INB180 Assessment Help


INB180 Assessment Help

Pointers for the INB180 PoV Essay

  • Clear/Concise Thesis: your thesis statement must be clear and easy to understand. Don’t keep your reader guessing – it should be clear by the end of your introduction precisely which sentence is your thesis statement and consequently which point of view you intend to support (which must clearly relate to an available topic).
  • Relevance to Industry: make sure you remember to include this! A few sentences will be enough. You just need to outline what the impact on industry would be if your thesis statement is broadly accepted or denied (think of the tangible benefits/drawbacks).
  • Cohesive Argument: make sure all of your points add up to convincing your reader that your argument is true. Each point should contribute to the thesis argument in a unique way. Make sure you finish each point by tying it back to the thesis (i.e. essentially say how the point helps prove your thesis is true) before moving on, and restate/summarise in your conclusion.
  • Structure: headings are not required but can help with structure by reminding the reader (and yourself) when you are transitioning from one point to the next.
  • Four to Five Points: You should have four or five points total (including your counterargument/s). The majority of your points should support your argument (so if four points total only one counter, if five points then one or two counters).
  • Counter-Argument(s): Make sure that your counter-argument is relevant to your thesis; it’s a good idea to go back to your thesis statement and consider what the most obvious opposing argument to that statement might be. Also ensure you include a rebuttal to the counter-argument as a demonstration of your understanding of the issue/any flaws in the counter-argument (i.e. end that paragraph the same way as other paragraphs, e.g. this is why my thesis is still true).
  • Minimum 10 references: Make sure your references are validated using the CARS criteria (available in the assessment folder on blackboard). Wikipedia, blog posts/discussion forums, tabloid media and dictionary definitions could get you in trouble and may not count to your reference total. Your references should be well integrated throughout your essay (evenly spread around your points).
  • Citation style: visit citewrite.qut.edu.au and follow the QUT APA style for both in text citation and referencing style. All statements that aren’t commonly accepted knowledge (and even sometimes those too) need to be cited with a credible/relevant source. Be wary of broad/generalised statements as these may harm the balance of your argument.
  • Quotes: don’t overuse them (where possible try to paraphrase into your own words and then cite the source). You should only be quoting directly if the person or the way the quote was said is especially relevant to your point.
  • Minimum Four Game Examples: you must include at least four relevant game examples to support your argument. Citation style for games is (Developer, Year) after the name of the game in the body of your essay. A ‘Games Cited’ reference list at the end of the essay is not required but is recommended.
  • Proof reading: take the time to spell/grammar check your work. Get someone else to read your essay (you will often be blind to your own errors). Use the resources available to you if you need help with language (https://www.student.qut.edu.au/studying/student-life/student-support/language-and-learning-support)
  • Word Count: Your full PoV Essay (not including the cover page, quotes a sentence or larger, and your reference list/s at the end) must be between 2000 and 2500 words. This is 2250 plus and minus 10%, so there is no leeway beyond this.
  • Extensions: late submission without an extension receives a zero (this is university-wide policy). If you think you might be late and have a valid reason then apply well in advance for an extension through https://www.student.qut.edu.au/studying/assessment/late-assignments-and-extensions. Otherwise submit what you have ready by the due date and we’ll award what points the criteria allows for. You can submit multiple times up until the deadline (only your most recent submission received before the deadline will be marked).

 


 

Common INB180 PoV Essay Questions

How do I cite a game?

  • For an in-text citation we prefer (Developer, Year). For a reference list: Developer (Year). Title in italics. Publisher. as a minimum…. There is a guide for electronic software references in APA, so you could work from that.

Does my essay need to be a .doc/.docx?

  • You will lose some marks for not submitting in the correct format.

Can we include graphs or pictures in the body of the essay?

  • Images and graphs can be a great way to illustrate your arguments. You can include them within the body of the essay, but make sure to cite the image source under the picture.

Can we talk about our own experiences playing games in the essay?

  • You certainly can; however, strongly consider phrasing them to fit the tone of an academic essay. While writing in the first person is acceptable for this essay, personal anecdotes can detract from the professionalism of your tone or persuasiveness of your arguments. An example of an anecdote that might work when reframed: “The game inspires and evokes emotion through x and y.” What wouldn’t work is, “This game made me feel x, therefore, games are x.”

QUT APA is weird. Can I get MS Word/Endnote/[other reference software] to do my references for me?

  • As long as you follow a consistent APA format it’s fine. Take care to check your computer-generated references to ensure their accuracy, though.

How much do we have to talk about the games we reference?

  • We definitely need to see more concrete/thorough integration with game examples than just listing titles. I recommend exploring your game examples further to avoid losing marks. From the two relevant criteria:
    • Supporting your Point of View (for a 7): “Sophisticated integration of evidence (games and literature) into the point of view throughout.”
    • Quality of Resources (for a 7): “Excellent use of appropriate game examples that strongly support the argument being made (at least 4 games).”

Can we cite the lecture slides?

  • The lecture slides will often have citations in them that you can use, though.

What counts towards the word limit?

  • Anything from the start of your intro to the end of your conclusion counts towards the word limit (except for quotes a sentence or larger). This includes in-text citations.

Can I talk about all of my game examples at the same time?

  • Yes, but to get a higher mark for ‘supporting your point of view’ (from the criteria) they need to be integrated “into the point of view throughout” and used “throughout the assignment”. So you may run into problems with that.

Who do we cite if we get a resource from a website that isn’t owned by that website (e.g., a game screenshot)?

  • The picture belongs to the copyright owner — the games publisher. You can include the URL as “retrieved from” in the reference.

Can we cite Wikipedia?

  • No, not even for images or any other material. Wikipedia will provide a link to the source of the content, and you should cite that.

Is there any upper limit on the number of references we can use?

  • There’s no upper limit except for that governed by your common sense. Keep in mind that in-text references do count towards your word count, though.

INB180 Assessment Items 1 & 2
Point of View Essay Plan and Essay

 

INB180 Assessment Requirements

ITEM: 
Point of View Assessment Items
WEIGHTING: Part A (Plan): 10%

Part B (Essay): 50%

OBJECTIVES: Unit Objectives 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6.
DUE DATES: Part A (Plan): Wednesday 14th September 2016, 11pm (week 8)

Part B (Essay): Wednesday 26th October 2016, 11pm (week 13)

DESCRIPTION: The purpose of this assignment is to argue your opinion, based on evidence, from a selection of topics. This assignment is designed to encourage you to come up with an original opinion and learn how to express it clearly and concisely in a written document. These skills will help you throughout your time at university and further into your career, when you will need to document your opinions or justify a design, art, programming, production or administrative decision. The essay must be between 2000 and 2500 words long, from the start of the introduction to the end of the conclusion (this total does not include the cover page, reference lists or any quotes that are one sentence or longer).

The topics that you can choose from are:

·         Serious Games

·         Games as Art

·         Gender and/or Sexuality in Games

·         Violence in Games

·         Ethics in Games

You should begin with the readings for the lecture topic, listed in the lecture slides. However, it is essential that you do some research of your own to find additional information and references (e.g., journal articles, articles on websites). The focus of this piece of work is to argue a point of view, however, it is important that you support your argument and reference all sources from which you draw information (you should not use the lectures or tutorials as references in your assignment). The references you use in this assignment must be satisfactory according to the CARS criteria, which is provided on blackboard (this does not mean that the resources are high on each individual criteria, but they must be high on some or most and they should be used appropriately).

If you have any concerns about how to search for the information you need, or how to evaluate the quality of the literature you have found, you should contact a librarian or an INB180 staff member.

Before you start working on this assignment you should read the QUT Cite/Write guide to the Written Assignment (http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/). You can find a pdf version at http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/qutcitewrite2016.pdf. It is important that you read this document, as all assignments will be marked under the assumption that you have read and understood the guidelines in this document. If you are concerned about your ability to complete the written requirements for this assignment, seek support from QUT’s Academic Language and Learning Services (https://www.student.qut.edu.au/studying/student-life/student-support/language-and-learning-support) or ask at the Library Learning and Research Desk http://www.library.qut.edu.au/learn/.

 

CONTENT: Part A (Plan): your plan must detail in point form; a 1 sentence statement of your Point of View, your 4 or 5 main arguments/counterargument(s) and the relevance to industry of your topic. You should also include 2 examples of relevant references you will use in your essay.

Part B (Essay): Your point of view assignment must contain an introduction, a detailed description of your point of view using cited literature and games as evidence, a conclusion and a list of references that you have used in QUT APA format.

FORMAT: Part A (Plan): Your plan should be submitted via the INB180 Blackboard website. Please refer to the submission link on Blackboard (in Assessment / Assessment Items 1 & 2 – Point of View Essay Plan and Essay) for the essay plan example/template and further submission instructions.

Part B (Essay): Your essay must be submitted via the link on the INB180 blackboard website (found in the same folder as the Plan). You must include a title page that has your name and student number on it, as well as the topic that you have chosen. Your assignment must be submitted as a Microsoft Word file.

Please use an appropriate font (e.g. Times New Roman or Arial) and an appropriate size (e.g. 12 point) to make your assignment easier to read. Section headings are recommended to help make your points and overall argument clear.

NOTES: Choosing your topic can be difficult. You need to decide what interests you from the lectures – you do not need to necessarily agree with the points made in the lectures – you may choose to make an argument that runs contrary to what was discussed in class or you may just wish to explore one of the topics in more detail. The important thing is to present a strong argument that is well supported. You should decide on your general area of interest and then research it a little – search the internet, read the course materials, talk to friends and other INB180 students. Once you have a feel for the topic, decide on one specific area that you want to address – this will be the topic of your essay. Make sure it is something that you can articulate clearly when asked about it: you should be able to provide a single sentence summary of your opinion (although you must be able to elaborate a lot more than that!). If you are having trouble deciding on a topic area, use the tutorial questions as a guide. Once you have a topic area, start planning how you want to write your essay. Use the plan and requirements below as a way to guide your planning.

Be careful about using this assignment as a soapbox – a good argumentative essay acknowledges opposing points of view – you need to be able to clearly state any contradicting evidence or other opinions that might not agree with your own. If there are other opinions identify the main one or two counterargument/s and explain why yours is more valid or appropriate, based on the evidence. Your overall essay must have more supporting points than counterpoints, though, and overall must convince the reader that your thesis is true.

REQUIREMENTS:
Introduction

1 paragraph (minimum).

The introduction should include a brief outline of the point you are trying to make and an overview of the material included in the body. It is also important to mention the relevance or importance to industry of the issue that you are discussing. Your introduction should be 200 to 400 words long.
Point of View Body The body of your essay should be between 1500 and 2100 words long. It should be a series of structured, logical statements of your point of view on the issue that you have chosen. You will need to provide evidence that supports your point of view. This evidence should come from the literature that you have chosen and also relevant games (you will need at least 4 games). It is very important that you integrate and synthesise your evidence into your point of view argument. This means you should not just list literature or game examples and then separately make your arguments. The discussion of the literature and games should be combined and woven through your argument (if you are not sure about this, please talk to the teaching staff). You also need to address the major opposing argument/s to your point of view and indicate why your viewpoint is more valid, given the evidence. It is expected that there will be a relevant counterargument(s) for every point of view (if you think there are no counterarguments to your point of view you should check with INB180 staff regarding the requirement to discuss counterarguments). You should expect to make four to five distinct points in your essay. At least one of these should address any opposing viewpoints. You should probably avoid making more than about five distinct points, as the word limit would stop you discussing each point in sufficient depth.
Conclusion

1 paragraph (minimum)

The assignment must have a conclusion. The conclusion summarises the content or the opinion you have presented throughout the assignment. You should also summarise the relevance or importance of the issue that you have discussed. Your conclusion should be 200 to 300 words. You should not introduce new material (i.e. content or literature) in the conclusion.
Word Count The word count for your essay must be 2000-2500 words. This total is counted from the start of the introduction to the end of the conclusion, and does not include the cover page, the list of references, or any quotes that are one sentence or larger (which should generally be avoided anyway).
References

(10 minimum)

You will need to use at least 10 references (in addition to you example games) in your point of view assignment. You will need to find and evaluate other sources of information using the CARS framework (i.e. decide if the source is appropriate and knowledgeable, and can you trust that they know what they are talking about?). The CARS framework is provided on the relevant Assessment page of the INB180 Blackboard site (with the title “CARS checklist”). It is important that you consult this guide, consider the credibility of any internet sources that you use and use your references appropriately. You will need to refer to the literature at appropriate points in the body of your assignment (i.e. when you make use of information that you gained from the literature) and you should cite the relevant references at these points using QUT APA style citations. At the end of your assignment you will also need to include a reference section that provides details about all the references that you used. Note that you will need to use the QUT APA referencing style. You can find information about this style of referencing in the Cite/Write guide and also at http://www.citewrite.qut.edu.au/cite/qutcite.jsp.

Game examples (at least four) should be used to illustrate your point of view. Game examples must also be integrated into to your discussion and be directly relevant to the point that is being made. A ‘games cited’ list for your game examples is not required, but can be included as a separate list of references.

Extensions and Late Penalties Assessment work submitted after the due date will be marked only with an approved extension (E/6.8.4). Assessment work submitted after the due date without an approved extension or, where an extension has been granted, after the extended due date, will normally not be marked and a grade of 1 or 0% will be awarded against the Assessment Item.

All applications for extension must be made via:

www.student.qut.edu.au/studying/assessment/extension

 

If you don’t have an approved extension, you should submit the work you’ve completed by the due date and it will be marked against the assessment criteria.

 

 

POINT OF VIEW ASSESSMENT MARKING CRITERIA (Part A: Plan)

The assignment is designed to assess certain aspects of the objectives for this subject

Performance standards and criteria for each objective appear below

Criteria Performance Standards
  7 6 5 4 3 2-1
A clear and detailed plan

relates to:

Obj. 1,2, 4, 5 and 6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marks are out of 10

The plan is articulate and complete. A clear and concise statement of the argument is made. The 4 – 5 (point form) arguments/ counterargument(s), and relevance to industry are sophisticated and well thought out. The argument being made is compelling and convincing. At least two relevant and credible references are included. The plan is considered and complete. A clear statement of the argument is made. The 4 – 5 (point form) arguments/ counterargument(s) and relevance to industry are well thought out. The argument being made is logically sound. At least two relevant references are included.   The plan is complete. A clear statement of the argument is made The 4 – 5 (point form) arguments/ counterargument(s) and relevance to industry make sense. Two relevant  references are included.   The plan may be incomplete or unclear. The statement of the argument may be missing or incoherent. The arguments/ counterargument(s) or relevance to industry are missing or unclear. Relevant references may not be included.
10 marks 7.5 marks   5 marks   0-2.5 marks

Note: For the Plan, the total marks are worth 10% of the unit. 1 mark may be deducted for incorrect submission (refer to the Blackboard submission link for submission instructions).

 

POINT OF VIEW ASSESSMENT MARKING CRITERIA (Part B: Essay)

The assessment is designed to assess certain aspects of the objectives for this subject.

Performance standards and criteria for each objective appear below.

Criteria Performance Standards
  7 6 5 4 3 2-1
Understanding the Issues

relates to:

Obj. 1: Understand key concepts and vocabulary regarding the impact and potential of computer games and the game development industry in our society

Marks are out of 15

Sophisticated discussion of four or more issues relating to the topic showing excellent understanding of the chosen issue.

 

Deep and thorough discussion of four or more issues relating to the topic showing very good understanding of the chosen issue.

 

Considered discussion of four or more issues relating to the topic showing good understanding of the chosen issue.

 

Satisfactory discussion of four or more issues relating to the topic showing satisfactory understanding of the chosen issue.

 

Discusses 3 or more issues relating to the topic showing understanding of the chosen issue. Some confusion or misunderstandings may be present. May not go beyond what has been discussed in class.

 

Does not adequately establish the issue, or does not sufficiently discuss the issue or does not demonstrate understanding of the chosen issue.

 

15-13 marks 12.5-11.5 marks 11-10 marks 9.5-7.5 marks 7-6 marks 5.5 – 0 marks

 

Assessing the Relevance
Obj. 1: Understand key concepts and vocabulary regarding the impact and potential of computer games and the game development industry in our society

Marks are out of 5

A sophisticated, clear and insightful link regarding the relevance and importance of the issue to the game industry is made. An insightful link regarding the relevance and importance of the issue to the game industry is made. A considered link regarding the relevance and importance of the issue to the game industry is made. A clear link regarding the relevance and importance of the issue to the game industry is made. A link regarding the relevance or importance of the issue to the game industry is made, but may not be completely clear or accurate. Does not adequately establish the relevance/ importance of the issue, or does not demonstrate sufficient understanding of the relevance/ importance of the chosen issue.

 

5-4.5 marks 4 marks 3.5 marks 3-2.5 marks 2 marks 1.5-0 marks

 

Criteria Performance Standards
  7 6 5 4 3 2-1
Supporting your Point of View

relates to:

Obj. 2: Analyse games and game literature in terms of genres and key concepts

Marks are out of 10

Sophisticated integration of evidence (games and literature) into the point of view throughout.

Evidence used to support the point of view, is consistently accurately analysed and evaluated for usefulness/bias and used appropriately.

Uses relevant information from the chosen literature and games throughout the assignment.

Deep and thorough integration of evidence (games and literature) into the point of view throughout.

Evidence used to support the point of view, is consistently accurately analysed and evaluated for usefulness/bias and used appropriately.

Uses relevant information from the chosen literature and games throughout the assignment.

Considered integration of evidence (games and literature) into the point of view throughout.

Evidence used to support the point of view, is consistently accurately analysed and evaluated for usefulness/bias and used appropriately.

Uses relevant information from the chosen literature and games throughout the assignment.

Sound integration of evidence (games and literature) into the point of view throughout.

Evidence used to support the point of view, is consistently accurately analysed and evaluated for usefulness/bias and used appropriately (any errors are minor).

Uses relevant information from the chosen literature and games throughout the assignment.

Evidence (literature and games) is generally integrated into the point of view.

Evidence is used to support the point of view. Some points may be presented without evidence. Some evidence may not be adequately analysed.

 

Uses insufficient evidence (literature and games) or evidence is inadequately integrated into the point of view or is not adequately analysed.

 

May use little (or no) relevant information from the chosen literature and games.

10-8.5 marks 8-7.5 marks 7-6.5 marks 6-5 marks 4.5-4 marks 3.5 – 0 marks

 

Criteria Performance Standards
  7 6 5 4 3 2-1
Balanced Point of View

relates to:
Obj. 4: Engage in the cultural dialogue of computer games, develop and argue an opinion about game-related issues

Marks are out of 6

Sophisticated development of a coherent, logical opinion about an issue including acknowledging and addressing opposing viewpoints and the case for and against those views. Thorough development of a coherent, logical opinion about an issue including acknowledging and addressing opposing viewpoints and the case for and against those views. Considered development of a coherent, logical opinion about an issue including acknowledging opposing viewpoints and the case for and against those views.

 

Sound development of a coherent, logical opinion about an issue including acknowledging opposing viewpoints and the case for and against those views.

 

May make minor errors in development of opinion about the issue or may only partly acknowledge (or fail to acknowledge) opposing viewpoints and the case for and against those views.

 

Fails to demonstrate adequate development of an opinion about an issue, may just list information.
6-5.5 marks 5-4.5 marks 4 marks 3.5 – 3 marks 2.5 marks 2-0 marks
Quality of Resources

relates to:

Obj. 5: Keep up-to-date with the latest research and industry trends related to the culture of games

Marks are out of 6

Excellent and thorough use of appropriate, credible and relevant literature (at least 10 valid references).
Excellent use of appropriate game examples that strongly support the argument being made (at least 4 games).
Very good use of appropriate, credible and relevant literature (at least 10 valid references).
Very good use of game examples that strongly support the argument being made (at least 4 games).
Good use of appropriate, credible and relevant literature (any errors are minor, at least 10 valid references).
Good use of game examples that support the argument being made (at least 4 games).
Satisfactory use of recent, credible and appropriate literature (any errors are minor, at least 10 valid references).
Good use of game examples that support the argument being made (at least 4 games).
Inadequate use of recent and relevant literature. Some literature may not be fully relevant or credible or may not include sufficient valid references. Game examples are used but may not always clearly support the argument being made. May not include sufficient game examples. Poor use of literature and game examples (references to literature or game examples may be absent)
6-5.5 marks 5-4.5 marks 4 marks 3.5 – 3 marks 2.5 marks 2-0 marks

 

 

 

Criteria Performance Standards
  7 6 5 4 3 2-1
Communication

relates to:

Obj. 4: Professionally communicate your ideas and use appropriate communication, structure and references

Marks are out of 8

Contains a very well-crafted introduction, body and conclusion.

Meets word count restrictions and other submission requirements.

Uses correct referencing in text and in reference section.

Assignment is extremely easy to read and makes extensive use of clear, professional language.

Contains no spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains a well-crafted introduction, body and conclusion.

Meets word count restrictions and other submission requirements

Uses correct referencing in text and in reference section.

Assignment is very easy to read and makes good use of clear, professional language.

Contains very few spelling or grammatical errors (errors are minor).

Contains an introduction, body and conclusion.

Meets word count restrictions and other submission requirements

Uses correct referencing in text and in reference section.

Assignment is easy to read.

May contain minor spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains an introduction, body and conclusion.

Meets word count restrictions and other submission requirements

Uses correct referencing in text and in reference section (any mistakes are minor).

Readability of the assignment is satisfactory.

May contain minor spelling or grammatical errors.

Contains an introduction, body and conclusion.

Meets word count restrictions and other submission requirements (any problems are minor)

May contain errors in referencing in text or the reference section.

May have some issues with readability.

May contain spelling or grammatical errors.

Essay may be missing a part.

May not meet word count restrictions or other submission requirements

Contains many errors in referencing in text or the reference section, or referencing is largely absent. Assignment is sometimes hard to read or understand.

May contain many spelling or grammatical errors.

7-8 marks 6.5-6 marks 5.5 marks 5-4 marks 3.5 marks 3-0 marks
Note: For the Point of View essay, the total marks are worth 50% of the unit.

Comments:

Total Mark Awarded  /50

 

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