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How to interpret my assessment brief

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Types of assessment

Annotated Bibliography

An annotated bibliography is a list of sources (books, articles, documents, etc.), often written in preparation for a larger research project. It includes a full citation for the source, followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The annotation should inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited.

You can find more details about annotated bibliographies here


Blogs and Podcasts

A blog usually involves your personal perspective on a topic or idea, and is written in a more informal, conversational style than other academic work. The purpose of a blog might be either to inform or to persuade the reader.

Find out more about blogs here


Dissertations and major projects are usually the biggest piece of work you complete during your degree, and normally allow for more independent research than other coursework.

You can see more details about dissertations here


To write a great essay, you need to control your ideas to produce a critical discussion that is well-supported with evidence from your reading and focuses on the brief.

You can find more information on essays here.


Exams are a timed type of assessment, and can include answering a series of questions, or producing a longer piece of writing.

More information on exams

Group Project

When working together as a group to complete a project or assignment, keep in mind that not everyone works in the same way or at the same pace, and you may need to find ways to negotiate these issues.

Read more about group work here.

Literature Review

A literature review critically analyses relevant research on a particular topic, and is often used to point out gaps in current knowledge. You may be asked to write a literature review as part of a dissertation/project, or as a separate assignment.

You can learn more about literature reviews here.


Preparing a poster involves careful thought about how you will communicate your research in an accessible and engaging visual form.

You can learn more about designing and presenting posters here.


Presentations help you develop a range of skills in oral and visual communication, and give you the opportunity to gain immediate feedback on your ideas from your interaction with your audience and from the questions they ask.

You can find more tips on preparing and delivering presentations here.


Reflective writing involves an exploration and explanation of an event, integrating personal experience with academic evidence and theory.

Find out more about reflective writing here.

Report (incl. business/consultancy, lab, reflective, project proposal)

Reports are a very common genre of writing at university across many subjects, including the sciences, business and professional degrees.

You can learn about different types of reports here.


When reviewing a piece of academic work, combine a summary of the contents with an evaluation of the author's arguments, and your identification of any bias in their perspective on the topic. It’s also common to include the purpose of the work and the context in which it has been written.

You can see more details here.


Assessment and feedback

Making the most of your Feedback

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