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ASSESSMENT 1 BRIEF

Subject Code and TitleBIZ101 / BIZ101A Business Communications
AssessmentEvidence-based Response
Individual/GroupIndividual Task
Length800 words (+/- 10%)
Learning OutcomesThis assessment addresses the following subject learning outcomes:
Demonstrate information literacy and critical analysis appropriate to the level of study.Understand and demonstrate academic integrity and authentic engagement with information. Examine the internal and external business environment to effectively interpret messages in different business contexts.   Identify and apply effective communication skills within a variety of business environments, including the use of technology.
SubmissionDue by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday Module 2.2 (Week 4) For Intensive (6 week) classes: by 11:55pm AEST/AEDT Sunday of Module 2.2 (Week 2)
Weighting20%
Total Marks100 Marks

Introduction:

In business, successful communicators must transfer and respond to messages and requests using written communication to suit their audience, otherwise messages can be misinterpreted or misunderstood. Learning how to identify your audience and their expectations and needs is a large part of good leadership and effective management in every business.

This assessment is made up of 3 tasks – Task 1 & 2 are about you as a student and Task 3 is about Business Communications.

Each task is designed for you to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge and understanding of key concepts relating to written communication covered in Modules 1 and 2 of this subject. This assessment will provide you with an insight into business communication and resources for you to use to reach your academic potential.

For all tasks:

  • please comply with all academic standards of legibility and referencing and adhere to the correct use of academic writing, presentation and grammar
  • additional support on academic skills can be found: https://library.torrens.edu.au/academicskills/home
  • revision or reminding of the rules of APA style is available from the Academic additional support on academic skills can be found: https://library.torrens.edu.au/academicskills/home

The assessment requires you to follow this process:

  • Read all instructions thoroughly before you begin this assessment.
BIZ101 / BIZ101A
BIZ101 / BIZ101A

Task 1 (300 words)

Academic Integrity

Scenario – You are a student mentor at Torrens University and as part of your role, have been asked to provide information and advice to guide and support your fellow students beginning at the University.

You must refer to the Academic Integrity Policy & Academic Procedures for Torrens University Australia (TUA) in your advice. You will find it at: https://library.torrens.edu.au/academic_integrity

By undertaking research on the topic of academic integrity at Torrens University – this is so you provide accurate information and advice to your fellow students and develop your own knowledge about working with integrity.

Use these guiding questions to help you research, plan and write your short response about why these areas are important and why integrity matters.

  • Why is academic integrity important?
  • What penalties can apply to breaches of academic integrity?
  • How does working with integrity improve your professional and personal success?

You must refer to the TUA Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures as these documents will provide valuable information to share with your audience.

Task 2

Achieving Academic Success – 250 words

Reaching your potential in your academic study is enhanced by understanding your learning style and

learning how to manage your time. It is also important to develop skills in critical thinking and apply critical evaluation to what you research in academic and business writing.

This short written response can be written as a Reflective Journal meaning you can use first person (using ‘I’ and ‘me’).

  • What is your learning style based on Peterson and Kolb’s (2017) Nine Learning Styles and how will you use this knowledge to help with your studies?
  • Why is time management important when you are a student?
  • What is critical thinking and how will you apply it to further your knowledge and develop your skills as a student?

Task 3

Models of Business Communication– 250 words

Communication is identified as one of the top three (3) skills needed for Employability into the 21st century. Business communications involves reading, writing, speaking and listening. It is both internal with yourwork colleagues and external to customers and clients through such channels as marketing and everyday interactions.

You have been introduced to several Business Communication models in Module 1.

  • Write about two (2) models of Business Communications and why they are important.
  • Describe some communication barriers and factors to enable successful Business Communications.

Reference list for Assessment 1 Tasks

  • You need one (1) reference list for all three (3) tasks at the end of the paper
  • Use a minimum of four academic materials from modules 1 and 2 for this task
  • Provide a minimum of four (4) references and in-text citations, including:
    • Three (3) textbooks or academic journals
    • One (1) appropriate website

You must follow the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing your research using TUA’s APA Referencing Guide: https://library.torrens.edu.au/academicskills/apa/tool

The reference list does not count towards the word limit for this task.

Submission instructions

Submit your assessment via the Assessments link in the main navigation menu in BIZ101 / BIZ101A Business Communications.

Please submit all the tasks in one Word document including a cover sheet and reference list on the final page.

Your learning facilitator will provide feedback via the Grade Centre in Blackboard. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.

Assessment rubric

Assessment AttributesFail (Unacceptable) 0-49%Pass (Functional) 50-64%Credit (Proficient) 65-74%Distinction (Advanced) 75 -84%High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100%
Written communication 30%Lack of skills or attention to details in format, layout, language style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, flow etc.Adequate skills and attention to details in format, layout, language style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, flow etc.Good skills or attention to details in format, layout, language style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, flow etc.Developed skills or attention to details in format, layout, language style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure, flow etc.Highly developed skills and attention to details in format,layout, language style, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure,flow etc.
Difficult to understand written style and intention.  Able to understand written style and intention.Clear written style and intention.Clear written style and intention.  Clear and engaging writtenstyle and intention.
Content, audience and purpose of each task 30%Task content demonstrates no awareness of context, audience and/or purpose of the task, by not addressing its requirements.Task content demonstrates limited awareness of context, audience and/or purpose of the task, by only partially addressing its requirements.Task content demonstrates awareness of context, audience and/or purpose of the task, by adequately addressing its requirements (i.e. all aspects have been considered adequately).Task content demonstrates an advanced and integrated understanding of context, audience and purpose of the task (i.e. all aspects have been considered consistently and in depth).Task content consistently demonstrates an advanced, systematic and critical understanding of context, audience and purpose of the task (i.e. all aspects have been considered consistently and in depth).
Assessment AttributesFail (Unacceptable) 0-49%Pass (Functional) 50-64%Credit (Proficient) 65-74%Distinction (Advanced) 75 -84%High Distinction (Exceptional) 85-100%
Evidence of research 20%Inadequate research basis. The referenced materials & selection of sources are inappropriate or irrelevant to the tasks.   Referenced materials do not exhibit awareness of source credibility. Referenced materials & selection of sources may be less than the number required for this assessment task.Research basis is just adequate. The relevance of some of the referenced materials & selection of sources to the tasks is debatable.   Referenced materials & selection of sources may not exhibit awareness of indicators of source credibility or reliability, however they meet the number required for this assessment task.Solid research basis. The referenced materials & selection of sources identified are generally relevant to the task and appropriate to the discipline, however their use to support the discussion needs improvement.     Referenced materials & selection of sources exhibit an awareness of indicators of source credibility, albeit with an uneven application.Research basis is strong. The referenced materials & selection of sources identified and used to support the discussion are pertinent to the topic and well selected and exhibit a good awareness of issues of resource credibility.   Meets meet the number required for this assessment task.Research basis is extensive. Thereferenced materials & selection of sources identified and used to support the discussion and show a range and depth of reading.   They are highly pertinent to the topic; they also exhibit an acute awareness of issues of resource credibility and reliability. More than required referencesused.
Meets meet the number required for this assessment task.
Referencing and in-text citations. 20%Does not include correct references or in-text citations; does not use the current APA style.Attempts to include references or in-text citations; however, these are sometimes incorrect. Uses the current APA style, however, may contain some citation or referencing errors.Includes in-text citations and references from suitable sources; uses the current APA style, however, may contain minor citation or referencing errors.Includes in-text citations and references from suitable sources; uses the current APA style, containing minimal and or no errors.Includes in-text citations and references from suitable sources;uses the current APA style containing no errors.