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Introduction

Unpacking and interrogating the question will make sure you’ve considered the whole question and looked at all the possibilities. Now it’s time to hunt for more clues. In particular it’s a good idea to think about what the person marking your assignment will be looking for.



Hunt for more clues

Be on the lookout for clues from the assignment description, paying particular attention to details like:



  • Is there a list of the assessment criteria?

  • Is there a breakdown of marks, especially if there are sub-sections worth different percentages?

  • Are there any specific formatting or presentation requirements?

  • Have they specified a referencing style you should use?

  • And, lastly, what is the word limit? (This is an important one. The general rule is to make sure you keep within 10% of the word limit either way because too little, or too many words, could end up costing you marks.)

Finally, after analysing the question, if there’s anything you’re unsure of, ask your lecturer and tutor for more details.

Making sure you know all the requirements for your assignment and sticking to the guidelines (like keeping to the word limit and using the correct referencing style and format) will ensure that you don’t lose marks needlessly. Doing some detective work before you start writing will make sure you get the best marks you can.



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Look for more clues

The marking key or assignment guidelines can tell you what is required.

Here is an example marking key, showing what is expected to achieve each grade level.

High Distinction (80% - 100%)

Content and research skills (40%)

* Extensive, relevant and current reading.
All aspects of the question are addressed in depth.

* Applies evidence and integrates


convincingly with arguments.

Critical analysis, argument and original content (40%)

* Detailed and insightful analysis of the issues

* Sophisticated argument showing a high level of understanding,


analysis of differing view points and the implication of these.

* Insight into the topic and adds original thought to the debate.

Organisation, presentation and referencing (20%)

* All aspects conform to highest academic standards.

* Very well-written logically structured. Free of spelling and grammatical errors.

* All sources appropriately acknowledged using correct referencing style.

(Distinction 70-79%)

Content and research skills (40%)

* High level of relevant reading. Most aspects of the question are addressed in depth.

* Applies evidence appropriately to support or refute arguments.

Critical analysis, argument and original content (40%)

* Detailed analysis of the issues. Understands and analyses the


differing points of view, and the implications of these.

* Demonstrates insight into the topic and contributes some original


thought.

Organisation, presentation and referencing (20%)

* Most aspects conform to high academic standards

* Coherent, effectively structured and free of spelling and grammatical errors.

* Most sources are acknowledged with correct referencing style.

Credit (60%-69%)

Content and research skills (40%)

* Adequate level of reading. Many aspects of the question are researched sufficiently.

* Understands most of the theoretical issues and compares evidence in a satisfactory manner.

Critical analysis, argument and original content (40%)

* Analysis of the issues involved and insight into the topic at a basic level.

* Argument shows evidence of some basic understanding of the differing points

Organisation, presentation and referencing (20%)

* Most aspects conform to acceptable academic standards.

* Organization of thought aids the argument. Minor spelling and grammatical errors.

* Most sources are acknowledged, with minor errors in the referencing.

Pass (50-59%)

Content and research skills (40%)

* Question is addressed, but only some aspects are researched adequately.

* Understands some of the theoretical issues but fails to compare the limited evidence provided.

Critical analysis, argument and original content (40%)

* Very limited analysis of the issues.

* Argument shows only a basic understanding of the topic and an awareness of some of the issues involved.

Organisation, presentation and referencing (20%)

* Only some aspects conform to acceptable academic standards.

* Organization of thought allows relatively easy reading. Spelling and grammatical errors.

* Most sources acknowledged, but consistent errors in the referencing.

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Well done, you have completed Module 1. Close this window to return to the CARS unit page.






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