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Rubric for Written  Student ID ________________________ 
Communication Skills 
 

BCom Learning Goal 2 
Communication Skills:  Graduates can communicate complex ideas effectively and accurately in a range of 
contexts. 
 

BCom Learning Objective 2a 
Research, plan and produce written assignments to acceptable academic standards. 
 

Trait  Exemplary  Satisfactory  Unsatisfactory  E/S/U 

Structure and style:  
Document, paragraph 
and sentence 
structure, flow and 
layout, appropriate to 
audience. 

Variety of sentence 
construction; logical flow; 
style and structure 
appropriate for task, 
audience and genre. Uses 
engaging delivery that 
enhances understanding. 

Thoughtful presentation. 

Not overly repetitive; some 
variety in sentence 
construction; generally 
flows well; some 
awareness of audience and 
genre.  

Overly repetitive or 
simplistic sentence 
structure; consistently 
disjointed, lack of flow; 
style/structure 
inappropriate for audience.  

 

Clarity and 
conciseness:  Answers 
the question, succinct, 
appropriate 
complexity. 

Argument effectively and 
efficiently conveyed; highly 
focused on the question; 
easily understood. 

Argument reasonably clear; 
occasionally misses the 
point but answers the 
question; not over‐
elaborate or over‐
complicated. 

Main point and/or 
argument 
confused/unclear. 
Irrelevant information, no 
transition between ideas. 
Unclear conclusion. 

 

Technical writing skills:  
Spelling, capitalisation, 
punctuation, grammar, 
general proofreading. 

Very few spelling errors, 
correct punctuation, 
grammatically correct, 
complete sentences. 

Occasional lapses in 
spelling, punctuation, 
grammar, but not enough 
to seriously distract the 
reader. 

Numerous spelling errors, 
non‐existent or incorrect 
punctuation, and/or severe 
errors in grammar that 
interfere with 
understanding. 

 

Vocabulary:  
Originality, breadth, 
appropriateness, 
variety. 

Highly appropriate, well 
chosen, precise and varied 
vocabulary. Consistently 
uses correct word choice 
and discipline‐specific 
terminology. 

Generally appropriate 
vocabulary; not overly 
repetitive. Generally uses 
correct word choice and 
discipline‐specific 
terminology. 

Excessively limited or 
inappropriate or repetitive 
vocabulary. Misuses 
discipline‐specific 
terminology. 

 

Appropriate use of 
referencing system 

Uses APA (or accepted 
alternative1) referencing 
system consistently and 
correctly.   

Generally uses APA (or 
accepted alternative1) 
referencing system. 

Does not attempt to use 
APA (or accepted 
alternative1) referencing 
system. 

 

Academic Integrity 

 

Appropriate use of others’ 
work, acknowledged via in‐
text citations. 

Other sources appear to be 
acknowledged.  

 

Work appears to be not 
adequately referenced or 
attributed. 

 

Holistic judgement  Exemplary written 
communication. 

Satisfactory written 
communication. 

Unsatisfactory written 
communication. 

 

 

                                                            
1 APA is the VBS standard, but lecturers may either require alternative when APA is not appropriate or accept an alternative – in both
cases guidance must be provided.

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School of Accounting and Commercial Law

MMPA 513 ACCOUNTING SYSTEMS

Trimester Three 2021

Assessment: Ethics essay

About this assessment

This assessment has multiple phases and is structured as an iterative process (see Figure 1
below), building from the initial choice of topic to the final submitted document. This is
intended to help you develop your writing and gain skills in giving and receiving feedback. You
are expected to complete all parts of each phase, even though only the final, submitted essay
counts towards your grade. We recommend that you keep notes on your experiences
throughout the phases of this assessment as you will reflect on them in the assessment item
due at the end of Week 8.

Required:

Critically evaluate a current organisational ethical issue that is linked to accounting.
Include in your essay:

o A summary of the issue;

o An outline of the ethical theories discussed in class;

o A discussion of how ONE of these theories relates to the issue;

o An outline of the five fundamental principles of the professional accountants’ Code of

Ethics;

o An application of these principles to your chosen issue; and

o A conclusion on whether the professional accountants’ Code of Ethics would be

helpful in resolving the issue identified.

Instructions

1. Find a current news or magazine article (i.e. dated after 1 November 2021) about an
organisational (public, private, or third-sector) ethical issue. This issue should relate to
accounting in some way.

2. Submit an essay outline (see expectations for this in Appendix A below) with a link (if
online) or scanned copy (if offline or pay-walled) to your chosen article on Blackboard by
11:59pm Friday 26 November 2021. Articles in languages other than English are
acceptable but must be accompanied by an English translation, sufficient for your
classmates and lecturer to understand the issue it raises.

3. Complete peer-review of TWO essay outlines and submit these to Blackboard by 11:59pm
Friday 3 December 2021. Resources on peer-reviewing are available on Blackboard.

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4. Consider the peer-reviews of your own essay outline, paying particular focus to any
suggested improvements, and use these where appropriate in writing a full draft of your
ethics essay.

5. Submit your draft essay to Blackboard by 11.59pm Friday 10 December 2021.

6. Complete peer-review of TWO draft essays and submit these to Blackboard by 11:59pm
Friday 17 December 2021. Resources on peer-reviewing are available on Blackboard.

7. Consider the peer-reviews of your own draft essay, paying particular focus to any
suggested improvements, and use this where appropriate in writing your final version of
the ethics essay.

8. Submit your final essay to Blackboard by the due date.

(100 marks)

Word limit: 2,500 words excluding reference list.

DUE: 11.59PM FRIDAY 14 JANUARY 2022

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Figure 1: Process flow of Ethics Essay assignment

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Appendix A: Essay Outline requirements

Your essay outline should include the following:

• A link to or copy of your chosen article, with translation to English if needed.

• A précis (max. one paragraph) of the ethical issue to which your article relates.
o Make sure you make it clear to your reviewers why this is a problem.

• An explanation of how the issue identified relates to or concerns accounting.

• A statement of the ONE ethical theory you intend to apply to this issue in your essay.

• A justification of why this theory is appropriate.

Expected length: 1 page

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