Writing structure

Basic writing structure

Academic writing has a particular structure. All assignments require an introduction, body and conclusion and this structure can be represented like a diamond. The diamond structure repeats on a small level in paragraphs and assigned tasks and on a larger level in the structure of an assignment. Some assignments require adjustments to this structure such as nursing care plans, experiments or briefing notes. However, all assignments require basic writing structure.

Essay structure

Essays are commonly used as an assessment item at QUT. However, there are differently structured essays according to the language of the essay question and directive words used.

QUT cite|write gives more information on how to structure different types of essays:

Different assignment structures

There are different types of assignments that are not essays and thus require different writing structures: