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Lecturers/tutors set different kinds of assignments as part of your course to check what you think, know, understand and/or can do as a result of completing a section of the work or course. As well as understanding what you have to do to complete an assignment, it’s important that you know what the lecturers/tutor is looking for or testing.
Statements of what you are expected to know, understand and/or do on completion of a specific piece of work, are called learning outcomes. They help to explain:
Look for the learning outcomes in your course material. If you’re not sure what the learning outcomes are, ask your lecturer/tutor.
When assignments are graded/marked, you'll be assessed on the content (i.e. your answer), the writing, structure and presentation, and the referencing. Lecturers will also look at the following:
Different subjects have different conventions for written work, and different lecturers/tutors may expect different things of their students. So when you are getting ready to do your assignment check your course material to find out what you need to do.
If you’re still not sure contact your lecturer/tutor.