You are required to develop an argument and apply critical thinking skills to analyse a range of academic sources in support of your argument.
The QUT cite|write booklet (PDF, 726KB) contains information on critical thinking.
Here are some ways in which you can build your vocabulary: – Subscribe to a ‘word a day’ email (such as this one from Merriam-Webster).
Create a folder in your email account for new word emails, so that you can file each email away and have them all in one place ready to flick through and learn from in an idle moment.
As you read other people’s essays, don’t just take them at face value. Another good source of essays is the broadsheet newspapers.
Read the opinion pieces and dissect how the writer has supported their points with evidence, and again, be critical; note where they’ve left things out to try to persuade you to a particular opinion.
More information on directive words is contained in the QUT cite|write booklet (PDF, 726KB). The most logical way to approach a multi-part assignment is to address each part of the task in the order that it is stated on the assignment task sheet.
The first sentence of each section of the assignment should be a direct response to each part of the task. Examples of this include questions which ask you to discuss, analyse, investigate, explore or review.
In this structure the similarities and/or differences between two or more items, for example, theories or models, are discussed paragraph by paragraph.
Your assignment task may require you to make a recommendation about the suitability of the items you are comparing.