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Assessment Item 2: Research Question–Financial Management

Assessment 2 allows on-campus and distance (FLEX) students the option to collaborate and work in a group of 2 or individually

Overview: The Big Mac Index

Initiated in 1986 by Pam Woodalland taking its name from the iconic MacDonald’s Big Mac hamburger, The Big Mac Index–published annually by The Economist,is a quirky and informal way of measuring the purchasing power parity (PPP) between two currencies.

Measuring the price of a McDonalds Big Mac hamburger in 31 countries as the international monetary standard, this economic indicator states that exchange rates around the world adjust to equalise the price of a basket of goods and services. Thus, the basket referred to by this index is the McDonald’s Big Mac.

The Task:Research Question

In this assessment task you are required to investigate The Big Mac Index – [AKA McCurrency and Burgernomics] and use your research and understanding to write a report based on your findings.  Specifically, you are to describe the history, explain how it works, the theory behind it and its limitations, providing useful examples.

You will also be required to apply the index to the affordability and/or a global-to-local look at pricing of a product or service of your choice.  To do this, you will comparerelative prices of an identical basket of goods and services measuredby a McDonald’s Big Mac, in terms of domestic currencies. Examples might be the price of popular and common electronics such as the Apple iPhone, motor cars, luxury goods, groceries, real estate, alcohol, cigarettes etc. Use tables, diagrams, illustrations and/or infographics to illustrate your findings.

 Important information

Your work should be presented in report format, using the following structure.

  • Introduction, body and conclusion
  • Support for the response should draw from the references and YouTube clips provided, plus a selection from your own research and investigation. These must include a range of sources, including YouTube Clips and/or related websites, books, interviews and scholarly articles.
  • Fonts must be either Arial or Times New Roman 12 pt for body copy
  • Major headings to be 16pt bold and 14pt for sub-headings
  • Spacing must be 1.5
  • Inclusion of diagrams and tables to support your response is strongly encouraged
  • Appendices and reference list
  • All supporting material must be properly referenced using APA in-text referencing formats
  • The word count is 1,500 words maximum (i.e. 5 pages maximum) excluding in-text referencing, diagrams and tables.
  • Minimum number of reference articles / source material must be not less than 12 and must include at least 6 academic articles.


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Submission Details

This online submission MUST BEsubmitted as a word document. PDF submissions will not be accepted.

Issues that will impact on your marks include:

  1. Where copying from other sources results in high % similarity, marks will be deducted as shown on the mark-sheet. Therefore, proper use of in-text referencing is important. Avoid direct quotes.
    1. Turnitin will be used to check % similarity.
    2. Under extreme circumstances where high % similarity indicates copying from written works of other students in CQU, other universities or any other institutions world-wide, the assignment will be reviewed by the academic misconduct board. If percentage similarity exceeds 20%, marks will be deducted based on a progressive scale as determined by the course co-ordinator.
  2. A marking rubric is provided.
    1. The assessment is worth 30% total assessment grade.
    2. The final grade will be recorded on Moodle as a percentage of 30%.

Penalty for late submission is 5% per calendar day including Saturday and Sunday.


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