Assessment Guidelines

Most courses include assessments such as essays, reports, online tasks, group work or seminar presentations. A few courses are also assessed by examination. Details about assessment for individual courses are included within the course outline in the course materials. Below you will find information on how to prepare for assessment tasks and where to find further resources.

Submission of Assignments

Format for submitting assignments

  • All assignments should be submitted on A4 paper, typed with double line spacing, on one side of the page only.
  • All pages should be numbered and have sufficient margin for comments (4 cm on the left and 2cm on the right hand side, top and bottom margins).
  • Student name, course code, date and assignment title should be included in the header or footer on every page, and in the file name.
  • Don't forget to keep a copy (preferably an electronic copy) of your assignment for your records and in case the original copy goes astray.
  • Please note:  All assignments submitted electronically will use the Turnitin similarity detection software.  Turnitin is an originality checking and plagiarism prevention tool that enables submitted written assignments to be checked for plagiarism including improper citation or misappropriated content. For more on how to avoid plagiarism, see section on plagiarism.
  • Students should note any specific assignment submission instructions in the relevant course outline.

Where to submit assignments

Internal courses
Assignments for internal courses are submitted electronically via UNSW Blackboard (or UNSW Moodle if your course is provided in Moodle).

External Courses
Assignments for external courses are submitted electronically via UNSW Blackboard (or UNSW Moodle if your course is provided in Moodle).

Return of Assignments

Marked Assignments: Marked assignments will be sent back electronically.

Extensions: Extension of up to one week is only granted if requested before the due date. Longer extensions are only considered with a medical certificate, unless other appropriate reason is given.

Late Assignments: All late assignments (unless extension or exemption is previously agreed) will incur a marking penalty. This rule applies if the assignment is one day or one week late. Assignments will not be marked if submitted after other students' assignments are returned.

Re-submitting assignments: Only assignments awarded a Fail (FL) can be resubmitted for re-marking. The maximum grade that can be achieved after re-marking is a Pass (PS).