Causes of a Poor Academic Career for Some Students

Topics: Writing, Citation, Grammar Pages: 5 (783 words) Published: June 11, 2013
SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN
THE DESIGN SCHOOL
FOUNDATION IN DESIGN

ENGLISH 1 (ENGL 0105)
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Prerequisite: None

SEMESTER: MARCH to AUGUST 2013
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: ESSAY
INDIVIDUAL WORK
TOTAL MARKS - 30%
SUBMISSION DATE: 24TH JUNE 2013

Introduction
This assignment evaluates academic writing skills for a basic 5-paragraph expository essay. It also evaluates the student’s ability to research information to support the arguments proposed in the essay, to cite the sources of information and also to provide a list of references.

Objectives of the Assignment|

The specific objectives for this assignment are:

1. Provide practice in basic 5-paragraph essay writing.
2. Provide instructions in basic referencing skills.
3. Provide basic analytical skills for contemporary essays and reading texts.

Learning Outcomes of the Assignment|

1. Write a well-developed and well-organized 5-paragraph expository essay. 2. Apply correct APA style referencing techniques.

Task- Methodology|

CHOOSE ONE (1) OF THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
1. The number of reality shows have increased tremendously over the last decade. Teenagers in particular are manipulated by these shows. Think about the major effects that reality shows have on young adults and the influences it has on their daily lives.| |

2. What could be the causes of a poor academic career for some students?| |
3. The number of smokers around the world is ever increasing, in spite of the dangers involved. Think about the ways that would be possible for a smoker to stop this habit and then write a process essay to describe the ways that would help him quit smoking. 4. How does a student reduce his or her stress level while coping with the pressures of university life?|

Submission Requirements|

1. You are required to answer only ONE question.
2. Your essay must fall within the range of 600 to 800 words. 3. You must research the topic that you choose and write an essay that is informed by authority. 4. Submissions after 24th June 2013 will not be entertained. 5. The essay must be typed on A4 paper using font style TIMES NEW ROMAN point size 12. 6. Your essay must be submitted with the following:

i. pre-writing
ii. citations within the text supporting your argument (APA referencing format). Kindly refer to Taylors’ Library Portal. iii. a list of references attached at the end of your essay iv. cover page (follow the attached format)

Assessment Criteria|

The assessment for this assignment will be based on

* your demonstrated understanding of the brief.
* the content of the essay—strength of central idea and relevance to the question * clear and coherent organization of ideas and argument
* ability to use scholarly references to support arguments and ideas * grammar and mechanics

Marking Criteria|

Marks shall be distributed as follows:

Essay Content 10
Organization10
Scholarly References 5
Grammar and Mechanics 5
Total30%

24 to 30 %
* has a strong central idea (thesis) that is related to the assignment; * has a clear, logical organization with well developed major points that are supported with concrete and specific evidence; * uses effective transitions between ideas;

* uses appropriate words composing sophisticated sentences; * expresses ideas freshly and vividly;
* and is free of mechanical, grammatical, and spelling errors.

19 to 23%
* has a strong central idea that is related to the assignment; * has a clear, logical organization with developed major points, but the supporting evidence may not be especially vivid or thoughtful; * uses appropriate words accurately, but seldom exhibits an admirable style while the sentences tend to be less sophisticated;...


References: ENGLISH 1 (ENGL0105)
WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: ESSAY
LECTURER: TERESA SENNYAH
SUBMISSION DATE: 24TH JUNE 2013
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