Description/ focus: Final Essay â€“ Critical discussion of graduate attributes.
Length: 1500-2000 words
Task: for your final assignment, you need to write a 1500-200 word essay in response to question below:
Employees assume that their graduate employees will have attained certain attributes that contribute to citizenship within the workplace. The Charles Darwin University graduates identify social responsibility, communication and teamwork as the skills that make-up â€˜workplace citizenshipâ€™.
Discuss whether social responsibility, communication and team work are important skills in your current workplace. You should discuss why they are important or not and as part of your evidence give examples of how they are used.
* You must support your argument with in-text citations, and paraphrased ideas from credible academic sources
* You must include references from 3 academics sources other than the 3 core readings.
* Whether you choose the core reading or not you must have a minimum of 6 references.
* Reference your supporting research using consistent formatting with in-text citations and c completed reference list at the end of your essay.
* Indicate which standard referencing your are following g(APA, Harvard). While we have used the APA guide in this unit, you can use the system most used in your area of study.
Tips for drafting your final essay
OVERALL ESSAY STRUCTURE
Does it have an orientation? (Usually a re-wording of the orientation provided with the essay question)
Does it have a thesis statement? (This will be the central theme of your whole essay)
Does it have an outline? (A brief outline of how your essay will be structured)
Please note that a good introduction serves as a plan for your essay and is the key to getting a good mark.
Each paragraph should have a topic sentence that connects to and reinforces your thesis. Try not to make your paragraphs too long or too short and remember that you need a new paragraph for each topic.
Your conclusion should begin with â€˜In conclusion, â€¦..â€™ and should restate the thesis. Next you need to summarize what has been argued in the body of the essay.
INCORPORATING EVIDENCE INTO YOU ESSAY
â€¢ Dictionary and encyclopedia definitions, including Wikipedia should be avoided.
â€¢ Professional websites are a good place to start when planning for your essay. Once youâ€™ve got some ideas from these sites, you need to move onto collecting your evidence from books, journals, government publications, and so on. Avoid quoting too often.
â€¢ What you need to develop starting right now are your skills in paraphrasing. You also need to extrapolate from the source material so that it is working for you by directly and obviously supporting your argument.
â€¢ Donâ€™t have it just sit there randomly within your paragraph expecting the reader to make a connection.
â€¢ Remember, itâ€™s your job to link it and synthesize it into your writing by the use of semantic markers (signpost or lining words such as â€œhowever, but, furthermore, in additionâ€¦.)
â€¢ You also need to observe the correct protocols of in-text referencing. In each paragraph, you are making a new point to support your argument and each new point you make needs to be backed up with evidence.
â€¢ Donâ€™t forget you can contact the CDU liaison librarians for more help with references if you get stuck however you must try and work it out yourself first.
REFERENCE LIST ON SEPARATE PAGE
Your reference list should be on a separate page at the end of your essay and should be entitled â€˜Reference Listâ€™. It should be in alphabetical order according to the surname of the first listed author and contain no bullet points or numbering.
EDITING YOUR WORK
You need to read your essay aloud. This way, youâ€™ll find all the little pauses where commas need to go, or the long pauses that may need a full stop and a new sentence. You then need to give it to a friend to read so they can point out any typos, missing words, unfinished sentences or confusing bits.
COVERSHEET AND ASSIGNMENT AS ONE FILE
Donâ€™t forget that your cover sheet must form page one of your assignment and should not be attached as a separate document. Please save your file with your name, not student number only.