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UIDE TO
RITING
SSIGNMENTS

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GUIDE TO WRITING ASSIGNMENTS
Third edition
UTS:
BUSINESS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
This third edition of the Guide to Writing Assignments owes a great deal to its predecessor edition which was the result of collaborations between the Faculty of Business and other groups at UTS including staff of the UTS Libraries, the Faculty of Law and the ELSSA Centre. Many staff from within the Faculty of Business have contributed to ongoing development of the Guide.

Third Edition prepared by Carolyn Webb, Consultant in Higher Education Learning and Teaching Printed by the UTS Printing Service, Ultimo for the Faculty of Business Distributed by the University Co-op Bookshop, UTS Branches at Ultimo and Kuring-gai Campuses © Copyright 2010, Faculty of Business, University of Technology Sydney

FOREWORD

We are very pleased to introduce the third edition of the Guide to Writing Assignments in the Faculty of Business. Research and written communication skills are required competencies of all students in our Faculty and at all levels of study, and the Faculty is committed to encouraging and supporting students’ development of communication competence as an integral part of their learning. We are equally committed to ensuring our students graduate with a high level of communication competence as part of their attainment of the core graduate attributes, equipping them to be work-ready. This Guide is an important element in that commitment.

The Guide is intended to assist students, particularly those in undergraduate and postgraduate coursework programs, when preparing their written assignments. This third edition is a substantial revision with a new structure, and incorporating many more examples of writing to illustrate the key characteristics of written assignments in Business. It is packed with information, ideas and advice, much of it based on feedback from users of the previous edition. We hope you will see this Guide as your indispensable companion during your studies.

The Faculty welcomes suggestions on the Guide. Comments should be addressed to: Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning)
Teaching and Learning Centre
Faculty of Business
UTS PO Box 123
Broadway, NSW 2007.
We commend the Guide to you and wish you every success in your studies at UTS. Professor Roy Green
Dean of UTS:Business
Professor Tracy Taylor
Deputy Dean of UTS:Business
Associate Professor Chris Bajada
Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) and Director, Undergraduate Programs

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.

INTRODUCTION __________________________________________ 1

2.

WRITING IN THE FACULTY OF BUSINESS ______________________ 2
THE ROLE OF WRITING: Why is writing so important? __________________________________ 2 ASSESSMENT: How is your written work assessed? ____________________________________ 3 COMMON PROBLEMS: What are students’ most common writing problems? _______________ 5

3.

THE SCHOLARLY ETHIC IN ALL ACADEMIC WRITING _____________ 7
LEARNING FROM SCHOLARLY LITERATURE: Why is the literature so important? _____________ 7 HAVING ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: What does academic integrity mean? _____________________ 7 ACNOWLEDGING OTHER PEOPLE’S IDEAS: What is plagiarism? __________________________ 8 BEING ORIGINAL: Do I have to be original in what I write? _______________________________ 9 HAVING A CRITICAL PERSPECTIVE: Do I have to be critical in the way I write? ______________ 11 BEING AWARE OF DIVERSITY: How can my writing reflect respect for diversity? ____________ 11

4.

THE STRUCTURES OF WRITTEN ASSIGNMENTS ________________ 14
STRUCTURAL ELEMENTS: What are the elements of written assignments? ________________ 14  A TITLE FOR YOUR WORK __________________________________________ 15 ...
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