For General Insurance, Insurance Broking, Loss Adjusting, Life Insurance and Workers Compensation/Personal Injuries Management modules, the assignment is worth 30% of the overall mark.

For the Financial Planning and Risk Management qualifications, the assignment is worth 50% of the overall mark.

Plan your Assignment

Read over the assignment topic carefully to work out exactly what you are being asked to do. Be sure to read any relevant case studies. If parts of the topic are unclear to you, discuss them with other students or your work colleagues. Talking about a topic with others will help you to understand it better, but be mindful that you need to work on the assignment by yourself.

Plan your assignment carefully before you start writing. Here are some tips that may be useful:

  • Think carefully about the topic and how you will approach it. Time spent thinking will be rewarded later on as you begin to write.
  • Read as widely as you can about the topic. Re-read the module and try and find as many texts, workplace documents or journal articles as you can. Record the publishing details of any texts or articles you use in your assignment and make sure you include them in a list of references.
  • Make notes on the topic. As you develop your ideas for the assignment, write notes under headings and sub-headings. This will help you structure your material in a logical order.

Use Practical Examples

When you are framing your assignment, feel free to make judgments and comments based on your own workplace experience, as long as it is relevant to the topic. Markers will look for evidence that you have understood how the module's concepts apply in practice.

Writing your Assignment

If an assignment has detailed questions these are designed to help you organise your thoughts and to point you towards important issues that you need to address. Make sure you answer these questions fully and, if the assignment includes case studies, refer to details of the case studies to support your ideas.

Double-check each answer to ensure your points are relevant and that you’ve used relevant evidence to support your argument. Also make sure you refer closely to details of case studies if they are part of the assignment.

While no penalty applies for exceeding the prescribed word limit, your assignment will be assessed on the relevance of the answers. Word limits act as a guide to help you work out the approximate size of the expected response. If your assignment is significantly over the suggested limit try removing repetitious or irrelevant material.

Assignment Presentation and Submission

Make sure you keep your sentences short and that you use plain, clear language and avoid unnecessary jargon. It is recommended that you proofread and correct your work carefully in addition to using computer correction functions. Most word processors have a grammar and spell-checking function but they’re not infallible. Try reading each section out loud and make any changes to your expression as needed.