Research essay PART B – Research Essay Weighting This assignment accounts for 40 % of the assessment in this unit. Date/Week 4 May Monday Time 17:00 Place Via turnitin link (no hard copies please) Format Essay style – structured argument, minimum headings, references 3000 words (not including references) For PART B you will work with the material that you’ve written for your annotated bibliography. (See above for the list of questions.) You will write an essay, that is, an argument that will be written in an essay style. Include: A title Abstract Introduction Other headings as required Conclusion Reference list Learning outcome/s and Graduate Attributes Completing this assignment will help you achieve the following learning outcome/s and ECU Graduate Attributes Assignment instructions For this assignment you are required to demonstrate: • Sound academic skills – writing, referencing. • Clearly state a thesis statement or your position at the end of the first paragraph • Develop a well-structured argument, having critically assessed the body of literature • Include theoretical considerations Your research essay follows on from the work done for your annotated bibliography (ie same topic) Preparation Read and analyse a broad range of law and ethics literature on the topic you have chosen. Expectations You will provide an argument that is based on sound ethical principles/ theory/framework. Marking criteria Students will demonstrate an understanding of: Legal and/or ethical issues and how they apply a scenario or practical situation. Essay writing: include a creative title, abstract and a clear statement of your position at the end of the first paragraph or where appropriate. An integrated argument based on sound ethical principles. Sound written expression. (active not passive writing) Appropriate referencing conventions. ( see below) Word count 3000 words maximum Total marks 40 Date/Week 4 May 2014 17:00 via the specific link that appears of the side panel of BlackBoard. This is a Turnitin link. Assessment details Please read the material contain in this link to remind yourselves of what’s required for an academic research essay. Research Assignment Due: 4 May 2014 17:00 Students may select one topic from the set questions. Marking Criteria will also include: Word Limit Maximum 3000 words References A minimum of 15 references should be used for the research essay. Explore as many of the 15 references as possible for your annotated bibliography. Marking Criteria It is expected that your research essay will be : • Clear and concise, • Well-developed, well-written and well-structured Key Areas that will be assessed. Key Area 1 An abstract of about 100 words outlining your research problem and position Key Area 2 A clear statement as to the aim or purpose of your proposed research appears in the first paragraph. Provide a thesis statement (your position). Key Area 3 Draw on research from public heath, philosophy, criminology, psychology, sociology or other disciplines if appropriate to inform and support your position on ethics. Key Area 4 Level of critical thought. I would like to see evidence that you’ve thought critically about the topic you’ve chosen. Why is the topic important to you and others in society? Key Area 5 Conclusion: does your conclusion draw your argument together? Is it supported by the evidence you have amassed? Key Area 6 Use appropriate referencing. The criteria for assessment of the research assignment: a) Research Research, retrieval and analysis of relevant scholarly sources from the library data bases b) Substance Coherence of conceptual analysis Development of a persuasive argument Evidence to support the claim presented Analytical and critical thinking Understanding of legal and/or ethical position/s c) Presentation Clear written expression avoiding discriminatory language Reference list (not bibliography) Always reference ideas that are not your own Appropriate use of headings (not too many) If you use long (block) quotations you must must indent, use single space and no inverted commas. Length The maximum length for the assignment is 3000 words. The specified length excludes references and the reference list. Words beyond this maximum will be disregarded; neither read nor assessed by the marker. The main reasons for this are to encourage you to write in a clear, concise and efficient manner, and to ensure fairness to other students who have complied with the word limit. Format All assignments must comply with the following requirements as to format: • a completed cover sheet affixed to the front; • be on A4 sized pages; • have margins of 2.5cms on the left and right hand sides, and at the top and bottom, of each sheet; • be printed or typed in type-face not smaller than 12-point Times New Roman and line spacing that is not less than 1.5 spacing; • include footnotes (if used) in type-face not smaller than 10-point Times New Roman and in line spacing that is not less than single line spacing. References Assignments should be accurately referenced as per the ECU Referencing Guide OR the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.), OR the legal referencing system such as Australian Guide to Legal Citation. Submission information Weighting This assignment accounts for 40% of the assessment in this unit. Date/Week 4 May 17:00 Format Title: a creative title that captures the essence of your paper Abstract: maximum 100 words summarising your paper Introduction: What is the purpose of your paper? What is the thesis of your paper? Include a clear statement (thesis statement) at the end of the first paragraph. Two or three appropriate headings throughout your paper Make sure your argument is clear. Each paragraph should be included only if its content is relevant for your paper’s argument. The paragraphs must be well developed ie be structured as short essays with a topic sentence and concluding sentence. Use examples within the paragraphs to support your argument. Conclusion is more than a summary of what you’ve written. Your conclusion has powerful statements drawing together aspects of your position. Demonstrate your academic skills. ie well-structured sentences within well-structured paragraphs. References must be accurate and presented consistently.