Guidance for the Assignment, which is individual work, and the format in which it is required to be presented, as a project report, will be provided in the Seminar in week 2 of the module. Further guidance will be provided in later lectures and seminars but it is
essential that you attend the briefing seminar so that you will fully understand the requirements of the assignment. This year’s assignment will be based on the South Wales Metro project.
South Wales Metro project: Therefore the report needs to convey the relevance of the study, its findings and recommendations to the company and/or wider society. Costings and timeframes may also be required.
Key Marking criteria will include:
As well as being written in the required format which will be set out in the seminar in the second week of teaching, in order to be considered competent your assignment must satisfy these criteria;
(a) is written in clear, grammatical English, spelt correctly and appropriately punctuated.
(b) is written in language and in a style appropriate to the circumstances. (eg, where
appropriate, impersonally, without the use of “I”, “you” etc.
(a) it is properly and neatly laid out
(b) it is divided into an appropriate number of paragraphs
(c) it makes appropriate use of subheadings
(d) it deals with relevant issues in an appropriate order
(e) it sets out any conclusions clearly and prominently
(f) it is of suitable length
(i) identifies and addresses the issues and facts
(ii) does not address immaterial issues and facts
(iii) is based on a sound understanding and application of the relevant study material .
(i) where called for, expresses sound and justifiable conclusions
(ii) expresses a definite conclusion where appropriate, but not when not
(iii) answers all the problem set
(i) is based on a sound understanding of the principles of the study material
(ii) is justified by sound reasoning
(iii) identifies and asks where further information is needed
(a) is written in an appropriate style and language
(b) is precise and unambiguous
Full academic referencing using the Harvard APA (7th Edition) referencing style should be used throughout the assignment.
To gain higher marks students are required to show analysis and reflection rather than simple description. You should use multiple sources of academic literature to frame and justify their analysis. All sources should be correctly identified – students are reminded the University enforces strict penalties for plagiarism (up to and including withdrawal from the University).
Correct English spelling and grammar should be used at all times. Students who have been formally diagnosed with specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and assessed by the Disability Office should indicate ‘SpLD’ on the Student Declaration form included with their coursework submission.
Notes on Style and Word Count
Assignments are a critical part of the learning experience and development for scholars at Swansea University. Practice will pay dividends when it comes to honing your skills in report and essay writing. Students are therefore encouraged to submit the highest quality work they can to reach their maximum potential. Students with concerns about how to present their work can consult with the Module Co-ordinator for guidance in addition to the notes listed below:
The maximum word limit for the main assignment (excluding tables, contents page, footnotes, charts, graphs, figures but including in-text references) is 2500 words. The word count must be stated in the assignment cover sheet. Further details will be provided in the briefing seminar in the second week of teaching.
Markers will stop marking once the word count [or time limit] limit has been reached, likely leading to a reduced overall mark as key arguments or conclusions will not be included in the marked work.