SIT151 – Assignment 2 Point of View Research Essay
In this assignment you need to prepare a research essay which will categorise and critique a topic from games. Your research will appreciate how this topic applies to video game design and development.
This assignment has two components:
1. Point of View (PoV) Essay
2. Self-Assessment of your PoV Essay
This assignment requires you choose one research topic as listed below which will be introduced in the Week 4 and 5 class lectures:
• Serious games
• Representation in games
• Games as art
• Violence in games
For your chosen topic, you will need to form a point of view thesis statement of some issue or aspect of the topic, in order to then present arguments and references evidence and games supporting that point of view in an 800-1000 word essay. A template is available on the SIT151 DeakinSync to assist in structuring your essay. Your essay should show a deep understanding of your topic and issue beyond what is introduced in classes and practicals.
A secondary component of the assignment is a self-assessment. Included as a part of your final submission you will use the marking rubric as defined at the end of this document to perform a self-assessment. See below submission instructions for further information on how to complete both the essay and self-assessment.
An example of the different aspects of the PoV research essay and self-assessment for this assignment is available on DeakinSync.
Structure and Requirements of PoV Research Essay
Your 800-1000 word PoV research essay will clearly state your point of view in the form of a thesis statement, present arguments with referenced evidence and game examples supporting the thesis statement and acknowledge of a counter-argument opposing your thesis statement.
A thesis statement clearly communicates the main claim of the research essay that will be supported. For example, “Video games are a more engaging media format than film”. It should not be presented as a question or open-ended, as the exact claim and conclusion must be clear up-front in your thesis statement.
While the nature of a point-of-view research essay means it is not written impartially (you should be attempting to demonstrate and persuade the reader of one side of an issue), it is important to remember to write and present your essay professionally and avoid argumentative, conversational or blog-like tone of writing. The use of the term “arguments” in the context of a point-of-view essay refers to points supporting the thesis. For example, a thesis statement of “It will rain tomorrow” may have supporting arguments: “Humidity is high today, which often leads to precipitation” and “Weather trends indicate increased chances of rain in this region during summer”.
The essay should include appropriate Harvard-style in-text referencing and a reference list including game examples, as well as supporting referenced images, graphs and diagrams where necessary.
It is recommended you use the provided template document on DeakinSync to assist you in including all following information:
• Title page – include your full name, student number, chosen topic and a title.
• Thesis statement – this is a single sentence that clearly states the point of view you will be arguing.
• Introduction – Introduce the research topic background and thesis. Briefly describe the importance of your thesis to the games industry (what effect would proving your point of view have? Why is it important that it be explored?). Include a quick summary of what will be covered in the rest of the essay.
• Argument 1 – Your first argument supporting the thesis statement. Using evidence from referenced literature as well as game examples, your discussion should be focused on should be focused on supporting the argument and demonstrating it to be valid evidence of your thesis.
• Argument 2 – Your second distinct argument supporting the thesis statement.
• Counter-argument – Brief acknowledgement of evidence opposing the thesis statement, include a short response demonstrating why this is not as strong as the evidence in favour of your thesis statement.
• Conclusion – Summary of the final essay wrapping up how you have demonstrated your thesis statement using supporting arguments and evidence.
• References – a list of all references, game examples and images cited within the text of your essay, presented in Harvard referencing format.
o Requires at least 5 reference sources (not including images), plus at least 2 examples from games • Self-assessment – see guide below for what to include here.
NOTE: The reference list, title page, headings, images, diagrams, charts, captions and self-assessment section do not count towards the word limit.
Research Sources and Referencing
See ‘Research Sources and Referencing’ section of Assignment 1 – Written Report for information of referencing. The Harvard referencing format is required for Assignment 2.
Grading and Self-Assessment
Assignment 2 involves a component of self-assessment. You are required to self-assess your PoV research essay as a part of your final submission using the marking and feedback rubric as outlined below copied onto a new page at the end of your essay document (this is already present in the template provided on DeakinSync). This task is intended to allow you to build your self-reflective skills. The self-assessment aspect will not count towards the word limit.
Your final grade will come entirely from the teaching staff. Your self-assessment mark will not be used.
Please see end of this assignment sheet for an example of how to complete a self-assessment using the rubric.
Marking Rubric for PoV Essay and Self-Assessment
To successfully complete your peer reviews please use the following marking rubric in each reply. The template available on CloudDeakin to assist you in understanding how to complete a peer-review post.
Marking Criteria No effort on the set requirement
Minimal effort achieved
on the set requirement Moderate effort achieved on the set requirement High effort achieved on the set requirement
0 points 1 point 2 points 3 points
Topic and point of view thesis statement is clear and consistent. Point of view is not established. Point of view is generally present but may not be consistent throughout or not immediately apparent. Topic and point of view thesis is clear and generally consistent throughout. Topic and point of view
thesis is clear, interesting and consistent throughout.
Introduction provides background on topic and the industry relevance of the point of view. Component missing from the final submission Some mention of background or relevance to industry, but importance is not clearly apparent. Clear mention of background and importance to the games industry. Detailed statement of the background and importance to the games industry demonstrating deep understanding.
Arguments are distinct and provide clear support for the thesis statement and point of view. Component missing from the final submission Arguments may not be clear or supportive of the thesis. Arguments may not be clearly distinct from each other. Arguments are relevant, supportive of the thesis and clearly distinct. Arguments are relevant, supportive of the thesis and clearly distinct. Arguments clearly extend beyond material covered in class.
Counter-argument and response demonstrates consideration and understanding of opposing viewpoint. Component missing from the final submission. Counter-argument may not by clear or demonstrate an opposing viewpoint to the thesis statement. Counter-argument is clear and demonstrates an opposing viewpoint and evidence to the thesis statement. Counter-argument is clear and demonstrates clearly relevant evidence opposing the thesis statement.
Discussion of arguments and counter-argument demonstrate understanding of the topic. Component missing from the final submission Discussion and exploration of the arguments and counterargument show a basic understanding of the topic material. Discussion and exploration of the arguments and counterargument is persuasive and shows a researched understanding of the topic material. Discussion and exploration of the arguments and counterargument is highly persuasive and show a thoroughly-researched understanding of the topic material beyond what has been covered in class.
Appropriate resources used as supporting evidence including at least 5 references (not including images) plus at least 2 examples from games. Component missing from the final submission. May not meet minimum required number of sources. Resources are present but may be used inconsistently, not strong evidence of the discussion or of a low quality or credibility. Required number of sources met and present throughout. Resources generally support the discussion but may be of mixed quality or not always used effectively Required number of sources met and present throughout. Resources are of a high quality and provide strong support and evidence for the discussion.
Conclusion brings arguments together cohesively to reinforce the thesis statement. Component missing from the final submission. Conclusion is present but may not clearly bring the arguments together to support the thesis. Conclusion bring the arguments together to support the thesis in a clear, logical manner. Conclusion brings the arguments together in a clear, logical and sophisticated manner that persuasively supports the thesis.
Communication and presentation is of a high standard including referencing, spelling, grammar, tone and use of images. Communication has major issues that severely limit readability or do not fulfil requirements. Referencing is present but may have significant issues. Spelling, grammar, tone or use of images may have errors throughout that harm readability and professionalism. Referencing is present with only minor issues. Spelling, grammar, tone and use of images have only minor errors with acceptable polish. Referencing is present with few, if any, issues. Spelling, grammar, tone and use of images is of a professional standard with excellent polish throughout.
Referencing Style: Harvard
The style in which you must cite and reference information in your report is called Harvard Style.
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