BASS –SOC102A, Assessment Brief 2 Page 1
Program Bachelor of Applied Social Science
Subject Understanding Societies: An Introduction to Social Analysis
Subject code SOC102A
Name of assessment Assessment 2: Report
Length 1500 words
Learning outcomes addressed by
This assessment addresses the following subject learning outcomes:
A, B, C.
Submission Date: Week 7
Lecturer Name Sadia Niyakan-Safy
Students are expected to use relevant theory to write a report about one
type of inequality in Australian society.
Total marks 100
Students must attempt this assessment during the week outlined above. Any submissions after 2nd Nov will
not be marked.
Students must attempt all tasks in the unit to be eligible to pass the unit.
More information can be found in Think Education Assessment Policy document on the Think Education website
In “The Meritocracy Myth”, McNamee and Miller identify several ‘non-merit’ factors which
“suppress, neutralize, or even negate the effects of merit and create ba
iers to individual
Discuss the argument that meritocracy is a myth in relation to the education system in
Australia. In doing so, explain the ‘non-merit factors’ which can influence a student’s
educational outcomes. Use research to support your discussion.
For an understanding of McNamee and Millers’ work, please use the articles provided
y the teacher for this purpose. These articles will be uploaded on the Portal under
Word count, readability, and structure. 10/100
In-text references, reference list and co
ect use of
Theoretical discussion 20/100
Answering the question and responding to the topic -
evidence, relevant and effective use of illustrations and
Critical evaluation of the views of the authors 20/100
BASS –SOC102A, Assessment Brief 2 Page 3
Notes for Essays: Students must attempt all tasks in the unit to be eligible to pass
This report will incorporate a formal introduction, main points and conclusion; as this is a
eport, the introduction and conclusion, as well as individual sections addressing different
issues can be flagged with subheadings. The work must be fully referenced with in-text
citations and a reference list at the end. We recommend you work with the APA 6th Edition to
ensure that you reference co
We recommend a minimum of ten references, unless instructed differently by your
tutor. Unless specifically instructed otherwise by your lecturer, any paper with less
than ten references may be failed. Essays which include sources that are not properly
eferenced according to the APA 6th Edition Referencing Guide will not meet a level 200
equirement and will be penalized.
References are assessed for their quality. You should draw on quality academic sources,
such as books, chapters from edited books, journals etc. Your textbook can be used as a
eference, but not the Study Guide and lecturer notes. We want to see evidence that you are
capable of conducting your own research.
Before submitting your assignment, please review this video by clicking on the following
link, on why sources of information need to be acknowledged: Plagiarism Man (thanks to
Swinburne for this video).
You must search for peer-reviewed journal articles, which you can find in the online journal
databases and which can be accessed from the li
ary homepage. Wikipedia, online
dictionaries and online encyclopedias are acceptable as a starting point to gain knowledge
about a topic, but should not be overused – 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 international organisations such as the World Health
Organisation (WHO). Legitimate organisations and government departments produce peer
eviewed reports and articles and are therefore very useful and mostly very cu
content of the following link explains why it is not acceptable to use non-peer reviewed
www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqjJyqfceLw (thanks to La Trobe University for
Marks will be deducted for failure to adhere to the word count – as a general rule you
may go over or under by 10% of the stated length.
By clicking the 'Upload this file' button below you acknowledge that you have read and
understood and can confirm that the work you are about to submit complies with the Flexible
and Online plagiarism policy as shown in the JNI Student Handbook.