Assessment information and policies

University of Melbourne Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326)

Student Absence

Where subjects have an 80% attendance hurdle requirement, all student absences will count towards the 20% permitted absence, including absences that are supported by medical certificates or other appropriate documentation. When a student’s absence is approaching 20%, eligible students are encouraged to submit a ‘Special Consideration’ application. If approved, an academic adjustment plan may provide for up to 30% absence.

Submission via Turnitin

Assessment tasks are normally submitted in electronic form via Turnitin which is located within each subject site on the Learning Management System (LMS).

Non-electronic submission

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

Non-electronic assessment tasks should be submitted on the day the assessment task is due unless otherwise requested by academic staff.

Where applicable assessment tasks 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: 9am - 4.30pm Friday: 9.30am - 4.00pm

Extensions and late submissions

Read the University of Melbourne's extensions procedures
Assessment task extensions may be granted by Subject Coordinators. Students are required to complete the MGSE Extension Application prior to the assessment task due date.

Download request for extension form (PDF, 112 KB)
Assessment tasks submitted after the due date without an extension will be subject to the MGSE Late Submission policy.

Late submission of assessment tasks

A penalty of 10% of the total possible marks for each day the work is late will be applied. This includes weekends. Assessment tasks submitted on the sixth day after the due date or later, will not be marked and will result in a zero.

Exceeding assessment tasks

Students are required to indicate the word count (inclusive of footnotes but not references) at the beginning of their submission. Each 10% that exceeds the word limit will incur a penalty of 5% of the total available marks for the assessment task. For example, an assessment task 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.

Return of assessed work to students

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 assessment tasks 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

Grade Descriptions

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.

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.

Assessment task resubmission

In line with the University of Melbourne policy on Reassessment, students may be offered the opportunity to resubmit an assessment task if they receive a mark between 45% and 49%. In exceptional circumstances, where failure may have a significant impact on 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 available to students who fail an assessment task due to late submission of assessment tasks.

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.

Academic integrity

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 Academic Integrity expectations can be found on the website.

Unsatisfactory progress

Please refer to the University of Melbourne’s academic progress review policy (MPF1291) which outlines academic progression decisions and processes.

Please refer to the following links for further information:

Student equity and disability support (including special consideration)

Students who require support with their studies are encouraged to refer to the University of Melbourne Student Equity and Disability Support website.

Student conduct

Please refer to the University of Melbourne Student Conduct Policy (MPF1324) for an overview of student behavioural standards and expectations.