monitoring system assignment

monitoring system assignment
Note that where a subject is offered across different campuses and/or modes and/or teaching periods within the one calendar year, the learning outcomes will be the same and, other than in exceptional circumstances, there will be no variation in assessment type or weighting. Any minor variation in assessment type or weighting will be authorised through relevant School/Faculty processes and by Head of School, and documented in the subject outline/s, prior to the commencement of the subject. The design of course content and learning experiences across different campuses and/or modes and/or teaching periods within the one calendar year will ensure equivalent opportunity for students to achieve learning outcomes.

This subject outline has been prepared by [insert your name] for the College of Business, Law and Governance, Division of Tropical Environments and Societies, James Cook University. Updated 4 July 2016.
Q1. This subject is offered across more than one campus and/or mode and/or teaching period within the one calendar year. Yes 1
No 0Q2. If yes [Q1], the design of all offerings of this subject ensure the same learning outcomes and assessment types and weightings. Yes 0X
No 0Q3. If no [Q2], _________________________ has authorised any variations, in terms of equivalence.

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Contents
Section 1. Subject at a Glance 4
1.1 Staff contact details 4
1.2 Student participation requirements 4
1.3 Key dates 5
Section 2. Subject Details 5
2.1 Subject description 5
2.2 Subject and course learning outcomes 5
2.3 Learning and teaching in this subject 6
2.4 Student feedback on subject 6
2.5 Subject resources and special requirements 6
Section 3. Assessment Details 7
3.1 Requirements for completion of subject 7
3.1.1 Clinical or professional experience requirements [delete section if not applicable] 7
3.2 Feedback on student learning 7
3.3 Assessment Tasks 7
Section 4. Other Information about Assessment and Student Support 9
4.1 Submission and return of assessment 9
4.2 Plagiarism and referencing 9
4.3 Important advice relating to examinations 9
4.4 Student support 10
Section 5. Subject Calendar 11
Section 6. Assessment Criteria Sheets 13

Section 1. Subject at a Glance
The following summary provides a quick reference to the most important aspects of this subject. Please ensure that you have read the entire subject guide in full.
1.1 Staff contact details
The following staff members are responsible for the preparation or delivery of this subject. Please contact the relevant staff member if you have any concerns during the study period.
Teaching team Staff member Campus Room Phone# Email Consultation times*
Subject Coordinator Philip Pearce TSV 211C 47814762 Philip.pearce@jcu.edu.au Friday 10-12

*Other consultation times by appointment only.

1.2 Student participation requirements
The JCU Learning, Teaching and Assessment Policy (4.3) indicates that, “a 3 credit point subject will require a 130 hour work load of study-related participation (including class attendance) over the duration of the study period, irrespective of mode of delivery”. This work load comprises timetabled hours and other attendance requirements, as well as personal study hours, including completion of assessment requirements. Note that “attendance at specified classes may be a mandatory requirement for satisfactory completion of some subjects” (Learning, Teaching and Assessment Policy, 5.9); and that additional hours may be required per week for those students in need of English language, numeracy or other learning support.

Key subject activities Time Day/ Date Room/ Location

Lecture/workshop Specific dates as in next column June 2015
Fri 10/6 & 24/6/15 6-9pm
Sat & Sun 11 & 12/6, 25 & 26/6/15 9am-5pm
Room 034.011C

For information on the days and times when lectures, tutorials, workshops, etc. are scheduled for all of your subjects, visit JCU Lecture Timetables at http://www.jcu.edu.au/ttable/ (See JCUB / JCUS times as locally relevant)
1.3 Key dates
A summary of the assessable items for LB5203 is provided in the table below. Please read through the assessment details presented later in this subject guide.

Insert assessment types in table overleaf (see Appendix A for listing and definitions of assessment types).
Consider early low-stakes/low-weight assessment to provide students with feedback.

Item Supervised individual assessment Weight Due Date
Census date see 2016 Study Period and Census DatesLast date to withdraw without academic penalty see 2016 Study Period and Census Dates1. Assessment Task 1 – Monitoring assignment 50% Due after examination 15 JULY
3. Final Exam x 50% Examination 11 JULY
Period Room times to be confirmed

You must obtain a final mark of at least 50% to pass the subject. Any student who does not achieve a pass in the invigilated components may, in exceptional circumstances, be reviewed by the School Assessment Committee.

Students who have completed less than 100% of the assessment will be subject to review by the School Assessment Committee which could result in an overall fail.

Section 2. Subject Details
2.1 Subject description
This subject examines contested meanings of sustainability; integrated models of sustainability 9economic,environmental, social and cultural); the growth of the sustainability movement; ethics and the phases of business response to sustainability; the forces shaping sustainability; fundamental legal components of sustainability; business and enterprise opportunities to benefit from sustainable practices; communication about sustainability; international and cross-cultural perspectives on sustainability; measuring sustainability (metrics and management) and international reporting standards for sustainability
2.2 Subject and course learning outcomes

The following table shows the alignment between the learning outcomes at the course and subject level and assessment. Students who successfully complete this subject will be able to:

Subject Learning Outcomes Assessment
1. Understand relationships between sustainability, government policies and enterprise strategies Assignment , exam
2. Understand contemporary approaches to measuring and reporting the outcomes of enterprise sustainability strategies Assignment
3. Recognise and understand the linkage between sustainability value creation, risk and effective use of global resources Exam
4. Understand and critically evaluate sustainability and sustainable development concepts and issues Exam

Course Learning Outcomes Assessment
S1 Research and apply established concepts to solve business and professional practice problems Exam
S5 Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively and effectively in achieving common goals Assignment
A1 Adapt business constructs and skills to novel theoretical or practical situations Assignment , exam

K – Knowledge; S – Skills; A – Application of Knowledge & Skills

2.3 Learning and teaching in this subject
The topic area is diverse and has an enormous literature since sustainability could be very broadly translated as managing current and future life on the planet. Not surprisingly all sorts of contributions exist to the discussion which necessitates trying to build a layered approach to teaching and learning. If there is an easy metaphor for the teaching and learning approach it is a “road map” model with broad orientation being provided in lecturer led sessions augmented by key opportunities in the sessions for students to construct specific directions for their own detailed understanding. Examples of this process include involving students in constructing their own Powerpoints on some topics, participating in case analysis, reviewing recent incidents and sourcing and reviewing the most recently published work. The assignments offer opportunities to develop localised and highly specific knowledge as well as demonstrating understanding of the broad parameters of the road map.
2.4 Student feedback on subject
As part of our commitment at JCU to improving the quality of our courses and teaching, we regularly seek feedback on your learning experiences. Student feedback informs evaluation of subject and teaching strengths and areas that may need refinement or change. YourJCU Subject and Teaching Surveys provide a formal and confidential method for you to provide feedback about your subjects and the staff members teaching within them. These surveys are available to all students through LearnJCU. You will receive an email invitation when the survey opens. We value your feedback and ask that you to provide considered feedback for each of your subjects.
Previous students in this subject have responded well to the opportunity to read a significant contribution to sustainability for the exam as well as appreciating the assignment which they have often directed to a familiar work setting.
2.5 Subject resources and special requirements
The text for the subject is

Esty, D.C & Winston, A.S. (2009). Green to Gold. (2nd edn.) New Jersey: John Wiley and Sons.

The 2006 (1st edn.) is also suitable as the text has not changed radically.

REFERENCE CHOICES FOR Exam question

For the exam, one of the questions asks students to select at least one (1), possibly two (2), of the following books in order to answer the set question.

The suggested books to read and review are listed below. Students may select another book to review subject to the lecturer’s approval.

Students cannot use the text book as the selected book for this part of the exam.

The exam question is as follows. It is worth one third of the exam mark.

Consider at least one (1) of the recently published widely available books relevant to the topic of sustainability and review this book in terms of its main ideas. (50% of the answer) Comment on what parts of the subject LB5203 are strengthened by the ideas in this book and what ideas in the subject LB5203 are not explored or adequately considered in this volume (or volumes).(50% of the answer)

Croston, G. E. (2008). 75 Green Businesses. Canada: Entrepreneur Press.

Dumaine, B. (2008). The Plot to save the Planet. New York: Crown Business.

Estes, J.M. (2009). Smart Green New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons.

Goleman, D. (2009). Ecological Intelligence New York: Broadway Books.

Impetus Consulting (2008). Good green Guide for Small Business. London: A&C Black.

Makower, J. (2009). Strategies for the Green economy New York: McGraw Hill.

McDonald, C. (2008) Green Inc. Guilford, Conn.: The Lyons Press

Swallow, L. (2009). Green business Practices for Dummies New York: Wiley Publishing.

Senge, P. et al. (2008). The necessary revolution. London: Nicholas Brearley Publishing

Schendler, A. (2009). Getting Green Done. New York: Public Affairs.

There are further recent books by, some by well-known authors in business and academic contexts who are writing in this area. If some of the above are not available alternatives include volumes by Paul Hawken, Ecology of commerce and Blessed Unrest; Richard Branson, Lovins on Natural capitalism, McDonough and Braungart Cradle to Grave, and Tim Flannery, Now or never.
Online and Electronic Resources
The following libguides available from the JCU Library website will provide details on referencing, plagiarism, findings marketing books and journals

http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/referencing
http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/content.php?pid=63980&sid=472370

Learning & Writing Skills workshops and notes to assist with writing an essay; presentations etc

http://www.jcu.edu.au/learningskills/index.htm

Subject Website on LearnJCU
Access the subject website through LearnJCU at learnjcu.jcu.edu.au for lecture notes, quizzes, handouts, assessment summaries and more!
Login using your JCU email username and password. The site for this subject is opened to all participants enrolled in the subject at least seven days prior to the commencement of the subject. Browser requirements for LearnJCU are provided on the opening webpage of LearnJCU.

Section 3. Assessment Details
3.1 Requirements for completion of subject
In order to pass this subject, you must:
• Pass the exam

It is important to be aware that assessment “is always subject to final ratification following the examination period and that no single result represents a final grade in a subject” (Learning, Teaching and Assessment Policy 5.21.).
3.2 Feedback on student learning
Direct interaction between the lecturer and the students ion the workshops will offer opportunities for assessing learning and understanding of the subject materials
3.3 Assessment Tasks
ASSESSMENT TASK 1: DESCRIPTION
Invigilated Assessment – Exam (50%) (During exam period)
Objectives
1. To provide students with an opportunity to report their knowledge of the core concepts
2. To enable students to show their ability to apply the learned concepts to a real world situation
3. To link the subject with contemporary and wider debates in the public arena.

A two and half hour exam (150 minutes) will be set consisting of short answers, a case analysis and a review of a contemporary book(s).The three sections in the exam correspond to different kinds of learning and the students’ personal control of that learning. The first section of the exam will deal with fundamental concepts and will require students to show a solid understanding of the main ideas in the subject. It will be in the form of short answers on key topics. The second section of the exam will apply that knowledge to case study situation or situations and examine students’ ability to relate and apply the material to a novel or fresh example. There will be a choice in this section to provide a review and commentary linking the videos watched in class to the subject materials. The third section of the exam will ask students to extend their knowledge base by reporting on one (1) or possibly two (2) books they have read from the recent public discussions of the topic of sustainability and sustainable development. In this reporting students will be asked to identify and link the concepts considered in their chosen books with the key ideas in the subject. Each of these sections will be worth one third of the marks.

Assessment Task 2
Non-invigilated Assessment – Monitoring System Assignment (50%)
(Due one to two weeks after lecture sessions conclude, (Specific date to be advised)

Objectives
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

Topic
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 Lecturer’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.

• 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)

• THE ENTERPRISE. Description of the enterprise. This part of the report should be in essay form (1-2 pages). Illustration optional.

• 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).

• 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)

• 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).

• 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 – 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 – Specific

LB5203: MONITORING SYSTEM ASSIGNMENT MARKING SHEET

Student Name:________________________________________________

Section Rating Mark
Poor Adequate Good Very Good Excellent
a) INTRODUCTION section. Quality and thoroughness of the literature review of monitoring systems and indicators (20%)
/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%)
/30
c) LIST AND ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS FOR MONITORING. Consistency /appropriateness of the indicators for the dimension (20%)

/20
d) LIST AND ASSESSMENT OF INDICATORS FOR MONITORING. Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the indicators proposed (20%)

/20
e) REFERENCES Correct format and range (10%) /10
TOTAL
/100
/50%
Compliance with instructions
? Major sections included as set in subject guide
Section 4. Other Information about Assessment and Student Support
4.1 Submission and return of assessment
The ability to adhere to deadlines is a highly desirable attribute that employers seek in our graduates. Right from the beginning, new students should acquire the habit of meeting deadlines for their work, by organising their study time appropriately. The following points apply to the submission of assessment
1. Extensions will be granted in cases of illness or personal issues (medical certificate/counsellor’s statement required). It is at the discretion of the subject co-ordinator/lecturer that extensions will be granted for inescapable, unexpected, documented work commitments (provide documentation). You should contact your lecturer before the due date if you are likely to require an extension.
2. Where no prior extension has been approved, late submissions will incur a penalty of 5% per day or part thereof. Weekends are treated as a single full day because university buildings are not usually accessible of over the weekend to allow for submission. Assessment tasks will generally not be graded after 14 days past the due date.
3. Assignments must be submitted to a Safe Assignment drop box on the subject site, LearnJCU. Students may not email or fax an assignment without prior approval from the Subject Coordinator/Lecturer. Submission could be required as Safe Assignment and in hard copy form.

Advice on how to submit the assignment will be provided in lecture/workshop sessions
4.2 Plagiarism and referencing
Plagiarism occurs when writers claim ownership of written words or ideas that are not their own. Plagiarism is a form of cheating and any instances of plagiarism will be dealt with promptly according to University procedures. Please see the JCU Student Academic Misconduct Requirements Policy <http://www.jcu.edu.au/policy/student/rights/JCUDEV_005375.html>

Referencing is a systematic way of acknowledging the sources that you have used. Students should check out the very helpful online resources relating to academic writing, referencing and avoiding plagiarism at:
• Writing and Maths Skills Online http://www-public.jcu.edu.au/learningskills/resources/wsonline/index.htm
(In particular, the booklet Summarising, Paraphrasing & Avoiding Plagiarism is a very useful guide).
• The Referencing Libguide <http://libguides.jcu.edu.au/referencing>
• What is Plagiarism? <http://www.jcu.edu.au/student/assessmentexams/JCU_090850.html>
4.3 Important advice relating to examinations
If you experience difficulties or serious circumstances before or up to the day of your exam, which you believe may affect your ability to sit the exam successfully or perform at your best, you can apply for special consideration in the marking of your exam. Please see the JCU Special Consideration, Supplementary, Deferred and Special Examinations Requirements <http://www.jcu.edu.au/student/assessmentexams/>
If you are unable to attend an exam at the scheduled time due to extenuating circumstances/circumstances beyond your control, you may apply for a deferred exam. Deferred exams are granted in exceptional circumstances such as severe medical conditions or family or personal trauma. For further information, visit <http://www.jcu.edu.au/student/assessmentexams/JCU_096668.html>
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Section 5. Subject Calendar
KEY TOPICS
Some flexibility in this schedule is possible due to class size and progress through the material.
Date and times
Session content
Supporting resources

Friday 6-9pm 10June
Prof Philip Pearce
Introduction to sustainability
Forces for sustainability – market/stakeholder pressure
Forces for sustainability – regulation/legal frameworks

LB5203 Intro Notes.doc
LB5203 Market Forces.ppt
LB5203 Legal Notes.doc
Saturday 9-5pm 11 June
Prof Philip Pearce What is the Triple Bottom Line? – economic, environmental , social dimensions

LB5203 Economic Notes. LB5203 Environment Notes.
LB5203 Social dimensions
Sunday 9-1 12 June

Sunday 2-5
Prof Philip Pearce Sustainability in action case study analyses
Environmental management systems
Measuring the triple bottom line

Handouts in class

LB5203 EntMgntS.ppt
LB5203 Measuring TBL.ppt
Friday 6-9pm 24 June
Prof Philip Pearce
Government roles and financial issues- flexibility of sessions may be possible depending on class interaction
LB5203 PPTs
Government roles Financial instruments
Saturday 9-1pm 25 June

Saturday 2-5
Professor Philip Pearce

Morning-flexibility of sessions may be possible depending on class interaction
Key DVDs and films (basis of optional exam question)

Key ideas from Esty and Winston text “An inconvenient truth”
“The Corporation”

LB5203Strategy and failure notes
Sunday 9-4pm 26 June
Professor Philip Pearce Sustainability in action –persuasive communication
Resources from student scanning of media

Voluntary instruments
Assessing some marketing communication efforts.

LB5203 Persuasive communication
LB5203 Voluntary instruments documents
Exam
11 July 004-006
6.00pm-8.30pm
Within 2 weeks of the last session 7.00-9.00pm

Section 6. Assessment Criteria Sheets

See assessment Task 2 section.

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