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SEB104 Research Essay (45%)

YOUR TASK: Research Essay (50%)

Please consult the Assignments section in Canvas for detailed information on how to complete the Research Essay.

What is an essay?

Essays at university need to respond to a question by developing an argument which is based on evidence and critical reasoning. Regardless of type or purpose, all essays are structured the same way. There are three essential sections to an essay:

  1. A clear introduction with a thesis statement (an answer to the question or a response to the task) and a well-defined structure
  2. Logically structured body paragraphs which include supporting evidence from academic sources. This is the bulk of the paper and includes all details, explanations, and examples.
  3. A clear conclusion which restates your topic and summarizes your essay and thesis. There should be no new information being introduced in the conclusion.

Why do we write essays?

Essays are used as assessment at University to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of a topic. They are also useful tools to promote thinking and learning. You are required to develop an argument and apply critical thinking skills to analyse a range of academic sources in support of your argument.

Understanding and planning the task

Work through Module 1 of Study Smart to refresh your knowledge on:

  • Understanding assignment task sheets and criteria sheets
  • Analysing an assignment question
  • Mapping your ideas