Posted: June 6th, 2015
Essay on an issue in LST:
Choose ONE of the following topics:
(Whichever topic you choose, DO NOT use texts from Assignments 1 or 2 as examples to illustrate your argument.)
a. The use of visuals in EITHER pedagogic science OR popular science OR professional science
b. A comparison the use of visuals in professional, popular and pedagogic science
c. A comparison the use of the use of metaphor in professional, popular and pedagogic science
d. The use of the use of metaphor in professional OR popular OR pedagogic science
e. Authorial identity in professional and pedagogic scientific texts
f. Can popular science texts be used to teach the language of science to science students at university? Why or why not?
g. Issues in teaching the language of science to L1 speakers OR to L2 speakers.
h. Select two texts, one a newspaper article on popular science, the second an article from a ‘serious’ popular science magazine. (If you are not sure about this distinction, read Hyland’s article on popular science on e-reserve.) Compare the way each presents information and uses language, figurative language and visuals. (If you select this option, please check your selected articles with Jean before you begin.)
i. Select a website dealing with popular science and analyse the way it presents information and uses language (including metaphor), visuals and multimedia. (If you select this option, please check your selected site with Jean before you begin.)
j. Select a Youtube clip dealing with popular, professional or pedagogic science and analyse the way it presents information and uses language (including metaphor), visuals and multimedia. (If you select this option, please check your selected clip with Jean before you begin.)
k. Select a story from a radio program such as the ABC’s Science Show and analyse the way it presents information and uses language. (If you select this option, please check your selected clip with Jean before you begin.)
You may select a topic that is not on this list, but please check it with the unit coordinator before commencing work on it.
Length: 2000 words
Due date: Friday June 12th 5.00pm
You need to select the most appropriate genre for your assignment. This could be EITHER an essay OR a report.
If you are arguing for a position, you should write an essay.
If you are conducting an analysis, you should write a report.
You will be graded with reference to the following criteria:
select the appropriate genre for the assignment: essay or analytical report
introduce the text, resource or topic you have chosen and explain why it is of interest
identify the features or issues to be examined
critically analyse the selected features
support you argument with references to the relevant literature (a minimum of 8 sources, including at least 2 from the set readings)
NB: These references must be references to the research literature.
use APA reference style for in-text referencing
LING337: Assignment 3
provide a list of references, using APA style
write clearly and accurately, using appropriate structure and academic language
Guides to essay writing and to analytical report writing are available on iLearn in the folder marked Improving you academic skills.
Gradings (as recommended by Macquarie University)
High Distinction (HD)
Work of superior quality
Clear evidence of extensive, informed analysis
75% – 84%
Work of good quality
Clear evidence of informed analysis
Work of predominantly good quality
Some evidence of informed analysis
Work of stisfactory quality
Focus on description: little analysis
Failure to complete an assignment satisfactorily
Description without analysis; use of inappropriate sources; plagiarism; lack of clear argument
Assignment submission procedures
This assignment needs to be submitted to Turnitin using the link in the Assessments file on iLearn
Assignments must include the official assignment cover page of the Faculty of Human Sciences, available from: http://www.humansciences.mq.edu.au/current_students/undergraduate/assignment_cover_sheet
Add a footer to each page of the assignment, with page numbering and the unit code in the footer
You should keep a duplicate copy of your assignment in case your original copy is mislaid.
Marked assignments will be available on iLearn, and the mark registered in Grademark (on iLearn) usually 4 weeks after submission. An announcement will be posted on iLearn when marking is completed.
Late submissions may attract a penalty of 5% of total marks per day. To avoid a penalty, please email the unit co-ordinator, Jean Brick ([email protected]) before the due date requesting an extension and explaining why you need one.
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