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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 BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 2 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 3 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: 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 4 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 5 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. 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 6 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: 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 7 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 8 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: 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. 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 9 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 10 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. 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 11 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 BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL Due Date: 12 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 BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 13 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%) BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 14 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%) BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 15 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: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. (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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 16 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. BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 17 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 BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 18 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. 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BFA527, Corporate Sustainability and the TBL 19 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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