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

Assignments are submitted electronically via eMed or UNSW Moodle (some online courses). Some assignments are submitted in hard copy at the rural clinical schools, which are noted in the subject guides.

Format for submitting assignments

  • Assignments should be submitted as a Word document in 12 point font (either Times New Roman, Helvetica or Arial).
  • Assignments should be typed with one and a half or double line spacing, and must include a word count on the title page.
  • To support 'blind' grading, students should not put their name in the files submitted online. Instead, the student number should be on the cover page, and in a header or footer, so that the student number appears on each page of each file submitted. In the case of group projects, the student numbers of all students should be on the cover page, and the number of the student who submitted the project files on each page of each file submitted.
  • Hard copy assignments should be on A4 paper, printed on one side 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).
  • 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.

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).