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Writing Lab

Writing Lab

The Written Assignments

Completion of the Written Assignment allows you an opportunity to demonstrate a thorough and comprehensive understanding of the subject matter. Your work will need to reflect your ability to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate the information you have learned in your course. In your Study Guide, you will find instructions on the specific requirements for your individual course.

The following information provides online resources, videos, sample written assignments and the grading criteria utilized to evaluate your work. In addition, we have provided instructions to help you successfully complete your written assignment. Good luck!

Online Resources:

The Purdue University OnLine Writing Lab

American Psychological Association
APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with more than 134,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.  Our mission is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives.

The Research Randomizer
This site is designed for researchers and students who want a quick way to generate random numbers or assign participants to experimental conditions. Research Randomizer can be used in a wide variety of situations, including psychology experiments, medical trials, and survey research. The program uses a JavaScript random number generator to produce customized sets of random numbers.

The Web Center for Social Research methods
This website is for people involved in applied social research and evaluation. You'll find lots of resources and links to other locations on the Web that deal in applied social research methods.


General Writing and Rhetoric
Various videos compiled by the Purdue University Writing Lab

The Five-Paragraph Essay
Three Formulas for Writing the Basic Academic Essay

Learn the method for writing the perfect essay introduction.
A good introduction makes writing an essay easy and reading it fun.

Essay Writing Video With Three Full Examples

How to Organize Your Essay (" The Machine ")

Using APA format - Purdue University
This vidcast discusses how to format a paper using Microsoft Word according to APA style. To learn more about APA style, please visit the following resource on the Purdue OWL: APA Style Introduction.


Sample Written Assignment Evaluation Form:

The following Written Assignment Evaluation Forms are provided to help you understand how your written assignment is evaluated by our Faculty.

An undergraduate-level Written Assignment Evaluation Form

A graduate-level Written Assignment Evaluation Form

A School of Education Written Assignment Evaluation Form


Before you begin your Written Assignment, please review the following instructions:

  • List your name, student number, course number, and title on each page of your Written Assignment.
  • Identify the question number you are answering and write the question itself (in bold type).
  • Use a standard essay response to all questions (i.e. four to five paragraphs with three to five sentences per paragraph, including an introduction, middle paragraphs, and conclusion).
  • All responses must be typed double-spaced, using a standard font and 12 point type size for ease of reading and grading.
  • The average length (number of words) for your response is listed in your Study Guide and varies depending on whether the course is an undergraduate or graduate level course.
  • Always proof your answers for content, misspellings, and grammar.
  • Carefully read and choose the question you feel most comfortable answering.
  • Review the material in the textbook related to the question. You may also want to use other sources to help you answer the question, but the primary source for answering the question should be your textbook. The faculty wants to be sure you understand the concepts covered in the textbook.
  • Outline your thoughts to provide a framework for your response.
  • Be sure to refer to the course syllabus, contained in the front of this Study Guide, for additional information on developing your written assignment answer.
  • Put written answers into your own words. Do not simply cut and paste your answers from the Internet or Wikipedia and do not copy your answers from the textbook. This is called plagiarism. Plagiarism consists of taking and using the ideas, writings, or inventions of another, without giving credit to that person and presenting it as one’s own. This is an offense that the University takes very seriously.
  • When using the textbook or other outside references, and when you use a direct quotation from one of those sources, be sure to provide a reference for where the information was obtained. You will find an example of how to cite your source in the Syllabus (located in the front of your Study Guide) and in the Student Handbook located on the Coast Connection – Student Portal.
  • All online responses must be submitted as an MS Word Document file only.
  • If you are submitting your Written Assignment by mail, be sure to place this cover sheet on the front of your Written Assignment. As you will notice, there is a unique bar code that will assist the Testing Department and Faculty to identify your work.

Remember to take your time. Be as thorough and complete as possible. It is our hope you find this assignment to be a stimulating and challenging addition to your learning!


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