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SPARK: Assignment Purpose

A resource for students wanting to improve their academic and research skills.

Assignment Purpose

It is important to think about the assignment in the context of the course. Your instructor often has particular goals and/or purposes in mind when constructing the tasks for an assignment and part of your job is to figure out what those goals and/or purposes are.

Put yourself in the role of your instructor and consider:

  • “How does this assignment relate to the course objectives?”  
  • “Why am I being asked to do this assignment or to think about this topic/question in this way?”

By giving you this assignment, your instructor may be asking you to:

  • express ideas or concepts in your own words to demonstrate understanding
  • apply relevant concepts to a situation or phenomenon
  • analyze ideas and concepts and consider relationships among them
  • evaluate a decision, perspective or a particular way of doing something
  • create new ideas or perspectives given a particular topic or issue