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.
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.
Lets take a look at some of the topics used across your Graduate Certificate:
|Topic or Key concepts||Possible keywords|
|Taxonomy of values||unitarism, pluralism, radicalism, workplace harmony, workplace conflict|
|hybrid work||flexible, remote, workers, workplaces, work arrangements, co-located|
|modern slavery||exploitative practice, human trafficking, forced labour, child labour|
|gig economy||temporary, freelance, independent workers|
|collective bargaining||negotiation, agreements|
|minimum wages||living wage|
|conflict resolution||dispute resolution, settlement|
|employee voice||participation, decision making, employee-employer communication, surveys, feedback|
|workplace violence||occupational violence, verbal abuse, written abuse, harassment, bullying, threat, attack|
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.
Across your assessment tasks you have been asked to:
The next few pages will give you guidance on how to best locate these materials using both Library resources and the internet.
In INR502 you have also been asked to:
Check the Evaluating Information page for tips.