Assessment information and policies

Submission via Turnitin

Student assignments should normally be submitted in electronic form via Turnitin which is located within each subject’s site on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Non-electronic submission

Assignments should only be submitted in non-electronic form when specifically requested by academic staff.

Non-electronic assignments should be submitted on the day the assignment is due unless otherwise organised by academic staff.

Assignments are to be submitted to:

Reception - Ground floor
Kwong Lee Dow Building
234 Queensberry Street
University of Melbourne 3010
Phone: +61 3 8344 8285

Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 5:15pm Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

There is an after-hours assignment deposit chute located to the left of the counter.

Coversheets

Assignment coversheets are an important tool, acknowledging that your work complies with the University’s rules of assessment.

Turnitin

Coversheets are included in the Turnitin submission process.

Non-electronic submission

You must print a coversheet for each assignment and attach this to the front of your assignment.

You can print the cover sheets from any computer with internet access including the computer labs within the Kwong Lee Dow Building. All students submitting a group assignment must ensure each coversheet is stapled to the front of the assignment.

When you submit the assignment the allocated barcode will be scanned and you will receive an email confirming receipt. Assignments will not be accepted without the correct cover sheet.

Download the assignment cover sheet

Extensions and late submissions

Download the extensions procedures (PDF, 155 KB)
Assignment extensions are the responsibility of academic staff.

Download request for extension form (PDF, 41.5 KB)
Assignments submitted after the due date without an extension will be subject to the Melbourne Graduate School of Education's (MGSE) policy on late submission of essays/assignments.

Late submission of essays/assignments

These guidelines will apply from 1 Feb 2012.

Unless an extension has been granted, for essays/assignments submitted after the due date, the mark a student is awarded for their work will be reduced by 10% of the total possible marks for each day the work is late, including Saturday and Sunday. Using electronic submission means work may be submitted on any day. Assignments that are submitted late and are marked to a fail as a result of late submission may not be resubmitted.

Unless an extension has been granted, assignments submitted later than 5 days (i.e., 6 days or later) after the due date will not be marked.

Approved by Director, Office of Learning and Teaching
12 Dec 2011

Exceeding word limits in assignments

These guidelines will apply from 23 July 2012.

Penalty for exceeding the word limit on assignments in MGSE to apply from semester 2, 2012. These guidelines apply to all written assignments set in undergraduate and graduate programs in MGSE.

  • All students will indicate on the front of each assignment the number of words, inclusive of footnotes but not references, contained in the assignment.
  • At the discretion of the Board of Examiners, assignments that exceed the word limit, inclusive of footnotes but not references, will attract a marking penalty that is 5% of the total available marks for each 10% that the number of words exceeds the word limit. For example an assignment that is 10% over the word limit attracts a penalty of 5% of the total available marks, 20% over the limit attracts a penalty of 10% of the total available marks, 30% over attracts a penalty of 15% of the total available marks.

Approved by Director, Office of Learning and Teaching
9 July 2012

Return of assessed work to students

The following guidelines were approved at MGSE Program Co-ordination Working Group on 21 July 2014 and are to be used in all MGSE undergraduate and graduate coursework programs from the start of semester 2, 2014 onwards.

Academic staff in MGSE will make every effort to return assessed work to students within three weeks of the date of submission.

Academic staff will advise students of the expected return date of each component of assessment in a subject. This will be done within two weeks of the start of teaching, or for intensive subjects, within the first quarter of the teaching period for that subject.

Graduate coursework grading criteria

The following grading criteria was approved at the MGSE Program Co-ordination Working Group on 27 May 2013 and are to be used in all MGSE coursework programs from the start of semester 2, 2013 onwards.

Grade Descriptions

The following grade descriptions are intended to indicate in general terms the kind of achievement to be expected at each grade Level, and in no way replace assessment criteria for individual tasks. They are indicative and not prescriptive: a different mix of qualities may well justify a different grade in different cases. Their wording at times implies written, discursive tasks, and staff grading other kinds of tasks in areas such as the Arts, Health and Physical Education, and Computer Education will need to project the qualities implied onto the different tasks they are assessing.

Note: Since all work must meet the requirements of satisfactory expression, presentation and referencing (see above), these matters are not all mentioned in the grading descriptions below.

H1 (80-100)

This grade is awarded to exceptional work, which:

  • Demonstrates a capacity to work with abstract and original concepts and the ability to relate these to practice;
  • Illustrates a deep understanding of the major relevant theoretical perspectives;
  • Is thoroughly researched, with the data or scholarship collected discriminately from a wide range of sources;
  • Interprets data and sources critically and rigorously;
  • Possesses a sophisticated structural control in presenting and developing ideas and in drawing conclusions.

H2A (75-79)

This grade is awarded to work of a very high standard, which:

  • Demonstrates the ability to analyse and integrate a broad range of relevant sources;
  • Illustrates an understanding of a range of theoretical perspectives;
  • Is well-researched, with the data or scholarship collected selectively from a wide range of sources;
  • Interprets the data and sources consistently and perceptively;
  • Is well-structured, developing logically to conclusions that reflect the evidence and/or arguments presented.

H2B (70-74)

This grade is awarded to work of a high standard, which:

  • Shows evidence of research, through selection of relevant sources;
  • Uses sources accurately, identifying connections between them;
  • Includes evidence of the ability to draw implications from theory;
  • Demonstrates the ability to draw conclusions from data or other sources;
  • Possesses a structure that consistently addresses the topic.

H3 (65-69)

This grade is awarded to sound work, which:

  • Shows evidence of research and demonstrates some understanding of appropriate sources;
  • Demonstrates understanding of the main issues in the topic;
  • Presents data or insights relevant to the topic which are succinctly summarised, although often no more than paraphrased;
  • Generally supports its contentions with appropriate evidence;
  • Possesses a structure that addresses the topic.

P (50-64)

This grade is awarded to satisfactory work, which:

  • Shows understanding of the task;
  • Presents data or insights that are relevant to the topic, but these might rely on source material, with little transformation to demonstrate understanding;
  • Generally addresses the topic and organises some of the ideas clearly;
  • May lack sufficient or appropriate analysis;
  • May include contentions that are not properly supported with appropriate evidence.

N (0-49)

This grade is awarded to unsatisfactory work, which may:

  • Be conceptually unsound;
  • Show evidence of not having understood the task properly;
  • Be largely irrelevant;
  • Derive unsustainable or no conclusions from the data presented;
  • Include unjustified claims;
  • Possess an incoherent structure.

Assignment re-submission guidelines

The following guidelines were approved at the MGSE Program Co-ordination Working Group on 22 July 2013 and are to be used in all MGSE undergraduate and graduate coursework programs from the start of semester 2, 2013 onwards.

Students may be offered the chance to resubmit work if they receive a mark between 45% and 49% for either an individual assignment or the subject as whole. In exceptional circumstances students who receive a mark between 40% and 44.9% for their work may be offered a chance to resubmit. Work that is resubmitted can be awarded a maximum mark of 50%

Re-assessment will not be available to students who fail a subject or individual assignments due to late submission of assignments.

Assignment re-marking guidelines

The following guidelines were approved at the MGSE Program Co-ordination Working Group on 22 July 2013 and are to be used in all MGSE undergraduate and graduate coursework programs from the start of semester 2, 2013 onwards.

With the exception of double marking required for failed assessment, examiners/assistant markers are obliged to mark each piece of assessment only once.

Students who are unhappy with their mark should initially discuss the mark with their lecturer/tutor and if they wish to pursue a claim of an error in academic judgment by an assessor, the chair of the examination board must determine whether the original mark was appropriately determined according to established marking criteria.

Academic honesty and plagiarism

MGSE expects students to demonstrate a profound respect for the truth and for the ethics of scholarship.

Information about University and MGSE expectations, policies and guidelines regarding academic honesty and plagiarism can be found on the University's academic honesty and plagiarism page.

Unsatisfactory progress

The University of Melbourne and the University Student Union both provide information about what unsatisfactory progress is, and what to do if you receive a letter from the University about your academic progress.