What you will learn
Lecturers and tutors will tell you that the single biggest mistake students make with their early assignments is to misinterpret what the assignment is asking them to do. The first step in successful assignments is to analyse and understand the assignment brief. After completing this module, you should feel confident to:
Completing assignments at university is a lot like undertaking a road trip. There's a few destinations you will have to pass through: researching, reading, writing and referencing, but at times you might find yourself doubling back and revisiting some of the same tasks. It's not necessarily going to be a linear progression.
The map below gives you a sense of what this journey might look like and also gives you some ideas of what you will discover in future modules.
The assignment question will include:
Analyse the following assignment brief and work through the three activities to identify the keywords, directive verbs, and additional information that you will need to consider.
Directive verbs are those that give instructions about what you are required to do in an assignment. Below are five commonly used directive verbs. Fill in the blanks, matching the descriptions provided with the following words:
The five directive verbs presented above are only some of those that may appear in your assignment question. Attached is a list of common directive verbs. If the verb used in your question is not listed and you're not sure of its meaning, look it up in a dictionary.
Academic writing can take many forms, each presented in its own way. Navigate through the activity below to find out more about essays, reports, reflective journals, and literature reviews.