This page features authentic sample assignments that you can view or download to help you develop and enhance your academic writing skills. They include academic essays, reports, case studies as well as reflective writing.
Many students have consulted with HELPS Advisors over the years and have wanted to view past assignments to guide them in their own writing. The assignments have been provided by staff and students with their consent to demonstrate original pieces of writing.
The sample essays below are divided into specific disciplines to assist you in your writing. They reflect different genres of writing according to the particular task for that assignment e.g. reflective, argumentative, descriptive. Each assignment is annotated with comments on the important elements of writing such as: argument and thesis, sentence and paragraph structure, style and register, transition language, critical thinking, and referencing. Whenever you see a hyperlink, we recommend that you click on it as it will take you to the relevant page on the HELPS website for more detailed information.
We recommend viewing these sample assignments at the beginning of, and during, your course of studies (or subject) so that you have an idea of the way in which your lecturer or tutor would expect you to write both in terms of language and content.
The sample assignments are ideal as a guide for most coursework students and include material from both undergraduate and postgraduate subjects. If you have any questions, you are always welcome to discuss these assignments face-to-face with a HELPS Advisor at the HELPS Centre.
PLEASE NOTE: Annotations/comments included in these sample written assignments are not prescriptive, are intended as an educational guide and are for reference only. All sample assignments have been submitted using Turnitin® (anti-plagiarism software). Under no circumstances should you copy from these or any other texts.
Arts & Social Sciences
Postmodernism (Essay - Ideas in History) (PDF, 139kB)
Wicked Problem IBP (Sample Essay - Business) (PDF, 354kB)
Design, Architecture & Building
Engineering & Information Technology
Estoppel Law (Essay - Law) (PDF, 250kB)
What's Next after Ethanol? (Report - Science) (PDF, 190kB)