I put details of referencing in the page on referencing and integrity. Please click here.
Q: So how many words/pages is that?
This is a really handy on-line resource: it converts number of words to the number of pages (and vice-versa) so you know how much you need to write. Just tell it your chosen font, font size and line spacing choices: http://wordstopages.com
Q: How strict is the word limit? A: Very! I will stop reading after the required length and grade your paper based on what I've read. Part of the skill of writing is being able to say what you mean concisely. You are required to count your words and note this on your cover sheet. Across a semester I can mark over 900 individual pieces of work - I get very good at noticing essays that are too long or too short.
Q: Are references included in the page count for your assignments? A: No. (Unless specified otherwise in the assessment description)
Q: Is information in tables and figures included in the word count? A: Yes. If your table is using an enormous amount of words then there are two important questions: is your table is needed in the main text or would work better as an appendix? Is it overly complex and can it be simplified?
Q: So what's actually included in the word count?I know it says 3000 words and with 10% that's 3300 words - but if I go to 3301 does that matter? A: Aaargghhh! For the bext response to this answer see the attached essay, "The Tao of Word Count".
Q: Is it oK for us to write our essay in the first person for instance.."I will discuss..." instead of "This essay will..."? A: I have no preference - either is fine as long as the essay is scholarly and you are consistent.
Q: How do I format my work?
Use standard margins: 2.5 cm is fine.
12 point font PLEASE.
1.5 or double spacing please.
Use a clear font: Times New Roman, Arial or Cambria are all good choices. Mistral, French Antique, or Zapf Wingbats are not.
Submit as a "Word" document.
Q: Why do we have to double (or 1.5) space our work?
1. Because it gives us space around your words to provide useful feedback and make suggestions for improvement. 2. It's good academic practice and training: when you submit an article to a journal or a draft report to your boss, they will often request it in double space. It's a good habit to get into. 3. Some students insist on single spacing their work on the mistaken assumption that we won't notice your work is drastically over length. We notice. 4. Many of the academics you will meet will be over the age of 40. At this time Presbyopia, a decline in the ability to focus due to the hardening of the lenses in the eyes, may become more noticeable, making it more difficult to see while reading or doing close work. White space can help the eyes to focus. 5. It is common sense: anything you can do to make something easier to read is going to put your marker in a better mood!
Q: Can I use pictures in my work?
Q: Can I use diagrams, pictures, maps or models? A: Yes: anything that helps you to tell your story, as long as it makes sense to the reader. Please make sure you label diagrams correctly (See a style guide for information on this).
Q: Can I use abbreviations?
Q: Can we use the short form "CD" instead of typing out "Community Development" in our assignment? (Considering it is going to be typed out multiple times throughout the essay).
A: As per the instruction on the ECP please submit your work as a word file (and not as a PDF). If this is not possible please contact me prior to assignment submission to explain your difficulty.
Q: What's your position on headings and sub-headings?
Q: Can I use headings and sub-headings in my asessment pieces? A: Yes. But remember you still need to link sections.
Q: Do I have to use headings or sub-headings? A: No. Headings are optional. But students can find them helpful in structuring their work. It's up to you.
Q: Can I attach appendices?
Q: Can I attach diagrams, pictures, documents, maps or models as an appendix? A: Yes: to most of this. I would discourage attaching documents. I won't have time to read them. I just came across a great quote about appendices that says:
a written appendix works in much the same way as an appendix in the human digestive system - remove it, and the body will still function perfectly well without it. A written text must also function independently of its appendix. The central topic must be addressed within the main body of the text and all supporting arguments must not depend on material located in the appendix. The purpose behind writing an appendix is not to create a place for information that cannot be conveniently accommodated in the main text.
The main text should always be complete in itself and the central argument be supported within the main text, as if the appendix were not there at all. This is because readers - depending on their needs - may never consult the appendix. For readers that do access the appendix, information for further exploration of the topic or detailed analysis of procedures or other related information should be easily accessible.
Q: So do appendices count in the word count? A: No. But please note that an appendix is not a way of avoiding the word count. I may or may not read your appendix. As stated above, your essay should be complete without it.
Q: Can I use non-English documents?
Q: I have some great sources in my own language which are relevant to the assessment - can I use them?
A. Of course, but there is a requirement: you need to provide an English translation of your reference in your reference list (just write the details in English next to the reference) so that I can assess the appropriateness of your source and get a sense of the resources you have drawn upon. Any quotes you use in the text of your essay need to be translated into English.