BUSN20017 Effective Business Communications

Assessment Tasks

1 On-campus or online activity

Assessment Type

On-campus Activity

Task Description

Exam rules apply to the completion of this activity. There is to be no speaking, no use of materials except the provided

journal article, blank paper that you are to provide, and a pen. If you have a question, please raise your hand and wait

for the lecturer to acknowledge you, and to come to you. You will not be allowed to leave the room/Zoom session before

the time expires and if you need to do so, your assessment and question sheet must be handed in before you leave. You

will not be allowed to return to the session to complete the activity.

This is a closed book activity. You may not access any online (re)sources while completing the activity and can only look

at the journal article given out in Week 4.

Exam conditions:

Online students can use their laptops for the activity but must share their screen with the Unit Coordinator at any time

that this is requested.

Content: The activity will be based upon teaching and learning materials and activities from weeks one to four. In Week

4 you will be given a journal article to read and analyse. Please bring this to your Week 5 Lecture/Zoom session as it will

be the only source you are allowed to use for your activity. Please also bring some blank paper in which to write your

answers and a pen.

Format: The activity consists of

  1. Reading an article before the activity,
  2. watching a video in class and
  3. completing the three assessment questions in class/during the Zoom session.

Time allowed to complete activity: 90 minutes. You need to be at your lecture or in the Zoom session to receive

marks for this assessment.

Weighting: This assessment is 45% of your overall grade.

Date and Time: The activity will be administered in week five during your lecture time or for online students, during

your Zoom session. You have only one attempt at the activity and must be present in the lecture or the Zoom session to

receive a mark and to complete the activity. You will not be allowed to leave the room/session and if you need to do so,

your assessment and question sheet must be handed in before you leave the room and you will not be allowed to return

to the room/session.

Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Friday (20 Dec. 2019) 11:45 pm AEST

Submit in class or during Zoom session for online students

Return Date to Students

Week 7 Friday (10 Jan. 2020)

Marks and feedback will be uploaded in Moodle.

Weighting

45%

Assessment Criteria

Question 1 – 12 marks

Question 2 – 6 marks

Question 3 – 6 marks

Mark out of 24 will be converted to a mark out of 45.

Referencing Style

American Psychological Association (APA)

Submission

Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Apply autonomous thinking to reflect on good practices in workplace communication in different organizational

contexts

Graduate Attributes

Knowledge

Communication

Cognitive, technical and creative skills

Self-management

Ethical and Professional Responsibility

2 Report and presentation

Assessment Type

Group Work

Task Description

Groups:

During the week three tutorial you will be able to sign up to be one member of a group of three. You may only present

with those individuals enrolled within your tutorial and there are to be no exceptions. Failure to sign up for a group will

result in your final mark being delayed. Only one student per group should upload the presentation.

Report and presentation: Within a workplace there are many modes that can be used to communicate with

colleagues and supervisors. Choose three different communication modes (refer to Figure .1, p. 28 in your text), each

student chooses and researches one mode. Explain, backing up your claims with journal refences, the contexts in which

each communication mode is best suited to be used in a workplace.

Your report has two parts in the body:

  1. An overview of academic literature relating to communication practices/styles/recent research about business

communication in Australia.

  1. Recommendations of the situation/s in which your researched mode is the most appropriate and justify your choice,

backing it up with the relevant academic literature.

Format:

There are two parts to this assessment. These are:

Part 1. Individual report.

A maximum of 1,500 words business report on your chosen recommendation based on the literature. Each student only

includes the section he/she has written, with a very brief introduction and conclusion

Your report should follow the format below:

  1. Cover or title page including student name and ID, campus, name of Lecturer/tutor and group number.
  2. Executive Summary
  3. Table of Contents: using numbered headings and sub-headings
  4. Introduction
  5. Body (Literature review & Recommendations) or your section of the presentation
  6. Conclusion
  7. References.

The report is worth 10% of the marks. Your individual submission must be uploaded in Moodle as a .doc or .docx file.

The content of the report must not simply be a re-articulation of the information presented in the weekly teaching and

learning materials. You may focus on communication modes covered in this unit, but you must do so in a manner that

extends the information beyond what was presented during the term.

References: The assessment must include 5 academic references and you must use the APA referencing style.

Part 2. A recorded group presentation.

The recording of the presentation must include power points slides and a ‘live’ image of each of the speakers for the

entire presentation. This is an extemporaneous presentation. I would recommend using Zoom to record your

presentation as that way staff can see your PowerPoint slides and yourselves during the presentation. You should save

your presentation on either Google Drive or One Drive. Under no circumstances are you to use Share point.

All you need to upload into Moodle is a cover/title page and at the bottom add the active link to your presentation on

Google Drive. This is a group submission so only one group member needs to upload your presentation in

Moodle.

Instructions on how to use Google Drive can be found at:

https://www.dummies.com/education/internet-basics/use-google-drive/ and more information is available in Moodle.

Make sure that you have shared the link with your lecturer/tutor otherwise it will not be marked. The content of the

presentation must not simply be a re-articulation of the information presented in the weekly teaching and learning

materials. You may focus on communication modes covered in this unit, but you must do so in a manner that extends

the information beyond what was presented during the term.

Your presentation is worth 45% of your mark and it will be a maximum of 15 minutes in length. This allows each student

three minutes to present their section. If a student goes over three minutes, his/her marks will stop at the three minute

mark and no further marks will be awarded for that student for that section. Your overall mark for this assessment is

calculated based upon the group presentation and all students will receive the same mark.

Academic Misconduct will be monitored to ensure that your submitted work is original and not purchased or copied from

other students. Where assessments are found to be similar or purchased, penalties will be applied in accord with

University policy.

Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (10 Feb. 2020) 5:00 pm AEST

Return Date to Students

Marks and feedback will only be released after Certification of Grades.

Weighting

55%

Assessment Criteria

Individual Report 1,500 words 10%

Group 15 minute presentation 45%

Rubrics are available in Moodle

Referencing Style

American Psychological Association (APA)

Submission

Online Group

Learning Outcomes Assessed

Recognize advanced knowledge and skills required in written, oral, and interpersonal communication to address

complex business problems

Apply professional business writing and oral communication skills to effectively inform or persuade a target

audience

Deliver effective presentations to transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to both specialist and non-specialist

audiences and achieve business objectives

Critically analyse communication challenges faced by organisations by applying established theories to develop

innovative strategies to address them

Apply autonomous thinking to reflect on good practices in workplace communication in different organizational

contexts

Engage and collaborate with team members to demonstrate oral, written, and interpersonal communication.

Graduate Attributes

Knowledge

Communication

Cognitive, technical and creative skills

Research

Self-management

Ethical and Professional Responsibility

Leadership

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any

type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and

feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the

source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper

acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification

you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the

respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic

Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity,

examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic

integrity, and potential penalties.

What is a breach of academic integrity?

A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract

cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms

mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the

University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere.

Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

What can you do to act with integrity?

Where can I get assistance?

For academic advice and guidance, the Academic Learning Centre (ALC) can support you in becoming confident in

completing assessments with integrity and of high standard.