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Assessment item 4 – Final Report and Presentation

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Assessment item 4 – Final Report and Presentation

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Value: 40%

Due Date: 29-May-2020

Return Date: 23-Jun-2020

Length: Report and Seminar (1500-2000 words approx.)

Submission method options: Alternative submission method


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You are required to prepare for this Assessment Item by:

READING the Subject outline,COMPLETING Topic 4 Research Writing for Task 1 Final ReportCOMPLETING Topic 5 Communicating a report (oral presentation) for Task 2 PresentationProject Closure is an important final step in project management. As part of closing down your project, you are required to communicate about the results, findings, conclusion and lessons learnt from your Project.Report and Seminar Script Length: While the word length for the Report and Seminar is stated at 1500 to 2000 words approx., this may vary due to the nature of the project, advice from your lecturer and presentation modes. You are the best judge at this stage on length, together with advice from your lecturer. So your Report and Seminar Presentation can be done with some variation as long as you complete the TWO steps as described below. Use the marking criteria as a checklist for completed tasks.


You will be asked to communicate about your project in both written and oral formats:

Task 1: Final Report (as PDF and as a Final Post in Project Blog)Task 2: Seminar PresentationThe seminar is an oral, live to class or pre-recorded presentation as advised by your lecturer, as to the best format and presentation logistics for each class.Submit to EASTS both a cover page with Blog address (or Cloud site access link for big files), the Report and the Seminar presentation file (or cloud site access or Website etc.).EASTS can accept files sizes up to 200Mb, but if you have issues such as timeout, then use a Cloud site like Google Drive, OneDrive, iCloud or Dropbox etc.The intended audience could be your peers as well as invited guests and academics.                                                                               

TASK 1 Final Report in the BlogFor the written report, this should be a final blog entry to close the project. (NOTE: your local lecturer may suggest an alternative report format)The written report entry can discuss the results, findings, conclusion and lessons learnt from your Project Research Aims and Outcomes.NOTE: the content of the Report should also be a the source for developing the script or outline for the presentation seminar in Step 2.Ensure that the Project Blog Report is your own work and has not been submitted elsewhere and complies with the University’s requirements for academic integrity.TASK 2 Presentation SeminarThe time has been deliberately limited to 10 minutes to force you into selecting the most appropriate subset of information to present for this situation and you will be heavily penalised if you take more than 15 minutes.NOTE: If doing a video presentation (MP4 file, YouTube, Vimeo, Voice-over-PowerPoint etc.) then try to halve the time for the online audience e.g. 6 – 10 minutesThis seminar will vary according to your study mode and so can be done either/or:live to class of peers – if studying on campus, then question time is not part of the presentation time.pre-recorded video presentation – if studying online mode then technical production of the audio and video is considered in lieu of question time.If you are planning to do a research Masters, Professional Doctorate or a PhD after this course, then one variation for the seminar may be to do a Poster Presentation Seminar#. See details below the line.The seminar should be accompanied by appropriate audio/visual tools such as a set of presentation slides or examples of hardware/software/systems that are necessary for the audience to understand and follow your presentation.On campus students can ask your local supervisor for the date, time you will be presenting. Presenting a seminar also demonstrates that you have understood the project work that has been carried out.RATIONALE

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This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

be able to apply project management and information and communication technologies (ICT) tools to plan, execute, record and present their research and project work as a capstone experience.be able to demonstrate advanced communication skills in transmitting their capstone experiences and ideas.be able to justify to an audience of peers any conclusions and professional decisions made that contribute to creating new knowledge.MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS

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CriteriaHDDICRPSProject Reporting in Blog or other documentApplies the skills and tools needed in project closure, academic writing, advanced communication and presentation skills.10.00Reporting demonstrates highly advanced skills in project closure, academic communication and presentation skills.8.50 to 10.00Reporting demonstrates high-level skills in project closure, academic communication and presentation skills.7.50 to 8.49Reporting demonstrates competent or basic skills in project closure, academic communication and presentation skills.6.50 to 7.49Reporting demonstrates the basic skills in project closure and most academic communication and presentation skills. Some aspects needed more work.5.00 to 6.49Report and Seminar QualityApply critical thinking, opinions, reflection; and findings are significant to the workplace or profession.10.00Report or presentation integrates and applies key concepts from the area(s) of study. Purposeful application to the workplace through critical thinking and reflection is evident.8.50 to 10.00Report or presentation integrates and applies many concepts from the area(s) of study in meaningful and application to the workplace, critical thinking and reflection.7.50 to 8.49Report or presentation includes other experiences in information technology, with many instances of critical thinking and reflection.6.50 to 7.49Report or presentation incLudes some other experiences in information technology, but has very few or no instances of critical thinking and reflection.5.00 to 6.49Content selection and presentation skillsLogical sequence and ease of presentation. Use of available time and overall organisation of the seminar. 5.00Presents information in logical, interesting sequence that the audience can easily follow and delivered on time. 4.25 to 5.00Presents information in logical sequence that the audience can follow and delivered close to time given. 3.75 to 4.24Audience has difficulty following presentation because student jumps around but is close to being on time. 3.25 to 3.74Audience cannot understandsome of the presentation because there is no sequence of information and either falls short or goes over the time limit. 2.50 to 3.24Seminar Presentation Skills.Audience engagement and interest maintained. Expertise and ability is shown to justify results and conclusions to peers.10.00Demonstrates full knowledge (more than required) withexplanations and elaboration of the project in the report;Maintains eye contact withaudience or the camera, seldom returning to notes.Student uses a clear voice that all audience members or viewers can hear the presentation. 8.50 to 10.00Demonstrates ease with explanations and willing to elaborate at times in the report. Student maintains eye contact most of the time but frequently returns to notes. Student’s voice is clear. Student pronounces most words correctly. Most audience members or viewers can hear the presentation.7.50 to 8.49Demonstrates comfort with explanations, but fails to elaborate at times in the report. Student occasionally uses eye contact, but still reads most of report from notes or the screen. Student’s voice is low. Studentincorrectly pronounces terms.Audience members or viewers have difficulty hearing all the presentation.6.50 to 7.49Demonstrates just a basic does grasp of information about the project throughout the report; Student reads all of report with no eye contact or the video sounds like a prepared speech. Student mumbles or incorrectly pronounces terms, and speaks too quietly audience members or viewers to hear.5.00 to 6.49Audience Interaction and Impact SkillsHow well the questions were handled in the ‘live’ seminar. OR How well the technology was used for impact in the online video seminar: e.g. slides, content, audio, video and focus quality.5.00Answers all questions with detailed explanations and elaboration. OR The video demonstrated high technical skill or digital literacy with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were loud and clear at all times. 4.25 to 5.00Answers to all questions, but fails to elaborate at times. OR The video demonstrated competent technical skill with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were loud and clear at all times. 3.75 to 4.24Able to answer only rudimentary questions from the audience. OR The video demonstrated some technical skill with special effects, editing and visual design of content. The audio and focus were mostly loud and clear. 3.25 to 3.74Cannot answer all questions about subject. OR The video demonstrated basic technical skill with camera, slides and screen recording. The audio and focus were sufficiently lacking quality at times. 2.50 to 3.24NOTES:

The Seminar Presentation may be marked using the following criteria which are all weighted equally, using a scale of 0 to 5 where the values indicate that the particular criterion was assessed as:0 = totally unsatisfactory1 = not met very well2 = could be improved3 = satisfactorily addressed4 = met quite well5 = excellent It is expected that in most cases a satisfactory mark will be awarded. Higher marks will need to be earned by producing genuinely better than satisfactory performance in that criterion. The expected satisfactory standard is described below.

Presentation Seminar Checklist

The Presentation Seminar will achieve a satisfactory rating if using this as another checklist:

How well the key points were made: highlight the most important aspects of your presentation or leave the audience with a clear impression of any message that you are trying to convey

Ability to communicate: talk in a clear and easily understood manner, use language that is appropriate for the audience and vary the intonation and pace to emphasise particular aspects

Selection of appropriate aspects from the Capstone Report for the audience: choose the aspects of your investigations that are most relevant for this audience – choose a depth of treatment that is appropriate for this audience

Keeping to the point of the presentation: stick to the point of the presentation and not introduce digressions that you may think of during the presentation

Use of the available time: conclude your presentation close to the allocated 10 minutes and try not cram too much into the presentation so that it is too rushed or runs too far over time – also alter the pace or planned depth of treatment of some parts to remain on schedule

How well resources were used to support the presentation: use resources such as PowerPoint slides, handouts etc. to effectively support your presentation and manage the resources so that the audience is not distracted by them from the points you are trying to make

Organization of the presentation: arrange the components of your presentation in a logical sequence present information in an appropriate way

Degree to which the speaker appeared to be expert in that topic: demonstrate a degree of confidence in the subject matter to convince the audience that you know what you are talking about.

Audience engagement: look at the whole audience not just a small section, make eye contact with different parts of the audience and recognize when your audience is not understanding what you are trying to say and do something about it.

How well the video was made or the questions were handled in the live seminar: understand the question and if necessary engage in a dialogue to clarify the question – provide an answer that satisfies the questioner.

Other Presentation Seminar Requirements

Use references not older than three years. Only list references that you have cited within your report. Be sure to cite (in the text) any references that you have used. Use APA referencing style. Full marks will be awarded for high accuracy and excellent descriptions. Satisfactory answers will score up to 75% of the allocated marks. Deductions will be made for major omissions, errors and over use of quotes. Poor referencing will result in deductions to the total mark.


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Either live in class for on-campus classes being offered in ITC571 or as pre-recorded video presentation (MP4 file, YouTube, Vimeo, Voice-over-PowerPoint etc.) for online students of ITC571

Assessment Information

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Academic integrity

Academic integrity means acting with honesty, fairness and responsibility, and involves observing and maintaining ethical standards in all aspects of academic work. This subject assumes that you understand what constitutes plagiarism, cheating and collusion. If you are a new student we expect you to complete the modules called Academic Integrity at CSU.

Charles Sturt University treats plagiarism seriously. We may use Turnitin to check your submitted work for plagiarism. You can use Turnitin to check for plagiarism in your assessments before submission.


Referencing is an important component of academic work. All assessment tasks should be appropriately referenced. The specific details of the referencing requirements are included in each assessment task description. Get referencing style guides and help to use for your assessments.

How to submit your assessment items

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Assignment(s) should be submitted through Turnitin. Please meet with your respective lecturer in the class to enroll in the Turnitin (If you are not enrolled this subject in Turnitin and/or do not receive any email from Turnitin) maximum by week 2

All textual elements within an assessment must be submitted in a format that is readable by Turnitin. Specific exceptions, where an assessment requires the insertion of image based evidence of workings will be outlined in the context of the assessment.  Students that deliberately attempt to insert content of assessments in a format that is not readable by Turnitin may be subject to Academic misconduct investigations.

Assessment(s) such as Blogs, Quizzes, Journals and Discussion Forums are required to submit in the Interact2, unless your lecturer advises otherwise.

Please submit the assignments only as word document in Turnitin, unless your lecturer advises otherwise.

Assignment(s) must be submitted through Turnitin by midnight (AEST) according to the date mentioned in the subject outline.

Assignment(s) submitted in the RESPECTIVE FINAL FOLDER only will be considered for marking.

Additional Submission Information:

It is recommended that your name, student ID and page number are included in the header or footer of every page of any assignment. You are also required to rename your assignment file before you submit via Turnitin as per below protocol:


Example – ITC571 SMI SINGH 1169XXXX A1 202030.doc


Under normal circumstances postal submissions will not be accepted for any of the assessments required.


Under normal circumstances hand delivered submissions will not be accepted for any of the assessments required.


Please check online submission process for submitting or completing your assessments. 


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It is best to complete assessment items by the due date. However, when something unavoidable comes up an extension may be possible. The following principles are used when processing extensions:

1.       For in-session assessment items, an extension request for up to seven (7) days can be made by emailing your subject coordinator directly before the due date. In your email please state the reason why you need more time as well as what precisely you are requesting. Supporting documentation is not required. If an extension is requested in the above format with a valid reason and your request does not disadvantage other students, the extension will be approved.

2.       For in-session assessment items, extension requests of more than seven (7) days must be made via the special consideration form:https://apps.csu.edu.au/specialcons/. The request must be made before the due date and must include supporting documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in the Special Consideration Policy. Each request will be considered on a case by case basis. The request may not be granted.

3.       If you receive an extension, then you should expect the assessment item and its feedback to be returned later. If you submit later than the extended due date you will receive late penalties as per guidelines below. Unless your extension permits otherwise, submissions received 10 days after the original due date will receive zero.

4.       For end of session exams, the process is a bit different. You can request a supplementary exam viahttps://apps.csu.edu.au/specialcons/. This request must be made within 3 working days of the date of exam and must include supporting documentation. Acceptable reasons are given in the Special Consideration Policy. For medical issues, a CSU medical certificate is required. If the supplementary exam (SX) is awarded then your exam is moved to the next examination period. In order to preserve exam integrity and manage the logistics of exams, the timing of a supplementary exam is heavily restricted.

How to apply for special consideration

Academic regulations provide for special consideration to be given if you suffer misadventure or extenuating circumstances during the session (including the examination period) which prevents you from meeting acceptable standards or deadlines. Find the form on the Student Portal Special Consideration, Misadventure, Advice and Appeals page.

Penalties for late submission

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The penalty for late submission of an assessment task (without obtaining the Subject Coordinator’s approval for an extension) will be:

10% deduction per day, including weekends, of the maximum marks allocated for the assessment task, i.e. 1 day late 10% deduction, or 2 days late 20% deduction.

An example of the calculation would be:

Maximum marks allocated = 20

Penalty for one day late = 2 marks (so, a score of 18/20 becomes 16/20 and a score of 12/20 becomes 10/20).

If an assignment is due on a Friday but is not submitted until the following Tuesday, then the penalty will be four days (40% deduction or 8 marks in the example above).

Submissions more than 10 days late will be acknowledged as received but will not be marked.


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Under normal circumstances resubmission of assessment items will not be accepted for any of the assessments required in this subject.

Feedback processes

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Feedback for assessment items will be provided by subject lecturer/s. You may also approach the lecturer for further clarification or feedback on the assignment.

Assessment return

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You should normally expect your marked assessment to be returned to you by the return date, if your assessment was submitted on time. If you submitted your assessment on time but have not received the marks by the return date, you should make inquiries in the first instance to the subject lecturer. If subject lecturer is not available please contact respective Course Coordinator.

Student Feedback & Learning Analytics

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Evaluation of subjects

Charles Sturt University values constructive feedback and relies on high response rates to Subject Experience Surveys (SES) to enhance teaching. Responses are fed back anonymously to Subject Coordinators and Heads of Schools to form the basis for subject enhancement and recognition of excellence in teaching. Schools report on their evaluation data; highlighting good practice and documenting how problems have been addressed. You can view a summary of survey results via the Student Portal SES Results page.

We strongly encourage you to complete your online Subject Experience Surveys. You will be provided with links to your surveys via email when they open three [3] weeks before the end of session.

Changes and actions based on student feedback

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This subject has been developed over several years and we have included the feedback from students in previous years when preparing this subject. In particular, this year the subject has been changed in response to feedback from last year’s class in the following ways:

MP4 recordings of online lectures will also be provided via interact2 site of the subject, so that students can download them and watch offline as well.More time will be spent to develop the reserach skillsIndividual sessions via Skype/Phone will be arrnanged between teacher and students for better learning experience.Learning analytics

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Learning Analytics refers to the collection and analysis of student data for the purpose of improving learning and teaching. It enables the University to personalise the support we provide our students. All Learning Analytics activities will take place in accordance with the Charles Sturt University Learning Analytics Code of Practice. For more information, please visit the University’s Learning Analytics website.

Data about your activity in the Interact2 site and other learning technologies for this subject will be recorded and can be reviewed by teaching staff to inform their communication, support and teaching practices.

Services & Support

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Your Student Portal tells you can how you can seek services and support. These include study, admin, residential, library, careers, financial, and personal support.

Develop your study skills

Develop your study skills with our free study services. We have services online, on campus and near you. These services can help you develop your English language, literacy, and numeracy.

Library Services

CSU Library provides access to the eBooks, journal articles, books, and multimedia resources needed for your studies and assessments. Get the most out of these resources by contacting Library staff either online or in person, or make use of the many Library Resource Guides, videos and online workshops available.

Policies & Regulations

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This subject outline should be read in conjunction with all academic policies and regulations. Please refer to the collated list of policies and regulations relevant to studying your subject(s) which includes links to Charles Sturt University’s Policy Library – the sole authoritative source of official academic and administrative policies, procedures, guidelines, rules and regulations of the University.

Subject Outline as a reference document

This Subject Outline is an accurate and historical record of the curriculum and scope of your subject. Charles Sturt University’s Subject Outlines Policy requires that you retain a copy of the Subject Outline for future use such as for accreditation purposes.
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