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6 Sample HSC course assessment tasks

Sample task 1: Human rights





Nature of task: ICT submission on a contemporary human rights issue.
Weighting: 25% Marks: 25



Outcomes to be assessed

H3: analyses the operation of domestic and international legal systems

H4: evaluates the effectiveness of the legal system in addressing issues

H7: evaluates the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice

H8: locates, selects, organises, synthesises and analyses legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and documents

H9: communicates legal information using well-structured and logical arguments





Task description

You have chosen to make a submission on a contemporary human rights issue to the Working Party for Human Rights about the protection of human rights on a domestic or international level.


In your submission, in the format of a 5–10 minute PowerPoint presentation,
you must:

  • identify the domestic and/or international contemporary human rights issue you have chosen (check the syllabus for suggestions)

  • outline the legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue
  • evaluate the effectiveness of these responses to the issue


  • integrate into the presentation FIVE media sources concerning the issue remembering to source and date each one, commenting on the responses of the media to the issue

  • present your submission using appropriate headings, sub-headings, diagrams and tables, photographs, clips, music and/or any other relevant information reflecting a variety of sources.






Procedure

  1. Students will be given ONE lesson in class to research the issue using the research investigation process proforma. Your research should reflect a variety of sources including the media articles selected.

  2. On the date specified by your teacher you will be required to present a PowerPoint presentation that should be both creative and informative addressing all elements of the task.




Task rubric

You will be assessed on your ability to:



  • identify a contemporary human rights issue

  • outline the legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue

  • evaluate the effectiveness of these responses to the issue

  • integrate into the presentation FIVE media sources concerning the issue remembering to source and date each one

  • comment on the responses of the media to the issue

  • present your submission using appropriate headings, sub-headings, diagrams and tables, photographs, clips, music and/or any other relevant information reflecting a variety of sources
  • create an interesting, informative PowerPoint presentation


  • communicate legal information using well-structured and logical arguments.






Follow-on task

After all submissions have been presented a discussion will occur about the effectiveness of legal and non-legal mechanisms in addressing human rights issues. Following this discussion, students will be advised by their teacher of a specific date when students will write a response in 45 minutes to the topic:

‘Using a contemporary human rights issue, evaluate the effectiveness of legal and non-legal measures in achieving justice’.
Proposed marking guidelines


Criteria

Marks




  • clearly identifies a contemporary human rights issue

  • clearly outlines the legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue

  • makes a reasoned judgement, using criteria, as to the effectiveness of these responses to the issue

  • presents a well-formatted informative PowerPoint presentation

  • integrates five relevant media sources concerning this issue, sourcing and dating each one, and comments on the responses of the media to this issue

  • clearly communicates information in a well-structured and logical response

21–25





  • identifies a contemporary human rights issue
  • outlines the legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue


  • makes a judgement, using criteria, as to the effectiveness of these responses to the issue

  • presents a formatted PowerPoint presentation

  • integrates relevant media sources concerning this issue, sourcing and dating each source and attempts to comment on the responses of media to this issue

  • communicates in a structured, logical response

16–20





  • identifies a contemporary human rights issue

  • outlines some of the legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue

  • includes some discussion as to the effectiveness of these responses to the issue

  • presents a structured PowerPoint presentation

  • includes some media source(s) concerning the issue

  • communicates in a structured response

11–15





  • identifies a contemporary human rights issue and/or outlines some legal and non-legal domestic and/or international responses to the issue

  • makes a PowerPoint presentation

  • may include media concerning this issue

6–10





  • identifies a human rights issue

  • makes limited use of legal information and/or ideas

  • may make limited reference to source or media

1–5

Sample task 2: Crime


Nature of task: Research task on a contemporary criminal case

Weighting: 25% Marks: 40

Outcomes to be assessed

H1. identifies and applies legal concepts and terminology

H7. evaluates the effectiveness of the law in achieving justice

H8. locates, selects, organises, synthesises and analyses legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and documents

H9. communicates legal information using well-structured and logical arguments

H10. analyses differing perspectives and interpretations of legal information and issues



Task description

Research an indictable criminal offence that has been prosecuted in the past 10 years in the NSW criminal justice system where the defendant has been found guilty. In your report on your research into the offence you must:



  • identify the correct legal citation of the case

  • outline the elements of the offence

  • describe the factors that might have led to the criminal behaviour

  • outline the reporting and investigation of the crime

  • explain the role of the courts

  • outline the role of legal representation

  • identify the plea

  • discuss the factors that affect the sentencing decision

  • explain the penalty given

  • analyse the extent to which the law balances the rights of victims and offenders

  • provide a referenced bibliography.




Procedure
  1. Students will be given FOUR lessons to research the offence using the research investigation process proforma. Every lesson the student must demonstrate to their teacher their progress and that the research meets the criteria for ‘All My Own Work’.


  2. At a date decided by the teacher, the students submit their work in a report of no longer than 1500 words. A bibliography demonstrating a variety of sources must be included.


Task rubric
You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • research an indictable criminal offence that has been prosecuted in the last 10 years in the NSW criminal justice system where the defendant has been found guilty

  • clearly report on every aspect of the case as specified in the task description

  • present the research in a well-structured and logical report with appropriate heading and sub-headings

  • integrate relevant legal concepts and terminology

  • locate, select, organise, synthesise and analyse legal information from a variety of sources, and provide a referenced bibliography.

Proposed marking guidelines

Criteria

Marks

  • presents the research in a well-structured and logical report with appropriate heading and sub-headings

  • clearly integrates relevant legal concepts and terminology

  • locates, selects, organises, synthesises and analyses legal information from a variety of sources with a referenced bibliography




30–40

  • answer most aspects of the task description
  • presents the research in a structured report with appropriate heading and sub-headings


  • integrates relevant legal concepts and terminology

  • locates, selects and organises legal information from a variety of sources including legislation, cases, media, international instruments and/or documents, with a referenced bibliography




20–30

  • attempts to answer some aspects of the task description

  • presents the research in a report

  • integrates some legal concepts and terminology

  • locates and selects legal information



10–20

  • may answer some parts of the task description

  • locates legal information



0–10

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Teacher’s signature: _________________________________ Date: ____________

Student self-reflection:
What did I do well? ____________________________________________________

Where can I improve? __________________________________________________


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