|Assessment 2||PERSUASIVE MEMO|
|Document design||Part 1: Memo format
Part 2: Five (5) Powerpoint slides
|Due Date||Friday 20th April 2, 2018
9.00am (QLD time)
|Length||750 words total (memo and PPT slides) (+/- 10%)|
Memo (70% or 14/20)
PPT slides (30% or 6/20)
An exciting new approach to teamwork has resulted from advances in information technology, shifting employee expectations and the globalisation of business, namely the virtual team. A virtual team is made up of geographically or organisationally dispersed members who are linked primarily through advanced information and telecommunications technologies.
Your Sydney HQ is developing a new marketing team with team members located in Sydney, New York, Beijing and Mumbai. This will necessitate the establishment of a virtual team spread over four different time zones using both synchronous (real time) and asynchronous (not concurrent) communication. One of the primary advantages of virtual teams is the ability to assemble the most talented group of people to complete a complex project through creativity and innovation.
On a practical level the virtual team can also save employees’ time and cut travel expenses. However, virtual teams also present unique challenges. A number of the team have expressed concerns about how it will all work, and whether meetings might be scheduled when one part of the team is about to go to lunch, while the other part is asleep. Other concerns include: language difficulties, time-and-distance challenges, the absence of face-to-face contact, as well as the barriers posed by cultural differences such as work-pacing, communication styles, decision-making, and the perception of deadlines.
To help ‘sell’ the idea and persuade the team members of the advantages of the virtual team your boss, the Marketing Director, is planning a virtual meeting with all team members. She is aware of the concerns and knows that the issues raised by the staff have the potential to provide rich soil for misunderstandings and conflict. To that end she understands how important this presentation will be in creating a favourable association with virtual teams, as well as a good opportunity to start to build engagement, trust and candour among the team members.
To prepare for the virtual meeting she has asked you to prepare two documents:
Persuasion aims to influence other people’s behaviours and attitudes. Successful persuasion shows readers ‘what’s in it for them’.
Persuasive writing, or the argument, is one of the main types of both corporate writing and academic writing. At work, some of the persuasive documents you might have to write are proposals, offers to clients, and memos suggesting alternative methods or new ways of doing particular tasks.
Persuasive writing has all the features of analytical writing (that is, information plus reorganising the information), with the addition of your own point of view. Most essays at university are persuasive, and there is a persuasive element in at least the discussion and conclusion of a research article.
Please follow these guidelines to complete the assessment:
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Marking criteria/weighting: Memo (70% or 14/20)
|Is the memo format used fully and appropriately?
Does the introduction, body and conclusion contain all the identifying features ?
Are the elements of the introductory and concluding paragraphs clear, relevant and informative?
|Purpose & Audience
|Has the student understood the task and covered the key points?
Does the response adequately address the topic and task?
Does this document take into account the needs of the audience?
Does this document provide adequate information for the reader?
Does the writer thoroughly address any potential questions from the reader?
|Is the student able to convince the reader that they are knowledgeable about the topic?
Are claims backed up?
Are sources reliable and authoritative?
Does the student understand the proper attribution rules?
Do the appearance, accuracy and clarity of the writing give credibility?
|Has the SCU Harvard reference style been used?
Does every source have:
The name of the author(s)
The full title; and
Complete publication information?
Are sources cited in the body of the paper and in the reference list at the end of the paper?
Are the right model citations used?
|Is there a clear structure to the response?
Do the paragraphs contain one main idea that is explored using relevant evidence?
Is there cohesion between sentences?
Are internal headings clear and informative and enhance the readability for the audience?
|Is there a range of vocabulary?
Are sentences grammatically correct?
Are sentences accurate and complete?
Has a spell check been used?
Is spelling accurate?
Marking criteria/weighting: PowerPoint slides (30% or 6/20)
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|<10||10 – 12.5||13 – 14.5||15 – 16.5||17+|
|Multiple parts of the assignment are missing or incomplete. Student fails to answer the question.||Essential elements are imprecise or absent. Work at a level that would be considered basic.||Key elements are presented but could be further developed and given ore depth.||Most aspects included in a final, well-developed form.||The assignment contains all required elements and is of the highest order.|