Library Research & Essay Plan

Assessment Item: Library Research & Essay Plan (LREP)
Weighting: 15%. Due Date: Week 6 Thursday April 5, 4pm.
Total length: 500 words (inc. references)

Submission details: Hard copy must be submitted to the Student Hub by the due date
Marking criteria: See below.

The Library Research & Essay Plan (LREP) is designed to help you prepare for your Essay. The LREP is a systematic way to organise your thinking and information gathering on an essay topic. Before writing your essay you are required to do a LREP addressing the items below. Feedback on this assignment will help with your essay.

LREP Guidelines:
In completing this assignment use a report format based on the bolded headings below to structure your content. Use a University assignment coversheet. Please address all of the following:

1. Essay topic:
Write down the essay topic you will research (chosen from the essay topics below).
Note: Students can change essay topics after they submit their LREP if they choose, though this is inadvisable.

2. Starting point: Interpreting the topic
State your starting point for researching the essay topic. How did you interpret the topic? List the key words you used to conduct your library research. (2 marks)

3. Relevant sources of information found:
Provide a list of at least 6 references you found that are relevant to your essay topic. For each source of information:
­ Provide full bibliographic details in alphabetical order (for books, provide: author/s, date, title, publisher & place of publication; for journal articles: author/s, date, article title, journal title, volume number, issue number, first and last page number of article). See the Essay and Referencing Guidelines in Appendix 1 for help (as well as textbook Chapter 24).
­ For each reference, explain in a sentence why you think it will be useful. (6 marks)
Note: The 6 references are included in the word limit. The 6 references exclude your textbook as it is
assumed this will be used; it should be the first place you start to research your essay topic.

4. Provide a brief essay plan:
Based on your research to date, write a brief essay plan for your topic that outlines the content and structure of your essay. Your plan should be outlined as follows:
o Introduction: requires a clear statement about how you intend to answer the question/address the topic and the theoretical perspectives to be used (1 mark)
o Body: should address how your essay will use social theory, use relevant contemporary examples and to make a coherent answer to the essay question (4 marks). You should also give some thought to the logical flow of your material (1 mark)
o Conclusion: a short statement linking your content and argument to the topic (1 mark)
The essay plan should be about 200-250 words and briefly indicate what you plan to cover.
Short grammatical statements in dot points are acceptable (for this assignment only).

5. What still needs to be done? What would you have done differently?
Your LREP is a plan and therefore you are not expected to have all the information at this stage. On further reading and note-taking you may need to revisit your plan or conduct more library research. Provide a brief statement of what your next steps will be to complete the essay (eg information you still need to obtain). Reflect on what you might do differently next time.

49% or less

An unacceptable effort, including non-completion. The student has not
understood the basic principles of the subject matter and/or has been unable to express their understanding in a comprehensible way. Deficient in terms of answering the question, research, referencing and correct presentation (spelling, grammar etc). May include extensive plagiarism.

50% to 64%
The work demonstrates a reasonable attempt to answer the question,
shows some grasp of the basic principles of the subject matter and a basic knowledge of the required readings, is comprehensible, accurate and adequately referenced.

65% to 74%
The work demonstrates a clear understanding of the question, a capacity to integrate research into the discussion, and a critical appreciation of a range of different theoretical perspectives. A deficiency in any of the above may be compensated by evidence of independent thought. The work is coherent and accurate.

75% to 84%
Evidence of substantial additional reading and/or research, and evidence of the ability to generalise from the theoretical content to develop an argument in an informed and original manner. The work is well organised, clearly expressed and shows a capacity for critical analysis.

85% upwards
All of the above, plus a thorough understanding of the subject matter based on substantial additional reading and/or research. The work shows a high level of independent thought, presents informed and insightful discussion of the topic, particularly the theoretical issues involved, and demonstrates a well-developed capacity for critical analysis.

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