1. apply and critique decision and control models of real-world business scenarios
2. evaluate how decision and control models impact people in the organisation
3. develop communication and teamwork skills
4. develop a capacity for independent research and learning.
This subject also contributes specifically to the following program learning objectives:
Critically evaluate data and resources in the context of relevant academic literature
Critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organisations, including sustainability
This overall objective relates to the following subject objectives:
• Apply and critique decision and control models of real world business scenarios
• Evaluate how decision and control models impact people in the organisation
• Develop a capacity for independent research and thinking
The essay is to be no more than 2 pages in length. This page limit includes all sections of your essay except for:
– The reference list (bibliography)
Font: Times New Roman, 12pt
Line spacing: At least 1.15 line spacing (i.e. no single line spacing)
Margins: At least 2cm for top, bottom, left and right margins
The assignment must be structured as an essay (as distinct from a report). For instructions about writing essays please see the Faculty of Business Guide to Writing Assignments (http://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/business/study-and-assessment-resources/developing-your-academic-writing)
The essay must conform to the university’s referencing policy, which is outlined in the Guide to Writing Assignments (http://www.uts.edu.au/current-students/business/study-and-assessment-resources/developing-your-academic-writing). All sources must be properly acknowledged. Any source that is referenced ‘in-text’ must be listed in the Reference List at the end of the essay. Any essay that contravenes the referencing policy can expect to draw severe penalties and may be referred to the Faculty Student Conduct Committee.
Often business students are asked to ‘think critically’ about the topics, concepts, organizations and ideas. It is often listed in the objectives of many subjects and is said to be one of the attributes most valued by employers. But what does it actually mean?
Prepare an essay addressing the following overall question:
“What does it mean to do critical thinking?”
In addressing this question, students are expected to address two key main concerns.
First, you will need to provide the reader with an overall description of what critical thinking is. It is expected that you will conduct your own independent research, drawing on sources from both academic and practitioner literature to inform this description.
Second, you also need to be able to explain to the reader what it means to do critical thinking. More specifically you need to explain what it means for a student to be able “to critically analyse the core professional obligations, values and operations of organizations” (which is actually something you are expected to do in MDC!)
Keep in mind that there are several different perspectives about critical thinking – it is not expected that you deal with them all! Instead, the focus on the essay should be to develop a theoretically informed position about what critical thinking means and to demonstrate how this applies specifically to one of the objectives of the course. As you can see in the marking guide, marks are awarded for the depth, clarity and coherence of your explanations as well as your ability to support your arguments with reference to academic literature.
Essays that simply list a range of definitions without providing adequate explanation and support will generally receive a substantially lower mark than those which focus on one or two perspectives that they explore in greater detail.
To be eligible for assessment your essay must meet all of the following criteria:
• Student has attended the research skills workshop.
• Adheres to the formatting guidelines
Marking Concern Below criteria Meets criteria Exceeds criteria
Description of critical thinking is superficial or incomplete. May list definitions without explanation or analysis, and/or is not supported with reference to appropriate academic sources. Provides an overall description of what critical thinking is. Description is clear and specific and is supported by some reference to appropriate academic sources. Provides an overall description of what critical thinking is which is clear, specific, and reflects multiple perspectives which are supported with extensive reference to appropriate academic sources.
Explanation is absent, incoherent, or does not relate to doing critical thinking in the context of professional obligations, values and operations of organisations. May not be consistent with the student’s description of critical thinking.
Explains what it means to do critical thinking in the context of professional obligations, values and operations of organisations. Explanation is clear, coherent and consistent with the student’s description of critical thinking.
Provides a detailed and theoretically informed explanation of what it means to do critical thinking, which is consistent with the description developed previously. Explanation is clear, coherent and persuasive.
Research Student does not reference appropriate academic sources, or fails to cite sources Student references some relevant and appropriate academic sources. In-text references and reference list are complete and generally consistently formatted.
Student references a variety of relevant and appropriate academic sources. In-text references and reference list are complete and consistently formatted.
Written communication Communication is unclear and may contain errors in grammar, spelling or punctuation. It is difficult for the reader to understand the ideas being presented. May not conform to the structure of an essay. Communication is generally clear, concise, and makes appropriate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Presentation is professional and coherent.
Communication is clear, concise and persuasive, and makes appropriate use of spelling, grammar and punctuation. Presentation is professional and creative in style and expression.