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MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE
ASSESSMENT
WACC100 ACCOUNTING IN SOCIETY
ASSESSMENT DETAILS
Unit Name:
Assessment Task:
Total # Pages:
Due:
Accounting in Society
Case Study
6
Total Marks:
50 marks
5pm Monday of Week 3
Unit Code:
Term & Year:
Weighting:
WACC100
Term 2, 2019
15%
NATURE OF THE TASK
This is an individual assessment task.
You are required to complete a research-based case study. This will encourage you to explore ethical
issues in business, using materials outside the unit texts.
INSTRUCTIONS
Choose one of the corporate cases, listed below, that has attracted media attention due to ethical
issues:






Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme
Bre-X
Volkswagen
Turing Pharmaceuticals
Parmalat
Adelphia Communications
A zero mark will be awarded for this assessment task if a student uses a corporate case which
is not listed above.
If you are a repeating student, you should choose a Case Study that is different from the one
you attempted before in order to avoid possible self-plagiarism issues.
Use the Internet, newspapers, and business magazines to conduct a research for your chosen
corporate case.
You should produce a 1,000 word essay (excluding the reference list) to address the following points,
using the case you have chosen from the list above:
1. Provide an overview of the company’s background, i.e. its business operations, etc.
2. What ethical issue has arisen? Clearly explain the ethical dilemma faced by the involved parties.
3. Clearly identify and evaluate the stakeholders that were impacted by the ethical issue.
4. Was the decision made by the involved parties ethical? How would the business be
positively/negatively impacted by the decision? Explain your answer.
5. Detail your original view on business ethics. How has your view changed after attending lessons
and completing this case study assignment? Explain the differences and/or similarities to your
original view.
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HOW TO PRESENT YOUR ASSIGNMENT
A copy of the marking criteria rubric for this assessment has been placed in iLearn (Assessment Section)
and can be found in the Marking Criteria section later in this document.
Length: 1,000 words excluding references.
Structure: use essay structure (i.e. introduction + main body + conclusion + reference list).
Formatting: standard 12 point font, 1.5 line spacing, and side margins 2.5 wide.
Referencing: all sources (i.e. the work and ideas of others) cited and referenced using the Harvard
referencing system. You need to provide both in-text references and the reference list.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
This assessment must be submitted via Turnitin in iLearn. Hard copies will not be accepted or marked.
Guidance on how to submit a Turnitin assignment may be accessed from
http://mq.edu.au/iLearn/student_info/assignments.htm#turnitin.
If you cannot access or view your submission via Turnitin in iLearn, you have not correctly submitted
your work and will need to do so prior to the due date. (If you require assistance submitting through
Turnitin, you may lodge a OneHelp Ticket or refer to the IT help page.)
You may make several submissions via Turnitin to check your work for plagiarism and make adjustments
accordingly up until the due date. If you submit again after the due date your submission will be counted
as a late submission and penalties will apply (see below).
Please note that for a first-time submission the similarity report will be available immediately but for any
subsequent submissions it will take 24 hours for the similarity report to be generated in Turnitin.
Please note that it is your responsibility to:

allow sufficient time for submission of your work and any uploading of documents so
try to avoid submitting your work just prior to the deadline.

ensure that you make the correct submission and that your document can be viewed in
Turnitin.
Please also note that technical issues such as an internet outage or computer failure are not
considered grounds for special consideration. For further details please check the Special
Consideration Policy.
LATE SUBMISSIONS
Late submissions are possible but they will be penalised unless the student has been granted an
approved extension (refer to the Special Consideration Policy.). Late penalties will be calculated based
on the marks allocated to the specific assessment task. For details of the late submission penalties,
please check the Unit Guide.
Please note that online submissions are electronically tracked, and the electronic record of submission
will be used to determine late penalties. This means that submitting your work even a few seconds
after the allocated deadline will result in a late submission which will attract the penalty noted above.
There is no flexibility with the applying of penalties as they must be applied fairly and consistently to all
students. It is your responsibility to allow sufficient time for submission of your work and any uploading
of documents so try to avoid submitting your work just prior to the deadline.
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RETENTION OF RECORDS
Students are required to keep a copy of all items submitted or completed for the purpose of
assessment or evaluation until the end of the grade appeal period.
FEEDBACK
Feedback will be provided via Turnitin in Feedback Studio before Week 6. Marks will be available in
Gradebook.
ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
Using the work or ideas of another person, whether intentionally or not, and presenting them as your
own without clear acknowledgement of the source is called Plagiarism.
Macquarie University promotes awareness of information ethics through its Academic Integrity Policy.
This means that:




all academic work claimed as original must be the work of the person making the claim
all academic collaborations of any kind must be acknowledged
academic work must not be falsified in any way
when the ideas of others are used, these ideas must be acknowledged appropriately.
All breaches of the Academic Integrity Policy are serious and penalties apply. Students should be aware
that they may fail an assessment task, a unit or even be excluded from the University for breaching the
Academic Integrity Policy.
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS
Students are responsible for their learning and are expected to:






actively engage with assessment tasks, including carefully reading the guidance provided,
understanding criteria, spending sufficient time on the task and submitting work on time;
Read, reflect and act on feedback provided;
Actively engage in activities designed to develop assessment literacy, including taking the
initiative where appropriate (e.g. seeking clarification or advice, negotiating learning contracts,
developing grading criteria and rubrics);
Provide constructive feedback on assessment processes and tasks through student feedback
mechanisms (e.g. student surveys, suggestions for future offerings, student representation on
committees);
Ensure that their work is their own; and
Be familiar with University policy and faculty procedures and act in accordance with those policy
and procedures.
MARKING CRITERIA
Your essay will be marked considering:
Demonstrating the ability (1) to find out relevant materials, (2) to identify and explain issues, (3) to apply
relevant concepts to analyse issues, (4) to review your own understanding of business ethics and (5)
writing skills.
You should get to the point and avoid wordy repetitions (i.e. be succinct and clear) and reference the
appropriate paragraphs of relevant regulations/standards or other sources you refer to. You must avoid
copying or stringing together lengthy quotes leaving little said in your own words.
Please refer to the marking rubric on the next page for specific guidance on marking criteria
and standards.
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WACC100 Case Study Marking Rubric
(50 marks)
Relevance – ability
to find out relevant
materials
5 marks
Articulation ability to identify
and explain
ethical issue(s)
10 marks
Analysis – ability
to apply relevant
concepts to
analyse issue(s)
Not attempted
Fail
Not attempted or
entirely/significantly
plagiarised from
other sources.
OR The case chosen
is not from the
specified list for the
assignment.
0 marks
The case chosen is from the
specified list but no
information is provided or the
information is completely
irrelevant.
Not attempted or
entirely/significantly
plagiarised from
other sources.
OR The case is not
from the specified list
for the assignment.
0 marks
Issue is not clearly
identified, explanation is
unclear, insufficient and/or
not succinct.
Not attempted or
entirely/significantly
plagiarised from
other sources.
OR The case is not
from the specified list
for the assignment.
0 marks
Concepts used in the
analysis are insufficient,
irrelevant and/or
inappropriate; the
exploration of the issue is
unclear and/or insufficient.
15 marks
Critique – ability to
review your own
understanding of
business ethics
10 marks
Writing skills
(including
formatting,
structure, clarity,
grammar,
spelling, etc.)
10 marks
Pass
1 mark
3 marks
5 marks
Not attempted or
entirely/significantly
plagiarised from
other sources.
OR The case is not
from the specified list
for the assignment.
0 marks
The review is inadequately
undertaken and/or
insufficient, irrelevant
discussion is provided.
Not attempted or
entirely/significantly
plagiarised from
other sources.
OR The case is not
from the specified list
for the assignment.
The essay is not structured
in a logical way. Numerous
grammatical, punctuation,
and/or spelling errors/typos.
Style and tone are not
professional.
0 marks
3 marks
3 marks
The case chosen is from the
specified list but limited
information is provided or most
information is irrelevant.
2 marks
Issue is identified generally
well, explanation is generally
clear yet insufficient and/or
not succinct.
5 marks
Issue is analysed using some
relevant concepts to develop
a generally clear and/or
sufficient exploration of the
issue.
8 marks
The review is generally
adequate. Generally
sufficient discussion on the
changes/insights in your
understanding of business
ethics is provided yet some
discussion is irrelevant.
5 marks
The essay has some structure.
Organisation of sections and
paragraphs is generally clear.
Several grammatical,
punctuation, and/or spelling
errors/typos. Style and tone
are generally professional.
5 marks
Credit
Distinction
The case chosen is from the
specified list.
Fairly sufficient information
is provided, but some
information is irrelevant or
information is omitted.
3 marks
The case chosen is from the
specified list.
Mostly sufficient and
relevant information is
provided.
Issue is identified
reasonably well,
explanation is generally
clear, fairly sufficient
and/or generally succinct.
7 marks
Issue is clearly identified,
explanation is mostly clear,
sufficient and/or mostly
succinct.
8 marks
10 marks
Issue is analysed using
sufficient relevant concepts
to develop a reasonably
clear and/or sufficient
exploration of the issue.
Issue is analysed using a
broad range of relevant
concepts to develop a
comprehensive exploration
of the issue, demonstrating
some original/innovative/
advanced insight into the
issue.
12 marks
Issue is analysed using an
extensive range of relevant
concepts to develop a
comprehensive exploration of
the issue, demonstrating
significant
original/innovative/advanced
insight into the issue.
15 marks
The review is
comprehensive. Mostly
sufficient and relevant
discussion on your
changes/insights in the
understanding of business
ethics is provided,
demonstrating great critical
thinking skills.
8 marks
The review is sophisticated
and comprehensive. Highly
sufficient and relevant
discussion on your
changes/insights in the
understanding of business
ethics is provided,
demonstrating excellent
critical thinking skills.
10 marks
The essay is well
structured. Organisation of
sections and paragraphs is
clear. No/few grammatical,
punctuation, and/or spelling
errors/typos. Style and tone
are mostly professional.
The essay is well structured.
Organisation of sections and
paragraphs is clear with
excellent flow. No/few
grammatical, punctuation, and
/or spelling errors/typos. Style
and tone are professional.
10 marks
The review is reasonably
adequate. Fairly sufficient
and relevant discussion on
your changes/insights in the
understanding of business
ethics is provided,
demonstrating good critical
thinking skills.
7 marks
The essay has a clear
structure. Organisation of
sections and paragraphs is
clear. Occasional
grammatical, punctuation,
and/or spelling errors/typos.
Style and tone are
reasonably professional.
7 marks
High Distinction
4 marks
8 marks
The case chosen is from the
specified list. Highly sufficient
and relevant information is
provided.
5 marks
Issue is clearly identified,
explanation is clear,
comprehensive and highly
succinct.
10 marks
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please read this section carefully before contacting your teacher with any queries.
1.
Where can I get help to write up my essay?
You can:
a) Use StudyWISE provided on iLearn
(In StudyWISE, you will explore the structure of an essay, you can also look at some
examples of real Macquarie students’ essays).
http://ilearn.mq.edu.au/mod/page/view.php?id=3014441; or
b) Attend learning skills workshops – it is free
https://students.mq.edu.au/support/study/skills-development/workshop-calendar; or
c) Ask a learning adviser in the Library
2.
I have done something similar in my other units/previous study. Can I use my previous
work for this assignment?
No. You are required to submit a new work for this assignment, this means it is best to choose a
new case study to analyse this term. Submission of a work previously submitted is considered
as self-plagiarism, i.e., academic misconduct.
3.
In the Instructions, the 5th question requires us to detail our original view on business
ethics. Does this mean we are supposed to use the first person in answering this
question?
Yes. Please use the first person in answering this question.
4.
Can I reference the WACC100 learning and teaching materials (e.g. use the definitions
provided in the lesson materials)?
Yes, you can. You need to use proper referencing though.
5.
Do I need a cover page for the assignment?
No. You don’t need to have a cover page for your assignment.
6.
How do I know if my Turnitin submission is successful?
The confirmation message that pops up on the screen once your assignment has been submitted
is NOT sufficient evidence of a successful submission of the correct document.
You need to check your submission by clicking on the Turnitin submission link and then click on
the document you have uploaded to open it up in Turnitin.
If the document opens up in Turnitin, you can read it and you have checked that it is the correct
document, then it has been submitted successfully.
7.
By how much can I go over or under the number of words requirement?
The minimum number of words is 1,000. However, you are allowed to go over by 10% (i.e. 1,100)
maximum.
8. What is the correct structure of an essay?
The correct structure of an essay should contain three parts: an introduction, the main body, and
the conclusion.
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In the introduction, you should provide a statement about the purpose of the essay (i.e. what is
this essay about, why is ethics important, what are you going to say in the main body of the essay).
In the main body of the essay, you are expected to address each of the questions in a separate
paragraph. The first sentence of each paragraph should be the topic sentence which outlines the
central idea to be developed in the paragraph. The remainder of the paragraph should provide
information and evidence that help explain your position set out in your topic sentence.
The last part of the essay is the conclusion. An effective conclusion should restate the purpose of
the essay, remind readers what has been discussed in the main body of the essay and make your
final conclusion. Again, detailed guidance on how to write an essay is provided on StudyWISE on
iLearn.
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