted to you towards the end of Semester 2 and you are
asked to kindly complete and return them in the reply paid envelope provided.
13.
Academic Referencing
In your written work you will need to support your ideas by referring to scholarly
literature, works of art and/or inventions. 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 the University of Tasmania as a
serious offence (see below).
The appropriate referencing style for the unit is explained in the Guide for Students
issued by the Faculty of Business (see above).
For information on presentation of assignments, including referencing styles see:
http://utas.libguides.com/referencing
14.
Academic Misconduct
Academic misconduct includes cheating, plagiarism, allowing another student to
copy work for an assignment or an examination and any other conduct by which a
student:
(a) seeks to gain, for themselves or for another person, any academic advantage or
advancement to which they or that other person are not entitled; or
(b) improperly advantages any other student.
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Students engaging in any form of academic misconduct may be dealt with under the
Ordinance of Student Discipline, and this can include imposition of penalties that
range from a deduction/cancellation of marks to exclusion from a Unit of the
University. Details of penalties that can be imposed are available in the Ordinance of
Student Discipline – Part 3 Academic Misconduct,
see http://www.utas.edu.au/universitycouncil/legislation/.
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 Unit Coordinator for relevant referencing guidelines,
and the academic integrity resources on the web
at: http://www.academicintegrity.utas.edu.au/
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.
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 viewed.
For further information on this statement and general referencing guidelines,
see http://www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/ or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures
and Feedback’ on the Current Students homepage.
15. 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 Unit Coordinator 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: http://www.utas.edu.au/students/
Should you require assistance in accessing the Library visit their website for more
information at http://www.utas.edu.au/library/
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If you have a problem;
In the first instance you should discuss the matter with your unit coordinator, lecturer
or tutor. However, if you do not feel comfortable approaching one of these people, or
if you have a discussion and are not satisfied with the outcome, then you are
encouraged to contact the major coordinator:
Corporate Governance:
Name:
Room:
Ph:
Email:
David Kronenberg
308
(03) 6226 2714
[email protected]
Discussions with the major coordinator will be kept in the strictest confidence.
You are always welcome to raise issues with the Head of School, Sue Hrasky, who
you can email for an appointment ([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])
or
Steve
Allen
(Cradle
Coast, [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: http://www.utas.edu.au/governancelegal/student-complaints/student-advocates
The University also has formal policies, and the following link gives you advice about
the procedures that you can follow: http://www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/studentcomplaints/how-to-reslolve-a-student-complaint/self-help-checklist
15.1.
Student Services
In Hobart and Launceston, Student Services staff are available to assist you if you are
experiencing difficulties with your study program, or if you have personal or life
planning issues, disability or illness which may affect your course of study. You can
discuss these issues with the Learning Skills Adviser, the Student Counsellor, the
Careers Adviser and/or the Disability Adviser.
15.2.
Students with Disabilities - University and 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
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procedures to ensure that students have equal access to lecture and course materials.
The School of Accounting & Corporate Governance complies with these procedures.
16.
Unit Schedule
The following Schedule sets out the Modules and Topics that make up this Unit. A
suggested completion date is set out in the third column for those who wish to
complete the course progressively throughout the semester. The Prescribed Readings
for each Topic are indicated in the Course Materials on MyLO.
Topic
Module
1
2
Corporate activity and sustainable development
Suggested Completion
Date
Thursday, Week 2,
26 July 2012
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Thursday Week 5,
16 August 2012
Accounting and the triple bottom line
Thursday Week 6,
23 August 2012
3
Assignment 1 Due : Midnight Thursday
23 August
Triple bottom line
Thursday Week 8,
13 September 2012
4
Mid-Semester Break: 3 September– 7 September
Inclusive
5
Triple bottom line and the public sector
Thursday Week 9,
20 September 2012
Ethical and socially responsible investment
Thursday Week 11,
4 October 2012
6
Assignment 2 Due : Midnight Thursday
27 September
7
Sustainability and corporate governance
Thursday Week 13,
18 October 2012
UTAS Study Period/BFA719 Capstone Period
Capstone Assignment Due: Midnight Thursday 1 November
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