Academic skills SSCS

Welcome to your academic skills ('how to get a 2:1 or above!' study tool, use it regularly to really help you get the most out of the module and, in the long term, your degree!!

Understanding your assignment remit

What happens if your submission is one minute or more late?

  • just tell your lecturer and they'll take it, it's ok
  • It will be considered late and capped at 40%....no matter how much work you put into it or why it is late
  • Unless you have extenuating circumstances then it will be considered late and capped at 40%
  • none of the above

What kind of issues would count as 'extenuating circumstances'

  • Circumstances beyond your control that have had an impact on your ability to achieve
  • You have had a cold/bug this week and ran out of time to submit
  • A serious illness/death within your close family that has caused you emotional distress and stress in supporting your family
  • Struggled to submit the work online in time
  • Didn't realise that the exam/practical assessment was on that day/time
  • Due to work during the allocated exam/practical assessment time
  • a long term injury/illness, with medical evidence, that has effected your ability to attend class

Referencing

In Harvard referencing what order do the following appear in for a book...

  • Author surname
  • Author first initial
  • Year of publication
  • Title of book, underlined
  • publisher

which is the correct format for the reference an online source in the reference list?

  • BBC news (2006a) Tories call for school bus boost. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/48667.htm - accessed 04/05/2014
  • Tories call for school bus boost, BBC news (2006a) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/48667.htm
  • Tories call for school bus boost, BBC news (2006a) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/48667.htm - accessed 04/05/2014
  • BBC news (2006a) Tories call for school bus boost. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/48667.htm

how should you refer to an online source within your text?

  • Cite the author and the year it was written.
  • Cite the web URL and the year it was accessed
  • Cite the author and the year it was accessed
  • Cite the web URL and the year it was written

quoting an online source

  • When quoting from a larger site where there is no author of the page available use the larger site as the author.
  • When quoting from a larger site where there is no author of the page available use the word Anon. as the author

multiple authors

When referring to a source by more than 2 authors how should you write this WITHIN the text?  I.e. Adams, Jones and Smith have written a book that you wish to source.  You have written it as follows -

Adams,  (2004) give reasons why they consider the Olympic Games to be a financial burden for any hosting city.

using direct quotes - which of the following are true for a direct quote

  • it must have " "
  • it must have a reference
  • If more than one line it must be indented by 1cm on both sides
  • It must have a page number(s)

academic writing

Academic work should be written in 'what person' (unless told otherwise)

  • 3rd
  • 1st

true or false, 'this sentence is written in the 3rd person'

  • It is feasible that authors may support the Brexit plan in time (Jones, 2016)
  • I feel it is correct to state that authors may support the Brexit plan in time (Jones, 2016)
  • We could support the Brexit plan if authors got behind it (Jones, 2016)

which of the following words could be used to start your paragraph where you are EMPHASISING a point?

  • Above all
  • Significantly
  • In particular
  • Equally
  • likewise

which of the following words could be used to start a paragraph where you are CONTRASTING opinions?

  • Whereas
  • however
  • alternatively
  • in addition
  • as with

Which of the following statements contain 'redundant' words?

  • Various differences could include
  • I personally feel that
  • Currently we know that
  • As a consequence we can argue

Academic writing should...

  • have a majority of direct quotes
  • refer to different sources and authors to support all key points
  • Use lots of big words to show your meaning
  • be proofread to ensure that it flows well
  • be well planned to flow well and show a logical discussion/argument
  • Be written in the 2nd person
  • include your own opinions and thoughts (non-reflective pieces of work)