What are the important things
What are the important things that should be included in a particular project or assignment?
Here are the main elements of a project or assignment.
-The research question: What are you writing about/ studying? This should be a concise and clear thesis statement.
-The introduction: should include all the key concepts and relevant definitions. This is also where you give the contextual background to lay a foundation for what you’re about to say. In other words, this is where you will briefly define the scope of your research.
-The literature review: an overview of what other researchers have said on the topic. This is to help you streamline your argument into a familiar, and existing debate. This section can be brief, or unnecessary for an assignment, and elaborate for a project.
-Research methodology: in case you’re using statistical methods, or collecting data, you will need to specify the different instruments (questionnaires and such), and the methods used.
-Streamlining the argument: this is the most significant element of a project- to gather, asses and organise all the relevant information and concepts in the most relevant way, that suits your specific purpose. For instance, if you are speaking about the black lesbian experience, you will have to focus everything on this. Say you’re reviewing a researcher’s work on black women on TV, to use it in your research. You will have to streamline it so that only the relevant aspects stand out. You can’t give lengthy explanations of every conclusion or implication that the researcher has drawn.
-Quotes and Citation: make sure that any ideas or quotes borrowed are properly attributed to the originators/ authors, in the stipulated citation style.
-Conclusion: offer a coherent conclusion that picks up all the stray arguments that you have made in the course of your assignment, and finish by giving a brief on possible ways your research can be carried forward.