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