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words. images. artefacts.

Your first assignment is all about reading, writing and speaking–and it offers the opportunity to consider WORDS as a medium for design exploration and expression. While all designers need to know how to use words effectively, there are many types and styles of writing. This project requires that you combine academic research and writing with personal reflection. In both cases you are required to support your position or claim; which means you always need to explain why you think something and it’s  okay to write in first-person.

Guest presentations by Julie (Library) and Xiaodan (Student Learning Support) covered everything you need to know about finding academic sources and turning what you’ve read into a written essay, but you can always find additional support on our resources page.

A few general guidelines:

Each of the required essays is divided into two parts.

The first part (about 2/3) requires you to do research in order to identify what is already known about the topic, and then explain why you agree or disagree.

The second part (about 1/3) requires you to critically reflect on your own opinions and explain why you believe what you do.

Just remember that although you can choose to write on any number of actual topics, you MUST stay focussed by answering the set questions. At this point you should have your brainstorming and/or outline complete, as well as your sources for each argument identified. If you are still unclear about what is expected, be sure to ask in this week’s tutorials.

The submission requirements:

Each essay should be 1250-1500 words, double-spaced, 12-pt font.

1) Please include a title and bibliography for each essay.
2) Please follow the standard academic format of introduction (including a clear thesis statement), body and conclusion.
3) Please use APA style for citations and bibliography.
4) Please proofread carefully for typos, spelling and grammar.
5) Please include your name, the course number, your tutor’s name and the date at the top of the first page.
6) Please include page numbers on all pages and staple the pages together. Please do not use plastic covers.
7) Please email a copy (lastname.essay.pdf) to the Course Coordinator no later than 9am on the due date, and bring a hard copy to lecture.

And that’s it!

This should cover everything you need to know, but if you have any other questions or concerns please email Anne or Catherine by end of day Friday. (Sorry, but we can’t promise to be available over the weekend.)


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