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What is an abstract, in the terms of an a-level piece of coursework?

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What is an abstract, in the terms of an a-level piece of coursework?

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Its a brief summary of your intro/results. It relatively short. You should do it at the end of your work, makes it much easier to summarise your work as you know what you have done.
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Its between 100 and 300 words at the start of the work explaining what was looked at, how and what the main conclusions were

SZA is right though - it's best to do when you've finished but place it at the very beginning of the work.
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Its between 100 and 300 words at the start of the work explaining what was looked at, how and what the main conclusions were

SZA is right though - it's best to do when you've finished but place it at the very beginning of the work.
100 to 300 words but on conclusions and evaluations etc* i do around 70 words so it wont really effect me a lot
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100 to 300 words but on conclusions and evaluations etc* i do around 70 words so it wont really effect me a lot
It's for big coursework/academic papers - usually around 5,000-10,000 words in total...which is why it's good practice to include an abstract for people to read to find out if your paper/research is relevent to them.
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Its between 100 and 300 words at the start of the work explaining what was looked at, how and what the main conclusions were

SZA is right though - it's best to do when you've finished but place it at the very beginning of the work.
Yeah thats what i mean - soz if its wasn't clear.

Do it at the end of the work. But place it at the front.
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It's for big coursework/academic papers - usually around 5,000-10,000 words in total...which is why it's good practice to include an abstract for people to read to find out if your paper/research is relevent to them.
how long does it take to do the coursework?
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how long does it take to do the coursework?
My dissertation took 5 months (but that was alongside the rest of my uni work)...1 week of fieldwork + 2 weeks in the lab + about a month writing up and finding any other relevent papers.
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My dissertation took 5 months (but that was alongside the rest of my uni work)...1 week of fieldwork + 2 weeks in the lab + about a month writing up and finding any other relevent papers.
what happens if you go over 10,000 words
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what happens if you go over 10,000 words
I never had that problem (my dissertation was only 4,500 words long (+ 20 pages of lab readouts))...but for every 1000 words over a word limit we would get penalised by losing 5% of our mark...but the levels and the amount penalised would vary depending on who was marking the coursework. Word limits are only really common in the sciences though - art subjects often have word minimums (which is why I chose the sciences )
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(Original post by Pencil Queen)
I never had that problem (my dissertation was only 4,500 words long (+ 20 pages of lab readouts))...but for every 1000 words over a word limit we would get penalised by losing 5% of our mark...but the levels and the amount penalised would vary depending on who was marking the coursework. Word limits are only really common in the sciences though - art subjects often have word minimums (which is why I chose the sciences )
damn those people who invented word limits but thanks as well
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you can also use the "autosummarize" tool on Word, but make sure you check it- it won't always make sense.
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you can also use the "autosummarize" tool on Word, but make sure you check it- it won't always make sense.
How do i do that exactly?

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How do i do that exactly?

PS Thanks SZA, Pencil Queen and the little penguin kid (I've forgot your name sorry!) for your help

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little penguin kid suits me fine
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little penguin kid suits me fine
Lol!
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Lol!
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but for every 1000 words over a word limit we would get penalised by losing 5% of our mark
How many pages is 4500 words?
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Bear with my while I dig out the zip disc with the final draft on and I'll tell you....
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How many pages is 4500 words?
why are you using your 2776 2 account?
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Bear with my while I dig out the zip disc with the final draft on and I'll tell you....
It was 29 pages on "Clay Minerals in Jurassic rocks from Dorset"

If you're interested my abstract was:

A study of the clay mineralogy of the Corallian in Dorset found three anomalies: an abundance of smectite, an absence of kaolinite and a sudden change in values within the Bencliff Grit.

It was concluded that the abundance of smectite was due to a combination of increased volcanic activity and differential settling of different sized clay minerals.

The absence of kaolinite was concluded to be due to drainage of major landmasses away from the Wessex Basin, resulting in settling out of large kaolinite flakes elsewhere.

The anomaly in the Bencliff Grit would appear to back up both Goldring et al. (1998) and the indirect sedimentation theories, in that storm related currents could provide a more direct sedimentation route.

Further studies of clay mineralogy of the Corallian, in Dorset and Yorkshire, and sediment maturity studies could help prove or disprove these conclusions.
Thrilling eh?
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