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1.5 Amount of information

Determine your information  needs
1.1 Define your topic
1.2 Increase familiarity with your topic
1.3 Map your ideas
1.4 Types of assignment
* 1.5 Amount of information
1.6 Types of sources
1.7 Types of publications
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Some assignments can be completed by consulting your lecture notes...

... most assignments require more detailed and comprehensive information.

How much is enough?

The question of how much information is required is a matter of judgement.

Refer to the marking and assessment criteria set by your lecturer to ensure you meet the requirements and present an appropriate depth of coverage of your topic. The length, weight, marks, and task should guide the amount of information required.

Some assignment specifications are more detailed than others. For clarification, check with your tutor.

Have you identified the best sources for your information needs?

Example assignment criteria

Assignment 1: Inducements to gamble
Due: Week 7
Weight: 20%
Length: 1000 words
Task: There are many forms of gambling, including casinos, lottery, poker machines and TAB. Write an essay which discusses the practice of offering inducements to encourage people to gamble. Examples of possible inducements include: free alchohol, free food, free accommodation, free chips or tokens, increased jackpots. Apply two ethical theories to explore whether these practices are ethical.

Marking criteria
Criterion Description Marks
Content Addresses the question 30
Use of information 20
Synthesis of ideas 20
Justification of conclusions 15
Presentation Spelling, grammar, flow of ideas, correct citations and referencing, appropriate use of tables, figures and charts 15
Assessment criteria
Criterion Performance
1 2 3 4 5
Use of information No information cited.
Some information cited. Cited information is not always relevant. Reading is limited to information supplied by lecturer. Information cited covers some crucial arguments and points of view. Evidence of additional reading. Information cited covers most crucial arguments and points of view. Evidence of wide reading. Information cited covers all crucial arguments and points of view.


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