This assessment has two components: Part A is a group report, and Part B consists of 10 weekly assessments.
Part A (15 marks): Group practical and written report
On-campus students will be allocated to groups during the workshop in week 1. Please ensure that you attend the workshop of week 1. The number of groups will depend on the number of students enrolled at each campus. Groups will consist of a maximum of five students. Distance students will be allocated to groups at the end of week 1 and you will receive an email from the Unit Coordinator regarding your group members.
The Part A question will be uploaded to Moodle in week 2 of the term. The group report must be submitted on-line to Moodle by 23.45 AEST on Thursday 27 April 2017 (week 7). The group report must consist of four components: The first component should be an executive summary with a maximum word count of 250 words. The second component should be the main report which should not exceed 1,500 words, excluding references. The third component should be a group report about the group's experience and learning that took place (both on the topic and working in a group) and should not exceed 500 words. The fourth component should summarise the following issues: (a) details of group meetings held (i.e. dates and duration), (b) who attended the meetings, and (c) the nature and extent of each group member's contribution to the meetings.
There is also an optional 'Peer effort assessment-evaluation' that individual team members of each group can complete to indicate each group member's effort and contribution to the group report. This form with be uploaded with the assessment question in week 2. Students can email this form to the Unit Coordinator who will treat it confidentially. The individual mark on the group assignment will be adjusted with the weighted average of the "Peer effort assessment-evaluation'. If no student submits this form for a group, it means the students believe that all group members contributed equally to the group report.
Each group member must retain copies of their working papers showing his/her contribution to the group assignment. Each group must retain a copy of their assignment submission.
Part B (1.5 marks per week for 10 weeks = 15 marks)
Part B assessments begin in week 2 and lag one week. For example, on-campus students will present the content taught in week 1 in the following week, thus week 2.
Groups must work through the set workshop exercises (as per the list of weekly exercises on the Moodle site) in preparation for presenting randomly selected questions in class. The homework exercises on this list is for self-study. The solutions to all the questions will be available in advance. It is important to practice all these exercises (both workshops and homework) as the exam questions will be based on them as well as examples and worked exercises in the prescribed textbook.
A group receives 1 mark for correctly explaining and answering the randomly selected question, which may also include providing satisfactory explanations other students and the instructor ask about the assigned workshop question. A less than satisfactory answer and explanation will receive a lesser mark. Students must demonstrate an understanding of the content of each question. Merely repeating or duplicating the solution will receive a zero mark. Each student will receive 0.5 mark for attendance weekly. If you cannot attend any workshop, please contact your lecturer on campus and get approval for absence. Without such approval, you will receive zero mark for attendance in the week you are absent.
The Unit Coordinator will send each group on Friday each week some selected questions which the group must upload to Moodle by the following Wednesday of each week before 23.45 AEST. You must provide an explanation that clearly demonstrates your understanding of the topic and issues. Copying the provided solutions will lead to zero mark. The 1.5 mark each week will be scaled based on a correct and satisfactory answer.