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Preparing assignments

Don't be daunted by the prospect of your assignment. There is no single correct way of planning how to write your assignment. However, there are some common principles and if you work your way through the stages described below, you'll be on the right track.

This year I was so busy at work, I just had time to do enough to pass the module.

Try to plan ahead and allow plenty of time to read the assignment booklet and make sure that you understand the question. It might take longer than you expect to finish your first assignment but, like all study skills, it’ll get easier with practice.

Start by thinking about how much effort you can put into writing your assignment. Not all students can 'ace' every assignment, sometimes just doing enough is fine. So, first, decide what you want to achieve and what is realistic for you to achieve.

  • Organise a rough schedule for your work over the whole module and block out some time for completing assignments.
  • Identify potential contingency plans; find the assignments you could drop or do quickly if you had to.
  • Discuss with your tutor what you're hoping to achieve and what you want out of the module.

Read the module assessment guide on your module website to find out:

  1. What elements are involved in assessments. For example, assignmentsinteractive computer-marked-assignments (iCMA)an exam or end-of-module assessment (EMA), or a speaking assignment.
  2. What flexibility exists. For example, some modules apply substitution or offer a choice of questions.

You should read the assessment strategy text for your module carefully (available from the module section of StudentHome) as it tells you what you need to do to pass your module. On most modules, you can estimate your module results by using the assessment calculator at any stage prior to the release of module results. If you have any queries, contact your Student Support Team or email Assessment Processing.

Presenting your assignment

Use your module assessment guide for instructions about how to present your assignment. If you can't find instructions or are unclear on the requirements for your particular module or assignment, you should contact your tutor for support.

If there are no specific instructions about formatting or presentation, you should submit your work in a clear font – such as Arial – in 12 point, using 1.5 or double line spacing and reasonably wide margins (for example, 2.5 cm).

Talk to others

If you have a tutor or study adviser, discuss any concerns about the assignment with them. Many modules have online forums relating to assignments and discussion around relevant subjects is common. So have a look at these before you tackle an assignment but do be wary of discussing your intended approach in too much detail.

Further information on preparing assignments

There are a range of study skills booklets available to students. You'll need to sign in to see them. The Preparing assignments booklet gives you further information on this subject.

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