HOLMES INSTITUTE FACULTY OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Trimester
Unit Code
Unit Title Assessment Type Assessment Title

Assessment Details and Submission Guidelines

T3 2020
HC2091
Business Finance
Individual Assignment
Reporting on Financial Institutions

Purpose of the assessment (with ULO Mapping)This individual assignment is mainly based on the learning outcome 1. It allows students to: –  do a research and explain the structure of Australian and International financial systems; –  Critically analyse the role of finance in business; –  Explain financial markets and different types of securities and the processes related to their investment; –  Interpret the impact of future developments in the financial markets on business structure and performance.

Weight Total Marks Limits

15% of the total assessments 15 marks

Minimum 4 Powerpoint Slides
Minimum 8 minutes – Maximum 15 minutes for Video Reporting

Due DateWeek 5 – Friday, 11 December 2020, 23:59 pm. (Midnight) Late submission incurs penalties of 5 (five) % of the assessment value per calendar day unless an extension and/or special consideration has been granted by the lecturer prior to the assessment deadline.
Submission GuidelinesAll work must be submitted on Blackboard by the due date along with a completed assignment cover page. Please make sure that your name and surname, student ID, subject name, and code and lecture’s name are written on the cover sheet of the submitted assignment. Reference sources must be cited in the text of the report, and listed appropriately at the end in a reference list using Harvard referencing style. Submitted work should be your original work showing your creativity. Students need to read and understand the Holmes Academic Integrity Policy before they start any assessment. (Please refer section 4.3 Guide to Academic Integrity p 27 of the Holmes Student Handbook and read Six

HC2091 Business Finance Individual Assignment-T2 2020

Assignment Task:

Individual Assignment Specifications

You are a reporter for the financial news of a local tv network. You are going to submit a video report (minimum 8 minutes – maximum 15 minutes) and Power Point slides about a financial institution and the adjustments made by the institution to cope with Covid and to continue to perform its functions.

Select a financial institution to report on. Some of the financial institutions we discussed in class were: Commercial Banks, Lenders/Creditors, Insurance Companies, Managed Funds, Superannuation Funds, and financial regulators (ASIC, APRA, ACCC).

  1. a)  Give a background and history of your chosen financial institution. E.g. How many years in operation? Report on the financial performance pre-Covid, i.e. profit and loss (if applicable). Report on the mission of the financial institution. What role does it play in the financial markets?
  2. b)  Reflect on the 3 important questions in Corporate Finance. In what way does your chosen institution participate in or facilitate the achievement of these 3 important tasks of a financial manager? Note: Some institutions address all 3 and some institutions may just participate in 1. You will have to do your own analysis as information will not be readily available. This is the part where you do your own reflection and base your answers from concepts learned in class.
  3. c)  Research on the actions taken by the institution during Covid-19. What actions has it taken to facilitate cashflow within financial markets during this crisis? Note: Actions taken by the institution can be sourced from other news stories and from the company’s website.

Note:

1. Please cite all the information sources used in the presentation in the reference list of your powerpoint slides and in text.

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Categories of Academic Integrity Breaches at the end of assignment

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  • PDF and other Black Board unsupported files will not be marked. When you submit your assignment electronically, please save the file as ‘Individual Assignment- your student number .doc’. You are required to submit the assignment at Blackboard/Assessments/Individual Assignment Information/Individual Assignment and Submission Link.
  • Always keep an electronic copy of your original file until you have received the final grade for the Unit. Please make sure that you submit the correct file in the correct format that is readable in Black Board. Any appeal relating to submitting wrong files and wrong format after the deadline will not be considered.

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  1. Using secondary data (researches done by others) is NOT RECOMMENDED and will be PENALIZED. Please also note: the assignment for HC2091 is DIFFERENT every trimester. Attempts to submit a PREVIOUS TRIMESTER ASSIGNMENT or A WRONG ASSIGNMENT will get a ZERO (0) mark without any consideration for resubmission.
  2. Students are expected to wear professional business attire for the presentation and to observe etiquette expected in business presentations.
  3. The video link must be uploaded to a publicly-viewable video sharing platform (ex. Youtube, Dropbox, Google drive) and the video link uploaded on Blackboard. Tips and instructions on how to record and upload a video are provided in a separate file.
  4. A video presentation consists of both images and audio. A generic Power Point presentation showing slides even with accompanying voice recording is not considered a video and, hence, not allowed. You are being marked for your presentation skills and therefore, your face must appear on camera, not just a voiceover on Power Point slides.
  5. Students are required to submit on Blackboard both the video recording link and the supporting Power Point slides (minimum 4 slides with a slide for references used).

Academic Integrity

Holmes Institute is committed to ensuring and upholding Academic Integrity, as Academic Integrity is integral to maintaining academic quality and the reputation of Holmes’ graduates. Accordingly, all assessment tasks need to comply with academic integrity guidelines. Table 1 identifies the six categories of Academic Integrity breaches. If you have any questions about Academic Integrity issues related to your assessment tasks, please consult your lecturer or tutor for relevant referencing guidelines and support resources. Many of these resources can also be found through the Study Sills link on Blackboard.

Academic Integrity breaches are a serious offence punishable by penalties that may range from deduction of marks, failure of the assessment task or unit involved, suspension of course enrolment, or cancellation of course enrolment.

Table 1: Six Categories of Academic Integrity Breaches

Working with one or more other individuals to complete an assignment, in a way that is not authorised.

Plagiarism

Collusion

Reproducing the work of someone else without attribution. When a student submits their own work on multiple occasions this is known as self- plagiarism.

Copying

Reproducing and submitting the work of another student, with or without their knowledge. If a student fails to take reasonable precautions to prevent their own original work from being copied, this may also be considered an offence.

Impersonation

Falsely presenting oneself, or engaging someone else to present as oneself, in an in-person examination.

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Contract cheating

Contracting a third party to complete an assessment task, generally in exchange for money or other manner of payment.

Data fabrication and falsification

Manipulating or inventing data with the intent of supporting false conclusions, including manipulating images.

Source: INQAAHE, 2020

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Marking Criteria:

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Marking CriteriaMarks
1. Background, Mission and Role within Financial Markets4 marks
2. Reflection on 3 important Corporate Finance questions and how your chosen institution participates in and/or facilitates their achievement.4 marks

7. Actions taken to cope with Covid-19 to facilitate cashflow

4. Presentation skills and referencing

Total Marks

4 marks

3 marks

15 marks

TOTAL Weighting15 %

5

Marking Rubric
Content Excellent Very Good

Good Satisfactory

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Background, Mission and Role within Financial Markets (4 marks) Excellent = 4
Very Good = 3.5 Good = 2.75 Satisfactory = 2 Unsatisfactory = 1
Outstanding review of the institution’s background and mission that shows how the institution has evolved over time. Strong links established between the institution’s current mission and the role it plays within financial markets and includes future prospects/plans in light of Covid.Above average review of the institution’s background and mission that shows how the institution has evolved over time. Strong links established between the institution’s current mission and the role it plays within financial markets.Good review of company background that establishes the link between the institution’s mission and the role it plays within financial markets.Adequate provision of company background and identification of the role played within financial markets. Some details may be missed out.Failure to provide company background; Does not identify the role played by the chosen institution within financial markets.
Reflection on 3 important Corporate Finance questions and how your institution participates and facilitates their achievement. (4 marks) Excellent = 4 Very Good = 3.5 Good = 2.75 Satisfactory = 2 Unsatisfactory = 1Identified
the 3
finance
Very good description of the institution’s role in their attainment, including a reflection of how the institution’s mission matches with their activities and future plans. correctly corporate questions.
Identified correctly the 3 corporate finance questions. Very good description of the institution’s role in their attainment, including a reflection of how the institution’s mission matches with their activities.Identified correctly the 3 corporate finance questions. Good description of the institution’s role in their attainmentIdentified
the 3
finance
Some description of the institution’s role in their attainment. correctly corporate questions.
Did not
important
finance
Unclear explanation on how the financial institution facilitates the achievement of these 3 goals. identify 3 corporate questions.
Actions taken to cope with Covid-19 and facilitate cashflow (4 marks) Excellent = 4 Very Good = 3.5 Good = 2.75 Satisfactory = 2 Unsatisfactory = 1Strong evidence of actions taken by the institution with more than 1 credible example about effects on cashflow, relating actions taken by the institution with regulation and government action during Covid.Strong evidence of actions taken by the institution with more than 1 credible example about effects on cashflow.Strong evidence of actions taken by the institution with at least 1 credible example to show effect on cashflow.Satisfactory evidence of actions taken by the institution.Failed to provide evidence of actions taken by the institution.
Presentation skills and referencing (3 marks) Excellent = 3 Very Good = 2.75 Good = 2.25 Satisfactory = 1.5 Unsatisfactory = 0.75Presenter dressed in business attire; Presenter speaks clearly and has good eye contact. Presenter demonstrates a high level of understanding and skills of academic writing by means of criticism, logical argument, and interpretation of data and information. Assignment structure is coherent with the required template and format.Presenter dressed in business attire; Presenter speaks clearly and has good eye contact. Presenter demonstrates the ability to present the ideas within an outstanding analytical and contextual level. Assignment structure is coherent with the required template and format.Presenter dressed in business attire; Presenter speaks clearly and has good eye contact. Presenter demonstrates the ability to present the ideas in proper analytical level. Meets the requirements of academic writing in terms of structure, presentation and referencing.Presenter dressed in business attire; Presenter speaks clearly. Meets the minimum requirements ofacademic writing in terms of structure, presentation and referencingPresenter not dressed in business attire; Failing to meet the requirements of academic writing in terms of structure, presentation, wordings and referencing

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