SOC 103A – AB, Report – T1, 2015 Page 1 Assessment BriefProgramBachelor of Applied Social ScienceSubjectDeveloping Social PolicySubject codeSOC 103AName of assessmentAssessment 2: Report on Policy ProcessLength1500 wordsLearning outcomes addressed bythis assessment:This assessment examines students on learning outcomes A, b, d.Submission Date:Week 6Lecturer NameSadia Niyakan-SafyAssessment brief summary:Report on the key stages of the policy process.Total marks100 marksWeighting30%Students are advised that any submissions past the due date incur a 10% penalty per day, calculated from the totalmark e.g. a task marked out of 40 will incur a 4 mark penalty per day.Please note: you must attempt all tasks in a subject to be eligible to pass the subject.More information, please refer to the Academic Progression Policy on http://www.think.edu.au/about-think/thinkquality/our-policies. SOC 103A – AB, Report – T1, 2015 Page 2Assessment Description:Research and write a report on the policy process using Australia’s Mandatory Detention policy asyour policy for review. Utilizing your knowledge of the policy process and stages of policyformulation and implementation, critically discuss how this policy was planned, formulated andimplemented. Explain whether any allowance has been made for the systematic evaluation of thepolicy.Pay particular attention to the issues of empowerment and participation during this process, and toequality, justice and fairness. If social policy is meant to produce greater equality, and to promotejustice and fairness in society, explain whether this policy fulfills this objective.Marking Criteria: Max. incategoryYourpointsWord count, readability, and structure10/100Correct use of referencing style both in-text and in endreference list10/100Clear and well-structured discussion of the key stagesof the policy process in relation to the chosen policy40/100Discussion of issues related to empowerment,participation and arrangements made for the evaluationof the policy. The student should also engage in a criticalreview of the policy and its effects.40/100Total:100/100Percentage Mark:/30%Comments: SOC 103A – AB, Report – T1, 2015 Page 3Notes for assignmentsPlease note essays should be written in font Times New Roman with font size 12. Allreferences should comply with the APA 6th Edition referencing guide.All papers that are late without an approved extension will be penalized by 10% per day ofthe total possible marks for that assessment.Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule youmay go over or under by 10% of the stated length.Students must attempt all assessments in the course to be eligible to pass the unit.This assignment will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion; Thework must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. Werecommend you work with the APA 6th Edition Referencing Guide to ensure that youreference correctly. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that youneed to learn.We recommend a minimum of ten references, unless instructed differently by yourlecturer/tutor. Unless specifically instructed otherwise by your lecturer, any paper with lessthan ten references may be failed. Work that includes sources that are not properlyreferenced will not meet level 100 requirements and will be penalized.The assessment MUST be submitted electronically in Microsoft Word format. Other formatsmay not be readable by markers. Please be aware that any assessments submitted in otherformats will be considered LATE and will lose marks until it is presented in Word.Notes for referencing:High quality work must be fully referenced with in-text citations and a reference list at the end. Werecommend you work with the APA 6th Edition Referencing Guide to ensure that you referencecorrectly. Correct academic writing and referencing are essential tasks that you need to learn.References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources, such asbooks, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a reference, but notthe Study Guide and lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you are capable of conductingyour own research. Also, in order to help markers determine students’ understanding of the workthey cite, all in-text references (not just direct quotes) must include the specific page number/s ifshown in the original. Before preparing your assignment or own contribution, please review thisYouTube video by clicking on the following link:Plagiarism: How to avoid itYou can search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal databasesand which can be accessed from the library homepage. Wikipedia, online dictionaries and onlineSOC 103A – AB, Report – T1, 2015 Page 4encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge about a topic, but should not beoverused – these should constitute no more than 10% of your total list of references/sources.Additional information and literature can be used where these are produced by legitimate sources,such as government departments, research institutes such as the NHMRC, or internationalorganisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO). Legitimate organisations andgovernment departments produce peer reviewed reports and articles and are therefore very usefuland mostly very current. The content of the following link explains why it is not acceptable to usenon-peer reviewed websites: Why can’t I just Google? (thanks to La Trobe University for this video).
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