I need help with writing a specific type of assignment

While there are some types of assignment, such as essays, which are common in many different faculties across the university, there are also some types of assignment which only belong to a particular discipline. Also, some common types of assignment, (e.g. case studies), have different styles, structure and purpose in different disciplines. Sometimes even in the same discipline area, different lecturers will have different expectations about a particular type of assignment. For these reasons, if you are not sure about how to write a specific type of assignment, you need to get more information.

The key sources of information are:

  • Written assignment instructions
  • Grade descriptors, rubrics or marking guides – (i.e. a list of the parts of the assignment, how many marks each part is worth, and/or a list of the qualities in the assignment which will achieve a pass mark, a credit, a distinction, etc.)
  • The lecturer’s or tutor’s advice in class
  • The unit of study outline
  • Discussion with other students
  • General assignment guidelines prepared by some schools, departments or faculties (e.g. the Faculty of Health Sciences Guidelines for the Preparation of Assignments)
  • Further questions for your lecturer or tutor – e.g. in their consultation hours
  • Model assignments (i.e. some lecturers, departments or schools keep copies of good assignments done by previous students, as models of the right style and structure: Ask about this.)

For more on this topic, see the links on the right...