Assessment task 1 – ONLINE ENGAGEMENT (20%)
You are required to participate and engage in online discussions and activities for all modules. For more information on participation in this course please refer to the assessment details in Moodle.
Assessment task 2 – Critical analysis: 1000 words (10%)
Choose one wicked problem, as defined in the course. This is a complex social issue which meets the criteria of a ‘wicked problem’. In your definition you must refer to course materials and references on wicked problems and types of problems.
List 2-3 attempts that have been made to ‘solve’ this problem. Critically analyse whether these programs or initiatives have been successful, drawing on an understanding of systems analysis and types of change as presented in the course. Conclude with an original idea or innovative strategy to address the problem.
The critical analysis will be structured in three parts as follows:
Introduction and analysis of the ‘wicked’ complex social problem: 200 words
Review/critical analysis of attempts to address the problem: 600 words
Novel idea to address the problem: 200 words
There will be a strong focus on referencing, clear written expression and critical analysis in the marking criteria for this assessment.
The 1000 word critical analysis must be completed and submitted using Turnitin by 11:59pm Friday end of week 3.
Assessment task 3 – MULTIPLE CHOICE QUIZ: 40 questions (20%)
You are required to complete a multiple choice quiz in two parts of 20 questions each on the core concepts introduced in modules 1-6 of the course: social inequality, wicked problems, systems thinking, the Sustainable Development Goals, leadership, and how the three sectors (Public, Private and NFP) create positive social impact.
Part A of the Quiz on Modules 1-3 must be completed by 11:55pm Thursday week 4
Part B of the Quiz on Modules 4-6 must be completed by 11:55pm Wednesday week 7.
Assessment task 4 – SOCIAL CHANGE PITCH (50%)
For this assessment you will be allocated to a team of three (3) or four (4). In your team you will choose a social issue based on the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). During the course your team will design a change process to address this social issue, and will present a social change pitch in the form of individual written reports and a video presentation. All of the teamwork will take place on the online platform Microsoft Teams. There is no expectation that you will need to meet face-to-face at any point to complete your teamwork.
For your social change pitch, you are asked to focus on designing a process rather than a solution. To design your change process you will use the tools and material covered in the course. Your design of your change process includes justifying your approach to change and your choice of specific tools to go about this change drawing on course material. This is where you get to apply what you have learnt.
Your report should be structured as a report and in a professional manner. It is recommended that you do some research as to what a professional report looks like.
Your team’s social change pitch is divided in 4 sections:
(i) SYSTEMS THINKING: Investigating the historical context of the problem and conducting a sector analysis
(ii) BLUEPRINT FOR CHANGE: Identifying the problem and its root causes; developing a vision & goals
(iii) UTILISING SYSTEMS TOOLS: Mapping the root causes, system and actors
(iv) STRATEGIES, COLLABORATIONS & MEASURING IMPACT: Implementing your change process
There will be time dedicated to team work throughout the course and all team members are required to actively participate in team work. Although you will be working in teams, the majority of this assessment is based on your individual contributions. Each individual in the team will be responsible for one section of the social change process, and will be assessed according to three components:
3(a) Individual written report (25%) due end of week 9 by 11.59pm using the Turnitin link. This report needs to be meet Turnitin submission requirements. It is your individual contribution to the team report (eg. each team member will submit a 2000 word section of the report). The word limit is 2000 words (plus or minus 10%).
Your written report of 2000 words comprises the individual section of the change process that you have been allocated in your group (for example, systems thinking, blueprint for change, systems tools or strategies, collaborations and measuring impact). This is a 2000-word section of the overall report and is the basis of the oral presentation you upload in the final week of the course.
3(b) Individual oral presentation (15%): This is a video of your oral presentation of your section of the change process. It is filmed and edited by you and uploaded online in the final module of the course. The presentation must be 5 minutes long. In this presentation, you ‘pitch’ your individual section of the team report. Due week 11.
3(c) Team design and presentation (10%): This mark is the same for all team members and will be based on the quality, cohesion and consolidation of the team oral presentation (video submission) including evidence of team work.
The marking criteria for these assessments is available on Moodle.