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An analysis of an argument

This overview explains the language techniques used by, Dawson, the author to persuade the reader of her position

Analyse the task

A learning task to help you to carefully read and analyse the essay topic and identify the key words

Analysing an argument: key steps

This page will take you through the key steps of analysing an argument. What do we need to look for when we start reading for an assignment?

Assignment slammer

This short tutorial walks you through the process of preparing, planning and writing an assignment.

Be coherent

Coherent text and paragraphs in good academic writing


Using the TEEL strategy for writing paragraphs in the body of an essay.


Overall coherence occurs at the essay level, as well as the paragraph and sentence level. Your response to the assessment task should read as a continuous, connected piece of writing.


How to write a cohesive paragraph with example text and learning activities


Writing a conclusion in your academic essay


The conclusion is your final opportunity to persuade the reader of your position based on the information you have presented. An effective conclusion establishes a sense of completeness.

Critical essay: Communication design

This resource will help you critically discuss key historical, technological and theoretical developments in communication design, and their relationships to contemporary communication design.

Critical essay: Landscape architecture

This resource provides a guide for writing a critical essay in landscape architecture.

Critical writing

Resources and tutorials to help you with a range of critical writing skills in design


Resources and tutorials that explain how to write an academic essay with an overview of essay structure, style and writing process

Essays, Reports, Reflective Writing

Evaluate information sources using CRAAP

How to apply the CRAAP (Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose) test to your sources.


Example of an integrated reference in academic writing

Framework, research and project

The diagram on this page shows the relationships between the framework, the research and the project. All of these help you to develop your argument and inform your essay.

Get started

This tutorial covers how to get started with your research. It begins with an overview of the information search process, then focuses on how to understand your assignment task, and finally, how to...

How to create a mind map

Examples of brainstorm and mind map thinking processes used in study and work situations