Topic: “Learning how to write an academic essay is helpful for communicating in the workplace.Discuss this statement in relation to topics one to five.

Based on academic literature, develop an academic essay by using the following process as a guide:

• Brainstorm ideas from your textbook, readings and annotated articles from Assessment Item 1; acknowledge them; organise them in an order or sequence that you choose; know why you chose this order; consider how each idea could be related to student learning (this is the focus of the question).

• Introduction: 10-15% (150-200 words). The broad introduction will aim to focus the reader and to paint a general picture of the topic; the specific introduction will tell the reader WHAT (content) will be covered in this essay, WHY the topic is worthy of discussion (rationale) and HOW (the process) it will be delivered (e.g. discussed; explained; analysed, etc.)

• Body: 70-80%. The body could be divided into four (4) key points, having 200-250 words each which could include interpretations of how ideas presented in your academic sources might be related to student learning and why these ideas are important. Note: this breakdown of words is only an example. You decide according to your plan, ideas writing style, etc.

• Conclusion: 10-15% (150-200 words). Remind the reader of the depth of the argument in the body by revisiting and recapping the main points.

• Reference list. Present your reference list in accordance with the APA referencing style. All resources and authors referred to in-text must appear in your references list.

• Cite a minimum of five (5) academically reputable references, including one taken from your Bretag, et al. (2009) textbook and a minimum of four (4) peer-reviewed journal articles.

Online submission via Turnitin is required for this assignment. Details will be provided by your subject lecturer.

This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

  • be able to locate, paraphrase, summarise and comprehend simple to complex English texts.
  • be able to develop an effective academic argument based on information gained from a range of sources.
  • be able to write in a range of academic formats, following English writing mechanics and appropriate academic referencing styles.

This assessment addresses the following subject learning objectives.

LO1 – Be able to locate, paraphrase, summarise and comprehend simple to complex English texts;
LO2 – Be able to develop an effective academic argument based on information gained from a range of sources;
LO3 – Be able to write in a range of academic formats, following English writing mechanics and appropriate academic referencing styles.

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