Assessment 1: Environmental logbook

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Assessment 1: Environmental logbook
1500 words
Students are required to compile a media logbook of articles covering current environmental issues. A critical analysis of how the issues contained in the article affect environmental management in hotels/attractions should accompany each article. Your analysis should not simply be a summary of the article, but an informed discussion of the issues raised and their importance to environmental management in hotels and attractions, using academic research to support your arguments.
Each article analysis should be between a half and a full typed page. A minimum of six articles is required and they should be no more than two years old (i.e. published within the last 2 years). A variety of media sources should be used and may include (but not be limited to) newspapers, magazines, trade journals, academic journals, brochures, newsletters, press releases and bulletins.
Articles should cover a minimum of three different topic areas from the following list:
• water management
• waste management
• energy management
• the indoor environment
• building and construction management
• sustainable food systems
• sustainability of operations
• environmental management systems
• environmental legislation
• national park management.
Note: At least one article in each of the three topic areas should be an academic article.The logbook (a scrapbook would be appropriate) should be presented in the following manner:
• an assignment cover page
• heading page for each of the three topics chosen
• actual copies of the articles pasted into the logbook, sorted into the three different topics (if the article is more than one page in length, only the front page is required in order to save paper)
• The logbook can be submitted entirely electronically, it doesn’t have to be a paper-based assignment
• a typed/word-processed analysis pasted onto the adjoining page to the article. This analysis/discussion should include references to the academic literature.
Assessment criteria
Content
• adherence to guidelines above
• clear understanding of the topic and concepts
• relevance of material
• application of material.
Research
• evidence of adequate depth and breadth of research, including references to academic literature.
Reasoning
• logical argument and discussion.
Presentation
• professionally presented; proper referencing.
Tips
1. Too many similar articles make good discussion more difficult as it is difficult not to repeat yourself.
2. Choose your articles carefully so that you write a perceptive analysis.
3. Academic articles are usually easier to write good commentary on as they are usually more specific. General industry articles are often rather like ‘motherhood’ statements and therefore more difficult to comment on.
4. A portfolio which contains articles which look like they have been obtained easily from one or two sources will not score well.
5. Back up your arguments with literature references whenever possible.
please match the in-text reference and reference list. Thanks.
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