HOLMES INSTITUTEFACULTY OFHIGHER EDUCATION Assessment Details and Submission GuidelinesTrimesterT3 2020Unit CodeHC3031Unit TitleTrends in the Global Business EnvironmentAssessment TypeGroup Assignment(Group Report)Note: Groups of 4 students only. Once a group is formed and entered intoBlackboard, no changes are allowed.This is strictly required to be your own original work. Plagiarism will bepenalised. Students must use correct in-text citation conventions in accordancewith the Harvard method.Assessment TitleGroup ReportPurpose ofassessment andlinkage to UnitLearningOutcomes (ULO)theTo identify contemporary trends in today’s global business environmentThis assessment will address the following unit learning outcomes:1. Students will demonstrate familiarity with the academic literature.2. Students will demonstrate the capacity to write persuasive reportscontaining sound recommendations, in preparation for a career inbusiness or government.AssessmentWeightGroup Report = 30%Total = 30%Total Marks30 MarksWord limitReport not more than 3,000 wordsDue DateWeek 10 (5th February, 2021) at 5pm[Late submission penalties accrue at the rate of – 5% per day] Page 2 of 8 SubmissionGuidelines• All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with acompleted Assignment Cover Page.• The assignment must be in MS Word format, 1.5 spacing, 12-pt Arial font and2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headingsand page numbers.• Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listedappropriately at the end in a reference list, all using Harvard referencing style.Consult your lecturer if you are unsure or you require clarification on plagiarism.Note: You may not get the assignment submission links unless you areregistered/enrolled in a group on Blackboard.Note: All students must contribute equally to the assessment. You mustacknowledge your group members’ names in the cover sheet. If your name is notincluded in the cover sheet, you might not receive marks. If you choose tocomplete the assessment individually, you should self-enrol in a solo group andsubmit your group assessment individually. Assignment SpecificationsRequired Structure/Format of the report• The report must include a cover page• Table of Contents• Executive Summary• An Introduction: Briefly introduce the purpose of the report. Within the introductoryparagraph, you need to address the key topics you will address in the body paragraphs.• Body Paragraphs: With headings/subheadings: Please remember to support yourclaims/arguments with in-text scholarly references.• A Conclusion: The conclusion must briefly summarise the key points in the body paragraphs.• Reference List: Please include all in-text references in the list of references formatted inHarvard style. A minimum of 12 references is required.Each group of 4 students will select and analyse One of the following questions and submit acollaborative written report.Students’ reports will vary widely. Their writing should reflect an understanding of the chapter’sbasic concept(s), thorough research, and logic and critical thinking skillsPage 3 of 8Please choose One question only from the following:1. Using the Internet, research the prices of several products in one or more foreign countriesand compare them to their prices in the home country where the goods are produced. Whatfactors do you think determine the foreign prices? Do you think any of the prices areartificially high or low in one country or another?2. Managers and leaders are continually required to make decisions – to make ‘right’ decisions.However, decision-making is affected by biases. Discuss some of the common biases indecision-making and how they might be overcome.3. Some researchers predict major impacts of information technology still to come in theworkplace. Discuss.4. Assessing an individual’s performance and productivity are major challenges for managers.Automating various processes has been identified as a way of improving performance. Whatare the implications of automation in contemporary organisations particularly professionaljobs?5. Discuss and identify how ‘globalisation’ impacts business today. What are somecompetencies that are necessary for international managers?6. Discuss why an understanding of national culture is crucial for multinational enterprisesseeking to operate in a global business environment. Outline the dimensions commonlyused in describing national culture.7. Discuss the role of ‘Corporate Social Responsibility’ (CSR) in today’s world. Give practicalexamples for your arguments.Page 4 of 8Your final submission is due Friday of Week 10 (Friday 5th of February, 2021 at 5 pm). Latesubmissions will attract penalties at the rate of 5 % per day.Assignment Structure Required:• Holmes Institute Cover Page [This is essential and must be completed accurately]• Executive Summary – This should be a concise synopsis of the whole report.• Table of Contents – This should be well formatted with numerical sub headings• Main Body of the report contains Section Headings for each paragraph listed• Sub-sections are numbered.• Appropriate paragraphing must be used.• Introduction – Briefly introduce the purpose of the report. Within the introductory paragraph, youneed to address the key topics you will address in the body paragraphs.• Body Paragraphs – With headings/sub-headings: Please remember to support yourclaims/arguments with in-text scholarly references.• Conclusion – The conclusion must briefly summarise the key points in the body paragraphs.• Reference List – Please include all in-text references in the list of references formatted in Harvardstyle. A minimum of 12 references is required.• The report must be within the 3,000-word limit.Page 5 of 8Marking Rubric for the Written Report Criteria RatingsComprehensionMax 10 marksExcellent6.5 – 7Very Good5 – 6.5Good4 -5Satisfactory3 – 3.5Unsatisfactory0 – 2.5Hasunderstoodandresponded toeach of thetaskrequirementsappropriately.Has understoodand responded tomost taskrequirementsappropriately.Has understoodsome taskrequirement andattempted torespondappropriately.Limitedunderstanding of the taskwas evident,but somerequirementsare missing.No evidencethat the studenthas understoodwhat is requiredin this task.Structure,Synthesis ofResearchMax 10 marksExcellent6.5 – 7Very Good5 – 6.5Good4 -5Satisfactory3 – 3.5Unsatisfactory0 – 2.5Cohesiveparagraphstructureconsistentlyencouragesengagementwith thecontent. Newinformationfrom researchis synthesisedand presentedthematically(topic bytopic) toaddress theassessmentquestion in ananalyticalway.Cohesiveparagraphstructuresupportsengagement withthe contents.Uses discreteparagraphs topresentinformation. Newmaterial fromresearch isstructured intothemes toaddress theassessmentquestion in ananalytical way.Some effort toachieve cohesiveparagraphstructure. Ideasare not alwayspresented indiscreteparagraphs.Some effort toinclude newmaterial fromresearch intothemes toaddress theassessmentquestion in ananalytical way.Has used areportstructure toorganiseinformationlogically. Buthas presentedresponsecomposed ofa series ofdiscreteparagraphsbased on thesummary ofmain ideasfrom eacharticle. Thisreport readsmore like abook reportthan a pieceof analysis.Limited or noattempt at areportstructure.Informationpresentedrandomly or as aseries ofquestions/answers only. Nosense ofcohesionbetween ideas.No evidence forsynthesis of newideas fromresearch. Noanalysisattempted.Research andReferencing SkillsMax 7 marksExcellent4Very Good3Good2.5Satisfactory2Unsatisfactory0-1.5Usesacademicresearch skillsto select 12 ormore current,credible andauthoritativeacademicreferences.The studenthasconsideredhow thearticles relatedirectly toassessmentrequirements.Uses Harvardstylereferencingstyle and inUses academicresearch skills toselect 10 or morecurrent, credibleand authoritativeacademicreferences. Someevidence that thestudentunderstands therelevance of thearticles to theassessmentrequirements.Uses Harvardreferencing styleand in-textcitations with fewerrors.Uses academicresearch skills toselect 8 or morecurrent, credible,and authoritativeacademicreferences.Attempt tounderstandrelevance of thearticles to theassessmentrequirements.Uses Harvardreferencing styleand in-textcitations, butwith errors.Usesacademicresearch skillsto source 6academicreferences.No realevidence thatthe studentunderstandsthe relevanceof the articlesto assessmentrequirements.Limitedattempt atusing Harvardreferencingstyle. In-textcitations areeither missingHas not located4 academicreferences orselectedreferences donot meet thetaskrequirements.Uses generalweb searches tolocate onlinewebpages orarticles ratherthan librarydatabases. Littleor no attempt touse areferencingstyle or includein-text citations. Page 6 of 8 text citationswith noerrors.or showerrorsthroughout.WrittenExpressionMax 3 marksExcellent2Very Good1.5Good1.25Satisfactory1Unsatisfactory0-0.5Uses disciplinelanguageappropriatefor anacademic orprofessionalaudience.Writing isfluent andusesappropriateparagraph/sentencestructures. Nocriticallanguage orgrammaticalerrors.Includesdiscipline-specificlanguagesufficient for anacademic orprofessionalaudience. Writingis generally fluentand uses mostlyappropriateparagraph/sentence structures.Minor languageor grammaticalerrors usually donot interfere withmeaning, butsome editing andproofreading isrequired.Some disciplinespecific languageincluded to meetgeneralexpectations ofan academic orprofessionalaudience. Writingis generally clearand mostly usesappropriateparagraph/sentence structures.Editing andproofreadingwould reduceerrors andimprove clarity.Limited use ofdisciplinespecificlanguagewhich maynot alwaysmeetexpectationsof anacademic orprofessionalaudience.Inconsistentparagraphand sentencestructures.Language andgrammaticalerrors arefrequent.Littleevidence ofproofreadingor editing.Limitedvocabulary.Inappropriate orincorrect use ofdisciplinespecificlanguage.Consistent andnumerouserrors in writing(grammar,paragraph andsentencestructure) makereading difficult.No evidence forediting orproofreading. Note: Please note that the lecture slides may contain the basic key concepts only and students areexpected to have read a wide range of scholarly literature to complete all assessments. In addition,for many subjects, students are expected to have undertaken additional research using ProQuestresearch database and/or Google Scholar.Recommended Reading ListAdekola, A & Sergi, BS 2007, Global Business Management: A Cross-Cultural Perspective. Taylor &Francis, Routledge.Charles, WL, Hill, G, Tomas, MH 2019, Global Business Today, 11th ed. McGraw-Hill Education.Charles, WL, Hill, G, Tomas, MH 2018, International Business: Competing in the Global Marketplace,11th ed. McGraw-Hill Education.Geringer, M, Minor, M & McNett, J 2012, International Business, 1st ed. McGraw- Hill Education.Maidment, FH 2013, Annual Editions: International Business, 17th ed. McGraw-Hill Education.Morrison, J 2020, The Global Business Environment: Towards Sustainability? 5th ed. MacmillanEducation, UK.Peng, MW 2014, Global Business, 3rd ed. South-Western: Cengage Learning.Page 7 of 8To be eligible to pass this unit, you should complete all forms of assessment and demonstrateachievement of the learning outcomes. All assignments must be submitted electronicallyONLY, uploaded to Blackboard via the Final Check and Submission of SafeAssign.Submission deadlines are strictly enforced and a late submission incurs penalties. For fulldetails, please refer to your Student Handbook. Students can access the Assessment andMarking Policy online (https://www.holmes.edu.au/pages/about/policies).Students can view their results for assessments and overall results. For further details,including the fee applicable, please refer to your Student Handbook. Students can access theAssessment Feedback and Review Policy and Procedures online(https://www.holmes.edu.au/pages/about/policies).Supplementary AssessmentsA Supplementary Assessment will be granted to a student who has met each of the followingconditions:1.1 The student has achieved a grade of less than 50% in a previous attempt at the unit;1.2 The student has submitted all required assessment items for the unit;1.3 The student’s name has not been recorded in the Academic Misconduct Register in relationto the unit of the supplementary assessment occurs;1.4 The student will be informed by Faculty of a supplementary examination within ten (10)working days of results being released.1.5 A Supplementary examination cannot be deferred unless there are compelling andcompassionate circumstances.1.6 A student who attempts a supplementary assessment will not be able receive a total markhigher than 50% for that unit.Academic IntegrityHolmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrityis integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, allassessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the sixcategories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issuesrelated to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencingVIEWING STUDENT GRADES AND ASSESSMENTSSTUDENT ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION AND LATE PENALTIESPage 8 of 8guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sillslink on Blackboard.Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range fromdeduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of courseenrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.Table 1: Six categories of Academic Integrity breaches PlagiarismReproducing the work of someone else without attribution. Whena student submits their own work on multiple occasions this isknown as self-plagiarism.CollusionWorking with one or more other individuals to complete anassignment, in a way that is not authorised.CopyingReproducing and submitting the work of another student, with orwithout their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonableprecautions to prevent their own original work from being copied,this may also be considered an offence.ImpersonationFalsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present asoneself, in an in-person examination.Contract cheatingContracting a third party to complete an assessment task,generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.Data fabrication andfalsificationManipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting falseconclusions, including manipulating images.
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