Here you will find information about Assessments including extensions, academic integrity, and more
There is an attendance hurdle for all education coursework subjects of 80%, excluding subjects offered in a fully online mode and placement subjects. This attendance hurdle applies to seminars, tutorials, labs and workshops, unless otherwise stated in the handbook. Some subjects include lectures in the calculation of attendance, others do not. Please refer to a particular subject in the handbook for details.
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Subjects involving placements have a 100% attendance hurdle associated with registration stipulations, such as for the Victorian Institute of Teaching. This can be for the placement component of the subject only (with coursework at 80%); or both the placement and coursework components can have a 100% attendance hurdle. Please refer to a particular subject in the handbook for details.
If you think you may not be able to meet an attendance hurdle you are encouraged to contact your Subject Coordinator(s) and the MGSE Student Wellbeing Officer email@example.com to discuss options. These options may include applying for Special Consideration.
Assessment Task Submission
Student assessment tasks should be submitted in electronic form via Turnitin which is located within each subject’s site on the Learning Management System (LMS).
Assessment tasks should only be submitted in non-electronic form when specifically requested by academic staff, for example folio assessments. Non-electronic assessment tasks should be submitted, on the day due, to the Reception, Ground floor, Kwong Lee Dow Building, 234 Queensberry Street, University of Melbourne 3010. Opening hours are Monday to Thursday: 9am–4:30pm; and Friday: 9:30am–4:00pm. Phone: +61 3 8344 8285.
Extension to an Assessment Task Due Date
One-off assessment task extensions of up to 10 working days may be granted by the Subject Coordinator. Please note that ‘working day’ (interchangeable with ‘business day’) means any weekday on which the University is open and includes weekdays that are gazetted Public Holidays that the University does not recognise, e.g. Labour Day.
Students are required to complete the MGSE Extension Application form which must be submitted prior to the assessment task due date to be considered.
Extensions may be granted for:
- Illness, injury or a medical condition, supported by a medical certificate, which covers the period leading up to the submission date. For example, a medical certificate for three days is likely to entitle you to a three-day extension;
- the death or diagnosis of a serious illness of a family member, partner or friend;
- illness during the period prior to submission of a family member or partner, for whom the student is the primary caregiver, supported by documentary evidence;
- circumstances that substantially impact on the preparation of an assessment task, such as family breakdown or substantial change to economic circumstances;
- events or circumstances of national or state significance within cultural, sporting, military, emergency service or legal domains that require your participation, supported by documentary evidence.
Please note that “workload” is not normally a reason for granting an extension.
Where a longer extension is required, students must apply for Special Consideration. There are two forms of Special Consideration: “unexpected circumstances” and “ongoing support.”
Special Consideration (unexpected circumstances) is available if a student needs an extension longer than 10 working days. Students must apply for special consideration no later than 4 days before the submission due date so that it can be processed in a timely way. If later than 4 days, students must apply for and be granted retrospective special consideration for penalties to be reversed.
Special Consideration (ongoing support) is available where the expected duration of impact is six weeks or more. Circumstances might include a chronic or permanent health condition or an official commitment. Students register and attend an interview to discuss study adjustments and support needs and may be provided with a personalised Academic Adjustment Plan (AAP). An AAP can support extensions of up to 10 working days.
- it is a student’s responsibility to notify relevant academic staff (including placement staff, if applicable) if an Academic Adjustment Plan is agreed upon.
- students who have an Academic Adjustment Plan do not need to apply for an extension using the extension form but must advise the Subject Coordinator/s that an extension is required, suggesting the number of days required, within the maximum of 10 working days.
Late Submission of an Assessment Task
Assessment tasks submitted after the original due date without an extension, or after the new due date if an extension has been granted by the Subject Coordinator, will be subject to a penalty of 10% of the total possible marks for each working day the assessment task is late. Please note that ‘working day’ (interchangeable with ‘business day’) means any weekday on which the University is open and includes weekdays that are gazetted Public Holidays that the University does not recognise, e.g. Labour Day. Assessment tasks submitted on the sixth day after the due date or later will not be marked and will result in a zero.
Please note that an assessment task which is marked as a fail, due in whole or part to late submission, will not qualify for the possibility of reassessment (see Assessment Task Resubmission, below).
Exceeding An Assessment Task Word Count
Students are required to indicate the word count (inclusive of notes such as footnotes or end-notes, but not references) at the beginning of their submission. For every 10% that the submission exceeds the word limit a penalty of 10% of the total available marks for the assessment task will be incurred. For example, an assessment task that is 0-9% over the word limit attracts no penalty; 10-19% over the word limit attracts a penalty of 10% of the total available marks; 20-29% over the limit attracts a penalty of 20% of the total available marks; until a limit of 60% over the word limit is reached, when the submission will not be marked as it is automatically a fail.
The Subject Coordinator determines the nature of the moderation practices for each assessment task in a subject and this information is made available to students enrolled in the subject by the Subject Coordinator, via the LMS and/or subject guide.
Assessment Task Double Marking
In line with the University of Melbourne Policy on Double marking, double marking is only required for failed assessment tasks where a student has failed the subject overall. This means that a failed assessment task falling earlier during a subject will only be double marked if the student has failed the subject overall.
In line with the University of Melbourne Policy on Review of Assessment of Student Work, if a student believes they have just cause to request a review of a result, they should do so to the Subject Coordinator in writing within 10 business days after the publication of the results for the assessed item – with a rationale that explains why they believe a review should be conducted. Note that students are not automatically entitled to have their result reviewed or their work marked by a different examiner. Read more about appealing result a result
Return of Assessed Work to Students
Academic staff will advise students of the expected return date of assessment tasks in a subject, which is usually conducted via Turnitin on the LMS. Academic staff in MGSE will make every effort to return assessed work to students within three weeks of the due date for the assessment task.
Assessment Task Resubmission (Reassessment)
In line with the University of Melbourne policy on Reassessment, students may be offered the opportunity to resubmit an assessment task (a student cannot apply for this) if they receive a mark between 45% and 49% and failing the assessment task will significantly impact their course progression. In exceptional circumstances (associated with course progression) 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%. Reassessment will not be offered to students who fail an assessment task due wholely to late submission of that assessment task. Please also note the further University of Melbourne policy on Final subject assessment.
Coursework Grading Criteria
The following grade descriptions are intended to indicate in general terms the kind of achievement to be expected at each level, and in no way replace assessment criteria for individual tasks.
All submitted work must meet the requirements of satisfactory expression, presentation and referencing, therefore these are not referred to specifically in the grading descriptions below.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This grade is used when a student fails because they have not satisfactorily completed all prescribed (hurdle) requirements and would otherwise have passed the subject. A mark of 49% appears on the transcript, 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.
The University of Melbourne expects the highest ethical standards from its students and staff in all areas of their academic work and professional behaviour. Please refer to the University of Melbourne policy on Academic Integrity. More Information about the University of Melbourne’s Academic Integrity expectations can be found on this website.
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.
- University of Melbourne - Unsatisfactory progress
- University of Melbourne - Course Academic Progress Committee Meetings (CAPC)
- University of Melbourne Student Union - What is academic progress?
Please refer to the University of Melbourne Student Conduct Policy (MPF1324) for an overview of student behavioural standards and expectations.
If you are experiencing difficulties which are having a negative impact on your study, please contact the MGSE Student Wellbeing Officer firstname.lastname@example.org