WRIT1002: WRITING AND RHETORIC – ARGUMENTATION Summer Main 2018 Final Essay 40%

Summer Main 2018
Final Essay 40%
Word count: 1500 words
Weighting: 40%
Due date: 11:59pm, 21 February 2018
To be saved on Word (.doc or .docx), must include your name and SID, and must
be submitted via the TURNITIN dropbox on Canvas. It is your responsibility to
recheck to see that the document is attached. If you are not sure if have
submitted it, or experience a system failure, you should immediately email a copy
to the unit coordinator: frances.dilauro@sydney.edu.au
Purpose: The essay is the culmination of the work you have completed
during the semester to demonstrate the way you have met unit outcomes.
Furthermore, it will help you to writing as a process of invention, research, review
and revision.
Your argument
Your final essay should be argumentative. It is essential that you are able to
demonstrate your ability to devise a sound argument, based on the thought
processes represented in the discovery tasks.
What an argument might look like:
• Based on what I have learned about XY and Z, A and B should occur.
• X (a source author) claims Y&Z, but this reasoning is faulty due to …
• The film/TV show/Ad XYZ argues for ABC, but the reasoning is based on
emotion alone.
• The film/TV show/Ad XYZ would have been stronger if …, due to …
• I disagree with Theory X because XYand Z would suggest that there is
more to be considered …
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What an argument is not:
• A summary of a source. For example, “In the article X, Jane Doe
discusses the importance of cross-cultural communication. Her main
points are . . . .”
• Your opinion or commentary alone, without a supporting rationale.
• For example, “I liked the film Crash because it was an interesting look at
contemporary society . . . .”
• A rhetorical analysis of a text. For example “Bob Smith uses pathos, logos,
and ethos in his essay . . . . .”
• A critique of the writing of a source. For example, “The website XYZ lacks
credibility due to all the misspellings and broken links . . . .”
The essay should be supported by sound research and should include a standard
bibliography. This bibliography will not be counted as part of the 1500 word
count and must consist of a minimum of 10 sources, most of which should be
Document: The document must be saved as Word .doc or.docx file.
Spacing: Your essay must be in double spacing.
Margins: The top, bottom, left and right margins should not be less
than 2cm wide.
Question: You must include your question on the first page
Referencing: You MUST choose one style and use it consistently throughout
the essay (in text or in footnotes) and in the bibliography. You may use the
Endnote Program or other referencing software and should indicate at the end of
the essay which style you used.
You must include in-text references or footnotes for all sources used and
include the page numbers from which the information was sourced (even in
the case of a referencing style that does not require you to include page
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If you do not include page numbers on which you found information, you
are not fully disclosing the source and will lose marks.
It is vital that you do this in the case of direct quotes or you will be penalised
according to the University’s Academic Honesty policy.
Assessment Criteria:
The final essay will be marked according to the final criteria:
• Your engagement with the feedback you received from previous tasks.
• The extent of reading and analysis and the extent to which you move
beyond focal texts and issues to deeper research and analysis.
• Accuracy of referencing (see Academic Honesty policy on the Blackboard
site) using an in-text style (APA or MLA) or footnotes (CMS) consistently
and accurately. This includes full and accurate citations in the document as
well as in bibliography/reference list/works cited list. You must state which
referencing style you have used at the end of the document. Page
numbers must be included in all citations that you derived any specific
information from (ie that which is not general knowledge) and especially
in all citations for direct quotes.
• The balance of discovery and argumentation. In other words, we are
looking for what you learned about this topic through the discovery tasks—
and how that has informed the essay’s argument.
• The presence of a clear and sustained argument, complete with an
introduction, a conclusion and a standard bibliography or reference list. In
other words, as a result of what you learned through the discovery tasks,
you should have formed an opinion about your topic, and now you should
be attempting to persuade others to believe a certain way, based on your
thoughts and evidence you have gathered through the annotated
bibliography and literature review.
• The use of an appropriate voice and tone for academic writing.
• Evidence that you have understood the role of rhetoric as the theoretical
underpinning for successful argumentation and writing.
• Adherence to instructions, formatting, editing and proofreading.

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