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Assessment Information
Subject Code: MBA402
Subject Name: Governance, Ethics, and Sustainability
Assessment Title: Code of Conduct
Weighting: 30%
Total Marks:
Word Limit:
Due Date:
30
2,000 words
Monday of Week 7, 11:55pm AEST
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Assessment Description
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You are required to research recent news articles and other information about National Australia Bank.
You must then draft a Code of Conduct for National Australia Bank that specifically addresses:
A. Discrimination
B. Exploitation
C. Corruption
D. Dishonest and Fraudulent Behaviour
E. Whistleblower Protections
F. Enforcement
You will be required to include a minimum of 15 references in your Code of Conduct at least 5 of which must come from academic journals or textbooks.
For further guidance here are the links to three example company codes of conduct:
1. Wesfarmers - http://www.wesfarmers.com.au/docs/default-source/corporate-governance/codeof-conduct---may-2015.pdf?sfvrsn=8
2. Stockland - https://www.stockland.com.au/about-stockland/corporate-governance
3. Woolworths - http://www.woolworthsgroup.com.au/icms_docs/183764_Code_of_Conduct.pdf
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Assessment Information
Assessment Marking Rubric
Criteria F (Fail)
0%-49% P (Pass) 50%-64% CR (Credit) 65%-74% D (Distinction)
75% - 84%
HD (High Distinction)
85%-100%
Mark
Assessment Content (Subject Specific) OUT OF 80 MARKS
Code of Conduct Discrimination Code of Conduct does not adequately explain the concept of discrimination. Code of Conduct fails to expressly prohibit discrimination. Discrimination is sufficiently explained in the Code of Conduct. Discrimination is expressly prohibited but more information required to clarify the forms of behavior that amount to discrimination. Specific examples of discrimination are included in the Code of Conduct to support accurate explanation. Express prohibition of discrimination included making it clear that specific examples of behavior provided are in breach. A detailed explanation of the concept of discrimination is provided for in the Code of Conduct supported by relevant examples. Such discrimination is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct. Discrimination is
comprehensively explained and supported by directly relevant examples. Such discrimination is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct with cross reference made to potential sanctions in the Enforcement section. /4
Code of Conduct Exploitation Little to no discussion of the meaning of exploitation. No express prohibition of exploitation in Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct includes adequate outline of the concept of exploitation. Express prohibition of exploitation is included but further details are necessary to better illustrate what forms of exploitation will not be tolerated in the organization. Exploitation is clearly explained in the Code of Conduct with specific examples included. Exploitation is expressly prohibited and a direct reference is made to examples provided as being in breach. Elaborate explanation of the concept of exploitation is provided for in the Code of Conduct and supported by helpful examples. Exploitation is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct. Exploitation is thoroughly explained and supported by multiple relevant examples. The Code of Conduct expressly prohibits exploitation and refers to potential sanctions in the Enforcement section. /4
Code of Conduct Corruption Code of Conduct does not adequately explain the concept of corruption. Code of Conduct fails to expressly prohibit corruption. Corruption is sufficiently explained in the Code of Conduct. Corruption is expressly prohibited but more information required to clarify the forms of behavior that amount to corruption. Specific examples of corruption are included in the Code of Conduct to support accurate explanation. Express prohibition of corruption included making it clear that specific examples of behavior provided are in breach. A detailed explanation of the concept of corruption is provided for in the Code of Conduct supported by relevant examples specifically including corrupt activity. Such corruption is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct. Corruption is comprehensively explained and supported by directly relevant examples including corruption. Such corruption is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct with cross reference made to potential sanctions in the Enforcement section. /4
Code of Conduct
Dishonest & Fraudulent
Behaviour Little to no discussion of the meaning of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour. No express prohibition of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour in Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct includes adequate outline of the concept of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour. Express prohibition of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is included but further details are necessary to better illustrate what forms of dishonest and fraudulent behavior will not be tolerated in the organization. Dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is clearly explained in the Code of Conduct with specific examples included. Dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is expressly prohibited and a direct reference is made to examples provided as being in breach. Elaborate explanation of the concept of dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is provided for in the Code of Conduct and supported by helpful examples specifically including dishonest and fraudulent behavior. Dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is expressly prohibited by the Code of Conduct. Dishonest and fraudulent behaviour is thoroughly explained and supported by multiple relevant examples including dishonest and fraudulent behavior. The Code of Conduct expressly prohibits dishonest and fraudulent behaviour and refers to potential sanctions in the Enforcement section. /4
Code of Conduct
Whistleblower Protections Code of Conduct does not adequately explain the concept of whistleblower or the need for adequate protections. Code of Conduct fails to expressly provide for whistleblower protections. Whistleblowing is sufficiently explained in the Code of Conduct with consideration of the need for protections. Whistleblower protections are expressly provided for but more protective measures required to encourage whistleblowers to come forward. Specific examples of whistleblowing are included in the Code of Conduct to support accurate explanation. Express provision of whistleblower protections included making it clear that specific examples of behavior provided are entitled to protection. A detailed explanation of the concept of whistleblowing is provided for in the Code of Conduct supported by relevant examples. Such whistleblowing is expressly protected by the Code of Conduct. Whistleblowing is
comprehensively explained and supported by directly relevant examples. Such whistleblowing is expressly protected by the Code of Conduct with cross reference made to potential sanctions in the Enforcement section. /4
Code of Conduct Enforcement Little to no discussion of the enforcement and its purpose. No express provision for enforcement in Code of Conduct. Code of Conduct includes adequate outline of the enforcement. Express provision for enforcement is included but further structure is necessary to better illustrate sanctions for breach and deter breaching behavior. Enforcement is clearly explained in the Code of Conduct with specific examples included. Enforcement is expressly provided for and a direct reference is made to examples provided as being in breach with corresponding sanctions clearly illustrated. Elaborate explanation of the concept of enforcement is provided for in the Code of Conduct and supported by helpful examples specifically including discrimination , exploitation, corruption, dishonest and fraudulent behavior, and whistleblower protections. Enforcement is expressly provided for in the Code of Conduct. Enforcement is thoroughly explained and supported by multiple relevant examples including discrimination, exploitation, corruption, dishonest and fraudulent behavior, and whistleblower protections and more. The Code of Conduct expressly provides for enforcement and cross references previous section of the Code. /4
Structure Format and Presentation OUT OF 6 MARKS
Answer clearly and logically presented Serious lack of organization. Body paragraphs do not refer back to or relate to main arguments. Writing is formulaic, i.e. “in conclusion,” “another example is….” Writing style could be more effective. Organization is hard to follow; there is little progression of ideas. Little or no transitions between paragraphs. Need to more effectively weave main arguments throughout and relate body paragraphs. Paragraphs are generally well organized. Better transitions needed. The progression of ideas could be more thoughtful. Paragraphs relate back to main arguments to prove argument. Ideas & arguments are well structured. Thoughtful progression of ideas and details. Sound transitions between paragraphs. Major arguments are effectively made. Ideas & arguments are effectively structured. Thoughtful progression of ideas and details. Excellent transitions between paragraphs. Concluding comments leave the reader thinking. Major arguments are effectively woven throughout everybody paragraph, with ideas always related back to main arguments. /1
Appropriate theory and research used to answer question posed The critique does not have appropriate structure and lacks direction. No significant observations made from appropriate theory and research. Poor writing and expression of arguments. Reasonable critique which examines the relevant issues and makes reasonable observations made from appropriate theory and research. Reasonable writing and expression of arguments. Good critique examines the relevant issues and makes good observations from appropriate theory and research. Good writing and expression of arguments. A very good critique considered all the relevant issues and made important observations made from appropriate theory and research. Very good writing and expression of arguments. Fully considered all the relevant issues and made significant observations made from appropriate theory and research. Excellent writing and expression of arguments. /1
Correct academic writing style used, including correct spelling, grammar and punctuation Needs more sentence variety. Little or no thought given to diction. Tone or language is conversational. Contains much informal language. Uses “I” or
“you.” Contains many examples of unclear or awkward phrasing. Needs more sentence variety. Attention needed with diction. Contains informal language or conversational tone, or uses “I” or “you.” Unclear or awkward sentence phrasing. Sentence variety is adequate. Tone is appropriate. Diction is clear, but could be more effective. Language is academic, and writing is clear and effective. Very little or no unclear or awkward phrasing. Sentence variety is effective and good. Tone is appropriate and consistent. Diction/ vocabulary is appropriate and effective. Language is academic. Writing is clear, and concise. Sentence variety is effective and sophisticated. Tone is
appropriate and consistent. Diction/ vocabulary is sophisticated and effective. Language is academic. Writing is clear, concise, and strong. /1
Format of answer consistent with question requirements and KBS guidelines No efforts made to follow submission and editing, spacing, etc requirements. Meets most editing, spacing,
fonts, and other editing requirements. Some requirements not met. Meets editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. Meets almost all editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. Meets all editing, spacing, fonts, and other editing requirements. /1
In-text referencing and reference list follows Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines Inappropriate referencing. Not in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Reasonably appropriate referencing, generally in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Good referencing, largely inline with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Very good referencing, 100% in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. Excellent/appropriate referencing, 100% in-line with requirements of Harvard style and consistent with KBS guidelines. /1
Word count is within + / - 10% of requirement Word count is within + / - more than 15% of requirement Word count is within + / - 15% of requirement Word count is within + / - 10% of requirement Word count is within + / - 5% of requirement Word count is within
+ / - 0% of requirement /1
Comments:
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