THE COVER PAGE
Students may design their own cover page (selection of different fonts, addition of graphics etc.) . However, the minimum information that must be on your cover page is shown below. An assignment without the plagiarism statement will not be accepted. (You may copy the required information from the box below by highlighting the text and copy and paste it into your document.)
Tells the reader what the assignment is going to be about.
· Provides the reader with the necessary background for what is to follow (i.e. a set of signposts).
the reader what the paper is about.
CONCLUSION or RECOMMENDATION· Reminds the reader what the paper has been about.
· Should be precise and straightforward.
· Make sure your argument in the body of the assignment supports your conclusion.
REPORT PRESENTATION – KEY ELEMENTS:
PRESENTATION – WHAT ELSE IS IMPORTANT?
Text should be word processed rather than handwritten.
· Leave an adequate margin (left 3 cm and right 2 cm)
· Write on only one side of the page.
· Always keep a hard copy of your paper.
· Check spelling, grammar and punctuation before submitting.
· Provide proper referencing using an approved academic style.
· Use direct quotations sparingly.
· Use your own words as far as is possible.
· Write in third person past tense (e.g. ‘It has been said that…).
Every assignment must have attached an Assignment Attachment Form and a Cover Sheet including a Plagiarism Statement with the student signature as shown above.
Assignments to be handed in as loose paper collection stapled together at the top left corner. The assignment should be presented as a technical report. It must consist of a cover sheet, content page, and should have an introduction, a body, a conclusion or recommendation, and a reference page.
Do not forget to number the pages. Any embellishment, fancy fonts and borders should be avoided. (Your report is a technical document and not a selling brochure that needs to catch the attention of the reader.)
Include photos, diagrams sketches, tables etc., and do not forget to refer to them in your text. Avoid cutting and pasting photocopies, as presentation will be part of the assessment.
Do your research, and then write up a draft. Before you write your final assignment, you may discuss your draft with your class lecturer to clear up any problems you may have encountered. Make sure your final assignment is ready by the due date.
If you have difficulties or are unfamiliar with report writing, contact the Learning Resource Centre where you will find numerous textbooks about report writing.
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