This essay should be a critical analysis of, and academic response to, the essay question using existing academic and scholarly literature.
The essay questions are inspired by the lecture programme and tied to individual lectures. This is to help encourage you to have a broader understanding of the topic before attempting the assignment.
The seminars throughout the semester will include opportunities to guide you through the core considerations you will need to address to do well in this assignment, including interpreting the essay questions, approaching the subject literature and formatting the essay. Further help with the different challenges of preparing for and completing this assessment can be found in the Skills Plus resource. Feedback from the Artwork Analysis assignment may also be useful to reflect upon when finalising this submission.
As with the ARTWORK ANALYSIS assessment you are expected to use Harvard referencing to cite the works you engage with in your essay take from your bibliography. You should engage with at least five secondary sources of appropriate scholarly quality in answering your essay.
Please note, essay questions are associated with a week’s lecture. In most case the tutor delivering that material will be marking the associated essay, however, depending on the volume of essays in some cases an alternative tutor will be marking some or all of an essay allocation. Marking is moderated, however, to ensure consistency of grading and feedback.
Don’t see the questions as having specific correct answers, but see them as a way of forming your own, independent argument.
Do choose the question that interests you regard less of whether that lecture has taken place by the time you come to research and write it, as independent research is an important part of this assessment.
As for the Artwork Analysis, search for relevant sources that allow you to think critically about the essay question. Try to form a single core argument that addresses the question, responding to these sources, and avoid your analysis from being too wide-ranging.
Aim for rigorous analysis rather than broad gestures. Try to avoid answering the question by saying you believe something to be the case; instead you should demonstrate your research and articulate why your argument is an appropriate response.
Whatever you write, it is of crucial importance that you keep to the topic as set. This does not mean that you cannot display your knowledge, a major point of essay writing, but it does mean that you must be aware when you are digressing. Keep asking yourself: ‘Is this really relevant?’; ‘Does this really help my argument?’
The purpose of the essay – what central argument are you trying to communicate? Are your points relevant to the topic? Is there some originality to your work?
What you have done, why you have done it, how you did it, and the implications for your findings? Is your argument coherent? Have you made sure your work is legibility and follows the correct procedures for referencing?
Analysis – tell us what you think is important about the information you’ve collected and analysed (both the literature and your own data)
Your essay will need to include:
An Introduction– what the essay is going to do
Avoid tertiary sources (such as encyclopaedias) and user-generated resources (such as Wikipedia).
When writing the essay it may help for to use the PEEL system when writing paragraphs:
P = make a Point: start your paragraph with a clear framing sentence that establishes what your paragraph is going to be about. This should support your essay’s main argument (or else consider whether this paragraph may be superfluous to the work!)
E = show your Evidence/Example: here you should use evidence or an example that helps to validate your point and develop the argument. You could use sources (quotes/paraphrasing) or other researched data here.
E = Explain how your evidence supports your point: next you need to explain exactly how the evidence/example you have provided supports your point. Expand on (unpack) your evidence to ensure that your reader understands why it is there and what you are doing with it.
L = Link to the next paragraph: link the point you’ve made back to your core question/topic. A linking sentence must summarize the paragraph in a sentence or two. It should give the overall essence of the paragraph to your reader and connect with the main point of your essay.
Please include the Essay Question Number in the title of the document you submit for the assessment. For example: Essay6.doc
I have also attached as a separate document a piece of work I have written so you are able to read and match my writing style as much as possible.
I would like to add I would be looking for a mid grade not too high as I want it to match my previous work. A mid or high 2:1 grade.