1020QBT – Academic and Professional Skills Development for Science and Technology

1020QBT – Academic and Professional Skills Development for Science and Technology

ASSESSMENT TWO– ESSAY

INSTRUCTIONS AND GUIDES FOR STUDENTS

The following is an overview of information for students to guide their completion of the second assessment in 1020QBT.  If a student has any particular questions about their assessment task they should ask their lecturer / tutor in the first instance.

 

TASK OVERVIEW

This task is designed so you can demonstrate your ability to search for and locate quality research articles, analyse these articles and use these to develop an idea or argument.

 

When submitting this assignment you will present a two page planning document AND a 1,200 word analysis of at least five (5) research papers which responds to the question below.

 

Your analysis will answer a particular question based on your discipline area.  Each question has been designed to respond to a particular trend for learning in your field.

 

Discipline field Question
Engineering Discuss how problem-based learning promotes critical thinking in engineering students and why these skills are valued by employers.

 

Information Technology Discuss how pair programming develops a range of skills needed by IT professionals and why these skills are valued by employers.

 

Bioscience / Health Science Discuss why effective verbal communication skills are essential for science / health science professionals and why these skills are valued by employers.

 

 

You have already been provided with a range that may be relevant to your response.  These include the articles that have been used in your student workbook and across the course.

 

You will need to assess the usefulness of these articles to the analysis of your particular question, and then supplement and extend this research by finding other appropriate sources of ideas.  During class time you will be guided around how to do this.

 

You must use the one compulsory article provided on the course site.

 

PLANNING DOCUMENT

 

To ensure that you are supported in your analysis of your articles and to guide your thinking you will be expected to complete a planning document prior to submitting your Essay. Students are required to complete the planning document and present it to the lecturer/tutor during class in Week 7.  A template for this document is provided at the end of this guide.  This document should be part of the file that you submit via Turnitin.

 

STRUCTURE AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS

 

Your essay should be structured with a clear introduction, sequenced and logical paragraphs and conclusion.  You are also expected to reference your response using the APA referencing style.

 

Your lecturer/tutor will provide you with guidance around writing your essay.  However, you should keep in mind the following:

  • Your response must be written using full paragraphs.
  • You must have a clear introduction, body and conclusion in your writing.
  • Present your Essay using one consistent referencing style (APA 6th edition).
  • Show your knowledge of the topic area as it is discussed in the literature.
  • Write in a formal academic style.
  • You need to undertake Secondary Research for the essay.

 

SUBMITTING YOUR ASSIGNMENT

 

Submit the essay along with the planning document to Turnitin in week 8.

 

ALL ASSESSMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO TURN-IT-IN BY MIDNIGHT FRIDAY OF WEEK 8.

Assignments submitted after this time will be considered to be late and will be penalised.

 

Planning Document Template

FOCUS QUESTION: ______________________________________

Author details Year of Pub. Title of Publication Key research questions Key conclusions Gaps or weaknesses in the research Relevance to focus question
             
             
             
             
             

 

Scaffolded Plan

This scaffold is to guide your thinking and analysis.  It should not be used as a direct template for your writing, but as a guide for things to consider.  You can complete this in any way that is supportive of your writing (i.e. dot points, full sentences, diagrams, etc). In parts are prompts to help you think, you do not need to answer these questions.

 

1 Introduction

What will be the structure of your response?

What is your overall argument / position?

 

2 Argument

Topic sentence …

Evidence / Examples

What will support your ideas?

Quotes / References

Purpose

How does this idea link to the others?

3 Argument

Topic sentence …

   
4 Argument

Topic sentence …

   
5 Argument

Topic sentence …

   
6 Conclusion

What are the key messages from your analysis?

What are the links between your arguments and your topic?

 

 

Marking Criteria

Criteria Standard of achievement
Excellent Proficient Competent Poor / Unacceptable
Ability to communicate clearly in writing

(10)

×   Clear and precise paragraph and sentence development

×   Clearly articulated and nuanced argument with links between ideas

×   Clear paragraph and sentence development

×   Clearly articulated argument with links between ideas

×   Evidence of paragraph and sentence development

×   Attempted argument with links between ideas

×   Evidence of paragraph and sentence development

×   Attempted argument with links between ideas

Ability to analyse research papers within a chosen field

(7.5)

×   Provides comprehensive and relevant analysis of the literature as relevant to the topic.

×   Critically analyses the findings from the literature and creates a strong analysis with a clear argument.

×   Provides mostly relevant analysis of the literature topic as relevant to the topic.

×   Critically analyses the key findings from the literature and creates a discussion with some argument.

×   Provides mostly description of the literature as relevant to the topic.

×   Critically analyses the literature but provides little discussion.

 

×   Provides little to no description of the literature and/or no relevance to the topic.

×   Provides limited to no critical analysis of the literature and no discussion.

Knowledge of current debates, arguments and ideas within the student’s particular field

(5)

×   Demonstrates a comprehensive understanding of the particular idea and field

×   Responds comprehensively  to the focus question

×   Demonstrates a broad understanding of the particular idea and field

×   Responds appropriately to the focus question

×   Demonstrates a competent understanding of the particular idea and field

×   Responds mostly appropriately to the focus question

×   Demonstrates a limited understanding of the particular idea and field

×   Limited appropriate response to the focus question

Ability to properly reference, paraphrase and present ideas from multiple sources

(7.5)

 

×   Accurate and appropriate use of referencing

×   Thorough use of a range of sources of information

×   Appropriate, and mostly accurate, use of referencing

×   Competent use of a range of  sources of information

×   Generally an appropriate use of referencing with a number of errors

×   Some use of a range of sources

×   Limited or no use of referencing

×   Limited use of a range of sources

Drafting and Planning

(10)

×   Thorough evidence of planning and drafting of response ×   Broad evidence of planning and drafting of response ×   Some evidence of planning and drafting of response ×   Limited or no evidence of planning and drafting of response

 

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