This activity is designed to familiarise you with module learning outcomes and assessment criteria for your task, before you start planning. You will need to access the module learning outcomes and assessment criteria to fully understand what you are being asked to do.
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Module learning outcomes outline the knowledge, skills and understanding you will gain by completing the module.
The activity below gets you to look up and consider your own module learning outcomes.
The assessment criteria will outline the knowledge, skills and understanding you will need to demonstrate in a particular assessment.
This might include:
Critical analysis and evaluation
Practical or technical skills
Application of knowledge to professional practice and settings
These may be weighted, so that some carry more marks than others in an assessment so you will need to take this into account when planning and writing your essay.
These may be on the department website, VLE or accessed through the module catalogue:
What are the main learning outcomes for the module?
What criteria will you be assessed against?
You will need to make sure your response addresses the criteria. Keep the criteria to hand as you start planning, and through the writing and drafting process, so that you can ensure that you are covering the key assessment requirements.
Make a list of the things you will need to do and the order in which you will do them.
Typical stages are:
Researching the topic: work out what information you need and where to source material - from lectures, seminars and reading
Creating an initial plan for your essay
Drafting – writing the introduction, main body, conclusion and bibliography
Editing and redrafting
Proofreading your work
Finalising work for submission
Analyse the question
Write down your essay deadline and work backwards from this to plan in the different stages
Allow extra time along the way in case one stage takes longer than you planned for
Allow extra time in the writing stage - having breaks between writing sections or drafts can help you when you come to reviewing your work
There are some useful online planning tools to help you with this task on our time management Skills Guide:
Now create an action or study plan for your next assignment, to help you break the different tasks down and make sure you stay on track.