Structuring your argument and paper

Pull together your thoughts and organise them into a coherent, cohesive structure that directly meets your task requirements.

As academic writing often requires you to take a position and develop this logically throughout the paper, it’s often more effective (and efficient) to map your argument out in full before writing.

At this stage you begin to organise your thoughts and plan your response to the task. Planning before writing helps you to connect ideas and structure your paper to meet your aim, suit your audience and conform to the conventions of that genre (for example, reports, essays). It’s important to consider genre, aim and audience at this stage, as different types of task require a different structure and approach.

What will I learn?

This module will help you:

  • Identify the four elements of an argument: contention, reasoning, support and warrant.
  • Develop an argument map.
  • Analyse structural features of different genres.

How long will it take?

This module should take approximately 40 minutes to complete.

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