Decision Support Tool Assessment

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Decision Support Tool Assessment


The following collaborative research project requires you to work in groups, each group consisting of approximately 2 or 3 students. Please confirm your group composition with your lecturer.

Going BIG

You and a group of investors are interested in developing a tourist destination including a ‘Big’ tourist attraction, motel, café and a souvenir shop at a location in Australia. Examples of similar tourist attractions include the Big Merino in Goulburn and the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour.

The aim of this tourist destination is to provide an additional tourist experience for the tourists who already come into the Local Government Area (LGA). In order to do this successfully you need to ensure that the location you choose will support your business over the next 10 years.


Your minimum criteria are:

  • significant tourism interest already in the LGA, and
  • appropriate transport facilities for tourists to travel to your tourist destination.

These are the minimum criteria – you should identify additional criteria that you can use in making this business decision.

Your task is to prepare a report to be presented to your co-investors which identifies two locations in Australia which meet your criteria. Your report should demonstrate how these locations meet the minimum criteria above and the additional criteria which you have identified. You should also identify any additional statistical information that you have not been able to source that is required before a final decision is made to start building the tourist destination. Decision Support Tool Assessment

Making presentations and working in teams are important professional skills. As a graduate accountant with a Masters degree you are expected to be able to justify and communicate accounting advice and ideas in diverse collaborative contexts. In doing this assessment you are developing and demonstrating some of these skills.

Guidance for effective collaborative work is available in Resources.

Your report should be professionally presented as a PowerPoint with voice added to each slide. The voice addition that you make is your presentation to the other investors. It should not simply repeat what you have on the slide. Your presentation (5-7 slides not counting the slides with references) needs to sell what you have researched.

Here are some resources you can use to help you prepare the best presentation. Only one team member need submit the PowerPoint presentation but each team member must submit a 250 word individual reflection on the team process.

You may choose how you want to work as a group. Some suggestions are to use one or a mixture of

Skype, Face time, Google Docs – there are many more. Initial information on how to use these can be found by doing an online search – see some suggestions below:


Mark allocation

Development and explanation of criteria 1.5

Substantial data collection, analysis and conclusion 3

Quality of presentation 1.5

Individual reflection on the group process. 4

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