200336 Business Academic Skills 2011.1 Essay Instructions (50%)

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200336 Business Academic Skills 2011.1 Essay Instructions (50%) Overview Writing academic essays is not only an important skill for succeeding at university; it also enables students to hone general written communication skills in any setting – academic, business or personal. A good essay does not repeat what is said in the literature. Rather, it should critically analyse the evidence and arguments presented by the authors; account for and/or refute counter arguments; and demonstrate relationships between ideas and between theory and practice. To that end, this assessment will enable students to bring together all the parts associated with the Learning Portfolio into one coherent academic essay and evaluate what has been learnt throughout the entire semester. Details Due Date: Length: Week 14 Workshop and online (Turnitin) 1200 words

Based on the Learning Portfolio assessment, write a 1200 word academic essay addressing the following question. Students should include six (6) to ten (10) scholarly references which include at least three (3) of the Five Required Resources found on vUWS in the Assessment Tasks sub-folder called Week 14 - Essay, as well as any other references that may help them support their arguments. That is, only references that have been cited in-text should be listed in the reference list. Assessment Question: Using three ethical principles of the Global Business Standards Codex, evaluate the employment practices of Wal-Mart.

The essay should have a clear structure which includes: 1. An introduction that: a. Includes a few general statements about the topic to clarify your interpretation of the question; b. Includes a thesis statement that presents your position on the topic; and c. Outlines the main points that support your position. 2. A body that: a. Includes a series of logically developed arguments that support your position and b. Ensures that each argument and/or sub-argument is supported by evidence and is elaborated upon. 3. A...
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