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supported in the argument, as there is no evidence about these other areas. Technically, one might say, it is unproven.

c The phrase 'devoting some weeks and an assignment to that task' might be thought by some to be a separate claim, embedded in claim 3. Possibly: but I would see it as detail which expands on and makes sensible the part of claim 3 that says 'directly addresses'—the detail shows how it is direct.

By way of example, here is the basic analytical structure that might be seen to lie beneath this narrative flow:

2. The Department of Media and Information takes a different approach to some other parts of Curtin University in solving the problem of ensuring that students in first-year university units each semester learn, quickly, the methods and skills of correct referencing.

1. In some courses, students are very much left to fend for themselves, relying on, perhaps, the services of the university library, advice ojfered by individual stajf members, or simply muddling through on the basis of critical feedback on their first assignments.

3. The Department of Media and Information uses its first-year unit MCI 101: Research and Presentation Project to address directly the need that students have to learn the methods and skills of correct referencing by devoting some weeks in class and an assignment to that goal.

4. Students in the Department of Media and Information also practise the methods and skills of correct referencing learned in MCI 101: Research and Presentation Project in the assignments required in other first-year units that they are studying at the same time.

Moving on to the second paragraph:

[Nevertheless, even when direct attention of the kindd just outlined has been paid to referencing, some students continue to struggle with it.]5 [The problem is not merely a technical one]6, since6 [all the students at university are capable of learning to follow the kinds of technical directions that lay out the appropriate steps needed to reference their work.]7 What then is the cause of this problem?1 DMI would suggest that [many students (including some who are quite able referencers) remain confused about the admittedly complex set of reasons that explain why referencing is so

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