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Essays, reports and dissertations

Much of the work you will be asked to do at University is written. Written work is not only a way of communicating your understanding of a topic, but can also be a learning process in itself, prompting you to think about how to organise your knowledge and find new connections.

In this section you will find resources to help you develop your practices in different types of written assignment.

Understanding marking criteria

Video tutorial: Understanding marking criteria

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