What is the structure of the main body of an assignment?
the structure of the main body of an assignment is dictated by at least two factors:
a) The title and wording of the assignment (whether it is your own, negotiated with the tutor- or one that has been given to you).
b) The statement of intent that you write in the introduction, based on the title.
Once you have dealt with the above two elements, the main body of the assignment probably then serves to do at least two things:
a) Demonstrate/show your knowledge of the topic, by including relevant evidence;
b) Analyse/evaluate the evidence you have gathered.
The material you use will usually be grouped into broad categories (assignment sections). That is to say, it is strategically organised. Sometimes the broad categories are indicated by sub titles (as in published research). However, in some disciplines, particularly Arts and Humanities and Social Studies undergraduate courses, this is not always desirable or recommended. Scientists and Engineers, on the other hand, will often make their writing more 'user-friendly' by clearly indicating the different sections. Always check with your department to see exactly what the requirements are, and if possible, have a look at some assignments that have been written previously to get a feel for what is required.