Assessment Task 2
Non-invigilated Assessment – Monitoring System Assignment (50%)
(Due one to two weeks after lecture sessions conclude, (Specific date to be advised)
1. To provide students with an opportunity to apply key concepts to a real world situation
2. To give students the opportunity to demonstrate an understanding of the various dimensions of sustainability and how they can be measured in a particular enterprise
Students will be required to choose a specific enterprise (it should be one with which they are somewhat personally familiar) and develop a sustainability indicators monitoring system for that enterprise.
Examples of the enterprises you might consider include a plant nursery, a pet shop, a day care centre, a primary school, a carpet manufacturing business, a small zoo, an insurance office, a bank, an auto repair shop, a restaurant, a veterinary surgery, a home services business, a bookshop and many other possibilities.
To provide a realistic account of the enterprise you might need to access a web site or undertake a site visit.
You should NOT use a place where you work or have worked because it becomes difficult to separate the creative and learning purpose of the assignment from the issue of students simply reporting the monitoring systems of the known work place. Nevertheless you may choose a place similar to your own work place if that is how you feel you will get the most benefit from doing the assignment.
Structure of the Report
The report should be 8 to 12 pages in length, A4, 1.5 spacing, 12 point Times New Roman The length specified does not include references and appendices. The report should have the following sections.
Begin with a clear TITLE page with at least your name, JCU number and subject number and title plus subject Lecturerâ€™s name with the assignment due date and time. You may, if you wish, take the opportunity to illustrate the business of choice on this page.
â€¢ INTRODUCTION. Introduction to monitoring systems and the development of indicators in general. In this section students should review the literature on the characteristics of good monitoring systems and the features that contribute to effective indicators. This part of the report should be in essay form but it may be useful to use a Table or tables to summarise indicator characteristics.(2-4 pages)
â€¢ THE ENTERPRISE. Description of the enterprise. This part of the report should be in essay form (1-2 pages). Illustration optional.
â€¢ SUSTAINABILITY DIMENSIONS. Consider the 3 sustainability dimensions as they apply to this enterprise. In this section students should identify and describe the range of socio-cultural, economic and environmental dimensions that apply to the operation of the chosen enterprise and explain how each is relevant. Some dimensions may apply more to specific enterprises but some treatment of all three dimensions for all enterprises is required. This part of the report should be in essay form. (2-3 pages).
â€¢ SPECIFIC SUSTAINABILITY AREA. Next select ONE (1) of the three areas( economic, environmental or socio-cultural) (needs only to be stated at the top of the next section -no pages required)
â€¢ LIST AND ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS FOR MONITORING. Develop and present a list of indicators to monitor this one specific dimension. The description of each indicator must include what the indicator is, how it will be measured and reported and any limitations or challenges associated with it. It is likely to be an effective use of space to incorporate the required information in an initial one page summary Table using the columns: Indicator name, its definition, its measurement, key challenges/limitations and then base the essay discussion around the points in this Table (2-3 further pages).
â€¢ REFERENCES. References (APA style). These pages are not counted as a part of the 8-12 pages.
Note: Students should not copy KPI s (key performance indicators) or ISO series targets from an organisation where they work or which they know well. If you feel you cannot avoid doing this with places you know well, please undertake your report on an organisation quite unfamiliar to you. The aim of the task is to make students think through the process of constructing indicators.
Marking Criteria â€“ General
a) INTRODUCTION section. Quality and thoroughness of the literature review of monitoring systems and indicators (20%)
b) THE ENTERPRISE AND SUSTAINABILITY DIMENSIONS sections. The presentation of the enterprise and the detail reported about and the applicability of impacts and outcomes in applying the 3 dimensions to the enterprise (30%)
c) LIST AND ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS FOR MONITORING. Consistency /appropriateness of the indicators for the dimension (20%)
d) LIST AND ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS FOR MONITORING. Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the indicators proposed (20%)
e) REFERENCES. Presentation and writing style including correct referencing (10%) Marking Criteria â€“ Specific