Assessment criteria sometimes include marks for the way in which work is presented. Some assessment tasks use templates, so be guided by specific instructions regarding presentation. The following guidelines should be used when you do not receive specific instructions:
Electronic submission: When work is submitted via Turnitin on LMS, a title page is not necessary. Headers and footers can be used to identify the subject, assessment task and student. Unless specifically instructed, do not include the marking rubric (as it will interfere with the similarity report). Rubrics will be embedded in LMS or an electronic copy of the rubric (as a pdf following assessor completion of feedback) will be attached in the Gradebook.
Written work not submitted electronically requires a title page. This should include: your name and student number, subject name and code, name of the assignment, name of your workshop facilitator, date assignment is due, and an accurate word count of your work (excluding reference list).
Set at 1.5 or double spacing. Double line spacing allows sufficient space for the feedback bubble in Turnitin to be located within work at the appropriate point, and still not obscure student work.
Pages should be numbered.
Sans serif fonts (which don't have those little embellishments), are best for web content and screen viewing. A 2002 study by the Software Usability and Research Laboratory concluded that the most legible fonts were Arial, Courier and Verdana.
Font size is dependent on the font used. Standard practice is to use size 11 or 12. A small font is more difficult to read for extended periods, so can be difficult for the assessor, who is likely to be reading a number of pieces of work. If you are going smaller than 12 points, Verdana at 10 points is your best choice.
Always proof-read and edit your work properly before you submit it.
An essay allows you to demonstrate a number of key skills necessary for disciplined and critical thinking in nursing practice. You demonstrate your ability to deconstruct the core components of the essay question, your research skills, and the ability to select appropriate sources of information to inform your thinking. In constructing an essay you demonstrate your ability to bring together diverse knowledge, and present this in a clear and logical way. An essay does not include dot points, lists or headings, although these may be acceptable in reports, and short answer questions.
An effective introduction should restate the essay question in your own words, and provide an overview of what to expect (which is the content covered in the body of the essay).
The body or main section of an essay should follow the outline provided in the introduction:
a topic sentence is used at the beginning of each paragraph. This sentence summarises the purpose and content of the paragraph.
each paragraph is used to present one concept, rather than everything remotely related, and should flow logically from the preceding paragraph
check that each paragraph can be read and understood as if it were read on its own. Then check it clearly contributes to the rest of the essay.
the use of quotes from written sources is generally discouraged, as paraphrasing demonstrates your understanding of the concept being discussed. However there are times when the use of quotes may be necessary, and these should be used sparingly and correctly cited. See paraphrasing and quoting.
citing references provide the evidence to support your thinking. You are encouraged to use multiple references to support a point, as this shows that you are reading widely and not relying on a single perspective. It also demonstrates that you can synthesise knowledge from a variety of sources.
This summarises the main points presented in the body of the essay, and should demonstrate how this content relates to the original essay question. New information should not be included in the conclusion.
The reference list is not included in your word count. Referencing is like learning the road laws, it should become second nature, and can always be checked with the Library referencing tool. if you are unsure. Referencing contributes to developing and demonstrating professional precision and discipline.