It is important to break down the requirements of your assessment task before you start searching for information so that you can plan your approach.
At this first stage, you need to work out:
The best place to find this information is your Subject Outline. You should carefully read all elements of the assessment information available including:
Reading through each element will highlight key terms or concepts you are expected to demonstrate your knowledge of, and will also identify the types of information, or information sources, you are expected to use.
At first you may feel a little overwhelmed by all of the requirements. However, with some thought and planning, you can come up with a research plan that will suit your assessment tasks.
If you are confused or unsure about the assessment topic, ask your lecturer or tutor who will be happy to talk it through with you.
To complete the assessments in EMG206 and EMG208 you need to select ONE emergency event.
When selecting your event make sure:
In EMG206 Assessment 1 you are expected to describe your selected event ensuring that you:
In EMG206 Assessment 2 you are expected to:
NOTE: The above information discusses the assessments included in EMG206; however, similar skills are required for EMG208 which—except for the addition of an annotated bibliography to Assessment 1—includes the same types of assessment but focuses on post-impact, and a hypothetical re-occurrence.
The purpose of an annotated bibliography is to demonstrate that you've evaluated a resource and explain why you're using it in your assessment. You can discuss the content of the resource, the intended audience, the credentials of the author/s, etc.
It might help to refer to the Evaluate Information criteria on the Evaluate page - Currency, Reliability, Authority, Purpose - for some questions that you can apply to your items, which might then help you to write your annotations.
This resource from UNSW about annotated bibliographies contains additional information, as well as a useful sample annotation that could provide a template.
When completing one or more of your assessment tasks you may need to consult and make reference to the following types of resources:
Across your assessment tasks you need to demonstrate your awareness and understanding of theory, and provide supporting evidence of your analysis through the use of relevant information sources. This will require using academic and profession resources including books, reports, and journal articles.
Let's start thinking about what terms you will use when searching for information. To do this:
This is a useful exercise because the language used to describe your topic may vary from source to source, and you don't want to miss out on a good source because it uses a different term to the one you are searching on.
As you start working on each of your Assessment Tasks:
Write down the key concepts from your topic and have a go at brainstorming as many alternative keywords and phrases as possible.