1. ‘Newshound’ Report (20%)
This assignment requires you to consider a recent (last 6 months) business-related article from print, broadcast or online media and apply course concepts to critically examine the specifics of the situation. This is an individual assessment task.
Specifically, you will need to use at least two concepts from Weeks 1-4 to analyse the case described in the article or posting. You may choose the concepts that you feel are most relevant, but you must choose two and they must be related to Weeks 1- 4 of BEaS (not other courses).
More information relating to this assessment task will be provided in class and placed on the course Moodle site.
Your Newshound report should provide an informed and original analysis. Specifically, the assessment criteria will be based on four components:
1. Quality of analysis and depth of reflection
2. Evidence of your thinking about the case and its relation to the conceptual material
3. Consistent, clear and well-supported argument
4. Structure, written expression, length & presentation
2. Group Project (30%)
Students will be able to choose between two types of group projects, each comprised of two sub-components. A more detailed set of project instructions will be available on Moodle by the end of Week 2. You will need to form project teams of 3-5 students from your workshop. Membership of project teams and project selection will be finalised by the end of Week 3.
Option 1: Ethics & Sustainability Champion
This assignment involves your investigation of an organisation that is considered to be an ‘Ethics/Sustainability Champion’. The purpose of this assessment is to apply ethical and critical thinking skills to an actual organisation. The project is designed to enable you to apply the theory and concepts discussed in the course in the setting of real-world examples, and to develop your skills in project management, team work, organisational analysis, presentation skills and report writing.
Your group will upload a 10-minute video overview (PowerPoint recording) of your findings to the course Moodle site in Week 10. The final analysis should be presented in the form of a written consultant-style report of 2500 words length that will be submitted in Week 11.
Option 2: Sustainability Action Plan
This assignment embraces experiential learning and involves a team effort to address a sustainability issue, either on or off-campus. The purpose of this assessment is to apply ethical and problem-solving skills towards the development of a plan of action to tackle a specific sustainability issue. The target audience for this plan of action could be an NGO, a small to medium business or even a local council. The project is designed to enable you to apply theory and concepts from the course in a real-world setting and to develop your skills in project management, reflective practice, and effective communication.
Your group will be first be required to develop a pitch for your target organisation (Week 7). Your group will then deliver the pitch and submit a progress update, including your collective reflections on the experience, in the form of a report (Week 12). Further instructions will be available on Moodle.
3. Class participation (15%)
This component entails the assessment of the level of your informed contribution to lecture and workshop activities over the whole session. Simply attending classes regularly is a necessary criterion but, without getting actively involved, it is of little value either to you or your classmates and will gain very few participation marks. To participate in an informed way, it is essential that you have attended the lecture and read/viewed at least the main reading/media for that week and that you are ready to reflect on it in class. You should also note down issues or concepts that you do not understand and raise them in the workshop.
We will be looking at your contributions to the discussion, participation in class exercises and other learning activities in class. You will be expected to offer your own ideas, experience, opinions etc, as well as respond to comments and contributions from your fellow students. Students are encouraged to practice effective communication skills with your classmates, including active listening, questioning, positive feedback, and empathy. Quality rather than quantity is important – participation does not mean dominating the discussion or discouraging the input of others.
Assessment Criteria for Class Participation
Assessment guidelines will be as follows:
1. Level of attendance
2. Regular willingness to answer questions, make suggestions and be actively involved in class exercises
3. Frequent evidence of reading & engagement with the course material
4. Active involvement in classroom group work
5. Respectful and supportive dialogue and discussion with other class members.
6. Participation in ‘Living my Values’ online forum + peer review of videos.
4. Final Examination (open book - 35%)
There will be a two-hour open-book examination at the end of Session, during the formal Examination Period. The exam will consist of brief essay-style questions that give you the opportunity to integrate key concepts and issues raised in class. You will be able to bring paper-based material into the exam, but no electronic devices will be allowed. Further details of assessment criteria and mark weightings will be provided separately and placed on the Course Website.