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Assignments

General requirements

  • Your assignments should be submitted by the due date specified in your Blackboard unit site.
  • Follow ECU referencing guidelines, unless an alternative referencing system is directly negotiated and agreed with your School. The ECU Referencing Library Guide outlines correct standards and methods for referencing print and web-based material.
  • Always keep a backup copy of your assignment.

Presentation of assignments

For written assignments, please use the following presentation guidelines:

  • Word process your document in a standard word processing application such as Microsoft Word or other appropriate software.
  • Use A4 page setup for emailed attachments and leave a suitable margin, (e.g. normal settings at 2.54cm).
  • Number each page.

For some useful tips to help you with your studies, visit our Study Assistance page.

Academic Integrity and Acting with Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity is driven by our ECU values of Integrity, Respect, Rational Inquiry and Personal Excellence and is a shared responsibility for all ECU Students and Staff. Not acting with academic integrity results in Academic Misconduct. This can be plagiarism, unauthorised collaboration and contract cheating. These behaviours are unacceptable and may result in a loss of marks, failing the Unit or being suspended or expelled.

The Student Academic Integrity webpage provides access to resources to support you develop good academic practices to avoid academic misconduct, including help on how to correctly in-text, end-text and paraphrase your work to avoid plagiarism.

Assignment submission dates

Check your unit information on Blackboard to find out what assignments and activities you have to complete and when you need to be submit them by.

Extensions to assignment submission dates

If you wish to defer an assignment (other than an end of semester or formal exam), or seek an extension to the due date for an assignment, up to a maximum of seven calendar days, you must:

  • Apply in writing to the Unit Coordinator.
  • Ensure you apply before the assignment due date.
  • State the grounds on which deferral/extension is sought.

You will be notified of the outcome by the Unit Coordinator.

Normal occupational commitments and extracurricular activities are not accepted as grounds for granting extra time because you are expected to plan ahead. Extensions cannot be granted beyond the end of semester.

Long extensions of time raise the problem of fairness if other students in the unit have had their assignments returned.

If you submit an assignment after the due date without an agreed extension, or beyond the date of an agreed extension, you will usually incur a penalty. In accordance with the University’s regulations, the penalty is 5% (of the maximum mark available) for each calendar day that your assignment is late, up to seven calendar days.

If your assignment is submitted more than one week (seven calendar days) late, you will be awarded a mark of zero.

Submission of assignments

  • All written assignments must be submitted electronically through Turnitin on your unit’s Blackboard site. You should keep your Turnitin receipt.
  • Please follow the instructions provided in your Blackboard unit site or contact your tutor or lecturer for specific instructions.
  • Most non-written assignment tasks will be submitted through Blackboard. Follow the instructions provided in your Blackboard unit site.
  • If you cannot submit your assignments electronically, contact your tutor or lecturer to negotiate alternate submission methods.
  • Always keep a backup copy of your assignment.

Assignment queries

If you have a query about the receipt, content, marking of assignments and extensions to submission dates you should contact your tutor/lecturer.

Contact details for your tutor/lecturer will be in your Blackboard unit site under the Unit Contacts/Staff Information link.

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