Tasmanian School of Business & Economics

Assignment Guide

University work involves writing. Writing is important not only because it is one of the main methods by which you will be assessed but also because writing is an excellent way of promoting active learning.

Most of the writing tasks you will be given will be designed to make you think carefully about the material you are dealing with and will not usually allow you to regurgitate your knowledge in exactly the form in which you acquired it.

You are expected to demonstrate your mastery of the material by re-formulating it or by applying it in different contexts. So, writing should not be seen as a chore which is important only for assessment purposes: it is a vital part of learning at university.

What follows is not all you need to know in order to write well but it is a good start.

The Essay Writing Process