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The Science essay

For an essay you will be expected to read widely about the topic, select the best references and then write a careful critical analysis. Your essay should introduce the topic, discuss it, and lead to a logical conclusion. The essay should have a title page, introduction, body with appropriate section headings, conclusion and list of references.

Section Description
Title Page + ID details
  • displays your name and student ID number
  • states what the essay is about. Sometimes the title may be provided by your lecturer.
  • places the question in its scientific context
  • gives the minimum necessary background for the topic
  • states the argument or proposition
  • sets out the interpretation of the topic
  • defines important technical terms
  • outlines how you intend to approach the topic
Body - various sections
  • provides appropriate section headings
  • makes clear the logical development of the subject matter
  • states what led you to your point of view
  • uses relevant information to support the argument
  • uses figures and tables to support the text
  • references all sources of information including tables and figures
  • numbers and labels all tables and figures used.
  • provides a brief restatement of the purpose of the essay
  • summarises the main points made in the body of the essay
  • states your conclusions clearly and concisely
  • sets out your reasons for your conclusions
  • indicates suggestions for future research if appropriate
List of References
  • lists all references cited in the text.
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