Writing A Consulting Report – Eyre Peninsula (South Australia)

You are to write a consulting report of no more than three pages in length for the body (Introduction to Conclusion), plus all calculations in appendices (which can be as many pages as you need).

Scenario

Local councils and businesses wish to consider the idea of pumped hydro power as an energy storage option for the Eyre Peninsula and beyond.

Your Task

You have been asked to conduct a preliminary study to identify one location on the Eyre Peninsula (South Australia) that may be appropriate for a pumped hydro power facility. The client has provided nothing specific, nor any data.

It is expected that you will:

Identify at least one potential area for pumped hydro power systems.

Provide an indication of work required for installation of any farms/systems.

Justify any assumptions you make.

Report information

Remember that you are writing a consulting report for the client/consortium that wish to invest in the establishment of one or more wind farms. Consequently, this report may be read by technical experts, and/or non-technical staff. You should have the following sections in the report:

Introduction

Methodology

Results

Recommendations

Conclusion

Appendices

Expectations

I expect to see an analysis related to elevation, potential power generation, reservoir volumes and thus potential energy availability, diameter, length, and flow rates related to penstocks.

Rubric

ConsultingReport2022

ConsultingReport2022
CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeIntroduction
15 Pts

100%

I know exactly what the company wants and needs. It is concise and well articulated.

12 Pts

80%

I know all the details of what the company asked and it is very concise. There are just some minor problems.

9 Pts

60%

I know what the company generally asked for. You are either writing too much or not enough. You need to be more concise and priorities the key messages that need to get across.

6 Pts

40%

You have detailed “stuff”, but the company reading this document probably aren’t impressed. The detail and/or way you convey that information isn’t appropriate.

3 Pts

20%

You haven’t detailed all that the company has requested. Information is lacking and/or confusing.

0 Pts

No marks

The actual details of the task are not included in a way that makes sense.

15 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeMethodology
10 Pts

100%

Your descriptions of how you designed the system is detailed and concise. You have found the balance between too much and not enough information.

8 Pts

80%

Very thorough, but concise explanation of how you did it all. There are some minor problems.

6 Pts

60%

Good description of how you did the work, but it either has too much information, or not enough to be “great”.

4 Pts

40%

You have described how you have designed the systems. It is a little too much like a tutorial. The level of detail is too much / too little.

2 Pts

20%

You either haven’t described how the systems are designed completely, or it is wrong.

0 Pts

No marks

Missing, doesn’t make sense, or just wrong.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeResults
15 Pts

100%

Excellent presentation of results. Excellent research and justification.

12 Pts

80%

Very good presentation of results. Very good information. It could be better. As the client I don’t have any unanswered questions.

9 Pts

60%

Good presentation of results. Everything is there, but I feel like I’m reading a shopping list.

6 Pts

40%

You have shown options. They are logical, There are some obvious gaps in information.

3 Pts

20%

You seem to be missing some key results and therefore haven’t considered key points.

0 Pts

No marks

Results are either missing or completely off the mark.

15 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeDiscussion
30 Pts

100%

Discussion is very in-depth, but concise. If I were the client I would feel that I have sufficient information to make a preliminary decision. Recommendations are clear and concise. They flow well from the options, are justified with facts and well cross-referenced. I have confidence that you know what you are doing and can present it well.

24 Pts

80%

The discussion is very good and all points covered. Solid recommendations with excellent justifications. There could be more/less information. It is clear you understand the topic, but could improve with message delivery.

18 Pts

60%

The discussion is good and all points covered. You have good recommendations, but they aren’t really justified sufficiently. The options / recommendations don’t flow well together. It is good, but not great.

12 Pts

40%

You covered the major discussion points, but there are some obvious gaps. The recommendations are provided. However, there are too many gaps left unanswered. It might be confusing. It might be a bit too limited in content.

6 Pts

20%

The discussion is lacking. These recommendations are not sufficient, not justified or just wrong. There is no link to the results.

0 Pts

No marks

You haven’t provided any decent discussion or recommendations.

30 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeConclusion
10 Pts

100%

Excellent conclusion. You have tied in the project requirements and recommendations perfectly.

8 Pts

80%

Good conclusion. Well summarized. Detailed, but concise.

6 Pts

60%

Good conclusion, but either missing some details or a little waffly.

4 Pts

40%

You are missing some key links between what the task required and what you have provided. don’t really know what to put in it. is not a conclusion.

2 Pts

20%

You seem to have a conclusion because you think you need one, but don’t really know what to put in it.

0 Pts

No marks

You are missing the conclusion. You have a title of “conclusion”, but this is not a conclusion.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeClient Satisfaction
10 Pts

100%

From my perspective, this report is of sufficient quality that it could be sent out to a client as is and I would expect the client to be very happy with it.

8 Pts

80%

Great work. Your bosses would be happy that you work for the company. Some editing, reformatting, fixing would be needed before this would be sent out to the client, but overall, the client would understand all that you have presented and it would be what they need and want.

6 Pts

60%

You have done what the client requested and it is understandable / satisfactory. You are basically doing your job as required.

4 Pts

40%

Your answers may be correct, but you haven’t communicated the results well. Alternatively, you have communicated the results correctly, but it isn’t correct.

2 Pts

20%

This is not satisfactory. You didn’t do what was required.

0 Pts

No marks

No marks.

10 pts
This criterion is linked to a learning outcomeWriting
10 Pts

100%

Flawless writing. No mistakes at all. Very professional.

8 Pts

80%

Great writing. Some mistakes.

6 Pts

60%

Good writing, but a little clunky. Mistakes are evident.

4 Pts

40%

This isn’t acceptable. The reader has to work hard to understand it.

2 Pts

20%

This isn’t acceptable. It is too hard to read.

0 Pts

No marks

No marks.

10 pts
Total points: 100