Preparing a Plan For Writing or Presenting

Assignment writing involves a process. Often the best results will occur when you approach it as a series of steps.

 

An assignment scaffold can also be a useful way to organise your ideas and guide your reading and writing. Here are two examples of assignment scaffolds, one for the Conflict Resolution Unit (Counselling/Psychology), and one for the Drugs And Crime Unit (Criminology & Justice). A blank 'Assessment Scaffold' (Word document) can be downloaded below.

Conflict Resolution (Reflective Essay)

Section

Info for each section (dot points)

Words

Introduction

• Info about topic - conflict and conflict resolution

• Main points - analysing two conflicts in terms of 'x', 'y', and 'z'

• Thesis statement - Conflict skills are...

150

Conflict 1: Summary

• Summary of conflict with work colleague

• Stages of conflict - link to Eunson (2007)

150

Conflict 1: Managing

• My conflict style/approach - collaborative? competitive?

• Link to Kriesberg & Dayton (2012) - conflict can be 'good' if approached and managed correctly

150

Conflict 1: Use of Skills

• Active listening

• Negotiation - link to conflict outcome

• Link to Smith (2001) - article on win-win approach

150
Conflict 1: Areas for improvement

• Better active listening and empathy

• Use less confrontational approach

150
Conflict 2: Summary • Summary of conflict with partner 200
Conflict 2: Managing • My conflict style 150
Conflict 2: Use of Skills

• Assertiveness

• Containing/managing emotions

• Link to Jones (2012) - paper on flow behaviour

150
Conflict 2: Areas for improvement • Improve and practice my assertiveness skills 150
Conclusion

• Summary of main points:

       • The two conflicts

       • My strengths & areas for improvement

       • Why conflict is necessary and why skills should be developed

• Restate thesis statement

• Final comments

150

 

Drugs And Crime (Report)

Section Info for each section (dot points) Words
Introduction

• Background of war on drugs

• Signpost 'war' failed to reduce - rate of drug use, availability of drugs, burden on prison system

• Thesis statement - Increased harm reduction and decriminalisation strategies are more effective methods to combat drug use and addiction

200
Section 1: The war on drugs

• Brief explanation and context

• Facts to support 'war'

300
Section 2: Rate of drug use

The war on drugs has failed to reduce the rate of drug use

• Evidence/examples to support statement

300
Section 3: Availability of drugs

The war on drugs has failed to reduce the availability of drugs

• Evidence/examples to support statement

300
Section 4: Burden on the prison system

The war on drugs has failed to reduce the burden on the prison system

• Evidence/examples to support statement

300
Section 5: Harm reduction and decriminalisation

Increased harm reduction and decriminalisation strategies are more effective methods to combat drug use and addiction

• Evidence/examples to support statement

300
Conclusion

• Summary of main points

• Restate thesis statement

• Final comments

200