A topic analysis will help you to clarify and understand what your assessment question is asking you to do.
You will generally be given three key pieces of information:
Charles Sturt University has a list of explanations for common instruction words
Assessment item 3 asks you write a 1,500 word report on the following:
Brian and Candace James were impressed with the DFD you prepared for Bright Spark. They were, however, concerned, with the number of apparent internal control issues within their sales and cash collection process. Brian and Candace has tasked you with reviewing the cash collection processes of the company and researching the potential implementation of Business Intelligence (BI). Brian and Candace have provided you with an overview of the cash collection process based on interviews with key staff.
Using the information provided to you and undertaking research as required, prepare a business report for the owners including the following:
(See Subject Outline for full details of the assessment and marking criteria.)
|Instruction words||analyse, recommend, advice, review|
|Qualifying words & phrases||accounting|
|Key concepts||internal control weaknesses, business intelligence, digital dashboards|
Dictionaries and encyclopaedias can help you to find additional keywords and get an overview of the concept.
Oxford Reference Online is a huge repository of subject-specific dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and other reference-type material.
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.
Thinking about your topic in this way forces you to describe your topic in "other words", which will provide you with some useful keyword alternatives as well as help you to cement your understanding of the topic.