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To succeed in this assessment the article must be current (as defined above) and your analysis concise, showing the relationship between the article and an aspect of the unit. This assessment involves elements of critical thinking: issues raised in the article are to be articulated, analysed and thereafter interpreted in the light of the unit content.

Particulars of the Assignment: What is expected – Peruse business pages of newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, or the Australian Financial Review or news sites such as ABC News the currency of the unit (you can use Factiva through the Library to do this) and choose an article that relates to one (or more) of the aspects (topics, areas, issues) dealt with in the material covered from Lecture 4-7 (the article can be found either in the hardcopy press or online) – it must be an Australian based publication because you are commenting on Australian law.

How marks are allocated – See the Rubric – Your ability to identify/align/relate/apply appropriate unit content (law) to the issues raised by the relevant article is an important part of your assignment. Assignments that achieve this in a clear and concise manner will receive higher marks. Simply summarising an article, or simply reciting the law without relating it to the issues arising in the article, will not receive high marks. You should analyse the article having regard to the area(s) of law it raises – you are using the issues raised in the article to highlight how the law applies.

***Following are examples of factors that will indicate higher order performance in relation to your Media Assignment***

Choosing an appropriate article

The article must focus on an issue or issues that have a direct relationship to the unit content from Lecture 4-7; it must be published by a reputable source such as an established newspaper (not a legal blog); it should be of appropriate length (very short or very long articles should be avoided). The first paragraph of your assignment must summarise, clearly and succinctly, the content of the article you have chosen (including title, source and date).

Ability to identify/relate relevant law to the issue(s) raised in the article

Following a short summary of the article chosen the assignment must show evidence of the articulation of the relevant issues and law, an analysis of those issues having regard to the relevant law, and an interpretation of the relationship between the issues evident in the article and the relevant law.

A clear, ordered and concise assignment

The assignment must be typed (font must be easily readable and of adequate size – for example, Times New Roman 12), single spaced and include a Macquarie student cover sheet with your relevant details (I will fill out the cover sheet, so don’t worry about this).

It is expected that you will refer to a source (or sources) in your assignment – make sure you reference/acknowledge that source (you can note the source in brackets in the body of your work; or use footnotes) – provided you have acknowledged your sources as you use them there is no need for a bibliography. If you copy directly from a source use inverted commas “…”. Your tutor must be able to easily understand what the article is about from your summary and must be able to easily see how you have used the relevant law to explain the issues that arise from the article.

Few more things to remember regarding the Media Assignment:

The first paragraph of your assignment must summarise the article used and provide details – if the article is sourced from the internet include the URL. Where you include a quotation from a source Indicate it in double quote marks (not single) – like this “…………”. Also, please note a bibliography is not necessary as previously mentioned- It is however, certainly important to acknowledge your sources – but try to do it as briefly as possible – you can use footnotes or include the reference immediately following the source.

Example: “the ambit of the disqualification is wider and involves prohibiting the exercise of control (management) however it arises.” (Quilter CLP 4th ed 136) – Any further references to that source in your assignment would be shorter, for example: (CLP 4th 201). If you use a section of the Corporations Act, just put for example: (s 198A). All students should find a news/media article about an aspect of the unit from Lectures 4 -7 (directors, shareholders, insolvency etc) – then in your assignment: summarise the article (about a paragraph); then explain/analyse/interpret the law relevant to the article and refer to the article. The article is the starting point – whatever it is about will determine the content of your assignment – so if the article is about a director being disqualified, your assignment (after summarizing the article) will explain/analyse/interpret disqualification of directors (the law) and refer to/connect to what the article is about (the facts in the article).

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