Assessment Specifications

Level 2 Business Studies 2017

General information

Domain

Business Studies

Mode of Assessment

Written Examination

Standards

90843  90844  90845

Format for the assessment

Candidates should use business theory, knowledge of a large business, and/or a case study to illustrate their answers.

A ‘large business’ refers to a business operating in New Zealand with more than 20 employees and/or with a regional or national 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 2 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 Rangatiratanga: exercise of leadership, authority, guardianship, and ownership rights; particularly focused on resource production, utilisation, and management for current and future requirements. This includes strategic development and oversight, relationship development and maintenance, problem-solving, conflict resolution and peace-making, adaptation, risk analysis, and management.

Each of the three examinations will have ONE question with multiple parts, covering several aspects/topics from the Teaching and Learning Guidelines for the achievement standard. Candidates will not be required to write an essay, but for Achievement with Excellence, will be expected to write extended answers that involve justification.

Candidates are advised to refer to the 2015 and 2016 examinations for AS 91379 (Demonstrate understanding of how internal factors interact within a business that operates in a global context) and AS 91380 (Demonstrate understanding of strategic response to external factors by a business that operates in a global context) for exemplars of a one-question Business Studies examination.

Equipment to bring

Calculators are permitted.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards

Standard

90843

Title

Demonstrate understanding of the internal operations of a large business

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

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



Standard

90844

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how a large business responds to external factors

Version

3

Number of credits

4

Special notes

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



Standard

90845

Title

Apply business knowledge to a critical problem(s) in a given large business context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

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

Business Studies subject page 2017 Examination timetable

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