information systems modeling coursework assignment

The essay aims to assess master students’ ability to research relevant literature and use the literature to critique a specific subject in managerial finance in the form of an essay. By working on the essay project, students will demonstrate their ability to research, criticize and use relevant literature in the essay. Students will demonstrate their ability to present written arguments in a logical manner and reach a conclusion regarding a specific subject in managerial finance. The essay project intends to enhance students’ communication skills, in particular academic reading comprehension and academic writing skill, critical analysis and judgment skill in the area of financial theory and practice.

Specific requirements

The essay relates to part 3 of the study contents under the topic objective for Week 3 “Cash flow, cash budgeting, and risk and return”. The measurement of risk-adjusted return of an investment portfolio can be done using the well-known analytical model Capital Asset Pricing Model. You are required to carry out research of relevant literature to provide an historical account of the development and application of this model since it was established. You are also required to critique major advantages and disadvantages of this model by citing relevant literature. Finally you need to make some comments about the future development and possible evolvement of the model based on the literature that you have read and on your own critical analysis.


1500 words, 1.5 line spacing, 11 font size.

Submit your essay electronically. Present your text using the third person (i.e. avoid using “I”, “we” and “you” throughout the essay).

Any reference provided in the text needs to be listed again in the reference list (read the guideline on referencing below)



You are required to cite scholarly journal articles and documents from established resources. Examples of established resources are university research centres, government or non-government research bodies, such as the Reserve Bank of Australia or Certified Finance Analyst (CFA) Institute. Hint: use Google Scholar instead of Google as your search engine.

Referencing should be provided using the Harvard system (Author-Date system). In-text references are inserted in the essay and a reference list is required at the end of the essay.

It is important to stay consistent when referencing. For example: if you use a comma after the author’s name, before the year for in-text references (e.g. Fleet, 2006), then the chosen format should be consistent throughout the essay. The same rule applies for the reference list. If you quote Fleet, 2006 in the essay, you need to provide the details for Fleet, 2006 in the reference list. For example: Fleet W., Summers J. & Smith B. (2006) Communication Skills Handbook for Accounting, 2nd Edition, Milton, Queensland.

To avoid plagiarism, it is required to paraphrase other authors’ ideas using your own words and then provide the reference at the end of the sentence. If you use other authors’ ideas word by word, you need to quote them directly in your text by using quotation marks and then provide the reference at the end of the sentence.

The following books can be used to help you with researching and referencing:

· Fleet W., Summers J. & Smith B. (2006) Communication Skills Handbook for Accounting, 2nd Edition, Milton, Queensland.

· Summers J. & Smith B. (2010) Communication Skills Handbook, 3rd Edition, Wiley, Milton, Queensland.

· Hay I., Bochner D. & Dungey, C. (2006) Making the grade: a guide to successful communication and study, 3rd ed., Oxford University Press.

Note: The listing of the books above is itself an example of a reference list using the Harvard system.





Assessment criteria

Use the assessment criteria (below) as a guideline for writing your essay:



Structure of essay

Logic of argument


Clarity of expression

Literature used and referencing


High Distinction


Excellent structure and flow of arguments, excellent use of linking words

Exemplary logical development throughout leading to insightful summary and conclusions

Exemplary in clarity of expression and sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary used

Very relevant, high quality scholarly citations, reference list formatted as per requirement

Proficient Distinction 75-84%

Overall very good structure and flow

Ordered and basically logical. Conclusions consistent with argument.

Good sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary used

Good scholarly references, reference list formatted as per requirement



Moderately clear flow but occasional missing links

Moderately clear line of argument, but some gaps and inconsistencies with the summary and conclusion.

Moderately good sentence structure grammar and vocabulary used.

Acceptable scholarly references needing stronger research at times, reference list provided



Weak flow and links

Weak progression of ideas and development. Links between argument and conclusions need to be clearer

Occasionally good sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary used. Clarity and structure need some attention.

Acceptable references showing basic research, reference list provided

Needs improvement Fail

No flow and links seen, “random” presentation of arguments

Mostly incoherent, unstructured  and/or difficult to follow


Poor sentence structure, grammar and vocabulary used.

Referencing does not follow the Harvard system, or no referencing of literature used. Reference list not provided.


Section 2 should be a minimum of 6-7 double spaced pages. (Note: The cover page and work cited page do not count towards the minimum paper length requirement).


Please address the following questions in Section 2. Use subheadings of your paper.

§ What would be the purpose of the proposed evaluation?

o Why would the program or project be evaluated?

o What would the student want to accomplish with the evaluation?

§ How does the student propose evaluating/assessing the program/project?

o What are the proposed evaluation questions? (Note: Every variable in the evaluation questions must be operationalized.)

o Would the proposed evaluation utilize a formative and/or summative approach?

o What evaluation model would be used?

o Would the student serve as an external or internal evaluator of the project/program?

o What methods would be used to answer each evaluation question?

o What measures would be used?

o What data would be collected? How would these data be collected?

o What resources would be needed? (i.e., budget, staff, timeline)  

§ What protocols for IRB/Human Subjects Review would need to be followed prior to implementing the proposed evaluation?


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