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FIBS3002 English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills


Assignment Research Workbook

CourseCode and Title: FIBS3002 English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills
Assignment Research Workbook Formative: 4th January 2022
AssignmentResearch Workbook Deadline: 4th January 2022
Student name: 
Student ID:L
Assignment:Essay Research Workbook


As part of the English for Academic Purposes, Research and Study Skills course you are required to write an essayon the Topic of Climate Change; you are also expected to evidence the stages of your essay research, planning, and writing progress in the Essay Research Workbook.


  • To assess your ability to plan, outline, and structure your essay in order to develop a clear argument
  • To show that you have conducted secondary research (finding academic sources, evaluating their relevance and reliability by conducting the CRAAP Test and recording organised notes
  • To clearly cite and reference the source material you use to develop and support your ideas

As part of the assignment, you are required to submit the workbookby 11.59pm on 4 January 2022onto Canvas. Your workbook will be reviewed by your lecturer and you will receive feedback towards your final Research Essay.

It is then your responsibility to work on your Research Essay and address any suggestions and comments given before handing in the final version– by 11.59pm onTBC 2021.


Your workbook must be word processed, in Ariel font 12pt minimum with double line spacing. This format is important as it makes it much easier for us to read.Word count:There is no minimum or maximum word count for the Workbook.

FinalEssay Submission:

  • a digital copy of your final essay draft submitted to Turnitin via Canvas


                Unit:EAP, Research and Study Skills

LO1 Select and utilise a range of creative research and theoretical approaches to develop ideas and creative solutions

LO2 Identify and explore primary and secondary research from a range of contemporary sources

LO3 Demonstrate skill and confidence in writing in an academic context

LO4 Use appropriate English language and study skills to communicate ideas, creative solutions and problem solving

Task 1Choose Title

  • Choose one of the titles below
  • Show your understanding of the essay title/question by identifying the topic and focus, and the task/instructions.
  • Provide definitions of key terms/vocabulary
Essay Title: To what extent is Climate Change a result of human activities? To what extent isFast Fashion driving climate change?

Task 2 References

Search online for 10 relevant and trustworthy academic sources and list them below using the Harvard Referencing System.Be sure to include links for all online sources. (Harvard style)

Source 1   
Source 2 
Source 3   
Source 4   
Source 5 
Source 6   
Source 7   
Source 8   
Source 9   
Source 10   

Task 3 Source Evaluation

Conduct the CRAAP Test on one of your listed sources. Complete notes on the results in the following template:

Source (Harvard Reference): 

Task 4 Timetable of planning

Submit an Essay Plan Timeline outlining the tasks involved and the estimated time range for the completion of each stage. Mark the actual completion date for each task as it is finished.

Planned DatesTask StagesDate Completed
 Tasks 1-3: Analyse the essay Q and brainstorm ideas Preliminary research – finding trustworthy sources and the CRAAP Test 
 Task 5: Reading and note-taking 
 Task 6: Essay Plan – outlining main points and evidence from reading materials including an introduction, main body and conclusion 
 Revise Essay plan/edit 
 Research and Revise main points – including for and against arguments 
 Write plan in the Workbook 
04/01/2022  Workbook Submission 

Task 5 Note taking and Making

Make notes on at least three sources and record them below. Try to use varied note taking techniques and ensure that notes are summaries in your own words and not direct copies from original sources.

  1. Cornell Notes:
  Essay Title:                                                           Date:   Reference: In-text citation: Reference list: Key Ideasand                           Notes Questions                                                             Summary of key ideas            
  1. Linear Notes
Essay Title:                                                                                               Date:   Reference: In-text citation: Reference list:
  1. Mind Maps or Spider Diagrams
Essay Title:                                                                                                                   Date:   Reference: In-text citation: Reference list:
  Example to draw here – delete this example and draw your own or use an online tool:      

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Task 6 Planning

Write anessay plan, this is only a plan and you may change it over time.Include a thesis statement highlighting the main argument. Include arguments for and against the thesis statement. Include citations to support the points you make.

Essay Title:  
General / Background Information     
Specific Facts and Information (more focused)     
Thesis Statement     
Outline Statement   
  Yes – main ideas and support (humans are the main cause of climate change to a certain extent) (fast fashion is driving climate change to a certain extent)  
  1. __________________________________________________________________________________ .                                                                                                                                               (citation)                                                                                                                                               (citation)
  2. __________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                 (citation)                                                                                                                                                (citation)
  3. __________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                (citation)                                                                                                                                              (citation)
No – main ideas and support (natural processes are responsible for climate change to a certain extent, not only humans) (fast fashion is only driving climate change to a certain extent – there are solutions)  
  1. _____________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                           (citation)                                                                                                                                          (citation)
  2. _____________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                         (citation)                                                                                                                                         (citation)
  3. _____________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                          (citation)                                                                                                                                        (citation)
Summary of Main Body Ideas   
Reinforce Thesis Statement   
Recommendation or Prediction   


Task 7: Response to Feedback

Use the feedback on your Workbook to make changes to your draft essay / improve it.

Complete the table with examples:

Teacher FeedbackAmendment
    PEEL Structure and Organisation     
    Argumentand Critical Thinking Comments     
    Citation and References     
    Use of Evidence       

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