M:CommonLearning & Teaching (Common)RubricsRubrics for LG 2 ‐ Written and Oral CommunicationLO 2a ‐ Rubric for Written Communication Skills.docx
Rubric for Written Student ID ________________________
BCom Learning Goal 2
Communication Skills: Graduates can communicate complex ideas effectively and accurately in a range of
BCom Learning Objective 2a
Research, plan and produce written assignments to acceptable academic standards.
Trait Exemplary Satisfactory Unsatisfactory E/S/U
Structure and style:
structure, flow and
layout, appropriate to
Variety of sentence
construction; logical flow;
style and structure
appropriate for task,
audience and genre. Uses
engaging delivery that
Not overly repetitive; some
variety in sentence
flows well; some
awareness of audience and
Overly repetitive or
disjointed, lack of flow;
inappropriate for audience.
the question, succinct,
Argument effectively and
efficiently conveyed; highly
focused on the question;
Argument reasonably clear;
occasionally misses the
point but answers the
question; not over‐
elaborate or over‐
Main point and/or
Irrelevant information, no
transition between ideas.
Technical writing skills:
Very few spelling errors,
Occasional lapses in
grammar, but not enough
to seriously distract the
Numerous spelling errors,
non‐existent or incorrect
punctuation, and/or severe
errors in grammar that
Highly appropriate, well
chosen, precise and varied
uses correct word choice
vocabulary; not overly
repetitive. Generally uses
correct word choice and
Excessively limited or
inappropriate or repetitive
Appropriate use of
Uses APA (or accepted
system consistently and
Generally uses APA (or
Does not attempt to use
APA (or accepted
Appropriate use of others’
work, acknowledged via in‐
Other sources appear to be
Work appears to be not
adequately referenced or
Holistic judgement Exemplary written
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Word limit: 2,500 words excluding reference list.
DUE: 11.59PM FRIDAY 14 JANUARY 2022
Figure 1: Process flow of Ethics Essay assignment
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