Planning your assignment

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Planning your assignment

Analyse the topic

  • What is the purpose of the task/topic?
  • What is it asking?

Brainstorm the topic

  • What do I already know?
  • What have I read?
  • What ideas/questions do I want to research?
  • Who are the key authors on my topic?

Plan your time

  • Work back from the due date to plan time for research, drafts and editing.
  • Take time to account for other work due

Construct a rough plan

  • What are my main points?
  • What other ideas are worth including?

Preliminary research

  • Revise with lecture notes and prescribed or recommended text books.

Begin researching

  • Keep your topic in mind.
  • Focus your research on relevant journal articles and texts.
  • Record your findings.

Revise your plan

  • Consider the relationships between your ideas.
  • Select key points.

Start writing

  • Keep your topic in mind when writing.
  • Follow formatting requirements.
  • Check for grammar, coherence, flow.
  • Follow relevant citation style.


  • Submit your assignment.