Contemporary Issues Assignment

Addresses learning outcome(s):

  • 3. Develop and demonstrate critical reading and creative and critical thinking in challenging the traditional presentation of accounting information through examining research literature;
    • 4. Exercise judgment skills in defending a normative framework for accounting within which to evaluate existing systems and address practical problems, while addressing contrasting points of view; and
    • 5. Critically evaluate different approaches to theory and research in accounting including positivism and critical theory in contextual areas including accounting regulation, social and environmental accounting, education and financial crises.
  • Related graduate attribute(s):
    • 1. UC graduates are professional – communicate effectively
    • 1. UC graduates are professional – display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
    • 1. UC graduates are professional – use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
    • 2. UC graduates are global citizens – behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives
    • 3. UC graduates are lifelong learners – adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas

Topic:

Select a theory studied in this unit and demonstrate how this would (or would not) predict the behaviour of some of Volkwagen’s management in lying to the market about the emissions produced by their cars.

Also select a theory and explain how this would (or would not) predict Volkswagen’s response to this scandal.

Some theories will predict that the management will act in certain ways in a given situation. Other theories will not predict that the management will act that way, that is they will predict that managemnt will act differently in this situation. Both type of theories are of interest in this topic.

This is a compulsory assessment item. Students failing to submit the assignment will be awarded a fail grade (NC) for the unit.

The assignment must be attempted by groups of 2-4 students. Details on how to manage group assignments are provided on the Study help website, which can be accessed through this unit’s Moodle site. All group members are required to sign a team contract. Students who do not sign the contract are not in the team. Groups are allowed to expel non-performing members, but you will need to provide evidence of non-performance.

Groups are to prepare agenda for group meetings and to keep minutes of group meetings. These need to be available to the unit convener on request.

All students in the group will receive the same marks. However, if I have evidence, before the assignment is submitted, indicating that a student did not contribute fairly to the group effort, I will consult the group members to gain some insight into how much the offending student has contributed. If they form the opinion that the student has only contributed 20% of what he or she should have contributed, the student will receive 20% of the marks of the other team members.

Students who do not form a group will be penalized 15% of the marks for the assignment, as they have not had to demonstrate team work skills.Groups of more than 4 students will be awarded zero marks for the assignment.

Collusion and copying among students who are not members of the same group is not permitted. Students detected colluding with or copying from other students who are not members of their group will be dealt with under University rules. Students who assist other students to copy or collude will also be dealt with under University rules.

 Allocation of marks:             

1. Write an introduction and a background to your assignment (10 marks); 

2. Review the relevant literature in your theory area. You need to present a detailed explanation of the development of the theory you have selected. This will require you to identify the origins of the theory, and describe how it evolved. You also need to describe the areas or situations this theory has been applied in the literature. You need to demonstrate how your use of the theory will be appropriate for the current topic. If you are proposing a novel use of the theory, this could be good. However, you need to ensure you recognise this and justify your approach. You should consider at least 10  journal articles (30 marks); 

3. You will need to describe in some details the behaviour of management (20 marks);

4. Apply the theory to the facts of the topic and demonstrate how well it predicts, or does not predict the observed phenomena described in (3) (30 marks);;

5. Write a conclusion (10 marks).

Length:  2,000 – 2,500 words.

Assignment presentation requirements:

Each assignment must be word processed. Pages must be numbered.

Correct spelling and grammar as well as professional presentation are expected.

Each group must include a declaration presenting the student id numbers of the group members and the contribution of each member toward the assignment. Each member must contribute to the assignment approximately equally. Failure to provide a declaration will result in a penalty of 10 % of total marks for the assignment.

Citations used in assessment items must follow Harvard referencing style. If you are unfamiliar with Harvard referencing please seek the assistance of Library staff. It is recommended that students use ZoteroEndnote orRefWorks to manage their references. Students are encouraged to undertake the Library’s free training courses on finding journal articles using data bases and on using Endnote or RefWorks before starting this assignment. See the library website for the schedule for these courses and to register.

Submission requirements

A member from each group will submit a copy of the assignment via theAssignment Drop Box on the Moodle Site of the Unit by the deadline.

Students please note that failure to comply with the above submission requirements will result in a maximum of 30% penalty from the total marks for this assessment. Any assignments received after 5.00pm will be considered submitted late and appropriate penalties will apply (see the text relating to penalties in ‘extensions’ in section 5b below). 

Deliberately submitting viruses or other malicious software (malware) is academic misconduct.

Late submission – acceptable reasons and penalties –see  ‘extensions’ in section 5b below.

Marks will be deducted for:

  • incomplete or inaccurate referencing and incorrect use of English which includes grammar and spelling errors; the penalty will be up to a maximum of 5 marks deducted from the total marks obtained;
  • breaching the allowed word limit;
  • not complying with requirements for group submission;
  • failing to comply with all of the submission requirements…

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