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:
Watch the video to learn more about the process of analysing your topic.
Let's say your assignment was about the following topic:
The diet and lifestyle choices of Australian people are impacted by their socioeconomic status. Discuss.
You would organise each part of the topic statement into its appropriate area, like we've done below:
|Instruction words||Tell you what to do||Discuss|
|Qualifying word(s) and phrase(s)||Limit the scope of the topic||Australia|
|Key concept(s)||Show you what to research||
socioeconomic status, diet, lifestyle
Perform a topic analysis on your own research question. You might like to use your chosen topic for your second assessment task. Identify the instruction words, qualifying words and phrases, and the key concepts.