Hello my name’s Matt Staples and I’m a staff tutor with the Open University. Joining me today is Kevin Randall, a level one social sciences tutor to talk about TMA 03.
Kevin, TMA 03 is a three part TMA like the others on DD102, but it’s divided into an essay plan, an essay and a self-reflection exercise. What are students asked to do in Part 1?
In Part 1, students are asked to submit an essay plan that will form the basis of the essay that they write in Part 2 of the TMA. In many ways this part of the assignment is formally testing what students should be doing as part of their preparation for every TMA, which is taking the time to think about and prepare a ...view middle of the document...
Only one essay plan will be assessed after TMA 02, but students who do essay planning as part of their preparation will inevitably get higher marks than they would have done if they had just written their essay. Good planning for me invariably means better TMAs.
One other thing that’s important is that the tutor who marks the essay can see a clear link between the essay plan in Part 1 and the essay in Part 2. Now, moving onto Part 2 of this TMA, what advice would you give for students?
Well, the emphasis in this essay is for students to be able to identify and write clearly about social science concepts and approaches and how these can be used to form a social science argument. Students need to be able to show how an argument can be supported by key points and different forms of evidence, but also that an argument can have two sides and a very different approach to the same argument can be made by the use of different points and different types of evidence. The information sources table and student notes are very clear in giving information about the module content they should be using and how the essay should be structured.
That’s really helpful. As with all essays, the important things to remember are that, as well as the things we’ve just discussed in this audio, students need to ensure that they’ve referenced...