ACCM 4500 – Research & Analysis group work

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ACCM 4500 – Research & Analysis group work

ITEM NOTES

Present/Welcome

1. Peng Wang
2. Qi Mo
3. Sumit Virvani

Apologies None

Minutes The group was welcomed to the meeting by Peng Wang
who was selected as the leader of the group. Once Peng
Wang was elected as the group leader, he c set out the
agenda of the meeting which as stated was to select

articles to be used in exploring a management issue
facing Amazon as it establishes its operations in
Australia.

Discussion/decision items
1. The first item on the agenda was selection of the group
leader. Peng Wang was proposed as the group leader by
Sumit Virvani and seconded by Qi Mo All team
members agreed that he should be the leader of the
group.

2. Choose the organization and each member will choose
and analyse one article to discuss with the group.
3. The second agenda of the meeting was searching for the
articles to be used. We need three articles and each
member was tasked with searching two articles in the
next meeting and compare and select the best article.
4. Work plan for the next meeting and choice of

communication mode.

Any other business None

Meeting closed 10:00 pm

Next meeting The next meet was set at 4/5/2018 at the same venue and

time

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Description

Assessment Information
Subject Code: ACCM 4500
Subject Name: Management Accounting 2
Assessment Title: Research & Analysis group work
Weighting: 25% of overall subject mark
Total Marks: 25 Marks
Assessment Description

Learning Outcome 3:
Recognise the role of the management accountant as a facilitator of strategy within an organisation.
Learning Outcome 4:
Recommend a course of action for a range of business problems.
Work in teams (groups) of 3 members (you must obtain your lecturer’s approval for a group of a different
number). You may discuss the selection of teams with your lecturer, who may decide to allocate you into
teams or he/she may decide to form teams using a random process. Any work which has been copied or
shared between groups or teams will result in a Fail grade for all students concerned. So please make sure
that the answer to this team assignment is your own work and not copied from any source.
Submission:
The written assignment will need to be submitted electronically through the student portal – use the link
under “Assessments Overview and Submission” to submit the information.
Required:
Write a short analysis based on the assignment details noted below. Your analysis should be approximately
1500 – 2000 words.
Please check the marking sheet (included below) for each part to ensure that you have followed all
the guidelines for presenting your work.
Please make sure you follow the guidelines noted in your subject outline especially those relating to
presentation of written work, late policy and academic integrity.

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Assessment Information

Assignment details:
Select a newspaper / magazine article (written in English) which raises management accounting issues
about a particular organisation. The article must be written recently (after 1 July 2017) and taken from an
appropriate source, such as the Australian Financial Review, The Australian, The Wall Street Journal (US),
Financial Times (UK) and Economist (UK). Other sources may also be suitable – please consult your
lecturer if you are unsure whether a particular source is appropriate.
Your analysis should include:
1) Minutes of at least 3 meetings held by group. These minutes should include the process by
which your group chose your article, including consideration of other articles which were not
used. See below for details on meetings and minutes. It is suggested that each group
member find one article each and then discuss and decide on the most appropriate one to
use. (3 Marks)
2) A reliable link and detailed reference to the article itself as well as consideration of the
management accounting issues raised by the article, including any potential strengths /
opportunities as well as any weaknesses / threats identified.

(5 Marks)
3) Suggested solutions / courses of action you would offer to the management as to how to the
issues identified can be tackled or how the organisation concerned can improve its
performance. Assume that you are acting as a consultant to the organisations’ management
team. (5 Marks)
4) A presentation of 5-10 minutes to the class (in week 10) summarising your findings. The
presentation is a collaborative effort, but part of the mark will be awarded on an individual
basis (see marking guide below). Again, assume that you are acting as a consultant to the
organisations’ management team.

(4 Marks – group)
(4 Marks – individual)
4 Marks are awarded for appropriate presentation of the written analysis, including wording, grammar,
spelling and referencing.
The library databases (in particular Proquest via MyAthens) are a great source of newspaper and
magazine articles for this assignment. Please consult with your lecturer / ASC for more details.

Assessment Information

Team Meetings
The team should have a minimum of three meetings (the team may have as many meetings as they need to)
and should maintain minutes of those meetings which should be included with the team assignment as an
attachment. The minutes of meetings should (at the very least) contain –
1) Where and when the meeting was held
2) People present; absent; apologies
3) What was discussed, any disagreements/conflicts, points that were agreed on;
3) The follow up action relating to each member of the team;
4) Any other relevant matters, anything else that is significant to the successful completion of the assignment.
An agenda template and a template for minutes of meeting are below:

AGENDA

Team Name: …………………………………………………………

Team Members: ……………………………………………………..

Date @ Time
Location

ITEM

Present/Welcome
Apologies
Minutes
Discussion/decision items

Any other business
Meeting closed
Next meeting

Assessment Information

MINUTES OF MEETING
Team Name: …………………………………………………………
Team Members: ……………………………………………………..

Date @ Time
Location

ITEM NOTES ACTION

Present/Welcome

Names of attendees. Name of Chair

Apologies

Minutes

Minutes of previous meeting accepted/not
accepted as an accurate record.

Discussion/decision
items

Summary of discussion and decisions Action to be
taken before
next meeting
and name of
person
responsible

Any other business

Meeting closed

Next meeting

MINUTES CONFIRMED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (SIGNED)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (DATE)

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ End of Assignment ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Assessment Information

Assignment Marking Sheet (Technical)

Allocated
Marks

Marks
Awarded

Comment

1 – Minutes and
process through
which final article was
chosen

3

2 – Article link and
consideration of the
management
accounting issues

5

3 – Suggested
solutions / courses
of action

5

Written presentation 4

Total written mark 17
Oral presentation:
team – structure –
clear, concise, logical
sequence, use of
visual aids

2

Oral presentation:
team – technical
content

2

Total team mark 21
Oral presentation:
individual
presentation skills

2

Oral presentation:
individual – technical
content

2

Total Mark 25.00

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ACCM 4500 – Research & Analysis group work

ITEM NOTES

Present/Welcome

1. Peng Wang
2. Qi Mo
3. Sumit Virvani

Apologies None

Minutes The group was welcomed to the meeting by Peng Wang
who was selected as the leader of the group. Once Peng
Wang was elected as the group leader, he c set out the
agenda of the meeting which as stated was to select

articles to be used in exploring a management issue
facing Amazon as it establishes its operations in
Australia.

Discussion/decision items
1. The first item on the agenda was selection of the group
leader. Peng Wang was proposed as the group leader by
Sumit Virvani and seconded by Qi Mo All team
members agreed that he should be the leader of the
group.

2. Choose the organization and each member will choose
and analyse one article to discuss with the group.
3. The second agenda of the meeting was searching for the
articles to be used. We need three articles and each
member was tasked with searching two articles in the
next meeting and compare and select the best article.
4. Work plan for the next meeting and choice of

communication mode.

Any other business None

Meeting closed 10:00 pm

Next meeting The next meet was set at 4/5/2018 at the same venue and

time……….

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