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Context
This assessment has been prescribed to appraise students’ ability to think critically and form an
argument supported by evidence. The assessment allows students to demonstrate their ability to
understand the material they’re using and to apply it in ways that go beyond what has been read.
This assessment has been designed to:
• Appraise students’ ability to critically evaluate academic and other research to form an
argument on an organisational topic that is supported by evidence.
• Enhance students’ writing skills so they are able to form persuasive and convincing
arguments and communicate them effectively.
The resources used in Assessment 1A Annotated Bibliography are expected to be utilised
in this assessment to support the argument.

ASSESSMENT 1B BRIEF
Subject Code and Title MGT502 Business Communication
Assessment Part B: Forming an Argument
Individual/Group Individual
Length Up to a page
Learning Outcomes This assessment addresses the following Subject Learning
Outcomes:
a) Apply research, academic and communication skills
appropriate to the level of study and observe academic
referencing requirements
b) Critically analyse texts and/or multimedia material in both a
business and academic context
c) Identify and apply effective communication methods within
a business and academic environment
Submission Due by 11:55 pm AEST Friday of Module 4.1 (week 7)
Weighting 20 %
Total Marks 20 marks

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Instructions
In this assessment, you will form an argument to express a point of view and support it with
evidence. The issue and supporting evidence for your argument should be based on the materials
used in Assessment 1A – Annotated Bibliography.
When choosing a claim for the argument, consider the following:

Use the annotated bibliography material from Assessment 1A for sourcing evidence and
ideas for your argument.
Review the resources critically and select at least 5 to be used as references in this
assessment.
Write an argument (up to a page) considering the following:
o a good argument is convincing whereby the premises are acceptable, the supporting
evidence is relevant to the claim and provides sufficient grounds for acceptance of
the claim

o make a clear point and justify it
o write in an essay form with a logical structure
1. A short introduction with a claim.
2. Main body with a logical structure including supporting evidence from
academic sources.
3. A concise conclusion which restates your claim and summarises your
argument.

o indicate logical connections and use connecting words
Please include a title page and a reference list using APA 6th style on a separate page.

Students are responsible for:




Staying within the word limit
Keeping drafts and backups of their assignment
Submitting the assignment via Blackboard by the due date
Ensuring their assignment is written and submitted while observing and committing to the
Academic Integrity policy

Please note that if you require an extension for this assignment, you must apply using the university
application form and provide verifiable evidence of extenuating circumstances before the due date
and include your most recent draft. Please also treat the prescribed word limit as a limit not to be
breached.
Referencing:
It is essential that you use the appropriate APA style for citing and referencing research. Please see
more information on referencing here
http://library.laureate.net.au/research_skills/referencing
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Submission Instructions:
Submit your assignment in Assessment 1B – Forming an Argument submission link in the main
navigation menu in MGT502 Business Communication by 11:55 pm AEST Friday of Module 4.1 (week
7).
A rubric will be attached to the assessment. The Learning Facilitator will provide feedback via the
Grade Centre in the LMS portal. Feedback can be viewed in My Grades.
Marking Rubric:
Your assessment will be marked against the rubric shown on the next two pages. Please ensure that
your submission addresses all three of the Assessment Attributes in the rubric.

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Assessment Rubric

Assessment
Attributes
Fail (Unacceptable)
0-49%
Pass
(Functional)
50-64%
Credit
(Proficient)
65-74%
Distinction
(Advanced)
75 -84%
High Distinction
(Exceptional)
85-100%
Evaluation of
information selected to
support the argument
Percentage for this
criterion
50 %
Limited understanding of
key concepts required to
support the argument
Confuses logic and
emotion. Information
taken from reliable
sources but without a
coherent analysis or
synthesis.
Resembles a recall or
summary of key ideas.
Personal opinion without
reflection, expert judgment
or rigor, unsubstantiated by
evidence from the
research/course materials.
Supports personal opinion
and information
substantiated by evidence
from the research/course
materials.
Demonstrates a capacity to
apply and justify the use of
relevant concepts.
Discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Well demonstrated capacity
apply and justify relevant
concepts.
Analysis and evaluation
reflect growing judgement,
intellectual independence,
rigor and adaptability.
Systematically and critically
discriminates between
assertion of personal
opinion and information
substantiated by robust
evidence from the
research/course materials
and extended reading.
Information is taken from
sources with a high level of
interpretation/evaluation to
develop a comprehensive
critical analysis or synthesis.
Exhibits intellectual
independence, rigor, good
judgement and adaptability.
Effective
Communication
Percentage for this
criterion
25 %
Difficult to understand for
audience, no logical/clear
structure, poor flow of
ideas, argument lacks
supporting evidence.
Audience cannot follow
the line of reasoning.
Information, arguments and
evidence are presented in a
way that is not always clear
and logical.
Line of reasoning is often
difficult to follow.
Information, arguments and
evidence are well presented,
mostly clear flow of ideas and
arguments.
Line of reasoning is easy to
follow.
Information, arguments and
evidence are very well
presented; the presentation
is logical, clear and well
supported by evidence.
Argument is convincing and
persuasive.
Expertly presented; the
presentation is logical,
persuasive, and well
supported by evidence,
demonstrating a clear flow
of ideas.
Engages and sustains
audience’s interest in the
topic and demonstrates a

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persuasive and convincing
argumentation.
Correct citation of key
resources and evidence
Percentage for this
criterion
25 %
Demonstrates inconsistent
use of good quality,
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas
Demonstrates use of
credible and relevant
resources to support and
develop ideas, but these are
not always explicit or well
developed.
Demonstrates use of credible
resources to support and
develop ideas.
Demonstrates use of good
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and statements.
Show evidence of wide
scope within the
organisation for sourcing
evidence.
Demonstrates use of high
quality, credible and
relevant resources to
support and develop
arguments and position
statements.
Shows evidence of wide
scope within and without
the organisation for
sourcing evidence.