Assessment item 3
Due date: 28-Mar-2018
Return date: 20-Apr-2018
Submission method options
Journal Entry. The Journal function in Interact2 must be used. External journal sites are not permitted. If your country geo-blocks the Interact2 website or your circumstance prevents you from accessing the Internet (eg. due to a disability or if you are in a correctional centre), please contact your lecturer immediately. If it is an office/organisation firewall preventing access, you must find an alternative Internet access point to complete this task.
Warning: Entering or editing data in this journal entry after 23:59 hours on 28 March will result in deduction of marks (as specified in Penalties for Late Submission).
You will now write your full report section by section. It is advised that you write in the Interact2 journal itself rather than a word processor. This is to prevent errors in formatting or missed out sections when copying and pasting. Please do not submit an attached document (eg. DOCX, DOC, PDF, etc) to the journal entry. Refer to the marking criteria below for each section.
This report must be similar to the “preparation” done in Assignment 2. This is the fully written out report format. Provide a title for your report
Section Checklist: The title must be narrow and focussed. You might want to review this title after you have finished the entire report. The title should give the reader a good idea of what to expect in your report.
Section Checklist: About 170-200 words. Clear introduction of topic. Correct use of third person writing. No references or quotes.
Body of Report
Section Checklist: About 700-800 words. Statements made must be backed up by literature. Paraphrase or quote correctly to style. Do not write in dot (or numbered) points. Use third person writing. Arguments ‘for’ and ‘against’ to be included to give a balanced outlook of the topic Use of at least 3 journal papers plus other sources. Use one direct long quote [indented quote].
Recommendations to be made
Section Checklist: About 350-400 words. At least 3 recommendations from being informed by literature. Clear and concise. Do not introduce new topics/issues. Do not write in dot (or numbered) points. Correct use of third person writing.
Section Checklist: About 170-200 words. Concluding the entire report only. No new material (or thoughts) to be introduced here. No quotes or references. Correct use of third person writing.
Section Checklist: Use of APA 6th edition only. Watch out for punctuation, indentation, capitals, etc in your reference list. Use the link in the Interact2 tab to check every entry.
The tasks in this assignment relates to Learning Outcome 3:
• Be able to practise, develop, refine and demonstrate written language skills so students are able to write clearly, correctly and concisely.
1. Provision of Title 2. Introduction 3. Body of Report – used paraphrasing and one direct long quote 4. Recommendations 5. Conclusion 6. Reference List
Written Expression and Structure
The report is written with clarity and demonstrates a sophisticated control of written expression with no errors in punctuation, grammar or spelling. The report structure is applied correctly with title, introduction, body, recommendations and conclusion. Report structure is logical, coherent and persuasive. Adherence to correct paragraph structure throughout Correct word limit applied.
Written expression shows organisation and flow of argument. The report structure is applied correctly with title, introduction, body, recommendations and conclusion Correct word limit applied. Identifies and explores one idea per paragraph
There are minor errors relating to writing structure, in spelling, punctuation and grammar. Uses formal written expression in the third person consistently. Identifies and explores one idea per paragraph The report structure is applied correctly with title, introduction, body, recommendations and conclusion. Word limit adhered to.
Uses formal written expression with fewer than 6 instances of slang, contractions, spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Mostly uses full sentences in third person. Generally identifies and explores one idea per paragraph with some inconsistencies. Some lack of cohesion The report structure is applied with title, introduction, body, recommendations and conclusion. Word limit applied
There are serious errors. Informal or inappropriate written expression is evident and there are more than 6 instances of slang, contractions, spelling, punctuation or grammatical errors. Paragraphs are unfocused, too long or too short, or links between paragraphs are undeveloped Hasn’t applied to the word limit. The report structure is not applied correctly
Content and analysis
Demonstrates evidence of precise engagement with the topic and draws from literature beyond the readings to support ideas and justifications. Content is relevant to the topic Arguments provide deep analysis and a balanced outlook of the topic.
Draws from literature beyond the readings to support justifications Content is relevant to the topic Makes connections between the concepts and predominant ideas. Arguments discussed and supported by references
Assignment well informed by the readings. Makes connections between the concepts and predominant ideas. Evidence of analysis using ideas and principles Arguments discussed
Content is generally accurate and supported. There are fewer than 3 instances of unsupported assertions and/or inaccuracies. Descriptive narrative with some discussion using ideas and principles
Content is not supported; there are more than three instances of unsupported assertions and/or inaccuracies Unfamiliar with concepts relevant to the discussion No evidence of research Descriptive narrative and includes frequent unsupported facts and opinions.
Referencing and bibliography
At least 3 required readings and 3 self-located readings are cited and referenced. Seamlessly integrates citations and referencing into the writing to convey meaning clearly, coherently and persuasively. Uses the APA (6th ed.) reference system. No errors in online attribution and referencing. Judgment is shown in the choice of reliable, relevant, academic sources of information No references older than 3 years Reference List presented in correct APA 6th format.
At least 3 required readings and 3 self-located readings are cited and referenced. Incorporates source material and citations effectively to support arguments. Uses the APA (6th ed.) reference system without error. Few errors in online attribution and referencing. Judgment is shown in the choice of reliable, relevant, academic sources of information No references older than 3 years Reference List presented in correct APA 6th format.
At least 3 required readings and 3 self-located readings are cited and referenced. There are no imprecise or unsupported statements or generalisations. Uses the APA (6th ed.) reference system Infrequent errors and minor omissions in online attribution and referencing Judgment is shown in the choice of reliable, relevant sources of information Some references may be older than 3 years Reference List presented in correct APA 6th format.
At least 3 required readings and 3 self-located readings are cited and referenced. Uses the APA (6th ed.) referencing system; there may be some errors however there is consistency in approach. All task requirements have been met and submitted. May have errors in attribution and/or omissions in reference list. Reference List presented in correct APA 6th format with occasional errors.
Less than 3 journal articles used Cites and references fewer than 6 required readings. Does not include at least 3 self-located references, or uses inappropriate texts. Does not use APA (6th ed.) referencing. Referencing style is inconsistent showing a lack of understanding of its purpose. There is evidence of unacknowledged sources or plagiarism. Does not meet or is missing one or more task requirement. Many errors and omissions in attribution and Reference List.
After you “Create Journal Entry”, please click “Post Entry” You are given full editing rights even after you post – including the ability to delete that Post. It will also enable the lecturer/marker to provide assistance to you prior to deadline. If you “Save Entry as Draft”, only you can see it and in the past, many students forgot to click on “Post Entry” which means you have not submitted your assignment at all when the deadline has passed. ALERT: Some students prefer to cut-and-paste from a word processor, and depending on their settings, this may cause formatting problems later.
Journal Presentation Formatting Requirements: 1. Journal space on Interact2 presentation text width between 85-95 characters including spaces. 2. Font types and sizes consistent (use Arial 12pt) throughout and paragraphs well formed. 3. Submit answers to all work in one single journal entry. 4. No attachments to journal entry allowed. 5. Avoid using dot points, bulleted points, numbered points in your work. Lists do not display your understanding of the subject matter and may even appear disjointed to the reader/marker. 6. Meet word limits in each question (allowance of +/- 5%). Table of contents are not required. Reference List is not included in the word count. (Failure to follow all the above rules, [eg. if you do not meet word limit for one question but meet for the others] this is considered as not meeting word limit for all: no partial mark allocated.) 7. Use either UK spelling or USA spelling but do not mix both. 8. All work presented should be carefully proofed, so that spelling and typographical errors are corrected. 9. All language used should not be sexist. 10. If acronyms and jargon are used, please explain them in the first instance, then use the abbreviated form in the rest of the report. 11. Appendices are not to be used. 12. Use of headings and sub-headings can be used for clarity. 13. It is important to get the balance right between the citing of referenced material and your own interpretation and ideas. When using your own thoughts and ideas, you can signal the reader by using words and phrases such as ‘it can be argued that…”, “it is evident that…” and “it seems as though…” 14. Writing in the third person is expected in all pieces of work. 15. Do not submit multiple copies (or versions) of your work. If you do, the marker will only pick the one with the lowest mark awarded. You have full editing rights, kindly remove all unnecessary material before date due. 16. All dates/times mentioned and used are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (or Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time) or Sydney time.
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