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Assignment Purpose

It is important to think about the assignment in the context of the course. Your instructor often has particular goals and/or purposes in mind when constructing the tasks for an assignment and part of your job is to figure out what those goals and/or purposes are.

Put yourself in the role of your instructor and consider:

 

“How does this assignment relate to the course objectives?”  

 

“Why am I being asked to do this assignment or to think about this topic/question in this way?”

 

By giving you this assignment, your instructor may be asking you to:

 

express ideas or concepts in your own words to demonstrate understanding

 

apply relevant concepts to a situation or phenomenon

 

analyze ideas and concepts and consider relationships among them

 

evaluate a decision, perspective or a particular way of doing something

 

create new ideas or perspectives given a particular topic or issue