Assignments can vary from a short 5 minute oral presentation, to a technical report, literature review, or thesis. The type of assignment you are asked to produce has a direct effect on:

  • the amount of information you require
  • the types of sources you require
Your assignment is to You need to
Write an annotated bibliography Conduct a brief review of the literature on your subject
Summarise the information presented by a set number of sources
Show the scope of resource types available
Write an argumentative essay Comprehensively review the literature for disparate opinions and differing ideas
Choose an opinion based in the literature to argue
Build paragraphs around main ideas in the research that support your argument
Write a case study response Comprehensively review the literature for theories, principles and practical examples
Apply and relate information from the literature to your case study
Write a lab report Write up your methodology and findings
Review the literature for theories, principles and practical examples
Apply and relate information from the literature to your observations and findings

To help you decide which sources you will use, check the requirements of your assignment again.

Further information

QUT cite|write contains quick guides on assignment types and how to write in specific genres.