Department of Accounting and Corporate Governance
ASSESSMENT Assessed Coursework Assignment Class Participation Class Tests TOTAL 24% 20% 26% 30% 100%
The final grade will be determined after consideration of performance in all aspects of the course.
ASSESSED COURSEWORK (24%) Seminar work is vital in this unit and the assessment marks are designed to ensure that students work conscientiously and consistently throughout the session. Regular class attendance and assignment preparation are essential if satisfactory progress is to be made. Students are advised that prescribed readings are not designed to enable students to simply apply the text material in the topic area to the case. This “disconnect” between readings and tutorial cases is unsettling for many students but is a necessary consequence of moving to third year subjects. Increasingly students need to be weaned from situations where there is a great correspondence between the textbook problem and solution to more real life situations. To do well in this unit, students need to: (i) use their knowledge gained from previous units (both accounting and non-accounting); (ii) tailor the solution to the particular situation; and (iii) exercise judgement in trading-off various issues. Consequently, while there is a suggested answer to each case, students who make slightly different assumptions can come up with very reasonable answers, which may differ from suggested answers, and it is the power of your argument that is important. Assignments account for 24% of the final grade. The assignment questions will be provided in a separate handout. Weekly assignments will be collected and assessed randomly by tutors (at 4 out of the 12 seminars). Each assignment will be awarded a mark out of 8 with the three best marks counting towards the final grade (i.e. 24%). These assignments will be marked based on the content and accuracy of your answers with feedback to be provided in respect to each assignment. Your tutor will randomly determine which weeks that the assignments will be collected. The expectation is that each assignment will comprise at least three Wordprocessed pages of A4, 12 font and double spaced and, for obvious reasons, late tutorial assignments will not be accepted. If, for some reason, you are unable to attend a seminar, it is expected that you email your assignment to your tutor or to the unit convenor before the class. Submissions after class will not be accepted and a mark of zero will be awarded. As a general rule answers to assignment questions will not be made available outside the seminars. Hence, students need to take adequate notes during the seminars.
The first assignment will definitely be collected in either Week 3 or 4 and will be used for the purpose of identifying students who are experiencing difficulties in the unit. Students identified as experiencing problems will be asked to see a staff member during their consultation time. Each question in each assignment will be marked in respect to the extent to which the answer achieves the levels of expected learning outcomes. Each of the four assignments will be marked using a marking rubric assessing student’s ability to answer the questions (see unit webpage).The levels of expected learning outcome will represent a mark out of 5 that will be awarded in respect to each question. The final mark awarded to each assignment will then be determined as the sum of the marks awarded for each question multiplied by the relative weighting of each question (as indicated in each weeks assignments). Students can expect to receive feedback concerning each assignment in the next tutorial conducted following the submission of the assignment, unless unavoidable circumstances arise. Should the assignments not be returned in the next tutorial, students will be informed as to when they will be returned.
ASSIGNMENT (20%) This...