Investigate two possible solutions to low life expectancy in the developing world.

SS1 (Foundation Level – 2 Term)

Essay (60%) 

(Autumn 2018) 

This assessment is an essay writing task. The following gives you more information about the task.

Investigate two possible solutions to low life expectancy in the developing world.

What are the main problems associated with using plastic bags? Identify solutions to reduce these problems. 

What are the main problems associated with using mobile phones in the academic classroom? Identify some solutions.

Discuss the reasons why many governments are promoting the use of bicycles instead of cars as a means of personal transport. 

Examine the effects of the rise in social networking on young

people, and investigate possible future consequences?


In your essay, you should refer to a number of sources and can include your own ideas on this topic (you must use the SS1 course book to support your essay, but must also include two other relevant academic sources as well). Therefore, you must use a minimum of 3 academic sources to support your ideas.


You must write in paragraphs and make sure you provide in-text citations for all the sources you refer to in your essay and a list of references at the end of your essay. Please refer to the KICL referencing guide for guidance which is based on the Harvard referencing system.


The essay should be 750 words.


What you will be assessed on:

  • The relevance of your ideas to the essay task
  • The structure of your essay (how well you planned your essay and how well you link your ideas within and between paragraphs)
  • How well you support your ideas using sources and how accurate your in-text referencing and final references are (using the Harvard referencing system as explained in the KICL referencing guide).
  • How appropriate and accurate your use of English language is, especially register and style.


Written Work Submission Guidelines 

The first page of your assignment must state the following:

  • Module code and title (eg. FC005: Introduction to Social Sciences)
  • Type of assignment (eg. portfolio essay / final report)
  • Assignment question (eg. Critically evaluate….)
  • Word Count
  • Your tutor’s name
  • Your Student number (not your name)
  • Submission date


You must also do the following: 

  • Each page must have a header with the module code, module title and your student number
  • All of the work must be word processed
  • The line spacing must be 2 (double)
  • The font type must be Arial
  • The font size must be 12
  • The pages must be numbered in the bottom right corner
  • You must include a final reference list using the Harvard System which is outlined in the college referencing guide. Please ask your tutor if you do not have a copy of this.


Marks will be deducted if you fail to follow the written work submission guidelines.

You must not copy text from a book, another student’s work or internet sites and imply that it is your own work.  This is plagiarism and is a serious academic offence. Make sure you save your work regularly while writing and that you save a copy of your final submission in case of any problems after submission.


The written assignment for this module is submitted electronically through Turnitin, on the

VLE page for this module.  Instructions on how to submit are available on the Academic Services VLE page, and displayed in the IT Room.  If you do not know how to submit your work, please contact your tutor or Academic Services in good time before your submission deadline.  If you have problems submitting then you should arrange training with Academic Services before the deadline by emailing


DRAFT ESSAY:  you will submit a draft essay to your tutor .This is very important because your tutor will give you feedback on how to improve your work. Drafts should be submitted electronically through Turnitin on the VLE page for this module. 










How this assessment will be marked: 

Criteria What this criteria means   % of final essay


Content  • The relevance of your ideas; your coverage of the main issues related to the task; your ability to present a clear thesis statement. 25%
Structure  • The structure of your essay (organisation of ideas; clear and logical development of ideas; linking of ideas). 25%
Support  •     Your choice of relevant and appropriate source material – including specific examples and information – to support your ideas.

•     Your incorporation of academic source material including paraphrase/summary, in-text citations and final references.

Clarity of




• Appropriate and accurate use of English, especially academic register and style; adherence to all task guidelines. 25%


What you will learn from this module and assessment: 

Module Learning Outcomes  Outcomes assessed by this task? 
Can understand a lecture, demonstration or presentation where the message is expressed in relatively simple language and take simple notes for specific spoken and written discourse purposes.
Can understand straightforward factual written texts on subjects related to field/interest and make simple notes for specific written or spoken discourse purposes


Can develop plans or outlines and apply different formats

(e.g. Flow charts, mind maps, lists, etc) on a variety of topics.

Can understand the basic methods of referring to or using source material and attempt to paraphrase, summarise and cite sources to avoid plagiarism and use as evidence in an argumentative essay or presentation.
Can write a simple argumentative essay on a familiar generic  topics related to field/interest


Final Submission Deadline: Week 6 – Monday, 29th of October 2018 BEFORE 9am