This guidance forms an integral part of the assignment brief and should be studied carefully before commencing.
Word count: The word count should not exceed 2,000 words, excluding title page, headings of any tables or diagrams the reference list. Contents exceeding 2,000 words will not be read and will therefore not contribute to your mark.
Scope: A good piece of work is likely to include the following:
You will find that the concepts studied in lectures, seminars and workshops during the last 4 weeks of the unit are particularly relevant to this assignment. You should assume that your reader is familiar with basic economic concepts.
Structure: There is no fixed structure to the report content, but it must contain:
Do not use appendices, lists of tables and figures, a glossary or a list of abbreviations. Footnotes should be used sparingly, and are not an acceptable substitute for citations in text. Part of the challenge is to present only the key information and write in a concise manner.
Charts and diagrams: These are an essential feature of this assessment, and must be produced by the student using Microsoft Excel. Any diagrams that are copied directly from websites or other published sources will not earn any credit.
Referencing: All sources should be acknowledged, appropriately cited within your work and included in your reference listed, following the conventions of APA 7th edition. For further guidance see. Referencing is required to give intellectual credit to your source, help your reader recover your source easily and to avoid being accused of plagiarism.
Sources: Credible academic sources must be used. The following are examples of sources which are not acceptable, and which will not receive credit:
Formatting: The report must be word processed with a font size of 12 and ‘easy to read’ e.g. calibri, arial, times new roman. Line spacing should be 1.5 with 2.5cm margins all round. The document header must include the student number (Do not include your name).