DECISION MAKING ASSIGNMENT

Research Paper 2: Assessment criteria ASSESSMENT Weighting: Length/Limit: TOTAL 25% Presentation (10%): 10 minutes (throughout the trimester)

  • Written report (15%): 5,000 words (+/-) 10%
  • (Due: Friday, Week 11) 3

This is a group assignment with specific individual components. Groups choose from the list of topics that are based on the lectures. However, in this assignment you must do better than recycle the lecture. You are to research your topic in more depth providing evidence of independent research. The set of topics will be provided from which your group must choose on a ‘first-come, first-served basis’. Note that each topic has a group component to which each group member must contribute. However, there are also specific individual components which have been defined.

Presentation: You will deliver your research topic findings in a presentation at any time during the trimester. The presentation is primarily assessed on presentation technique. Your tutor will make suggestions on improving the academic quality of your assignment.

Written report: You may improve the quality of the assignment for the written report at any time up until submission date at the end of the trimester. It is at this point that the academic quality of your research is assessed. 10 15 TOTAL 25

Research Paper 2 (25%) – Also, refer to the separate document (HI 6005: Research Paper 2) for more details and marking criteria.

Presentation Students form into groups of six and nominate their research topic. Research on the broad topic is a group activity and each student must contribute to that work. Each student in the group will then research an individual component drawn from the broad research topic.
The live presentation (worth 10%) must be organised as a business presentation. Strict adherence to the ten minute limit is expected.

. Research Report The final report on your topic will be written up as a business report (worth 15%) and submitted to your lecturer by the end of the semester. You may incorporate ideas generated in the presentation. That written report should begin with the broad research topic which is followed by each individual component identified by the student who prepared it.

Organisation of the research report – a key component to writing a successful report involves the planning or organising stage. Organising can help you to sort out your ideas and to present your report in the order that communicates best to your audience.

Your report is to be structured and written as a business report. It, therefore, must begin with a Management Summary within which you state what you are asserting. This should be less than two pages.

As already stated above, you begin the main body of the report with some general background on the broad research topic. This introduction should end with a brief paragraph outlining the plan of the rest of the essay.

What follows are the specific issues of each individual component. As with any good business report, these components should be structured into headings and sub-headings.

In these individual components the in-depth discussion of the relevant issues is elaborated based on the existing literature and/or data. You must provide in-text references to your sources. The last section of the report contains a brief summary followed by a complete list of references. Students are expected to follow the ‘Harvard’ referencing style.

Suggested limits are as follows:

Management Summary: ideally one page but no more than two.

Sections 1: Introduction – 400-500 words.

Section 2: Main body of the essay consisting of each of the individual components limit each
component to approximately 1,000 words each,

Sections 3: Conclusions 100-300 words,

Summary and Complete List of References (10 to 20 references).