Assessment Specifications

Level 1 Business Studies 2017

General information

Domain

Business Studies

Mode of Assessment

Written Examination

Standards

90837  90838  90839

Format for the assessment

Candidates should use specific information and/or a case study of a small business to illustrate their answers. A ‘small business’ refers to a business with a maximum of 20 employees, and/or a business with a local or community significance.

Candidates are required to demonstrate understanding of a selection of the business knowledge, concepts, and content specified for each standard in the Assessment section of the Teaching and Learning Guide for Business Studies.

Candidates should also refer to the Clarifications to the Achievement Grades for level 1 for clarification and guidance of the level of responses required for Achievement, Achievement with Merit, and Achievement with Excellence.

The Key Concepts (enterprise, globalisation, citizenship, and sustainability) and the Māori Concepts (pūtake, tūranga, tikanga, kaitiakitanga, and rangatiratanga) are relevant to all achievement standards, and should be incorporated throughout a Business Studies programme.

The specific Māori concept that will be examined in 2017 is Pūtake: the origin, or reason for being. Every business has a reason for being. Many Māori businesses exist for the same reason as other businesses – that is, they are there to provide goods or services at a profit and to enrich the business owner(s). A significant number, however, have very different reasons for being. Such businesses emphasise communal and social responsibilities, which may not be a priority for mainstream businesses.

Candidates should attempt all parts of all questions.

Equipment to bring

Calculators are permitted.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards

Standard

90837

Title

Demonstrate an understanding of internal features of a small business

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A selection of the internal features of small businesses will be assessed.

Candidates will be expected to refer to an actual example of a small business they have studied.



Standard

90838

Title

Demonstrate an understanding of external factors influencing a small business

Version

3

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A selection of the external factors influencing a small business will be assessed.

Candidates will be expected to refer to an actual example of a small business they have studied.



Standard

90839

Title

Apply business knowledge to an operational problem(s) in a given small business context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

Candidates will be required to apply relevant business knowledge to operational problems in order to recommend solutions.

Candidates will be expected to refer only to the resource material provided.

Business Studies subject page 2017 Examination timetable

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