What Makes a Good Assignment?
While assignments will vary depending on the module for which they are prescribed, there are some general criteria, which identify a good piece of work. A good assignment will:
- Clearly analyse and define the problem/issue;
- Indicate an understanding of the relevant theory and concepts underpinning the problem/issue;
- Draw on the relevant literature, show a comprehensive knowledge of this literature and demonstrate an ability to critically evaluate this literature;
- Be able to stand back from the problem/issue and consider it in an objective way;
- Be well written and well presented with a logical flow of arguments and ideas.
- Be properly referenced - APA
In contrast, a poor assignment:
- Does not draw on the relevant literature/theory/concepts;
- Provides a description of the problem/issue rather than an analysis;
- Lacks a theoretical framework;
- Is subjective and fails to take a balanced perspective;
- Is poorly presented with grammatical errors, spelling mistakes is either too long or too short;
- Is poorly planned and consequently confused and difficult to follow;
- Does not answer the question asked;
- Fails to consider a variety of options (either theoretical and/or practical) and jumps to conclusions.