Coursework submission overview

Things to take into consideration when setting deadlines and explaining coursework submission requirements to students. 

Presentation and referencing 

Aspects of presentation and referencing should be included in the school's Code of practice on assessment.

Standard guidance on referencing has been approved and students should be directed to the library website which explains which system is approved for each school and how each system is used.

Students should be told explicitly if they are required to use a different format or different referencing system for a particular piece of work.

Coursework submission

Deadlines

Schools should make sure they set deadline times well within office hours and make deadline times clear to students. Wherever possible, avoid setting deadlines on Fridays, the last day of term or on the first day of formal examination periods. 

Electronic submission

Electronic submission is usually via turnitin. The VLE service provides advice for staff on using turnitin within the VLE. Schools may ask students to submit both electronically and in hard copy. If this is the case, they should make it clear to students the arrangements that apply if one copy is submitted before the deadline and one is late, or if one copy is submitted but not the other. This information should be included in the school Code of practice on assessment.

If work is submitted electronically a record is kept automatically of the time of submission.

Statements of academic integrity

Students must complete a statement of academic integrity for all coursework submissions. There is a standard form of words but schools and faculties may incorporate the text into their own coversheets. The exact arrangements in place should be made clear in the school Code of practice on assessment.

Penalties which may be applied

If students submit coursework after the given deadline or if they exceed the given word count, the school should apply the appropriate penalties.

Exceeding word count

The school policy should be clearly stated in the Code of practice on assessment.  

Late submission

Depending on whether a school uses the 20-90 or 0-100 marking scale there are specific expressions of the late submission penalties:

20-90 mark scale

For every period of 24 hours or part thereof that an assessment is overdue, the student will lose 5 marks (assuming the work is marked out of 90 on the 20-90 scale). If a piece of work is handed in within 24 hours of the deadline, 5 marks is deducted; work submitted between 24 and 48 hours late is deducted 10 marks, and so on. The deduction is applied to this particular assessed component before any conflation with other marks to give the overall module result.

Work submitted more than 14 days late will receive a mark of 20 on the 20-90 scale.

If the deduction applied is larger than the mark the work is given, the work will receive a mark of 20 on the 20-90 scale.

0-100 mark scale

For every period of 24 hours or part thereof that an assessment is overdue, the student will lose 5% of the total marks available for the assessment. This equates to 5 marks on the 0-100 scale. The deduction is applied to this particular assessed component before any conflation with other marks to give the overall module result.

Work submitted more than 14 days late will receive a mark of 0 on the 0-100 scale.

If the deduction applied is larger than the mark the work is given, the work will receive a mark of 0 on the 0-100 scale. 

School-specific information

If there are particular types of coursework, for example weekly homework sheets, schools may specify appropriate penalties, and publish these to students in their Code of practice on assessment