by Ferdinando Sardella
After assessing the essays from students on several occasions, I concluded that it is necessary to make it clearer what my expectations are for students’ essays. Here, for my course on Modern Hinduism, is the result. Most of it may be useful for other courses at BC.
- Follow the instructions carefully. Answer the questions according to the specified length, that is 2 000 words (plus/minus 10%).
- Write in Times New Roman, 12 pt. font; line spacing = 1.5; set page numbers.
- Write your answers/essay in a Word document file. Name the file as follows: (1) first your student assessment number (the H-number found in your University of Chester profile), (2) the module code of the course (the code beginning with TH or ED), (3) the assignment type (e.g. essay, portfolio, notes).
- For example: H123456_ TH6443_essay
- Write in an academic way: precise, concentrated and organized. Express yourself in your own words and formulations. Be sure to argue for your opinion whenever required. Use at least 3-4 different academic sources or more (essential!). Do not quote from questionable sources such as Wikipedia. Beware of plagiarism! Please provide support for your answers and give examples if necessary. It should be clear who or what you base your arguments on. Provide references in a consistent format.
- Please review your essay before finally submitting it. Strive for good language and good preparation. To fix obvious style and grammatical errors, get another student to read your essay and call attention to these.
- For higher grades you are expected to independently and critically reflect on and problematise the topic that you have selected, using the theoretical literature that you have been given, showing a good degree of understanding of various perspectives and analytical sophistication.