What Students Should Know About a Coursework

A coursework is carried out by students at the university or middle/high school level that contributes towards their overall rating, but which is assessed separately from their exams. Students often find it difficult to produce an A-plus coursework due to its lofty demands. It would be difficult for the students to try something which they do not have a wide grasp of. On this matter, it is important for students to know first what constitutes such academic requirement before incorporating the necessary research, data gathering and analytical skills they need to produce it.

A coursework contains the following parts that should be structurally organized in this manner:

* Title page – Contains the title of the topic, the name of the student, the professor for whom the paper is to be submitted and date of submission.

* Table of Contents – Contains all the parts of the coursework structured according to the logic of the research and its primary target.

* Introduction – Outlines the intrigue of the topic and explain why the topic has been chosen. It contains the coursework statement or thesis statement which gives a precise viewpoint on the subject.

* Text Main Body – Presents relevant facts about the topic. The body generally consists of three chapters. The first shows the origin of the problem and discusses its theoretical background. The second presents a field research and analysis of the gathered information. This chapter also identifies contradictions and drawbacks. The third suggests solutions to the problem. It is where the student supports his viewpoint with facts and arguments, make generalizations and forecasts.

* Conclusion/Recommendations – Includes the main findings and generalizations and outlines the results of the research. The conclusion can be accompanied with recommendations.

* Endnotes – Contains references and citations of facts, figures, concepts, models, statistical tables and viewpoints used in the main body.

* Bibliography – Provides an alphabetical list of information sources. The list includes recently issued books and articles.

* Appendices – May contain additional graphs, long quotations, statistical tables or juridical documents.

By knowing these pillars, students will have first hand knowledge on what they need to look for when doing a coursework assignment. They would also be able to get an idea on what kind of information will be necessary and gauge how long it will take them to complete such requirement.

Author's Profile:

Pamela Solmes is a professor of Journalism at the University of Alabama since 1999. She has written several scholarly articles about coursework writing and their controversies regarding the help students can receive while doing it. Pamela is also a member of a research team which explores marine life in the Great Barrier Reef.