Assessment 3 Information
Subject Code: BUS201
Subject Name: Skills for Workplace Success
Assessment Title: PART A – Group In-Class Activity
PART B – Individual Report
Assessment Type: In-Class Activity and Individual Report
Word Count: 1200 Words (+/-10%)
Weighting: PART A – In-Class Group Activity - 10%
PART B – Individual Report (Submitted via Turnitin) – 20%
Total: 30% weighting
(3 weeks in-class group assessment. From weeks 10-12, 5 marks for week 10 and 2.5 marks each for weeks 11 and 12 per team member). The participation mark entails active participation to receive marks not just attendance for the allocated days
Total Marks: 30
Submission: • Report via Turnitin in ‘Word’ document
• Participation Mark for each team member’s report writing preparation – evidence to be collected each week.
The team can appeal via peer review regarding noncontributing/attending students who are part of their team. In severe cases team members may receive a zero mark for this assessment.
Due Date: Week 13
There are two core components to this activity: to develop a draft report framework (plan) as a group inclass activity and then using that framework (plan) create an individual report.
Nick Phillips has requested that your Human Resources Consulting Firm (3-4 people) to submit a proposal to assist his company.
A medium-size financial services consulting firm, Phillips Financial Services, has been experiencing some workplace culture issues. The founder / CEO, Nick Phillips, has just doubled his staff to 50 over the past six months despite the company only starting 18 months ago. The company is growing perhaps too rapidly and staff are stressed, morale is low, and there bullying is evident (older vs younger; male vs female; etc.). He has a very multicultural staff representing a variety of cultures and religions. Although most of the staff are Australian born, other countries represented are India, the UK, Brazil, USA, New Zealand, China and South Africa. The staff comprises of 65% men and 35% women. The age range is between 23 and 68 years of age; the Founder/CEO is 42. Other key things to know about the company:
• This is Nick’s first company. There is no Board of Directors; Nick is the sole owner/shareholder and he makes all the decisions.
• The services they offer are (1) Accounting & Tax, (2) Business Advisory, and (3) Self-Management Super Funds.
• Nick aspires his company to be similar to EFS Strategic, PWC, Deloitte, and KPMG in the next few years but knows he needs to create the right culture to see his vision come to fruition.
• He has two other key people on his team: Marketing Manager, Chief Financial Officer. Beyond that there has not been any formalized organizational structure.
Nick personally promotes diversity, yet he is finding some of his staff are not as open-minded. He has five disabled staff members and many cultural mixes within his organizational teams.
(i) Report Format Layout Guidelines
• Introduction o A brief analysis of the company
o A brief analysis of the industry and some of the challenges it may have (e.g.
competition, deadlines e.g., tax, finding staff, etc.) that can affect its overall performance o What the proposal will address
• Organisational Structure o What kind of structure do you propose Nick should think about as his company grows?
• Workplace Culture o What you perceive as the current culture of the company
o The importance of the leader’s ‘leadership style’ and its influence on workplace culture
o Strategies to implement to create and sustain a positive and ethical workplace culture
• Workplace Bullying Prevention Program o The causes of workplace bullying o Strategies to implement a workplace bullying program
You must also refer to a minimum of five (5) quality in-text references & reference list, including journals and/or professional / government documents to support your analysis.
Wikipedia is never a source to be referred for in any assessment task.
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MARKING RUBRIC: REPORT – Assessment 3 Report (20% weighting) 20 Marks
Fail 0 – 1.4
Pass 1.5 – 1.8
Credit 1.9 – 2.2
Distinction 2.3 – 2.6
High Dist’n 2.7- 3.0
Introduction / Introduction and conclusions provided poor Introduction and conclusion provided Introduction and conclusion provided Introduction and conclusion provided good Introduction and conclusion provided excellent
context and did not link to the satisfactory context but linked to reasonable context and linked context and linked to the context and linked to the
Conclusions (3 marks) assessment in a clear and the assessment in only a to the assessment in a fairly assessment in a clear and assessment in an extremely
coherent way. Introductions & conclusions may be missing partially clear and coherent clear and coherent way. coherent way. clear and coherent way.
Overall Analysis (3 marks) Analysis does not satisfactorily Your analysis partially identifies Your analysis satisfactorily Your analysis strongly identifies Your analysis clearly and
identify and apply relevant and applies relevant theories identifies and applies relevant and applies relevant theories thoroughly identifies and applies
theories and concepts related to and concepts related to the theories and concepts related to and concepts related to the relevant theories and concepts
the assessment. assessment. the assessment. assessment. related to the assessment.
Organisational Structure / Does not satisfactorily identify Partially identifies and Satisfactorily identifies and Strongly identifies and Clearly and thoroughly identifies
Culture (3 marks) and discuss organisational discusses organisational discusses organisational discusses organisational and discusses organisational
structure and workplace culture. structure and workplace culture. structure and workplace culture. structure and workplace culture. structure and workplace culture.
Strategies either limited or non- Strategies useful but needs Good useful strategies that can Very good and useful strategies Extremely useful strategies that
existent. more depth; some may not be be applied in the workplace. that can be applied in the can be applied in the workplace.
Workplace Bullying Program (3 marks) Does not satisfactorily identify Partially identifies the causes of Satisfactorily identifies the Strongly identifies the causes of Cleary and thoroughly identifies
the causes of workplace workplace bullying. Strategies causes of workplace bullying. workplace bullying. Very good the causes of workplace
bullying. Strategies either useful but needs more depth; Good useful strategies that can and useful strategies that can bullying. Extremely useful
limited or non-existent.
some may not be relevant.
be applied in the workplace.
be applied in the workplace.
strategies that can be applied in the workplace.
Criteria Fail 0 – 1.9 Pass 2.0 – 2.4 Credit 2.5 – 2.9 Distinction 3.0 – 3.4 High Dist’n 3.5 – 4.0
Report Format (4 marks)
Spelling and/or grammar is
Mostly correct spelling and/or
Mostly correct spelling and/or
Correct spelling and/or
Correct spelling and/or
consistently incorrect, impacting grammar is used throughout, grammar is used throughout, grammar is used throughout, grammar is used throughout,
on the flow and readability of with consistent minor and/or with occasional minor and/or with the occasional minor with no errors.
your analysis. major errors. major errors. errors.
The format chosen for your The format chosen for your The format chosen for your The format chosen for your The format chosen for your
report lacks thought and report is appropriate, but major report is appropriate, but some report is professional. report is extremely professional.
consideration for the intended improvements would enhance improvements would enhance
audience. its presentation. its presentation.
In-text referencing and/or Mostly correct In-text Mostly correct In-text In-text referencing and In-text referencing and
reference list is mostly incorrect. referencing and/or reference list referencing and a reference list reference list are correct with reference list are correct with no
with major errors.
with minor errors and the occasional major error. only the occasional minor error.
Recommendations (4 marks)
No clear recommendations made and analysis of the issues and solutions not addressed satisfactorily.
Recommendations to the issues of organization were quite general and direct links to implementation or solutions not always evident.
Recommendations to the issues of organization were addressed however could have been more extensive or more specific in nature.
Recommendations to the issues of organization were succinctly addressed and direct links to implementation or solutions clearly evident.
Recommendations to the issues of organization were extremely well addressed in an innovative way with excellent links to implementation strategies and solutions.
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In-Class Draft Report
Framework – 3 weeks
Week 10 – 5 marks
Week 11 – 2.5 marks Week 12 – 2.5 marks
No contribution to in-class activities and development of the draft framework Minimal contribution to in-class activities and development of the draft framework. Very good contribution to in-class activities and development of the draft framework. Consistently high levels of contribution to in-class activities and development of the draft framework. Exceptionally high levels of contribution to in-class activities and development of the draft framework.
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