MAA725 – Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice –Assignment

MAA725 – Advanced Accounting Principles and Practice –Assignment
First introduction
second 6 journal articles reviews
Analysis
Conclusion

See the attached file for insteuctions
Assignment:
‘Given the stakeholder requirement for balanced corporate reporting and the need to
ensure the completeness and integrity of social and environmental disclosures, it is
suggested that corporate social responsibility (hereafter CSR) disclosures be verified. It is
argued that CSR assurance may improve report credibility and raise stakeholder
confidence in the information provided’ (Extracted from Corporate social responsibility
assurance: how do South African publicly listed companies compare Meditari
Accountancy Research Vol. 17 No. 2 2009).
Task 1 (GLO 1, GLO 2 and GLO8)
• Analyze and discuss why some firms voluntarily have their CSR reports assured in the
context of stakeholder theory, positive accounting theory, legitimize theory, and
institutional theory and/or other relevant theories (whichever theory/theories you
consider relevant for the analysis, but at least two theories should be discussed and
analyzed).
• Further discuss how the country-level institutional factors influence the voluntary
assurance of CSR reports
Your arguments for tasks 1 have to be supported by relevant academic refereed articles (at
least 6). You should provide evidence that you have carefully examined the literature,
understand it, and have been able to summarise its essential content by integrating these
articles into your own arguments and perspective.
The task 1 is to be completed as a Group assignment (maximum 3 people per group).The
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number of words is 2,500 excluding the reference list, appendices and the cover page.
The actual word count must be stated on the cover page of the assignment. A deduction
of 2 marks from marks allocated to this assignment will apply if the number of words is
under by more than 10% of 2,500 words or over by more than 20% of 2,500 words. Word
limits allow the student to structure the assignment to allow for the preparation of an
informative yet succinct report.
Task 2 (GLO 7)
All team members must complete Peer assessment form and submit this document in the
individual dropbox (NOT IN THE GROUP ASSIGNMENT DROPBOX) before the deadline of
assignment submission. As a team member you will evaluate your other team members’
contribution to complete this assignment. Peer assessment statement form can be
accessed from CloudDeakin under “Assessment 1’ resource folder. This task will carry 10%
of the total assignment marks. Please note it is an individual task.
Task 3 (GLO 6)
Write around 500 words reflecting on what you have learnt about yourself as a team
member. Reflect on your strengths and your weaknesses as a member of your team. Also
provide list of actions that you will take next time to improve your team work skill. All team
member should submit separate document in the individual dropbox (NOT IN THE GROUP
ASSIGNMENT DROPBOX). Self-assessment statement form can be accessed from
CloudDeakin under “Assessment 1’ resource folder. This task will carry 10% of the total
assignment marks. Please note it is an individual task.
Weight (% total mark for unit):
This total mark of the assignment (including task1, task2 and task3) is 100, and converted into 40% of
the final grade in this unit.
Unit Learning Outcomes assessed:
• ULO1: Explain, evaluate and apply a range of advanced accounting
theories and standards.
• ULO2: Identify, define and integrate to construct explanations that can
inform solutions to relevant accounting issues.
• ULO3: Reflect and critically examine personal actions and
responsibilities for applying and learning theories and standards in
accounting principles and practice.
• ULO4: Work with others effectively and provide constructive feedback
that is supportive and promotes improvement in understanding of
advanced accounting principles and practice.
• ULO5: Critically analyse and discuss concepts surrounding corporate
ethical and social responsibilities within the global.
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Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes assessed:
• GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities.
• GLO 2: Communication
• GLO6: Self-management.
• GLO7:Teamwork
• GLO8: Global citizenship.
Requirement for Task 1:
The formation of a group must be achieved by students self-enrolling into a group on
CloudDeakin. Students must be careful to choose their group. Change to another group is
not allowed after 8th April 2016.
You will need to do some personal research in order to complete the task1. Therefore, it is
strongly recommended students start to form the assignment group and prepare for the
assignment as early as possible.
The assignment documents MUST be typed using arial 12 font, properly referenced and
ideally 1.5 line spacing (refer to ‘Guide to assignment writing and referencing booklet) and
include a REFERENCE LIST (in alphabetical order) outlining the book(s) and any journal
articles, electronic sources etc. used. It is recommended to use the Harvard citation format,
but it is not compulsory. You can choose any citation format you feel appropriate to your
assignment, but make sure to keep the format consistent throughout the assignment. Each
page must be numbered.
Title page for Task 1:
This should be the first page (cover page) of your assignment, and it must include the
following information:
• Unit code and unit name
• Name of the Unit Chair
• Group number
• Each group member’s full name, Deakin student ID number
• Number of words
• Due date. If granted a time extension, then insert the following:
‘ Revised date approved by the unit-chair (show approved date)’.
Recommended Task 1 Structure
# SECTION
1 Title page
2 Introduction
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3 Literature review (At least 6 academic articles)
4 Analysis
5 Conclusion
6 References
ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION
This assignment must be submitted electronically by the due date (Friday 29 April, 2016) as
Microsoft Word document by uploading all documents to the respective assignment
dropboxes, via the MAA725 site on CloudDeakin. Specifically, When uploading your task1
assignment, the document must be given a name using the following syntax: <your group
number>_<one of your group member’s Deakin student ID number>_MAA725.doc (or ‘.docx’)
(for example, group001_123456789_MAA725.doc). Only one copy of the assignment per
group is required to be submitted online. Task 1 assignments submitted after the due date (or
the extension date approved by the Unit Chair) incur a penalty of 3 marks per day, deducted
from the final mark achieved. All group members should separately submit Task2 and task3
assignments to individual dropboxes. Task 2 and Task3 assignments submitted after the due
date (or the extension date approved by the Unit Chair) incur a penalty of 3 marks per day,
respectively, deducted from the final mark achieved. Submitting a hard copy of this
assignment is not required.
Students who anticipate possible difficulty in lodging this assignment online (for example,
being in a remote place on the due date with no computer access) must contact the Unit Chair
at least one week prior to the due date in order to make alternative arrangements for
submission.
Students who require a time extension in relation to this assignment should submit a
written request to the Unit Chair, supported with documentation (for example, medical
certificate). Such requests should be e-mailed to the Unit Chair. Requests for time
extensions should be emailed to Unit Chair AT LEAST ONE DAY BEFORE (24 hours before) the
due date of submission. After this deadline, extension requests received by the Unit
Chair will not be considered. No extension exists until such time as it is approved in
writing by the Unit Chair. Students are also reminded that extensions will only be given for
exceptional and unusual circumstances outside the students’ control.
Turnitin
Please review the section on ‘Plagiarism’ in the Unit Guide for MAA725 and on the
CloudDeakin site for this unit. You need to check that your assignment does not contain
plagiarism. This is done automatically when submitting your assignment to the dropbox which
uses Turnitin, which checks your assignment for plagiarism and generates an originality report
that you can use to be confident that your assignment does not contain plagiarism. For
example, Turnitin will tell us (but tell you first) the extent to which your work has copied
material from others without appropriate recognition through referencing. If this is excessive
you will lose marks or you may not receive any marks, or you may have some form of
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disciplinary action taken if the issue is severe. So you have an opportunity to submit an
unmarked draft copy of your assignment to Turnitin and then take appropriate action to
amend your report before final submission.
Therefore it is advisable that you check your assignment for plagiarism by uploading it to
Turnitin at least more than 4 days prior to the due date. This is because it might take a few
days or longer before you receive your originality report. Then, you might need some time to
make adjustments to your assignment and upload it again to Turnitin if need be.
Note that uploading your assignment to Turnitin via the prescribed link in the CoudDeakin site
for this unit constitutes submission to this unit AND also constitutes a declaration regarding
the contents of the assignment being all your own work, except where appropriate references
to the work of others has been acknowledged. You can upload your assignment to Turnitin as
many times as you like up to the due date. In order to avoid a late submission penalty, you
must upload your assignment to Turnitin by the due date. Assignments submitted after the
due date (or the extension date approved by the Unit Chair) incur a penalty of 3 marks per
day, deducted from the final mark achieved.
Should a student try to conduct a plagiarism/collusion test through the CloudDeakin site of
any other Unit, it would attract a high turnitin score on your final version of MAA725
assignment. It is very important to remember that you should not undertake such activity.
Students are advised that a significant selection of submitted assignments may be checked
during the marking process to verify that plagiarism has not occurred. If an undue number of
assignments checked are identified as subject of concern, then all assignments might be
similarly checked. If plagiarism is suspected, the corresponding assignment(s) will
automatically be referred to the Faculty Academic Progress and Discipline Committee
(FAPDC) at Deakin University. Plagiarism can result in expulsion from Deakin University.
Students should note that Turnitin will automatically reject assignments that are uploaded
after 11:59 pm on the due date. This will be the case even if the assignment were submitted
one minute after 11:59 pm on the due date. Please note, assignments that are submitted
late (including those that have extension approved by the unit chair) still be able to be
submitted through the Dropbox. However, the system will show the submission date/time in
red.
It is important that students familiarize themselves with the online submission procedures
well before the due date for this assignment. The most common problem when submitting
an assignment electronically is an improperly configured Internet browser. Students can test
if their browsers are properly configured. This can be done from the CloudDeakin homepage.
The Unit Chair does not accept excuses for late, incorrect or incomplete submissions of
assignments due to problems with uploading them to Turnitin. Check your ability to submit
electronically at the outset of this trimester and advise staff via CloudDeakin if you are
having a problem. It is the responsibility of each student to keep backup copies (both soft
and hard) of their assignments. The Unit Chair will not accept excuses for late submissions
due to computer-related matters (e.g., lost documents, virus infected documents, hardware
failure, stolen computers, etc.). Back up your draft copies of your assignment in progress
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often and to a remote device for safe-keeping.
Conflict among the group members:
It is expected that group members will resolve any conflict among themselves as it is one of the
skills assessed by the assignment (refer to GLO7:Teamwork). In a very rare scenario where
group members are unable to resolve their conflict, they could contact the unit chair but no
later than two weeks before the assignment submission due date.
Helpful hints:
Before commencing your assignment you should read:
o Writing a Research Essay by Professor B Cooper
o Plagiarism and Collusion Support Resources
These can all be found in Contents under Assessment
In-text referencing: Students are encouraged to make use of in-text referencing throughout
this assignment. Any issues that you refer to and arguments that you put forward should be
supported by reference to relevant sources of information.
Use of footnotes: Footnotes should not be used.
Use of figures and tables in analytic reports: While the use of figures and tables could
sometimes help embellish a report, it is important to bear in mind that they should not
overshadow the substance of the report. A report that predominantly consists of figures and
tables with very little explanatory text would not be viewed favorably from an assessment
perspective. No more than two tables and figures are acceptable in this assignment and they
are expected to be fully discussed and analyzed in the body of the report. Tables and/or
figures should be numbered sequentially, given appropriate captions and placed in the main
body of the assignment at suitable points.
Use of appendices: The use of appendices is not recommended for this assignment. Guide to
assignment writing and referencing: Information on writing assignments and referencing at
Deakin University is available at: http://www.deakin.edu.au/studentlife/academic-skills/
Feedback on assessed assignments:
Feedback on assignments will be provided via CloudDeakin by 15 Deakin University
business days from the due date or the approved extension date, whichever is later.
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Rubric (TASK 1)
Criteria Poor Acceptable Good Well done Excellent
Set the scene with
appropriate background
information while
highlighting the aim &
purpose.
(10 points)
GLO2
0 points
The background information
failed to clearly cover the aim
and purpose embedding the
following aspects:
• the focus of the topic
• the outline of what was to
come
(0 -4.9 points)
5.5 points
The background information
clearly covered the aim and
purpose embedding the
following aspects:
• the focus of the topic
• the outline of what was to
come
( 5-5.9 points)
6.5 points
The background information
has a good coverage with clearly
articulated aim and purpose
embedding the following
aspects:
• the focus of the topic
• the outline of what was to
come
( 6-6.9 points)
7.5 points
The background information
has a very good coverage with
clearly articulated aim and
purpose embedding the
following aspects:
• the focus of the topic
• the outline of what was to
come
( 7-7.9 points)
10 points
The background information has
an outstanding coverage with
clearly articulated aim and purpose
embedding the following aspects:
• the focus of the topic
• the outline of what was to
come
(8-10 points)
Integration and construction
of review of literature that
can inform solutions to
relevant accounting issues.
(25 points)
GLO2
0 points
Lack of clear discussion on
literature embedding the
following aspects:
• topic
• relevant theories
(0-12 points)
12.5 points
Literature were described
and/or discussed at acceptable
level with the following aspects:
• topic
• relevant theories
(12.5-14.5 points)
15 points
Literature were described and
discussed well interweaving the
following:
• topic
• relevant theories
(15-17 points)
17.5 points
Literature were described and
discussed very well
interweaving the following
• topic
• relevant theories
(17.5-19.5 points)
25 points
Literature were consistently and
skilfully constructed and integrated
with a high level of clarity and
fluency. The following were
effectively interweaved:
• topic
• relevant theories
(20-25 points)
Critically analyse and
synthesise the information
gathered taking a global
context.
(32 points)
GLO8
0 points
Lack of critical analysis and
synthesise of policy selection
and application with limited
connections to the following:
• topic
• global context
16 points
Acceptable level of critical
analysis and synthesise of policy
selection and application with
some aspects of the following
noted:
• topic
• global context
19 points
Good critical analysis and
synthesise of policy selection
and application with clear
connections to the following:
• topic
• global context
23 points
Very good critical analysis and
synthesise of policy selection
and application with many of
the following effectively noted:
• topic
• global context
32 points
Excellent sophisticated critical
analysis and synthesise is
evidenced through choice of
complex policy selection and with
clear connections to the following :
• topic
• critical and relevant issues
• global context
(0 – 15.5 points) (16 – 18.5 points) (19 – 22 points) (22.5 – 25 points)
(25.5 – 32 points)
Review of ideas covered with
a clear development of an
appropriate overall message.
(8 points)
GLO2
0 points
Review of ideas did not
articulate the following:
• what the report achieved
• how it met the aims
• the significance of the
discussion
(0 -3.5 points)
4 points
Good review of ideas
articulating the following:
• What the report achieved
• how it met the aims
• the significance of the
discussion
(4-4.5 points)
5 points
Good review of ideas
articulating the following:
• what the report achieved
• how it met the aims
• the significance of the
discussion
• the findings and personal
opinion
(5-5.5 points)
6 points
Very good review of ideas
articulating the following:
• what the report achieved
• how it met the aims
• The significance of the
discussion
• the findings and personal
opinion
(6 points)
8 points
Review of ideas strongly, clearly
and outstandingly articulated
incorporating all of the below:
• what the report achieved
• how it met the aims
• the significance of the
discussion
• the findings and personal
opinion
(6.5-8 points)
Appropriate and quality of
sources
(5 points)
GLO 1
0 points
Poor choice of relevant and
quality resources
(0-2 points)
2.5 points
Acceptable choice of relevant
and quality resources
(2.5 points)
3 points
Good choice of relevant and
quality resources
(3 points)
3.5 points
Very good choice of relevant
and quality resources
(3.5 points)
5 points
Excellent choice of relevant and
quality resources
(4-5 points)
Overall Score N
0 or more
P
40 or more
C
48 or more
D
56 or more
HD
64 or more
Total marks out of /80
Rubric (Task 3 GLO 6, Self-assessment)
Criteria Poor Acceptable Good Well done Excellent
Reflection (4 marks)
Reflect and critically
examine personal actions
and responsibilities
GLO 6
0 points
Little depth of analysis
given and some of the
following:
• Limited range of
issues noted
• Incomplete or no
examples given to
illustrate learning
and/or taking
responsibility
(0 -4.9 marks)
5.5 points
Some of the following were noted:
• Some analysis
• Strengths & weaknesses
discussed
• Examples given to illustrate:
o Independent learning
o Taking responsibility
(5-5.9 mark)
6.5 points
Some of the following were noted:
• Deep analysis
• Evaluation & insight
• Strengths & weaknesses
discussed
• Examples given to illustrate:
o Independent learning
o Taking responsibility
(6-6.9 marks)
7.5 points
Many of the following were
noted:
• Deep analysis
• Evaluation & insight
• Strengths & weaknesses
discussed
• Examples given to
illustrate:
o Independent learning
o Taking responsibility
(7-7.9 marks)
10 points
Shows growth of knowledge
about oneself through making
connections between the
learning that has occurred and
past experiences/future
approaches:
• Highlighting changed
perspectives
• Independent learning
• Taking responsibility for
learning.
(8-10 marks)
Total marks out of /10

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