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HI5016 International Trade and Enterprise T3 2019 Holmes

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Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines
Trimester Trimester 3 2019
Unit Code HI5016
Unit Title International Trade and Enterprise
Assessment Type Group Assignment
Assessment Title Research Paper 1 Group Report and Presentation
Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping) Students are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of lecture materials by applying theories and concepts learnt during Week 1 to Week 5 in their in-depth analysis of a chosen research topic.
Weight 25% of the total assessments (Research Paper – 15% , Presentation – 10%)
Total Marks 25
Word limit Not more than 3,000 words
Due Date Week 6
Submission Guidelines All work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed Assignment Cover Page.The assignment must be in MS Word format, no spacing, 12-pt Arial font and 2 cm margins on all four sides of your page with appropriate section headings and page numbers.Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style.

Purpose:

Assignment 1 Specifications

Students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of a chosen research topic by applying international trade theories and concepts learnt during Week 1 to Week 5 in their in-depth analysis of the chosen topic, which is to be supported by data/statistics and relevant literature.

A group of up to five students, will be provided with a set of topics (see below) from which the

group must choose on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’. In this assignment, students are required to do better than recycle the lecture materials. Students are to research the chosen topic in more depth providing evidence of independent research.

Assignment Structure should be as the following:

Research Paper (worth 15%):

The research paper is to be structured and written as a seminar report. It, therefore, must begin with a Management (or Executive) Summary within which you state in stark form (i.e. unsupported by argument) what you are asserting in this paper and you must do that in less than two pages. You can begin the main body of the paper with some general background followed by a description and discussion of significance of the specific issues considered. This introduction will normally end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the paper. The next section which could be divided into 2-4 sub-sections containing an in-depth discussion of the relevant issues based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources. The last section contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references that are cited in the text of the paper. Follow a standard referencing method (APA style or Harvard Business) consistently.

Suggested limits are as follows:

  • Management/ Executive Summary: ideally one page but no more than two,
  • Section 1: Introduction 300-400 words,
  • Section 2: Main body of the paper 2,000-2,500 words,
  • Sections 3: Conclusion 200-300 words,
  • References (10-15 references).

Presentation (worth 10%):

The live presentation of the research findings is due in Week 6 and must be organised as a business presentation. Strict adherence to the ten-minute limit is expected so the time should be carefully allocated to allow for a very short introduction on the broad topic followed by a few minutes allocated to students to present their individual component.

The presentation is primarily assessed on presentation technique. Your lecturer will make suggestions on how the academic content can be improved and that will only be assessed on the written report due in end of Week 6 of the trimester.

To ensure that all students participate equitably in the group assignment and that students are responsible for the academic integrity of all components of the assignment. You need to complete the following table which identifies which student/students are responsible for the various sections of the assignment

Assignment Section Student/Students
   
   
   
   
   

This table needs to be completed and submitted with the assignment as it is a compulsory component required before any grading is undertaken.

Research Paper 1 Topics

  1. Comparative advantage
    1. Choose any two countries and, for each country, identify an industry or industries in which the chosen countries have comparative advantage. You must use relevant data/statistics to support your analysis used in the identification
    1. Explain the reasons/sources of the comparative advantage in each of the chosen countries
    1. Suggest ways to improve the comparative advantage in each country
  • Terms of Trade (ToT)
    • Choose any two countries from Australia, China, UK, US, Germany, India and Malaysia, and for each country, analyse its terms-of-trade trend over the last 10 years using relevant facts/figures
    • Identify and analyse factors affecting the trend in the terms-of-trade for each of the chosen countries
    • Analyse how the terms-of-trade has affected welfare in the chosen countries
  • Export Subsidies in Agriculture, Wind/Solar energy industry
    • Choose either an agriculture or a wind/solar energy industry from any country that currently provides export subsidies to the industries. Discuss positive and negative aspects of the export subsidies on the country’s economy.
    • Evaluate the effects of the export subsidies on the country’s welfare using relevant supporting data/statistics and literature
  • Pattern of Trade
    • Choose any two countries from China, Australia, India, Vietnam, Mexico and UK, and for each country, describe its pattern of trade over the last 30 years using relevant data
    • Identify and analyse factors responsible for a changing trade pattern in the chosen countries
    • In your opinion, discuss if your findings conform with what the trade theories predict

Marking criteria

Marking criteria Weighting
Research Paper 15 marks
–     Understanding of the chosen research topic demonstrated throughout analysis, findings, discussions and conclusions 7.5 marks
–     Understanding of the significance of the chosen topic 1.5 marks
–     Amount of quality and relevant journal articles used 3 marks
–     Format and structure of the paper 1.5 marks
–     Referencing (both in-text and end of text) 1.5 marks
   
Presentation 10 marks
–     Time management 2 marks
–     A clear understanding of the research topic 4 marks
–     Audience engagement 2 marks
–     Volume, pace and clarity of speech 2 marks
   
TOTAL Weight 25 marks
  Assessment Feedback to the Student:  

Presentation Marking Rubric

Lecturer Name:                                                                                       Presentation Date:        /    /19

Student ID:

Group ID:

Mark:            

Criteria Weaknesses identified (ü) all applicable Achieving criteria
1) Presents material that is appropriately organised within the time available No introduction   (0-3) Introduction is unclear, too long or inconsistent   (3-5) Contains a brief introduction that is on topic               (5-7)
Ideas not in a logical order (0-3) Poor transition from one idea to next               (3-5) Ideas in logical sequence with a smooth transition (5-7)
Too short/too long (0-3) Time per topic poorly Allocated (3-5) Effective time management (5-6)
Mark  =           / 20
Assurance of Learning Please tick (ü) one only Unsatisfactory                   (1-9) Satisfactory                              (10-15) Exceeds Expectations                                       (15-20)
2) Presentation shows a clear understanding of the research topic Topic is missing, poorly covered, and/or confused (0-6) Topic is unclear, too long and/or inconsistent (6-9) Topic is well discussed and transit smoothly into the presentation (9-13)
Data & references are missing, poorly covered, and/or confused    (0-6) Data & references are unclear, too long and/or inconsistent (6-9) Data & references are well discussed and transit smoothly into the presentation                   (9-13)
  Mark  =           / 40 Analysis and conclusions are missing, poorly covered, and/or confused (0-6) Analysis and conclusions are unclear, too long and/or inconsistent (6-9) Analysis and conclusions are well discussed and transit smoothly into the presentation (9-14)
Assurance of Learning Please tick (ü) one only Unsatisfactory                   (1-18) Satisfactory                          (18-27) Exceeds Expectation (27-40)
3) Engages audience       Mark  =           / 20 Read most or all of presentation   (0-4) Excessive reference to notes (4-7) Not more than occasional reference to notes          (7-10)
Ignored the audience   (0-4) Often had back to audience (4-7) Appropriate level of eye contact with audience                 (7-10)
     
Assurance of Learning Please tick (ü) one only Unsatisfactory                   (1-8) Satisfactory                             (8-14) Exceeds Expectations                                      (14-20)
4) Speaks clearly     Mark  =           / 20 Nearly always too slow and/or too fast      (0-3) Often too slow and/or too fast (3-5) Appropriate pace (NB; change in pace is good)   (5-7)
Nearly always Inaudible and/or too loud     (0-3) Often Inaudible and/or too loud (3-5) Appropriate volume (NB: change in modulation is good)                              (5-7)
Mumbled speech and/or Excessive ums/ahs       (0-3) Often to some mumbled speech and/or ums/ahs (3-5) Clear speech (5-6)
Assurance of Learning Please tick (ü) one only Unsatisfactory                   (1-9) Satisfactory                        (9-15) Exceeds Expectations                                      (15-20)
Round to whole number (must not exceed 100) Total mark =          /100      
Divide by 10 Final mark =     / 10.0      
General comments, If applicable