IT report: approaching the task
When you receive an assignment topic, you need to understand what you are being asked to do. Be aware that your assignment will be assessed in relation to how well it addresses the requirements. Your first step should be to analyse the question.
This analysis will assist you to:
- determine how you should approach the task
- clarify your thoughts on the topic
- provide a starting point for a preliminary plan
- identify what information is appropriate and relevant to the topic
- provide an answer which is relevant to the topic.
Analysing the task
A task usually incorporates three parts. Click on the words below to gain an understanding of their meanings.
Here is an example of a task:
Title: Assignment 1 - Individual Written Report
Write a report (800-1200 words) on an IT article addressing the following topic: Keeping employees’ education level updated with the changing world.
Criteria for assessment are:
- Context setting in the report
- Depth of analysis of the characteristics
- Analysis of the sources used to write the article
- Independent research on the accuracy of the article using external sources
- Organisation of report and quality of writing
- Appropriate citation of sources using the APA style
A marking rubric (PDF, 0.08 MB) is also provided by the lecturer.
What do you think are the:
- Instruction or direction words?
- Content or topic?
- Context or limiting words?
Developing a plan
- Think about the topic
- Make a preliminary plan.
When you have completed this task, look at your ideas. Try to group similar ideas together, and also identify relationships between your ideas: for example, a main idea and a supporting detail. You may also wish to re-arrange your ideas, for example, in order of importance or chronologically.
Refining a plan
- published over the last two years
- informed by a range of sources
- by a range of authors.
- Coverage - This includes the specific points that you want to cover in each section or sub-section
- Sources in use - This may include details of books, articles, websites, and other references that you use to support the points you cover in each section.