UNIT OUTLINE

UNIT OUTLINE
UNIT OUTLINE
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BFA527
Corporate Sustainability and the Triple Bottom Line
Semester 2, 2015
THIS UNIT IS BEING OFFERED BY:
DISTANCE AND IN HOBART
Taught by:
Dr Claire Horner
CRICOS Provider Code: 00586B
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Contents
Contact Details ........................................................................................................................................ 2
Unit Description ...................................................................................................................................... 3
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s) ............................................................................ 3
Enrolment in the Unit ............................................................................................................................. 3
When does the unit commence? ............................................................................................................ 3
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement ............................................................................. 3
Intended Learning Outcomes for BFA527............................................................................................... 4
Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach .................................................................... 5
Learning Resources ................................................................................................................................. 5
Student Feedback via eVALUate ............................................................................................................. 7
Details of Teaching Arrangements .......................................................................................................... 8
Assessment ........................................................................................................................................... 11
Submission of Assessment Items .......................................................................................................... 15
Review of Assessment and Results ....................................................................................................... 16
Further Support and Assistance ............................................................................................................ 17
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism .................................................................................................. 17
Study Schedule ...................................................................................................................................... 19
Contact Details
Unit Coordinator:
Dr Claire Horner
Campus:
Hobart
Room Number:
308, Centenary Building
Email:
[email protected]
Phone:
6226 4328
Consultation:
If you wish to discuss your grades or your progress in the unit, or you have
personal issues that are impacting on your studies, please send me an
email. I will attempt to respond within two business days and I may suggest
an appointment for us to discuss any issues.
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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.
Prior Knowledge &/or Skills OR Pre-Requisite Unit(s)
No prior knowledge &/or skills required.
Enrolment in the Unit
Unless there are exceptional circumstances, students should not enrol in this unit after the end of
week two of semester, as the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics (TSBE) cannot guarantee
that:
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any extra assistance will be provided by the teaching team in respect of work covered in the
period prior to enrolment; and
penalties will not be applied for late submission of any piece or pieces of assessment that were
due during this period.
When does the unit commence?
The unit’s teaching schedule commences in the week beginning 13 July 2015.
University of Tasmania Graduate Quality Statement
The units in your course, including this unit, have been designed to cumulatively develop the
graduate qualities outlined in the University’s Graduate Quality Statement:
Our graduates are equipped and inspired to shape and respond to the opportunities and
challenges of the future as accomplished communicators, highly regarded professionals and
culturally competent citizens in local, national, and global society. Graduates acquire subject and
multidisciplinary knowledge and skills and develop critical and creative literacies and skills of
inquiry. Our graduates recognise and critically evaluate issues of social responsibility, ethical
conduct and sustainability.
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Intended Learning Outcomes for BFA527
INTENDED LEARNING
OUTCOMES
Learning Outcome 1
Compare the concepts of
sustainability from a range
of perspectives.
Learning Outcome 2
Develop and apply a
sustainability framework.
Learning Outcome 3
Demonstrate the qualities
of a reflective practitioner.
Related Assessment Criteria or Module Level Learning
Objectives
ASSESSMENT METHODS
COURSE LEVEL LEARNING OUTCOMES
Review academic and professional sources to determine
the author or subject matter's perspective of sustainability.
Online Quizzes
Compare similarities and differences between definitions of
sustainability.
Online Quizzes
Compare similarities, differences and connections between
differing professional perspectives of sustainability.
Online Quizzes
Construct a sustainability framework.
Draft sustainability framework
Successful completion of this unit supports your
development of course learning outcomes, which
describe what a graduate of a course knows,
understands and is able to do. Course learning
outcomes are available from the Course Coordinator.
Course learning outcomes are developed with
reference to national discipline standards, Australian
Qualifications Framework (AQF), any professional
accreditation requirements and the University of
Tasmania’s Graduate Quality Statement.
Justify your choice of framework criteria using evidence
from the academic and professional literature.
Final sustainability framework
Review a sustainability framework and provide feedback to
the framework's author.
Draft sustainability framework
Apply your sustainability criteria to identify the current
strengths and weaknesses of an entity's sustainability
practices.
Final sustainability framework
Case study report
Communicate recommendations for the development,
continuation or improvement of an entity's sustainability
practices using a business report format.
Case study report
Justify your recommendations using evidence from the
academic and professional literature.
Case study report
Document the development of your personal perspective of
sustainability.
Reflective journal entries
Reflective journal summary
Explain how you used peer and teacher feedback, together
with self-assessment, to improve your understanding of
sustainability principles.
Reflective journal entries
Reflective journal summary
Explain how you used peer and teacher feedback, together
with self-assessment, to improve your informationgathering, learning and communication skills.
Reflective journal entries
Reflective journal summary
JUDGEMENT
Exercise judgement under supervision to solve issues
surrounding sustainability.
KNOWLEDGE
Integrate theoretical and technical sustainability
knowledge.
APPLICATION SKILLS
Critically apply theoretical and technical sustainability
knowledge and skills to solve problems.
COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK
Justify and communicate sustainability advice and
ideas.
SELF-MANAGEMENT
Demonstrate a high level of autonomy through
reflecting on performance feedback to identify and
action learning opportunities and self-improvements
and assist in initiating this process for others.
COMMUNICATION AND TEAMWORK
Justify and communicate sustainability advice and
ideas.
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Learning Expectations and Teaching Strategies/Approach
The University is committed to a high standard 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 students have as they pursue their studies within the
special environment the University offers. 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 attend classes when and as required, strive to maintain steady
progress within the subject or unit framework, comply with workload expectations, and
submit required work on time.
These are some of the expectations we have of you as a student enrolled in this unit:
Students are expected to participate actively and positively in MyLO discussion forums, and provide
constructive feedback to their peers. Attending students are expected to attend and actively
participate in workshops, in addition to engaging in online discussion.
Work, Health and Safety (WH&S)
The University is committed to providing a safe and secure teaching and learning environment. In
addition to specific requirements of this unit, you should refer to the University’s policy at:
www.utas.edu.au/work-health-safety.
Learning Resources
Prescribed Text/Software
A prescribed text is a resource that you must have access to for the purposes of studying this unit. Information regarding
how these may be purchased is attached.
There is no requisite text for this unit. Extensive course materials will be provided on MyLO, the
University's online service, described in more detail below.
Recommended Texts/Software
A recommended text is a resource that you can use to broaden your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. You
may also find a recommended text helpful when conducting research for assignments.
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Moscardo, G., Lamberton, G., Wells, G., Fallon, W., Lawn, P., Rowe, A., Humphrey, J., Wiesner, R.,
Pettit, B., Clifton, D., Renouf, M., and Kershaw, W. (2013), Sustainability in Australian Business:
Principles and Practice, John Wiley and Sons, Australia.
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.
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Other Recommended Resources
In addition to the texts (or software) recommended above, students are also expected to be familiar
with the key academic journals in the discipline from which useful insights may be derived. In
particular, students are encouraged to review regularly the relevant papers that are published in:
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Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal
Accounting Forum
Accounting Organisations and Society
Journal of Cleaner Production
Social and Environmental Accountability Journal
My Learning Online (MyLO)
Access to the MyLO online learning environment unit is required for this unit. The unit has its own
MyLO site.
To log into MyLO and access this unit, go to: http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo. To access the unit,
select BFA527.
For help using MyLO go to http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo.
Technical requirements for MyLO
MyLO can be accessed via Library computers and in computer labs on campus. See:
http://www.utas.edu.au/it/computing-distributed-systems/computer-labs-facilities-and-locations
For further technical information and help, contact the UTAS Service Desk on 6226 1818 or at
http://www.utas.edu.au/service-desk during business hours.
Learning to use MyLO
When you log into MyLO, you will see a unit called Getting Started with MyLO. Enter this unit to
learn more about MyLO, and to practise using its features.
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, your language or
content is inappropriate or offensive. MyLO is a public forum. Due levels of respect,
professionalism and high ethical standards are expected of students at all times.
2.
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.
3.
MyLO is an Internet service for teaching and learning provided by the University. It is
expected that you check your units in MyLO for updates at least once a day.
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Using MyLO for BFA527
IMPORTANT!: Before you are provided with access to your unit’s MyLO resources, you must
complete the Student Agreement form. To do this:
1. Access the unit’s MyLO site.
2. Locate the Begin Here folder and click on it to open it. You can find the Begin Here folder by
scrolling down until you see Content Browser OR by clicking on the Content button.
OR
3. Once you have opened the Begin Here folder, click on the Student Agreement file.
OR
4. Read the terms, then check the I agree box. You should now be able to access all available
unit content on MyLO. You only need to do this once in each MyLO unit.
Other important resources on MyLO
Students are expected to regularly check on MyLO for any updates in relation to the unit. Essentially,
MyLO has been incorporated into the delivery of this unit to enhance students’ learning experience,
by providing access to up-to-date course materials, and allowing for online discussion. In addition to
the lecture slides which are uploaded on MyLO on a weekly basis, other unit-related materials such
as supplementary readings and assessment guides can also be accessed on MyLO. Further, students
are also expected to engage in an active discussion about issues related to the unit through the
discussion forums or chat rooms that are available on MyLO: this is particularly helpful for distance
students who may utilise the facilities available on MyLO to contact their fellow distance students
and form groups to complete any group assessment tasks for this unit. In this regard, MyLO should
be treated as the unit's critical platform for learning and communication.
Student Feedback via eVALUate
At the conclusion of each unit, students will be asked to provide online responses to a number of
matters relating to the learning and teaching within that unit. All students are asked to respond
honestly to these questions, as all information received is used to enhance the delivery of future
offerings.
Changes to this Unit Based on Previous Student Feedback
The assessment requirements and submission dates have been modified.
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Details of Teaching Arrangements
Blended Learning Mode (all students)
This unit is taught by a blended mode, where attending and distance students can interact with each
other by:
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Sharing of resources: e.g. optional study activities, web links, etc. may be posted to the topic
folders and discussion forums. All students, regardless of mode of enrolment, will be
exposed to the same information, materials and optional activities.
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Sharing of study information: All students, regardless of enrolment mode, will have
opportunity to interact with each other via discussion boards and email. This is most
important, as it very much increases your class size, and therefore the range of interaction
opportunities available to you. It will help you all help each other (explaining to others is an
excellent learning/consolidation activity), and you can even form virtual study groups.
For information about accessing and using MyLO: http://www.utas.edu.au/learning-teachingonline/new-mylo
If you have difficulty in gaining access to or using MyLO you should first visit the technical overview
page: http://www.utas.edu.au/service-desk/. If problems persist, you may contact the Service Desk Tel: (03) 6226 1818 (1300 304 903 Freecall – 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).
Lectures (attending students)
There are no lectures scheduled for this unit. However, you will find from time to time that lecturestyle presentations have been included in some online modules.
Workshops (attending students)
The majority of your learning activities will take place on MyLO. You may complete many of these
activities during a time that suits you each week.
A series of workshops will also be offered to help you consolidate what you have learned. If you have
chosen to study this unit in the ‘attending’ mode, then you will be required to attend the workshops.
This mode is recommended to those of you studying the Grad Cert Professional Accounting. At the
time of writing, the workshop dates and times are Monday 11am – 2pm and Thursday 1pm – 4pm.
However, please note that the timetable may be subject to change and you should check your
schedule at http://student.admin.utas.edu.au/ coursesenrolment/timetable/ in the week prior to
semester commencing.
The Monday workshops will involve two 1.5 hour sessions for discussion, group work and reflection.
The Thursday workshops will involve two 1.5 hour sessions in the TEAL Labs and will provide an
opportunity for students to familiarise themselves with the online learning platform, and work
through the modules under the guidance of their Lecturer or Tutor.
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Online Activities (all students)
This unit consists of seven online modules, plus a Begin Here module to introduce you to the unit
and to each other. Modules may consist of videos and video lectures, activities for you to complete,
readings and surveys. Discussion forums may also be used from time to time to encourage you to
share ideas with your fellow class mates.
You must complete the Begin Here module first. The Learning Hub and seven modules WILL NOT BE
AVAILABLE until you have completed the Student Agreement in the Begin Here module.
The seven learning modules appear in the Learning Hub folder. You must complete the modules in
the order shown. We have provided a recommended schedule for completion of each module.
Sticking to this schedule will help you pace your studies.
Distance Students
This unit will be delivered via flexible delivery. All teaching materials in this unit will be placed on
MyLO, an internet service adopted by the University. Apart from accessing teaching materials, you
will need to use the MyLO site regularly to check for announcements by the Unit Coordinator, to ask
questions on the discussion forum and to participate in any other learning activities. You are
encouraged to pose questions about teaching materials via MyLO rather than by e-mail to the Unit
Coordinator as this allows everybody in the unit to participate in the discussion.
The University of Tasmania offers distance students a number of valuable resources to help succeed
in their studies. You should complete the online orientation: http://www.utas.edu.au/orientation/ .
Resources are also available at: http://www.learningsupport.utas.edu.au/Resources.htm and on the
library website.
Communication, Consultation and Appointments
TO KEEP UP WITH ANNOUNCEMENTS REGARDING THIS UNIT
Check the MyLO News tool at least once every two days. The unit News will appear when you first
enter our unit’s MyLO site. Alternatively, click on the News button (towards the top of the MyLO
screen) at any time.
WHEN YOU HAVE A QUESTION
Other students may have the same question that you have. Please go to the Q&A Forum on our
course’s MyLO site. Check the posts that are already there – someone may have answered your
question already. Otherwise, add your question as a new topic. Students are encouraged to support
each other using this forum – if you can answer someone’s question, please do. We will attempt to
respond to questions within 48 business hours. If your question is related to a personal issue or your
performance in the unit, please contact the appropriate teaching staff member by email instead.
WHEN YOU HAVE AN ISSUE THAT WILL IMPACT ON YOUR STUDIES OR THE SUBMISSION OF AN
ASSESSMENT TASK
If you have a personal question related to your studies or your grades, please contact teaching staff
by email.
For general questions about the unit, please add them to the Q&A forum on our unit’s MyLO site.
This way, other students can also benefit from the answers.
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A NOTE ABOUT EMAIL CORRESPONDENCE
You are expected to check your UTAS email (WebMail) on a regular basis – at least three times per
week. To access your WebMail account, login using your UTAS username and password at
https://webmail.utas.edu.au/.
You are strongly advised not to forward your UTAS emails to an external email service (such as gmail
or Hotmail). In the past, there have been significant issues where this has occurred, resulting in UTAS
being blacklisted by these email providers for a period of up to one month. To keep informed, please
use your UTAS email as often as possible.
We receive a lot of emails. Be realistic about how long it might take for us to respond. Allow at least
TWO (2) business days to reply. Staff are not required to respond to emails where students do not
directly identify themselves, are threatening or offensive, or come from external (non-UTAS) email
accounts.
When you write an email, you must include the following information. This helps teaching staff to
determine who you are and which unit you are talking about.
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Family name;
Preferred name;
Student ID;
Unit code (i.e., BFA527)
Questions
If your question is about an assessment task, please include the assessment task
number or name.
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Assessment
How Your Final Result Is Determined
In order to pass this unit you must achieve an overall mark of at least 50% of the total available
marks. Details of each assessment item are outlined below.
Assessment Schedule
Assessment Items
Due Date
Value/Weighting
Link to Learning
Outcomes
1 Online Quizzes
Seven in total paced
throughout the unit.
Dates for each quiz will
be provided on MyLO.
2 marks per quiz. Total
of 7 quizzes = 14 marks
(14%)
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
2 Reflective journal
summary
Friday 16 October by
11.59pm.
11 marks (11%)
Learning Outcome 3
3 Draft sustainability
framework and
peer feedback
Draft submitted
Sunday 23 August by
5pm
Feedback provided to
another student by
Sunday 30 August by
5pm.
10 marks (10%)
Learning Outcome 2
4 Final sustainability
framework
Sunday 20 September
by 5pm.
20 marks (20%)
Learning Outcome 2
5 Case study report
Tuesday 13 October
by 11.59pm.
45 marks (45%)
Learning Outcome 2
Non-Assessable Item – Reflective journal entries
Task Description:
You will complete 7 reflective journal entries based on the content you have
learned in the modules. You will be provided with questions to answer to
help focus your reflection. Whilst these items are not assessable, they form
an important part of your learning in this unit and provide the basis of your
Reflective Journal Summary (Assessment Item 2). Submissions will be
monitored for the purposes of providing some general feedback and to
ensure quality. You will add these entries to your class ePortfolio, then
submit them to the relevant Dropbox. Further instructions can be found in
the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Task Length
Allow between 250 and 500 words per reflection.
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
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Seven entries in total paced throughout the unit. Dates for each entry will be
provided on MyLO. You WILL NOT be able to access the content for the next
module until you have submitted your reflective journal entry.
Assessment Item 1 – Online Quizzes
Task Description:
You will complete 7 online quizzes based on the content you have learned in
the modules. The purpose of these quizzes is to provide you with instant
feedback on your progress and understanding in the unit. For attending
students these quizzes will be completed online in the Thursday workshops.
Task Length
N/A
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Due Date:
Seven quizzes in total paced throughout the unit. Dates for each entry will be
provided on MyLO
Value:
2 marks per quiz. Total of 7 quizzes = 14 marks (14%)
Assessment Item 2 - Reflective journal summary
Task Description:
You will complete a summary reflection based on what you have learned and
the way your understanding of sustainability has changed throughout this
unit. You will need to reflect on your overall experience, including the
reflections you completed throughout the unit and your experience of
completing your framework and case study. Your final reflection summary
must be submitted to the Dropbox. Further details can be found in the
Assessments folder on MyLO.
Task Length
500 – 700 words
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 3
Due Date:
Friday 16 October by 11.59pm
Value:
11 marks
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Assessment Item 3 - Draft sustainability framework and peer feedback
Task Description:
You will develop a basic framework using a framework template. Your
framework must contain criteria that you believe can be used to assess the
sustainability of an entity. You will post the draft on the Sustainability
Framework. By 30 August, you must provide feedback to AT LEAST ONE
OTHER PERSON IN YOUR FORUM GROUP, using the Sustainability Framework
Peer Feedback Guidelines (found in the Assessments folder on MyLO).
Failure to provide peer feedback will result in a loss of 5 marks. Further
details may be found in the Assessments folder on MyLO.
Task Length
Word count will vary depending on the number of criteria and levels you use.
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2
Due Date:
Draft submitted Sunday 23 August by 5pm
Feedback provided to another student by Sunday 30 August by 5pm.
Value:
10 marks (10%)
Assessment Item 4 - Final sustainability framework
Task Description:
Using the feedback received from your peer and your own reflections, you
will finalise your sustainability framework. You will also need to add a
weighting to each of the criteria in your framework. You will need to submit a
justification for each of your framework criteria and the weightings you have
chosen. Your justification must be based on the professional and academic
literature. Appropriate academic referencing is essential. Further details can
be found in the Assessments folder on MyLO.
Task Length
Word count for the framework will vary depending on the number of criteria
and levels you use.
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2
Due Date:
Sunday 20 September by 5pm
Value:
20 marks (20%)
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Assessment Item 5 - Case study report
Task Description:
You will apply your sustainability framework to an entity that will be
introduced to you in a case study. You will assess the current level of
sustainability, and make recommendations explaining how the sustainable
practices of the entity may be improved. Your recommendations must be
supported by evidence from academic and professional literature. You MUST
use the framework that you submitted for your Final Sustainability
Framework Assessment Task. If, by this time you feel that your framework is
lacking in something, you can include a paragraph in your justification
explaining some of the limitations of your assessment.
Your case study report must be written in a report style. Guidance regarding
how to write a professional report will be provided in the Assessments folder
in MyLO.
Task Length
Word count for your case study is limited to 3000 words
Assessment Criteria:
A criteria sheet will be provided in the Assessments folder in MyLO.
Link to Unit’s
Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 2
Due Date:
Tuesday 13 October by 11.59pm
Value:
45 marks (45%)
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Submission of Assessment Items
Lodging Assessment Items
Assignments must be submitted electronically through the relevant assignment drop box in MyLO.
Students must ensure that their name, student ID, unit code, tutorial time and tutor’s name (if
applicable) are clearly marked on the first page. If this information is missing, the assignment will
not be accepted and, therefore, will not be marked.
Where relevant, Unit Coordinators may also request students submit a paper version of their
assignments. Students will be advised by the Unit Coordinator of the appropriate process relevant
to each campus (Hobart, Launceston or Cradle Coast).
Please remember that you are responsible for lodging your assessment items on or before the due
date and time. We suggest you keep a copy. Even in ‘perfect’ systems, items sometimes go astray.
Late Assessment and Extension Policy
In this Policy:
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(a) ‘day’ or ‘days’ includes all calendar days, including weekends and public holidays;
(b) ‘late’ means after the due date and time; and
(c) ‘assessment items’ includes all internal non-examination based forms of assessment
This Policy applies to all students enrolled in TSBE Units at whatever Campus or geographical
location.
Students are expected to submit assessment items 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 who have a medical condition or 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.
Late submission of assessment items will incur a penalty of 10% of the total marks possible for
that piece of assessment for each day the assessment item is late unless an extension had been
granted on or before the relevant due date.
Assessment items submitted more than five (5) days late will not be accepted.
Academic staff do NOT have the discretion to waive a late penalty, subject to clause 4 above.
Academic Referencing and Style Guide
Before starting their assignments, students are advised to familiarise themselves with the following
electronic resources.
The first is the Harvard Referencing System Style Guide, which can be accessed from the UTAS
library: http://utas.libguides.com/content.php?pid=27520&sid=199808. The Harvard style is the
appropriate referencing style for this unit and the guide provides information on presentation of
assignments, including referencing styles. 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.
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Failure to appropriately acknowledge the ideas of others constitutes academic dishonesty
(plagiarism), a matter considered by the University of Tasmania as a serious offence.
The second is the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics Writing Assignments: A Guide, which
can be accessed at: http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources . This guide
provides students with useful information about the structure and style of assignments in the TSBE.
Review of Assessment and Results
Review of Internal Assessment
It is expected that students will adhere to the following policy for a review of any piece of
continuous/internal assessment. The term continuous/internal assessment includes any assessment
task undertaken across the teaching phase of any unit (such as an assignment, a tutorial
presentation, and online discussion, and the like), as well as any capstone assignment or take-home
exam.
Within five (5) days of release of the assessment result a student may request a meeting with the
assessor for the purpose of an informal review of the result (in accordance with Academic
Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academicsenate/academic-senate-rules . During 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 incorrect. The assessor will provide a response to the request for
review within five (5) days of the meeting.
If the student is dissatisfied with the response they may request a formal review of internal
assessment by the Head of School, with the request being lodged within five (5) days of the informal
review being completed. A Review of Internal Assessment Form is available at the following link:
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. The form must be
submitted to the TSBE Office.
Review of Final Exam/Result
In units with an invigilated exam students may request a review of their final exam result. You may
request to see your exam script after results have been released by completing the Access to Exam
Script Form, which is available from the TSBE Office, or at the following link –
http://www.utas.edu.au/business-and-economics/student-resources/forms. Your unit coordinator
will then contact you by email within five (5) working days of receipt of this form to go through your
exam script.
Should you require a review of your final result a formal request must be made only after
completing the review of exam script process list above. To comply with UTAS policy, this request
must be made within ten (10) days from the release of the final results (in accordance with
Academic Assessment Rule No. 2 Clause 22 – www.utas.edu.au/academic-governance/academicsenate/academic-senate-rules . You will need to complete an Application for Review of Assessment
Form, which can be accessed from http://www.utas.edu.au/exams/exam-and-results-forms. Note
that if you have passed the unit you will be required to pay $50 for this review.
The TSBE reserves the right to refuse a student request to review final examination scripts should
this process not be followed.
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Further Support and Assistance
If you are experiencing difficulties with your studies or assessment items, have personal or lifeplanning issues, disability or illness that may affect your study, then you are advised to raise these
with your lecturer or tutor in the first instance.
If you do not feel comfortable contacting one of these people, or you have had discussions with
them and are not satisfied, then you are encouraged to contact:
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR – POSTGRADUATE PROGRAMS
Name:
Dr Rob Hecker
Room:
307, Centenary Building, Sandy Bay
Email:
[email protected]
There is also a range of University-wide support services available to students, including Student Centre
Administration, Careers and Employment, Disability Services, International and Migrant Support, and
Student Learning and Academic Support. Please refer to the Current Students website (available from
www.utas.edu.au/students) for further information.
If you wish to pursue any matters further then a Student Advocate may be able to assist.
Information about the advocates can be accessed from www.utas.edu.au/governance-legal/studentcomplaints. The University also has formal policies, and you can find out details about those from
that link.
Academic Misconduct and Plagiarism
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 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 of
Student Discipline. This can include imposition of penalties that range from a deduction/cancellation
of marks to exclusion from a unit or 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/university-council/university-governance/ordinances.
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; or
• copying another student’s work.
It also means using one’s own work from previously submitted assessment items if repeating a unit.
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 at http://www.utas.edu.au/academic-integrity/The intentional copying of
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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
www.utas.edu.au/plagiarism/ or follow the link under ‘Policy, Procedures and Feedback’ on the
Current Students homepage.
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Study Schedule
Week
1
Start of Week
Topic/s and activities
Monday 13 July
Corporate activity and
sustainable development
2
Monday 20 July
3
Monday 27 July
Corporate Social
Responsibility (CSR)
4
5
7
9
Monday 10 August
Online quiz 2 to be completed by
4pm, 13 August
Reflective journal item 3 due
5pm, 16 August
Monday 17 August
Draft sustainability framework must
be posted by 5pm, 23 August
Monday 24 August
Online quiz 3 to be completed by
4pm, 27 August
Peer feedback to one other class
member due by 5pm, 30 August
Monday 7 September
Reflective journal item 4 due
5pm, 13 September
Monday 14 September
Online quiz 4 to be completed by
4pm, 17 September
Final sustainability framework due
5pm, 20 September
Integrated reporting
10
Online quiz 1 to be completed by
4pm, 30 July
Reflection task 2 due by
5pm, 9 August
Triple Bottom Line & role
of public sector
8
Reflection task 1 due by
5pm, 26 July.
Monday 3 August
Social and Environment
Accounting
6
Due Dates
Reflective item 5 due
5pm, 27 September
Monday 21 September
11
Monday 28 September
Ethical and socially
responsible investment
12
Monday 5 October
Sustainability and
corporate governance
13
Monday 12 October
Online quiz 5 to be completed by
4pm, 1 October
Reflective item 6 due
5pm, 4 October
Online quiz 6 to be completed by
4pm, 8 October
Reflective item 7 due
5pm, 11 October.
Case Study Report due 13 October by
11.59pm. Reflective journal summary
due 16 October at 11.59pm.
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