Posted: September 17th, 2017

Assessment One – Essay

Assessment One – Essay

Individual Assignment One (10%)
1.    The question and requirements
This assessment task is to be undertaken individually.
It is designed to assess your problem-solving skills, your capacity to source and analyse relevant information and your written communication skills.
We are interested in seeing your ability to synthesise literature from a range of different areas. To do well in this assignment student should steer clear of presenting 1000 words of vague commentary on the issues. Instead students should aim to identify an aspect of wicked problems and entrepreneurialism that interests them and develop an argument that synthesises the various bodies of literature to address the research question.
Always engage with every part of the question and try to get out of a mindset that you can talk about everything in 1000 words. Instead try to develop a focussed argument, supported by evidence and business cases.
You should read all information provided on UTS Online under the ‘Assessment One’ ‘writing workshops tabs. You should use the library resources to access information that will support your analysis. You can find guided ‘how to’ steps for accessing the library databases in the ‘Workshops’ folders on UTS Online.

The Task
In this essay students will discuss how the availability of space for young entrepreneurs in Sydney can be interpreted as a wicked problem. You will also demonstrate how this wicked problem poses an issue and/ or an opportunity for business.

In preparing your response, you should:
a.     justify the statements you are making by referring to sources of information you have independently researched;
b.    provide examples to support your points;
c.    refer to at least ten sources from valid and reputable published literature (n.b. this does not just have to be academic literature);
d.    present your references using the Harvard system of referencing;
e.    limit your response to 1000 words – not including references (give or take 10%). The ability to present your point of view within a prescribed number of words is an important skill which will be assessed in this task; and,
f.    edit your work prior to submitting it to ensure it is written with accurate grammatical structure, spelling and punctuation.

You must submit your final work through Turnitin on UTS Online by August 14. Work will be assessed according to the criteria summarised in Table 1 (pto).

2.    Assessment Criteria
Table 1 provides a detailed description of each assessment criteria.
/100    Z    P            ->               C    D           ->               HD
1. Identifies the core characteristics of wicked problems and their links to space based issues faced by entrepreneurs in Sydney.

30    No    Provides details of some or all of the characteristics with reference to supporting evidence    Characteristics are comprehensive and illustrated with supporting examples
2. Explanation of the way that the wicked problem poses opportunities or issues for business

20    No    Limited application to business issues and practice    Extensive analysis of the concept in relation to business issues and practice
3. Uses a critical analytical approach
20    No / little evidence of a critical or analytical approach

e.g. The writing is often subjective; lacks logic; overlooks bias* inconsistencies, omissions of sources

Includes no/little interpretation    Yes, to some extent

Writing is mainly objective; logical

Minimal bias, inconsistencies and omissions reflected from sources

Attempts interpretation    Yes, to a great extent

Writing is objective; logical

Explicitly recognises bias, inconsistencies and omissions reflected in sources

Interpretation is comprehensive
4. Coherent format and structure; communicative effectiveness
Incoherent; paragraphs non-existent

Unrelated ideas/points

Sentences and/or paragraphs not sequenced logically

Irrelevant material detracts from the main argument    Yes, the writing is mostly logically sequenced

Mainly clear links between sentences and paragraphs

Material is relevant to the argument and supported with examples; paragraphs and topic sentences introduce, develop, and exemplify main ideas/points
The essay is very well structured, coherent, and easy to understand.

No irrelevant material

Paragraph and sentences are cohesive and coherent throughout
5. Usage (literacy)
Writing difficult to follow

Errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure and/or punctuation make the     Writing can be followed throughout.

Occasional errors in spelling, grammar, sentence structure and punctuation have minimal effect on meaning    Minimal errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation. Uses a variety of clear and concise expression of ideas
6. Use of supporting material & Harvard UTS referencing
10    Little, inaccurate, or no citation

Material is identified and supported; citation is mostly accurate and appropriate; some omissions or uncited material    Consistent and accurate citation used throughout as necessary
Mark under 5    Mark 5 – 7    Mar 7.5 – 10

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