Faculty of Business and Law

Read examples of how teaching teams have acted on eVALUate results and suggestions for improvement in units that are being taught this trimester.

MAA261 Financial Accounting

In response to student feedback the unit team has made a number of major changes to the unit in order to enhance the experience:

  • The assessment has been altered and updated
  • The group assessment has had its weighting increased and will now require students to self-reflect about how they worked in a team and about their own self-management
  • The self-reflection component of the Xero assignment has been removed and more marks will be allocated to the Xero component
  • We will now be using an online accounting software package called Xero. Students will no longer need to purchase the software and install it on their computer, instead this will be provided free of charge and available online
  • Many students undertaking this unit have already studied accounting elsewhere and indicated they wanted to grow their existing knowledge, not just revise it. As a result of this, the textbook will include examples of GST which was not previously included. All the content regarding GST will now be in one place
  • The unit will also examine a number of new topics that will expand knowledge as well as challenge. One of these topics will be accounting for not-for-profit entities
  • The last change is in relation to providing ongoing feedback throughout the trimester. Students will have the opportunity to complete non-assessable in-class tasks each week that they may submit to their seminar leader for feedback.

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MAE101 Economic Principles

The following aspects of the unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • Many topics have been rewritten
  • Some of the assessments in this unit have been refined, and assessment requirements have been made clearer
  • The Aplia on-line weekly problem sets were modified and consolidated in Trimester 2 2016. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many comments about their value for reinforcing learning and encouraging students to stay up to date
  • Student contribution to discussions and working through of problems in classes and seminars is actively encouraged
  • Where possible, diagrams developed during classes will be recorded visually to go with the recorded classes (Echos). Alternatively, clear reference will be made in the voice recording to where the relevant diagrams can be found
  • Several videos will be available on CloudDeakin demonstrating some of the key concepts, and going through solutions to some problems
  • One of the weekly seminars is recorded each week and made available to Cloud Students via Echo
  • Cloud Students will be offered online workshops via Blackboard Collaborate.

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MAF307 Equities and Investment Analysis

The following aspects of the unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • A more detailed formula sheet provided for the unit
  • Practice online tests are provided
  • Sample exam papers are provided for final exam preparation
  • Several flexibilities are included in assessment components and in their submission process.

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MIS171 Business Analytics

The following aspects of the unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • The unit has been redeveloped with a strong business focus
  • Increased the length of weekly lab classes (tutorials) throughout the trimester
  • Record lecture classes for release on Cloud Deakin
  • Present after hours weekly 'live' on-line seminar sessions for our Cloud (Online) students
  • Live stream on campus lectures
  • Incorporate the use and application of "big data" analytics approaches
  • Presentation of 'support' seminars at crucial times throughout the trimester.

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MIS781 Business Intelligence

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The incorporation of hands-on lab practicals allow students to better understand BI concepts
  • The practical assignment offers students to apply the BI skills.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • Live demo during BI practicals was provided for Cloud-students via Skye for Business
  • All assessments/assignments and associated marking rubrics were posted on CloudDeakin in week 1 allowing students to better plan their schedule.

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MLL217 Misleading Conduct and Economic Torts

The following aspects of this unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • The topic guide has been streamlined, to ensure that the required reading in this unit is manageable
  • The nature of the written assessment task has been changed, to incorporate a more practical emphasis on the assessment task
  • The weighting of the written assessment task has been reduced in order to allow students more time to focus on examination revision
  • A dedicated on-line e-seminar program has been introduced for Cloud students, running in parallel with Campus seminars
  • More graphical representations have been included into the unit's PowerPoint slides
  • The seminar program has been streamlined and adapted to coordinate more closely with the lecture program.

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MMH356 Change Management

Just as feedback is an important source of information for those implementing change, members of the MMH356 unit team regard student feedback and evaluation very seriously. The following aspects of the unit have been introduced in response to feedback from students who have undertaken the unit in previous trimesters:

  • Selection of a new textbook which is more student friendly and better aligned to Unit Learning Outcomes and assignment tasks
  • Reduction in total amount of prescribed textbook reading
  • Application of a more strategic approach to prescribed topic reading in recognition of student assignment workloads, with an increase during the first six topics to enable a corresponding reduction during the final four topics
  • Inclusion of more case studies and practical applications in classes (lectures) and seminars (tutorials)
  • Redesign of Cloud (Blackboard Collaborate) seminars to make them as equivalent as possible to located seminar experiences
  • Simplification and clarification of assessment requirements
  • Uploading of an Assignment Explanation Echo-recording to provide equity and consistency for all students
  • Publication of Progress Report assignment results and feedback more quickly than the required 15 working day turnaround, to better assist students to complete their Final Report
  • Increase in the value of assignment marks and corresponding decrease in the value of exam marks.

These changes have been made in order to:

  • Improve consistency and equity in the learning and assessment experiences of all students, whether enrolled in located (on-campus) or Cloud (off-campus) mode
  • Strengthen the nexus between change theory and the practical realities of introducing and managing change in the workplace, as a response to perceived organisational problems
  • Increase the real-world relevance of the unit to student employability and career progression.

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MMH733 Ethics for Managers

In previous versions of this unit, students have told us that these aspects of the Unit have helped them to achieve the learning outcomes:

  • The range of extra readings, reports and case studies which are made available to the students makes the material more relevant and easier to understand in practice
  • The opportunity to apply the material to relevant case studies each week, and being able to discuss and debate the merits of each topic is helpful.

They have also made suggestions for improvement, and so this is what we have done:

  • The unit lecturer has simplified the assessment guidelines for the first assignment
  • The unit lecturer has reduced the volume of tutorial material for each topic
  • With regards to case studies, we have allocated some time to discuss and practice tackling case studies.

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MMK266 Consumer Behaviour

We take your feedback and evaluation very seriously. In 2017, we are continuing the redesign of this Unit to address feedback we received from students in previous years. For example, we have:

  • Switched to four linked assignments so that students can use the feedback they received on their earlier assignments when preparing their later assignments
  • Placed greater emphasis on the assignment by increasing the weighting it is given in the final Unit mark
  • Implemented more authentic assignment tasks so that students can develop and hone the skills they will be expected to possess within the workplace.

These changes come on top of other improvements we have made in previous years to address feedback from students and employers such as:

  • Moving to 2-hour seminars so that students have a greater opportunity to apply in each seminar the concepts that have been covered in their classes
  • Placing a greater emphasis on application-type questions in the exam so that students are better prepared for the workplace
  • Switching from a 2-hour class to a 1-hour class so that students can better absorb the content being covered. Please note, however, that because the classes are now shorter, we can only focus on some of the key content covered in your textbook. To properly prepare for the exam, students will need to be familiar with all the concepts covered in the required readings for this Unit.

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MMS308 Sport Marketing

The following aspects of the unit have been introduced, enhanced or retained in response to feedback from students who have undertaken this unit in previous trimesters:

  • Retaining the structure, flexibility (choice of topic) and practical nature (authentic assessment) of the major assignment (sport marketing plan)
  • Additional preparation to be provided for major assignment including a workshop embedded into the seminar plan and more seminar activities to assist with students' assignment planning and execution
  • Alternate delivery of key lecture content will be provided this year. This will put a lesser focus on 'face to face' lectures and a greater focus on pre-recorded shorter material in a variety of formats to be viewed online. As such, the traditional weekly lecture we will replaced with some face to face sessions, combined with short online mini lectures, industry interviews, and cases to be accessed via Cloud Deakin.

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