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SRES1001

Resources Environment and Society

Essay Writing

Paul Preston


First, read and understand the instructions

2,500 words worth 40% and due 5pm May 1st

Penalty of 10% off per day late and 10% per 10% over this word limit

750-1,000 word draft - with at least a written introduction and a detailed outline of your structure and dot points of your main conclusions must be brought to the the tuts in week 7.


Second, understand the essay writing PROCESS - example

  • Analyse the question 1

  • Find sources 3

  • Read and take notes 12

  • Prepare outline for submission (week 7) 1

  • Write your first full draft 4

  • Seek other sources if necessary 4

  • Ask ASLC to read draft 1

  • Write further drafts 4

  • Submit Essay and reward yourselfTotal 30

Hours


Allocate specific times for these hours in your time management plan

  • Work back from the due date

  • Be specific

  • Be flexible

  • Be in charge

“My God, do you realize the year’s half over?”



Essay Question management plan

With reference to one of the following issues analyse the statement that: “Managing resources is about managing people not resources”.

Graphic from Land and Water Annual Report http://www.lwa.gov.au/downloads/publications_pdf/PR040784_c-h.pdf


Essay Issues management plan

- Global warming and climate change due to the increase in "greenhouse gases" in the atmosphere

- Deforestation

- Land degradation

- Freshwater pollution and scarcities

- Marine threats, including overfishing, habitat destruction, acidification, and pollution

- Declines in biodiversity and ecosystems services through loss of species and ecosystems


  • It is expected that your essay will be clearly focused on the set topic and will deal fully with its central concerns.

  • It is expected that your essay will be the result of wide and critical reading.

  • It is expected that your essay will present a reasoned argument.

  • It is expected that your essay will be competently presented

    See essay marking criteria: http://sres-people.anu.edu.au/richard_baker/2007-1001/SRES1001/assessment/essayassessment.html


Some possible central concerns. the set topic and will deal fully with its central concerns.

  • Population

  • Affluence

  • Technology

  • The nature of our economic system (growth fetish)

  • World poverty

  • Values & habits of thought

    • Anthropocentrism

    • Contempocentrism

      See article: http://anulib.anu.edu.au/anuonly/ereserve/sci/2007/sem1/22890038.pdf


Writing a Case Study the set topic and will deal fully with its central concerns.

Scope: Freshwater in the Murray-Darling basin

Issues: Drivers of resource management (from the literature)

Argument

Of all the factors/issues involved in the management of water in the Murray-Darling Basin all now involve the management of people to a large extent. This is particularly evident in firstly …..


Secondly, it is expected that your essay will be the result of wide and critical reading.

Note: Use 10 relevant peer reviewed journals


Credible and valid sources of wide and critical reading.

Not everything you read is authoritative:

Refereed/non-refereed; Moderated/unmoderated

No one view, solution, approach…

Recent research


Thirdly, it is expected that your essay will present a reasoned argument

What is an argument?

A disagreement?

or

Making a case?

Source: Google Images http://www.statvoks.no/konsept/norsk2/litthist/bilder/argument.jpg


Procedures are reasoned argumentALWAYS involved in developing an argument

ANALYSE: break your material into units which suit your argument

CRITIQUE: consider both strengths and weaknesses of the evidence

EVALUATE: reach a (tentative) conclusion indicating your position on the issues discussed


Argument reasoned argument

Once the process of analysis, critique and evaluation have led you to your conclusion (argument) the amount of detail or evidence or case study material you include should only be enough to ensure your argument is strong.


Finally, It is expected that your essay will be competently presented

  • Length and clarity

  • Work within the word count limit – preferably not the minimum.

  • Use gender neutral language

  • Be grammatically accurate

  • Punctuate appropriately

  • Make sure spelling is correct

  • Proof read the document


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