How to write a good introduction to coursework?

How to write a good introduction?

The first thing that a teacher reads when opening a term paper is an introduction. Having read the introduction written off from last year’s works, he will not deliver “excellent”. By a competent introduction, on the contrary, you declare that you are applying for a high mark. In addition, by writing your own introduction, you will significantly increase the originality of the work.

How to write an introduction?

The introduction of the course work should contain the following:

  • Justification of the relevance of the selected topic
  • Overview of the level of knowledge of the problem
  • Goals and objectives of the course work
  • Subject and object of study
  • Description of the structure of the course work
  • Characteristics of the used literature
  • Description of research methods used
  • The relevance of the course work
  • The relevance of the topic can be justified from two sides – theoretical and practical.

Relevance from a theoretical point of view arises when the problem is not fully understood, when there are disputes in the scientific community or when the problem is so new that there is simply no good research base.

From a practical point of view, relevance arises when the topic you are studying has some practical significance – for the needs of society, for production, for the state.

For example, the topic of your work on the subject “Corporate Finance”:

This topic can be justified from a practical point of view, as daily decisions made by companies in the field of finance are extremely important for the development of the company, for attracting investors, for raising the status and public confidence in the company.

If you are lucky and the topic can be justified from a theoretical and practical point of view – this is even better.

For example, the theme is “Problems of using genetically modified organisms”.

This topic is relevant because:

The influence of genetically modified organisms has not yet been fully studied, since they are used relatively recently.

The use of GMOs in the production of products applies to each person, and therefore has more practical value.

Degree of knowledge of the problem

This item is closely related to the justification of relevance. In the work it is necessary to indicate the authors who were engaged in the study of problems on the subject chosen by you. It is necessary to briefly assess the degree of knowledge of the problem and determine its place in its solution.


To formulate the purpose of the course work it is necessary several times to carefully read the name of the course work. The goal is the end result we are aiming for.

Suppose the theme of the course work is: “Risk assessment in the activities of the company.”

Then the goal can be formulated as follows: The purpose of this work is to study the features and mechanisms of risk assessment in the activities of the enterprise.

Please note that the goal is always formulated in one sentence! The goal is one, but there are several tasks.


Tasks give an idea of ​​what needs to be done to achieve the goal. These are the steps you need to take to get to the goal. These steps were defined in the work plan, so the tasks are based on the content of the course work.

To formulate tasks, you can use the task designer.

How it works?

We take the content of the course work;

Select the 3-4 most important points;

Substitute the most appropriate verb from the first column and the noun from the second column;

Tasks are ready!

Examples of tasks:

Determine the place of the business plan in the enterprise planning system

Make an analysis of American and foreign business planning techniques

Identify ways to improve the business plans of investment projects

The object and subject of study

The object of study is that which is directly subject to research.

For example, the research topic is: “The degree of influence of social networks on the behavior of young people.”

Then the object of study is a social group, youth. The subject of the research is social networks as a factor influencing the behavior of young people.

Structure description

(“The work consists of ….. In 1 chapter …. In 2 chapter ….. In 3 chapter ….)

Characteristics of literature

Theoretical justification / Practical aspects of implementation / Research methods [Theme of the course work] are presented in the works of American and foreign scientists, such as …, …, …, …. and etc.

Research methods

The research method is a method of obtaining new knowledge and solving the set tasks.

Examples of methods:

  • analysis
  • induction and deduction
  • analogy
  • classification
  • modeling
  • observation
  • measurement, etc.

WHEN to write an introduction?

Despite the fact that the introduction is at the very beginning of the course work, you need to write it at the end.

Why do I need to write an introduction at the end?

Introduction directly depends on what is inside your coursework. If in the process of writing the coursework you change the plan, and you wrote the introduction at the beginning, then you need to remember to update it before handing it over to the teacher.

The introduction and conclusion should be consistent with each other. If the introduction is written at the beginning, and the conclusion at the end there is a danger that they will not match each other.

In the introduction, we describe why the topic we choose is relevant. It is difficult to justify the relevance of the topic, while you have not quite figured it out.

What volume should be in the introduction?

To reveal all the above points, you will need at least 2 pages. Typically, the requirements for the volume of injection vary in the range of 2-4 pages. If the work is small (up to 25 pages), it is permissible to confine to one page of introduction.

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