What is a Report?

A report is a specific form of writing that is organised around concisely identifying and examining issues, events, or findings that have happened in a physical sense, such as events that have occurred within an organisation, or findings from a research investigation.

These events can also pertain to events or issues that have been presented within a body of literature. The key to report writing is informing the reader simply and objectively about all relevant issues. There are three features that, together, characterise report writing at a very basic level: a pre-defined structure, independent sections, and reaching unbiased conclusions.

 

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Sample Assessment Tasks

Relevant GLO

Task

Description: A great way for students to explore ethical frameworks is in the form of a contextualised ethical dilemma.  

EITHER Choose a case study containing an ethical dilemma in a professional context

OR Ask students to identify an ethical dilemma they have experienced recently.

Task: Write a report that discusses an ethical dilemma including the nature of the dilemma, the ethical frameworks considered and how the dilemma could be (or was) resolved. Use ethical theory to justify your point of view.

Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Form judgements and apply ethical decision making and reasoning to identify creative solutions to ethical problems.

Evaluation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes independent evaluation of each resolution alternative in decision making process.

Analysis of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes comparison of ethical value of resolution alternatives.

Explanation of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.

Includes ethical reasoning for resolution alternatives.

Description of an ethical dilemma, a potential resolution of the dilemma and justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks. Does not describe an ethical dilemma. Has not proposed a potential resolution of the dilemma or a justification of the resolution using ethical frameworks.
Example drawn from MGT230 – Ethics, sustainability and culture

 

Relevant GLO

Task

  1. Identify your main personal values and state how they influence your professional decisions and behaviour?
  2. Identify the main things you experience or observe in public life that challenge your values and ideas of how the world should be?
  3. What are the important principles and ethics in professional practice that inform your professional decisions and behaviour? Give an example to demonstrate how this might apply in practice.
  4. In light of the above responses, what do you think ‘professionalism’ means in your professional context?
Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Critically reflect on, discuss and challenge the values intrinsic in the different practices in which they participate.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Develops alternate examples of how intrinsic values affect practice.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses  ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Provide examples.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Explains how these have  impacted on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Does not identify  intrinsic values in (your profession/topic) or describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks.

 

Relevant GLO

Task: Add Global Citizenship (Knowledge/Application) to a Report

For all courses and professions, there is theory that frames practice and an opportunity to foster students’ thinking around how their practice fits into the world. This inevitably affords the potential for reflection about their role within that impact.

Consider adding the following to your assessment or tailoring to fit your subject.

“How do you understand the global nature and impact of your chosen profession.  What qualities and behaviours do you need to adopt to work effectively in trans-cultural contexts?“

Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand the impact of culture and global issues on professional practice

Identifies cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice.

Analyses how cultural and global issues have impacted on professional practice. Explains how professional practice has evolved to its current state.

Speculate how current global issues will impact professional practice.

Identifies cultural and global issues and analyses the impacted on professional practice. Explains how professional practice has evolved to its current state global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice. Identifies cultural and global issues and describes how it has affected professional practice. Identifies cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice. Does not identify cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Use the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen to work effectively in trans-cultural contexts

Defines the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen.

Examine the differences between cultures to to explain the causes of difficulties when working in trans-cultural contexts.

Develop ideas to work more effectively in trans-cultural contexts.

Defines the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen.

Examine the differences between cultures to to explain the causes of difficulties when working in trans-cultural contexts.

Defines the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen.

Explains how the differences between cultures impacts working effectively trans-culturally.

Defines the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen.

Describes how these allow them to work effectively in a trans-cultural context.

Has not defined the qualities and behaviours of a professional global citizen, or how these allow them to work effectively in a trans-cultural context.

 

Relevant GLO

Task: Add Sustainable Practice(Knowledge/Skill) to a Report

For all courses and professions, there is theory that frames practice and an opportunity to foster students’ thinking around how their practice fits into the world. This inevitably affords the potential for reflection about their role within that impact.

Consider adding the following to your assessment or tailoring to fit your subject;

How do you understand the nature of sustainable practices in your chosen profession. What qualities and behaviours do you need to adopt to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations?Global Citizenship

Sample Rubric Line
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Reflects on current social, economic and environmental factors relevant to their discipline to create ideas of improving the ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Analyse each factor to illustrate how each factor impacts/contributes to ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability

Explain the importance of each factors impact towards ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability Does not describe the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Apply acquiredsustainability knowledge individually and collectively for theimprovement of local and global environmental sustainability

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Evaluates current sustainability knowledge and its effectiveness on local and global environmental sustainability.

Generate ideas on how the current practices might change in the future.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain how current sustainability practices have evolved to where they are.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain differences between strategies and their effectiveness.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession. Does not define sustainable practices or described how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual or in your profession.
Inspiration drawn from SWK414 – International Social Development

Resources

http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0005/2536511/Evaluative-Report-INF532.doc

http://owll.massey.ac.nz/assignment-types/what-is-a-report.php