Selection of coursework topics is usually based on the subject being covered and relevance in terms of the study program. Classroom study covers the topic to be considered for coursework. However, students have to select sub topics that may be extensions of the main topic. In other words, it could be based on research. Students may not have knowledge how to write an academic paper, but the principles would have been covered in class. An exercise in food technology coursework is a practical topic that may vary with the current technology being covered. It need not be included in the curriculum, but the same principles may apply. Focus should be on choosing coursework topics that enhance knowledge about the subject being covered in the study program. Simple guidelines can be followed to choose the topics.
1. Find a problem first and then decide if it can be used as a topic. Once a problem has been identified, conduct primary research over the internet to check out content around the problem. Does it have a proven solution? Do many websites provide answers to the question posed? Basically, the solutions, coverage, and content should be verifiable and unique. A list of supporting data can be noted down and analyzed. Arguments can be formulated around the basic answer.
2. Planning is essential to reach a goal in time. A topic may offer content, but does it cover the topic in detail? For example, “essay on my school” is a simple topic based on information about the school. If the school has started functioning just recently, students may not find enough information either in terms of achievements or research content based on background. It may not be a good topic for coursework.
3. Measure coursework topics by the scope they offer to present discussions. The topic should have a main idea that can be defined. The nature and character of the problem should be such that it affords opportunity to describe the idea in measurable terms. Rash driving would be a good idea. It can be defined in measurable terms. There would be laws governing the role of drivers. Illegalities such as drunk driving would be punishable by law. Tips can be offered on safe driving. An analysis can be made on the limits of alcohol in the blood. Several other ideas can be explored, each backed by solid evidence.
4. General topics can be thought of at first. Some topics include political systems; economic status, level of education, the institution of marriage, smoking and its ill effects, places of interest; essay competitions; recent scientific discoveries, local art, sports activities in school and college.
5. Topics need research content that is recent and focused on the thesis statement. Secondary research should be centered around each argument.
6. Allocation of time is of vital importance to complete a project in time. Coursework has to be submitted at the end of the term, which gives students ample time to select the right topics and complete it.