session 9

Notice to Students

Units 3 and 6

 Presenting written work

The following are tips for presenting written work for HND Fashion units 3 and 6

 1 All work must be word processed.

 2 Spell check your essay, then re-read and edit it, correcting any grammar and punctuation. Rewrite sentences if they make no sense.

 3 The front cover must have your name, A Title, the month and year, and Unit 3 or 6

 4 Repeat this information at the top of the contents page. Underneath list various sections, such as introduction, analysis, conclusion, bibliography, list of illustrations, illustrations, each with their page number next to it. All subsequent pages should be numbered, starting with the introduction as page 1.

 5 Keep each section separate and single sided, so the introduction has a page(s) to itself, as does the conclusion etc. Make sure the introduction and conclusion are at least 200 words each.

 6 All titles (of books, magazines, websites, designs, artworks) should be underlined, and dated if relevant).

 7 Make sure you use quotes, and reference them correctly, with the author and page number of the book it is from in brackets afterwards). Explain the quote, and why you have used it. Short quotes of under 4 lines can be written within the body of the text, in italics or with single inverted commas either end, such as Pevsner states ‘the Modern Movement is a genuine and independent style’(Pevsner p.215)

 8 Quotes of longer than 4 lines must be presented as a separate paragraph and indented like this, without inverted commas (Rushton, p.1208).

 9 All written work that is not a quote must be your own words. You may rephrase other peoples’ ideas without quoting, but you must state this is what you are doing (e.g. In his book Sources of Modern Architecture, Pevsner sees Modernism as a specific movement).

 10 Bibliographies should be listed in alphabetical order by author surname first, followed by initial(s), then the title (underlined), then publisher and date. Put websites/links together at the end of the bibliography.

 11 Illustrations should be at the end, numbered, and preceded by a numbered list of illustrations.

 12 All work must be bound, with sleeves and a plastic spine

Plagiarism – what is it, and how can I avoid it

 It is evil!! It consumes students and sends them down into eternal damnation. It is temptation – Eve holding the golden apple to Adam and saying ‘bite, bite’. (Steve Rushton, 2009)

 Some people do it without knowing it – this handout will help you recognise it, and save you!

  • Using a word someone else has used, in a book, or article: fine – words are for everyone.
  • Using part of a sentence, or anything longer, like a paragraph that someone else has written, in a book, or article: NOT FINE. These are someone’s design, work of art. DON’T STEAL IT. IT’S THEFT.

What you can do, is either quote it, or use your own words to explain what you understand by the sentence. This can be harder than it seems, because sometimes the sentence seems perfect, couldn’t have been written better.

 A tip: read the sentence, or paragraph, or page, whatever you want to use. Make sure you understand it – if you don’t, it’s not worth using. Then turn the book over, so you can’t see the sentence etc, and write down your understanding. Try it more than once if you don’t get it right first time. Then before you finish, make sure you reference the book etc it’s from, e.g. ‘In Fashion is Fab, Joan Smith says that…….(p.64).

 Now you know, you can’t say you haven’t been warned. Students will be referred if they plagiarize, and it is so easy for tutors to spot.

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