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JST345 Research Skills Guide: Assessment Task 3

Assessment Task 3

Assessment Task Three requires you to write an essay.

The essay question has several components to it.  Analysing the topic to identify the components will assist you in forming search terms to locate relevant research to use in your essay.

The box below explains how to perform a topic analysis for this particular assessment task.  Further information about topic analysis can be found in the JST301 Research Skills Guide.

Topic Analysis

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:

  1. The key topic or concept words direct you in what to research.
  2. The limits or qualifiers tell you the specific focus of the topic or concept.
  3. The task or instruction terms tell how you are to deal with the content.CSU has a list of explanations for common instruction words.

Assessment Task Three essay question:

Read and critically analyse the State Coroner's Court of New South Wales Report in relation to Geoffrey Francis HUNT, Kim Jeannine HUNT, Fletcher Austin HUNT, Mia Isobel HUNT and Phoebe Amelia HUNT.

Choose a theory from criminology, psychology or sociology that you think best suits this case. Give reason for your choice.

Discuss the victims in this case. Who are they and how did they become a victim in this case?

Note: Please refer to your subject outline for full details and requirements for this assessment task.

Instruction words Read, analyse, discuss
Qualifying words & phrases Geoffrey Francis HUNT, Kim Jeannine HUNT, Fletcher Austin HUNT, Mia Isobel HUNT, Phoebe Amelia HUNT
Key concepts theory, criminology, psychology, sociology

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