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Factsheet: Writing Sample

HPSC3004 is a year-long project. Students are expected to be engaged actively in their research throughout the year. In the second half of Term 1, students will be expected to submit a writing sample from their project. This will be assessed. This factsheet describes what needs to be done.

HPSC3004 Moodle page (link).

The writing sample  contributes 10% to your final course mark.

sample from your project

The writing sample will be due near the end of Term 1. The specific date will be posted on the 3004 Moodle site. The length is 2000 words, to a maximum of 3000 words.

The aim of the writing sample is to demonstrate your progress in the project.

Your writing sample might be a draft chapter, literature review, or methodological section. It must include a bibliography. A disarticulated collection of notes will not receive a passing mark. It should not be a precise of the dissertation of the whole. It should not be a general survey of the overall topic; instead, the expectation is that you'll dig in and demonstrate a serious commitment to the project.

criteria for assessment

This will be assessed by your supervisor and other members of staff. 

The principal criteria for assessment will relate to the degree of development in your project, the depth of your analysis, and the overall progression of the work. This writing is not expected to be highly polished or kept in your final dissertation. However, it is expected to demonstrate substantial effort and an awareness of the research as a programme. Substance will be rewarded over style.


Because the dissertation is a year-long project, and students are expected to work on it continuously, extensions for submitting this writing sample normally will be granted only under exceptional circumstances. A minor, acute issue will be insufficient. Time management is part of the expectation for this project, so a heavy workload near the end of Term 1 is not sufficient grounds for an extension.

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