This assessment item assesses the following unit learning AOL goals.
Higher Order Thinking (HO)
2.2 Exercise independent judgement and initiative in adapting and applying knowledge and skills for
effective planning, problem solving and decision making in diverse contexts.
Social, Ethical and Global Understanding (SE)
5.1 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of ethical and legal principles and practices in analysing and
responding to business issues
This assessment requires each student to submit a written answer to a problem style question. The
assignment builds on the skills learned in tutorials. The assignment question aligns with QUT’s
expectation that you are provided with ‘authentic’ assessment experiences. It provides an opportunity
for feedback on your problem solving ability prior to the final exam.
Use the ILAC method. See the criteria sheet as to how marks (20) are allocated.
You are expected to do additional, independent research beyond the textbook and lecture
material in order to complete the assignment.
You must cite legislation and case law (as appropriate) to support statements of law and your
application to the facts. Present your argument / application in a clear, concise and logical
manner. Make sure that you reach a conclusion. Please refer to the assessment criteria sheet
for further information.
Try to avoid making assumptions (especially about the law). If you do not understand the facts,
undertake additional research prior to asking for clarification. Any general queries about the
assignment should be raised through the discussion board on Blackboard.
For assistance with essay writing, see the QUT library’s cite|write site.
Congratulations, you have started your new graduate position at a climate-change consulting firm
Greencorp, whose clients comprise financial services companies & superannuation funds. You were
recruited due to your highly developed communication skills, your interest in climate-change effects
on business, and your excellent technical knowledge in accounting and business law. You have
received the following file memo from your supervisor [me], requiring you to write a client board
Our client has contacted us following the litigation and negative publicity that the Commonwealth
Bank has been subject to, over lack of climate-change disclosure.
Please write a board briefing paper addressed to our client, who has consulted us regarding their
concerns as to potential directors’ climate-change liability, in particular, how to discharge their duty
of care and diligence.
Points to address:
• Identify the source of directors’ liability
• Discuss the standards expected
• Advise how this applies to climate-change issues in the client’s business/industry
• Provide 3 suggestions as to how the client’s board may discharge their duty
• Advise on potential liability if the directors personally are sued.
Keep you briefing paper to 1,000 words maximum. Your audience comprises experienced and
educated directors, so include sources of law and referencing. Finally, conclude your brief with one
PowerPoint slide with the 3 key messages for me to present to the client.
ASIC media release 17-162 ASIC calls on preparers to focus on the quality of financial report
You are expected to reference your work and provide a bibliography or reference list. You can choose
whether to use the QUT cite/write or QUT APA or QUT Legal referencing systems. Whatever you choose,
you should be consistent and proficient. If you use footnotes, the footnotes must be sequential, not
contain substantial material or argument (which should appear in the body of your assignment).
Footnotes / end notes if you use them are not included in the word count.
You must cite a reference, case or legislative section as authority to any primary source legal principles.
All cases cited should include the full name of the case and its citation, in the first instance it is referred
to. The citation can be given straight after the case name, or referenced in a footnote. Any case names
or legislation titles should be in italics. You do not need to refer to the Corporations Act repeatedly. It
will be assumed that sections mentioned are from that Act, unless otherwise indicated. The assignment
is based on Australian law so only refer to the current version of the Australian Corporations Act.
Do not ‘waste’ your words by writing out sections in full – your audience will expect you to paraphrase.
If you feel it is necessary to provide ‘word for word’ quotes or material, put it in an appendix – this is
what you would do in practice. Note that appendices are not marked.
You must present your problem solving task is a professional format – here you are asked for a board
briefing paper so you will need to give some thought as to what that would look like. A professional
format includes submitting a document in an easily readable font with appropriate margins and
headings. For the purposes of assessment, include a title page with your name and student number,
word count, and a descriptive title for your assignment. Insert page numbers.
Please use plain English, as this will help you to be concise. The use of colloquial expressions and jargon
is inappropriate. The use of ‘SMS speak’ (for example, the letter ‘u’ instead of ‘you’) is particularly
inappropriate for formal business communication – use correct spelling and grammar. The use of tables,
diagrams etc to communicate your answer is permitted.
Submit – upload through Blackboard
You must upload your answer to Turnitin via the AYB230 Blackboard site by the due date. Note QUT’s
policy on late assignments and extensions: late assignments are not accepted and if not submitted by
the due date and time, the student will be awarded a mark of zero.
Please make sure that the document that you upload to Turnitin includes both your name and student
number on the title page.
Tips & Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is included in the word limit and is it plus 10%?
Yes. There is a policy to allow a general tolerance up to 10% for assessment. Word count does not
include any figures, tables, footnotes, cover page, appendix and reference list. (Note you cannot have
any argument in the footnotes or appendix. The only material in the footnotes should be references).
2. Is the 1 x PowerPoint slide included in the word count?
No. The slide contains the key messages, which should be summarized from the content from your
answer, so no need to count twice.
3. What makes a good PowerPoint slide?
Visual communication. You may have noticed that people in business do not use ppt the way we do in
universities. Students (seem to) expect ppt to contain lots of notes and content and not distracted by
colour and images. People in business expect the opposite – key messages, less words, visually
stimulating and memorable. People on business always identify themselves, their organisation ->
branding. You will be marked on the business standard of presentation. See
http://www.garrreynolds.com/preso-tips/design/ (I suggest that you do what I say, not what I do).
4. How do I cite the law?
If you are referring to legislation you only need to state the section number. If you are referring to
case law you should use the case name and the legal principle the case stands for.
For example, the law section in your assignment may look like the following:
• S 140 – Statutory contract between member and company.
• A v B  2 AC 1938 – A company is a separate legal entity.
5. Can I use dot points in my assignment?
The assignment is required to be presented in a professional format. It is up to you what you consider
to be a professional format. This may include dot points if this communicates with the marker in a
clear and concise manner.
6. How do I write the issue?
When you are writing the issue, it should be reasonably general but helpful if party specific. Simply
writing out the question is not the same as identifying the issue.
• The following is not a good issue ‘Has director breached a director duty?’
• The following is a good issue ‘Has Thomas as a director breached his duty to prevent the
company from engaging in insolvent trading?’
7. Do I need a reference list?
As you are required to do independent research, your reference list should include around eight
references (including cases).