Capstone Individual assignment

Individual assignment:

  • Submit your essay through Turnitin, addressing the question outlined below. 
  • Word limit is 1,500 words (not including the cover sheet, or reference list).  Reports not within +/- 10% of 1,500 words will be penalised
  • Attach a cover sheet (as provided on Moodle) to each assignment
  • Follow the Essay structure as outlined in the Library guide available at
  • Reference in accordance with the Harvard referencing system, as outlined in the Library guide available at

Harris Scarfe knew “books were cooked”.

 (Sydney Morning Herald 10 Feb 2005)


Write an academic essay addressing the following question:

To what extent was the accounting scandal at Harris Scarfe the result of a breach of trust by the accountants involved, and to what extent the result of poor corporate governance?

In your essay address the following:

  1. The key facts of the Harris Scarfe accounting scandal, and the accounting issues involved.
  2. The principles of ethical behaviour listed in APES 110 that were breached by the accountants at Harris Scarfe.
  3. The impact of the scandal on the shareholders and other stakeholders Harris Scarfe.

Refer to the Rubric on the next page for the mark allocation.  You are expected to refer to at least 4 references in your essay.

TACC 615 Rubric: Assessment Criteria and Performance Standards for Essay
  Assessment criteria    Mark /15Performance Standard
Low – Not achievedLow but some evidence of attainmentAchieved as required but some inaccuracies and errorsAchieved as required with very few inaccuracies or errorsExceptional attainment with additional outcomes and information
  Introduction    /20-12345
No clear synopsis and introduction providedBrief synopsis and introduction but incomplete and inaccurateSynopsis and introduction provided but could be more concise and clearClear synopsis and introduction provided too wordyClear, concise and well expressed synopsis and introduction provided
  Topic relevance    /20-12345
Topic totally irrelevant and inappropriateTopic lacks clear relevance, could be more direct and to the pointTopic relevance appropriate but sometimes strays from the major themeTopic appropriate and relevantTopic appropriate and relevant with particularly relevant insights
  Depth of Research    /20-12345
No evident research into the topicSome research evident but few citationsResearch is evident but limited. Citations appropriate to contextResearch is evident and goes beyond recommended list with citations appropriate to contextResearch is extensive with particularly insightful citations
  Critical thinking, analysis & synthesis    /30-12345
Very little or no evidence of understanding of the topicSome understanding of the topic evident but with little evidence of critical thinking and analysisUnderstanding of the topic evident–some critical thinking, analysis and synthesis of available literatureGood understanding of the topic with evidence of critical thinking with deep analysis and synthesis of informationVery high understanding of the topic with insightful evaluative comments and conclusions
  Conclusion  /20-12345
No clear conclusion providedBrief conclusion provided but not particularly clear or relevantWell summarized but conclusion is not particularly conciseWell summarized clear and relevant and concise conclusionExceptional conclusion–clear, concise and insightful
  Writing style & grammar    /20-12345
Very poor grammatical expression and spelling errorsLow levels of writing ability evident, simple expression with many spelling and grammatical errorsAverage levels of writing ability with some spelling and grammatical errorsHigh level of writing ability –clear concise expression with few grammatical or spelling inaccuraciesVery high level of writing ability with no grammatical or spelling errors.
  Referencing    /20-12345
None or few references and citationsSome references but lacking in accuracy or proper use of a referencing styleAppropriate references with some inaccuracies in the use of a referencing styleAs previous but with additional independent input by the writerReferences accurate and go well beyond those provided by lecturer