Assessment Specifications

Level 3 Business Studies 2017

General information

Domain

Business Studies

Mode of Assessment

Written Examination

Standards

91379  91380  91381

Format for the assessment

Candidates should use business theory, knowledge of a New Zealand global business, and/or a case study to illustrate their answers. The typical learning context is a New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context.

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 3 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 Kaitiakitanga: the exercise of guardianship, particularly in relation to natural resources, such as land, sea and waterways; also flora and fauna, including people, that comprise elements of the natural environment. This principle requires that sustainability and environmental protection is valued. As kaitiaki or guardians, the owners or trustees of an enterprise are responsible for protecting (and/or growing) resources for future generations – not just for short-term or individual profit.

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 evaluation.

Equipment to bring

Calculators are permitted.

Specific information for individual external achievement standards

Standard

91379

Title

Demonstrate understanding of how internal factors interact within a business that operates in a global context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A business context will be provided for the examination.  Where applicable, candidates may use the New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context that they have studied, to answer any part of the question, or the business context provided in the examination. There will be one part of the question where candidates will be expected to refer to the actual business they have studied.

A sample examination and assessment schedule will be published by the end of Term 1, 2017 to illustrate the change to the examination.



Standard

91380

Title

Demonstrate understanding of strategic response to external factors by a business that operates in a global context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

A strategic response means a relevant ‘business-wide’ reaction at multiple levels. It may be of different size and scope (e.g. whole business, global, or regional market, all departments, or single department), and time frame (e.g. short, medium, or long term), depending on the issues identified, and strategies chosen to respond.

A business context will be provided for the examination.  Where applicable, candidates may use the New Zealand-registered business operating in a global context that they have studied, to answer any part of the question, or the business context provided in the examination. There will be one part of the question where candidates will be expected to refer to the actual business they have studied.

A sample examination and assessment schedule will be published by the end of Term 1, 2017 to illustrate the change to the examination.



Standard

91381

Title

Apply business knowledge to address a complex problem(s) in a given global business context

Version

2

Number of credits

4

Special notes

Candidates will be required to fully explain the causes and effects of the problem, suggest solutions, and make fully justified recommendations.

Candidates will be expected to refer to the given context provided in the resource material.

Business Studies subject page 2017 Examination timetable

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