MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE ASSESSMENT GUIDE
REPORT AND REFLECTION: CASE STUDY ANALYSIS & TEAMWORK REFLECTION PURPOSE, GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURE
Due: Monday of Week 5, by 1:00p.m.
Length: 1000 words (Report of 800 words and Reflection on Teamwork of 200 words). This excludes the reference list.
Case Study: Take a Risk on Disruptive Innovation (pages 262 – 263 in 2nd Ed textbook).
Learning Outcome: This assessment task relates to the learning outcomes of Analyse management challenges, problems and issues and constructs practical solutions, and Evaluate the purpose and value of team work and working collaboratively.
This assessment task targets the development of students’ analytical, critical, problem solving, research skills and their personal reflective skills, as per their own individual reflections and evaluations of their teamwork.
Students are asked to review the marking rubric in iLearn. Marks will be available in Gradebook.
The marking criteria are set in accordance with the students’ requirements, as follows:
Clarity and quality of in-depth analysis of the case study contents;
Quality and accuracy of the systematic and diagnostic background of the allocated case study of Zookal;
Depth of analysis of the responses to the case study brief (three end-of-case study discussion questions, featured on page 263); and
Quality and depth of reflections on the student’s own individual teamwork experience, by:
1. Demonstrating an understanding of the value of teamwork, including the challenges and opportunities it may present;
2. Demonstrating an ability to identify and reflect on the problems and/or challenges and opportunities the teamwork experience may have presented;
3. Demonstrating an ability to form and implement effective and efficient solutions to the identified problems and/or challenges, that may have surfaced during, or because of, teamwork; and
4. Demonstrating an ability to capitalise on the opportunities that may have been experienced during, or because of teamwork.
Quality of additional research undertaken, as per:
1. Degree of relevance of sources used to the issues under study and the analytical responses featured in your brief.
2. Employment of correct Harvard (AGPS) referencing style.
Use of appropriate structure and logical development of the report.
Academic style and use of language, clarity of expression, grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence structure and terminology employed, as per management and business glossaries weekly covered in class.
Citations and referencing.
Overall report layout and presentation.
NATURE OF TASK:
This assessment task is an individual effort, with a teamwork component attached to it, whereby the contents, background and brief of the allocated case study of Zookal are initially discussed and analysed in student teams, while the written report (analytically addressing the Case Study: Background and Brief, and the student’s own individual Reflections on Teamwork experience), is an individual effort.
The individual written report entails two (2) main sections, whereby section one (case study analysis) encompasses two parts, and section two (reflection on teamwork experience) is comprised of four parts, as follows:
SECTION ONE: Zookal Case Study Analysis
I. Systematic and diagnostic case study background presentation (pages 262 – 263); and
II. Analytical responses to case study brief, addressing the three discussion questions featured at the end of the case study (page 263).
SECTION TWO: Reflection on Teamwork Experience
I. Individual and personal evaluation of the purpose and value of teamwork;
II. Identification and reflection of the problems and/or challenges and opportunities that may have surfaced during, or as result of, teamwork;
III. Formation and implementation of effective and efficient solutions to problems and/or challenges; and
IV. Effective and efficient capitalisation on the opportunities that may have surfaced because of teamwork.
Considering the above guidelines on the purpose, nature and components of this assessment task, the preparation for this assessment is arranged in two (2) main steps, as follows:
1. Teamwork Activity: Discussion of Case Study Contents and Briefing in Student Teams The first step entails dividing the class into student teams of three to four members per team, depending on class size.
The student teams are then allocated with class time (during lesson 4.2), to discuss and analyse their responses to the case study titled, Take a Risk on Disruptive Innovation (pages 262 – 263 in the 2nd Ed. of the textbook), in relations to both contents and brief.
As per Week Two Lesson Plan, students should have already read, researched and analysed the case study as part of their assigned homework, and are coming to class,
ready to discuss their views and responses to the case brief with their allocated team members.
Upon completion of the group discussions, students are requested not to share their discussions, including possible relevant insights gained through their teamwork experience, with students from other teams, nor are they to share their responses with other classmates, as their analysis of the case study contents and background, and their responses to the case study brief, will be formally assessed as part of this assessment task, set for this purpose.
2. Individual Task: Written Report and Reflection
Secondly, students are to individually write and electronically submit their Report and Reflection assignment via Turnitin, using the link in iLearn, by Monday of week 5 at 1:00p.m.
Only reports submitted electronically will be marked.
Academic and scholarly articles can be sourced from the Library’s online database. Google and Google Scholar are also useful research tools. Students may find non- academic material on Zookal to be also useful. Your report must be based on the material contained in your book, and the research undertaken for this purpose. Without the necessary research, and by merely depending on the textbook chapter, your analysis will be restricted and limited in relation to the overall Zookal issues, and end-of-case discussion questions.
Your report should include a systematic analysis of the allocated case study contents and background (pages 262 – 263 in textbook), responses to the three end-of-case discussion questions (page 263 in textbook) and relate to the relevant theoretical concepts from the unit.
Students are to include a list of the references used.
Turnitin will check your report against over a billion reports and other submitted assignments, to identify any cases which should be checked for plagiarism.
Note that the penalties for plagiarism can be severe, and a case of plagiarism, detected by other means, will still be brought, even if the Turnitin program fails to detect it. Thus, you must ensure that you submit only your own work, with all sources properly acknowledged and referenced.
The length of the Report and Reflection assessment task is 1,000 words (excluding the reference list), whereby the length of the case study analysis report (section one) is 800 words, and the length of the teamwork reflection (section 2) is 200 words.
Include the word count at the end of the report, and before the reference list. Be mindful that Turnitin similarity should be 5% or lower.
No extensions will be granted unless an application for the Disruption to Studies is made and approved.
Late reports must also be submitted through Turnitin. For late submissions and late submission penalties, please refer to the Unit Guide.
REPORT STRUCTURE AND WRITING STYLE
Please ensure that you adhere to the following structure in your report:
The report should be written in a formal and academic style. It will be evaluated for discriminatory language, clarity of expression and overall presentation.
The report must utilise relevant and appropriate headings and subheadings.
You are required to use Harvard (AGPS) Referencing style throughout your report. Do not use bullet points, and casual language or bracketed comments.
Use 1.5 line spacing, 2.5 cm margins on top, bottom and on each side, Times New Roman font size 12.
Your report must be fully and appropriately referenced, using Harvard (AGPS) intext citations. Substantial marks will be deducted for inadequate, or incorrect, referencing. Aim for, at least, one (1) to two (2) intext citations per 100 words.
No hard copy of the report will be required as the report and reflection will be marked online.
Do not use colour printing or formatting templates when submitting your report. Do not use footnotes or endnotes.
Late submissions are possible and will be penalised at 20% per day up to 4 days (weekend inclusive).
If a student submits the assessment task 5 or more days after the due date, without grounds for special consideration, a record of submission will be made, but the student will receive a zero mark for the assessment task.
RETENTION OF RECORDS
Students are required to keep a copy of all items submitted, or completed for assessment, or evaluation, until the end of the grade appeal period.
This includes any notes taken during team discussions, research sessions, as well as the process of responding to the case study brief and writing the Report and Reflection.