What are the contents of an assignment?

Assignments are meant to reinforce and test students’ understanding and knowledge of the subject, research and writing skills, as well as argument evaluation. They are also designed to equip students  for submission of reports in  work environment. Further, assignments are intended to prepare students for semester examinations. Students are expected to work independently and demonstrate capacity to consult materials outside residential school lectures, and Study Guides. Where it is appropriate, use of personal experience is encouraged. Most important is showing honesty about sources a student uses. Sources of information must be acknowledged appropriately by quoting the author of the works consulted or used.

As a general rule an assignment should contain the following (see “Tutorial Lecture” by Prof B.F Smit, 10/2012, p18)

  • Title
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Definition of key concepts used
  • Discussion/analysis/evaluation of the elements of key concepts
  • Comparison/differentiation of various elements were necessary
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Bibliography

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