ASSESSMENT 2 BRIEFSubject Code and TitleEVT204A Wedding PlanningAssessmentAssessment 2: Research ReportIndividual/GroupIndividualLength1500 words (+/- 10%)Learning OutcomesThe Subject Learning Outcomes demonstrated by successfulcompletion of the task below include:a) Evaluate the socio-cultural implications of the weddingevent.b) Compare and analyse the expectations of the stakeholdersin the wedding planning process.e) Interpret contemporary issues in relation to marriage andweddings.Submission(week 6)Weighting35%Total Marks100 marks Task SummaryAs an individual, research and write a report of approx. 1500 words on a topic of choice or chooseform the suggested topics below.ContextA wedding planner should be aware of the different ways’ weddings are viewed by most culturesand at different times. In some cultures, weddings celebrated in modern times still involvetraditional practices, which have been around for hundreds of years. In other cultures, new laws,public opinion and individual practice have completely redefined what a wedding is. Sometimes,possibly often, cultures, faiths and laws clash. Sometimes, the ‘old ways’ are the only ways.Sometimes society actively lobbies for new ways. This assessment will help you research and cometo an understanding of the amazing impact of the wedding in society.Task InstructionsResearch and write a report on an aspect of weddings which interests you. Here are some examplesyou might like to consider, but ultimately it is up to you to decide. You can for example:• look to the past and the examine the historical influences on wedding practices.• look at the amazing venues, in which weddings can be held today,• look at the traditions we adhere to, in most western weddings.• look at the changes, creativity and individuality some couples are incorporating into theirweddings.• look at the legal changes sweeping the world, regarding marriage and the changes this hasmade to the wedding ceremony.• look at the way different cultures conduct a wedding.How to write the report:1. This is a research report. It is not an essay. Therefore, it must contain:• A cover page.• An executive summary (150 – 200 words, not included in the word count.)• A table of contents, on a separate page• A table of figures (if visual data is used) on a separate page.• An introduction (150-200 words, included in the word count.)• Relevant numbered headings and sub-headings• Correctly labelled visual data (e.g. Table 1: insert title; Figure 1: insert title.)• Conclusion (150 – 200 words, included in the word count.)• Reference list in APA 7th edition style, listing all sources you use within youranswers.• Numbered appendices. (These are not obligatory. You may wish to includerelevant material here, if appropriate to your topic e.g. visual data you choosenot to include within the report itself. This is not included in the word count.)2. You need to supply at least five (5) references of current experts in the field i.e. thesources which specialise in weddings, or a historical or cultural source. At least two ofthese sources must be academic, e.g. your textbook. (Just remember it is an American textand is skewed toward American weddings e.g. flowers, etc.)3. This assignment must be prepared and submitted individually; the work you submit mustbe your own.4. Please see the Academic Skills page on your learning portal, for information on referencingand in-text citation in the APA 7th edition styleReferencingIt is essential that you use appropriate APA 7th style for citing and referencing research.Submission InstructionsSubmit your research report via the Assessment link in the main navigation menu in WeddingPlanning. Assessment CriteriaCompleted? (Yes/No)Knowledge and understanding – 20%Content, audience and purpose (broad and specific content) – 15%Analysis and application with synthesis of new knowledge – 20%Evaluation of information selected to support the research report – 20%Effective communication – 15%Correct citation of key resources and evidence – 10% Assessment Rubric AssessmentAttributesFail(Yet to achieveminimum standard)0-49%Pass(Functional)50-64%Credit(Proficient) 65-74%Distinction(Advanced)75-84%High Distinction(Exceptional)85-100%Knowledge andunderstanding20%Limitedunderstanding ofrequired conceptsand knowledge.Key components ofthe assignmenthave not beenaddressed.Confusion ofpersonal opinionwith information(substantiated byevidence) from theresearch/coursematerials.No clear indicationof further readingand researchundertaken.Basic understanding ofrequired concepts andknowledge.Basic key componentsof the assignment havebeen addressed,however, resemble arepetition/ summary ofkey ideas; needsoriginality.Some confusion ofpersonal opinion withinformation from theresearch/coursematerials.Basic indication offurther reading andresearch undertakenThorough understandingof required concepts andknowledge; demonstratesa good capacity to explainand apply relevantconcepts.Key components of theassignment have beenaddressed, adequately.Justifies personal opinionwith information from theresearch/coursematerials.Some indication offurther reading andresearch undertaken.Highly-developedunderstanding of requiredconcepts and knowledge;well- demonstratedcapacity to explain andapply relevant concepts.Key components of theassignment have beenaddressed, very well.Discriminates skilfullybetween personal opinionand information from theresearch/course materials.Clear indication of extensivereading and researchundertaken.A sophisticatedunderstanding ofrequired concepts andknowledge; mastery ofconcepts andapplication to newsituations/furtherlearning.Key components of theassignment have beenaddressed, expertly.Systematically andcritically discriminatesbetween personalopinion and informationfrom theresearch/coursematerials. Content, Audienceand Purpose(broad and specificcontent)15%Demonstrateslimited/noawareness ofcontext and/orpurpose of theassignment.Demonstrates basicawareness of contextand/or purpose of theassignment.Demonstrates consistentawareness of contextand/or purpose of theassignment.Demonstrates an advancedand integrated understandingof context and/or purpose ofthe assignment.Consistentlydemonstrates asystematic and criticalunderstanding of contextand purpose of theassignment.Analysis andsynthesis of newknowledge20%Demonstrates alimited analysisand synthesis ofboth new andexistingknowledge.Displays a limitedability to interpretrelevantinformation andliterature.Demonstrates a basicanalysis and synthesis bothnew and existingknowledge.Displays a basic ability tointerpret relevantinformation and literature.Demonstrates a welldeveloped analysis andsynthesis of both new andexisting knowledge.Displays a clearinterpretation of relevantinformation and literature.Demonstrates a thoroughlydeveloped and creativeanalysis and synthesis ofboth new and existingknowledge.Displays a stronginterpretation of relevantinformation and literature.Demonstrates a highlysophisticated andcreative analysis andsynthesis of both newand existing knowledge.Displays an advancedinterpretation ofrelevant information andliterature, with excellentapplication ofknowledge to newsituations/other cases. Evaluationofinformationselected tosupport theResearchReport20%Limitedunderstanding ofkey conceptsrequired to supportthe case study.Basic understanding of keyconcepts required tosupport the case study,however, these resemblea repetition/Good understanding ofkey concepts requiredto support the casestudy, with ademonstrated capacityThorough understanding ofkey concepts required tosupport the case study, withan advanced capacity toexplain and apply relevantconcepts.Discriminates betweenassertion of personalopinion and informationsubstantiated by robustevidence from theresearch/course materialsand extended reading.Analysis and synthesis isstrong, with informationtaken from reliable sourcesand a clear indication ofextensive reading andresearch undertaken.Able to identify variouslogical flaws, with expertviewpoints subject todiligent scrutiny, reflectinggrowing judgement,intellectual independence,rigor and adaptability.Exemplary understanding ofkey concepts required tosupport the case study,with an exceptionalcapacity to explain andapply relevant concepts.Systematically and criticallydiscriminates betweenassertion of personalopinion and informationsubstantiated by robustevidence from theresearch/course materialsand extended reading.Analysis and synthesis iscomprehensive, withinformation taken from ahigh range of expert sources.Able to identify various gapsin knowledge, with expertviewpoints subject tothorough examination,exhibiting intellectualindependence, rigor, goodjudgement and adaptability. EffectiveCommunication15%Presentationrequires more work:structure isillogical/unclear,with poor flow ofideas, making itdifficult tounderstand;arguments lacksupportingevidence.Demonstrates verylittle, if any, culturalsensitivity.Limited/no use ofpresentation aids,including graphicsand multi-media.Line of reasoning isdifficult to identify,which may result infailure to engage theaudience.Report format isincorrect orinadequate.Presentation isacceptable: structure issound, however, ideasand information requireclarity and more logicalflow; arguments requirestronger evidence.Demonstrates somecultural sensitivity,however, requires moredepth.Basic use of presentationaids, including graphicsand multi-media.Line of reasoning can beidentified, howeverrequires more motivationto engage the audience.Report format isadequate, howevercontains some errors.Presentation is good:structure is strong, with amostly clear flow of ideas;arguments and evidenceare well- presented.Demonstrates goodcultural sensitivity.Good use of diversepresentation aids,including graphics andmulti-media.Line of reasoning is easy tofollow and allows foraudience engagement,leading to good insights.Report format is correct.Presentation is excellent:structure is very strong, witha clear and logical flow ofideas; arguments areexceptionally presented andsupported by convincingevidence.Demonstrates a consideratelevel of cultural sensitivity.Professional use of diversepresentation aids, includinggraphics and multi-media.Line of reasoning is easy tofollow, with points madecreatively, allowing forexcellent audienceengagement throughout andleading to good insightsgained.Report format is correct.Presentation isexceptional; structure isprofessional; arguments,ideas and informationare logical, persuasiveand well- supported byevidence, demonstratinga clearflow of ideas andarguments.Demonstrates highlevels of culturalsensitivity.Effective use of diversepresentation aids,including graphics andmulti-media.Line of reasoning is easyto follow, allowing formotivated and sustainedaudience engagement,leading to excellentinsights gained.Report format is correct. Correct citation ofkey resourcesand evidence10%Demonstratesinconsistent use ofgood quality,credible andrelevant resourcesto support anddevelop ideas.Does not usesufficient sources.Does not includecorrect referencesor in-text citations;does not use APA 7thedition style.Demonstrates use ofcredible and relevantresources to support anddevelop ideas, however,these are not alwaysexplicit or welldeveloped.Uses sufficient sources,however can be greatlyimproved.Attempt made to includereferences or in textcitations, however theseare sometimesinsufficient for researchpurposes, or incorrect;uses APA 7th edition style, however may containsome citation orreferencing errors.Demonstrates use ofcredible and relevantresources to support anddevelop ideas. Showsgood evidence of attemptsto source information.Uses a sufficient numberof sources.Incorporates in-text andcitations references fromsuitable sources; APA 7thedition style., however may containminor citation orreferencing errors.Demonstrates use of goodquality, credible andrelevant resources tosupport and developarguments and statements.Shows evidence of widescope for sourcingevidence. Uses anadditional number ofsources.Incorporates in-text andcitations references fromsuitable sources; uses APA7th edition style, containingminimal and or no errors.Demonstrates use ofhigh-quality, credibleand relevant resourcesto support and developarguments and positionstatements. Showsevidence of wide scopefor sourcing evidence.Uses an extensivenumber of sources.Incorporates in-text andcitations referencesfrom suitable sources;uses APA 7th editionstyle, containing noerrors. The following Subject Learning Outcomes are addressed in this assessmentSLO a)Evaluate the socio-cultural implications of the wedding event.SLO b)Compare and analyse the expectations of the stakeholders in the wedding planning process.SLO c)Interpret contemporary issues in relation to marriage and weddings.
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