Handing in Your Outline and Essay
- Typed (NOT HAND WRITTEN)
- 12 point font
- Double spaced
- Number all pages
- Include name, student ID, essay title and case study option, and word count
- Pay attention to grammar, spelling and essay structure
- Properly reference your essay with in-text citations and include a reference list
- Reference system must be Harvard
- Word limit does not include final reference list, but DOES include in-text citations
If you are in doubt about the essay format and referencing system required in anthropology, consult the guidelines on the Anthropology Department home page (http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/faculties_and_departments/faculty_of_arts/department_of_anthropology/future_students/undergraduate_study_in_anthropology/writing_an_anthropology_essay/). There are many online sources with more detailed Harvard referencing for all kinds of sources that you might wish to cite, everything from a film to a play to a patent. See, for example, the University of Adelaide’s guide at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/referencing_guides/harvardStyleGuide.pdf.
Handing in your essay. You must submit both outline and essay through Turnitin.
Turnitin: Turnitin can be accessed through the link on the iLearn page for ANTH106. Please note that you cannot resubmit the same assignment twice, so please make sure that you do not make a mistake and submit an earlier draft to Turnitin, because it is not possible to undo this. Once you submit to Turnitin, you cannot withdraw what you have submitted. (So you can’t “accidentally” submit a plagiarised essay then withdraw it and submit the correct one.)
‘Test Your Similarity Index’: About a week before each essay is due, you will find a link on iLearn called ‘Test your Similarity Index’. The point of this link if for you to check the similarity index, that is, to check if your essay is flagged for plagiarism. Uploading your essay to this link will give you a percentage of similarity. The similarity index does not necessarily imply that you have copied, but if your similarity index is high it may mean that you have not referenced properly, or that you have paraphrased sources too closely without using your own words. The point of this link is to help you learn to reference properly and avoid losing marks for poor referencing. The day before the due date for the essays, the link becomes very slow as everyone uses it, so do not leave it to the last minute to check your similarity index. If you leave it to the day before, you may not get a report produced in time to help you. ALSO, PLEASE REMEMBER that submitting your outline / essay to this link does NOT constitute a submission. You must remember to SUBMIT YOUR FINAL COPY of the outline / essay to the proper link before the due date.
Extensions: any extensions must be requested with valid documentation of their necessity (e.g. medical certificate) through the university’s Disruption to Studies procedure. See http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/manage_your_study_program/disruption_to_studies/ for information about whether your circumstances qualify under the university’s policy and information on how to apply for consideration. Any work which is submitted after the due date without an extension will be penalised at the rate of 2 percentage points per day.
Feedback: We take feedback very seriously – we want you to learn from your first essay outline so that you can improve before handing in your essay assignment! Your essays will be returned through the ANTH106 iLearn page, approximately three weeks after submission date, except in the case of late submissions, which will be returned at the markers’ discretion. Your marker will write the feedback on your electronic submission through Grademark (accessed through the Turnitin link where you submitted). Pay close attention to the feedback you get on your outline so that you can benefit from it when writing your essay assignment.
NO CONSIDERATION FOR LOST WORK:
It is the student's responsibility to keep a copy of all work submitted for each unit. No consideration will be given to claims of 'lost work', no matter what the circumstances. BACK IT UP, all the time!
Extensions and Special Consideration:
Late submissions will incur a penalty of 2 percentage points per day, unless the unit convenor has granted an extension due to certified 'unavoidable disruption' (see Student Handbook).
Serious and unavoidable disruption:
The University classifies a disruption as serious and unavoidable if it:
- could not have reasonably been anticipated, avoided or guarded against by the student; and
- was beyond the student's control; and
- caused substantial disruption to the student's capacity for effective study and/or completion of required work; and
- occurred during an event critical study period and was at least three (3) consecutive days duration, and/or
- prevented completion of a final examination.
Prior conditions: Students with a pre-existing disability/health condition or prolonged adverse circumstances may be eligible for ongoing assistance and support. Such support is governed by other policies (NOT by the Disruption to Studies Policy) and may be sought and coordinated through Campus Wellbeing and Support Services (http://students.mq.edu.au/support/health_and_wellbeing/)
Applying for Disruption to Studies:The application must be completed by the student, documented by an authority (e.g. medical professional, police, etc.), and submitted online through www.ask.mq.edu.au. See http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/manage_your_study_program/disruption_to_studies/ for more information.
The University has determined that some circumstances routinely encountered by students are not acceptable grounds for claiming Special Consideration. These grounds include, but are not limited, to:
- Routine demands of employment
- Routine family problems such as tension with or between parents, spouses, and other people closely involved with the student
- Difficulties adjusting to university life, to the self-discipline needed to study effectively, and the demands of academic work
- Stress or anxiety associated with examinations, required assignments or any aspect of academic work
- Routine need for financial support
- Routine demands of sport, clubs and social or extra-curricular activities
For more information, see:
What special consideration may not be used for:
While special consideration may be used to request a deadline extension, special consideration may NOT be used to raise your grade on an assessment task or to get out of completing an assessment task in the unit. (So, for example, you can't submit an essay on time and then ask for it to be graded more "leniently" -- whatever that means -- on the grounds that you weren't well when you were writing the essay.)
Academic or personal difficulties:
Macquarie University provides a range of Academic Student Support Services. Details of these services can be accessed at http://www.student.mq.edu.au.
Plagiarism and Academic Honesty
The University defines plagiarism as: "Using the work or ideas of another person, whether intentionally or not, and presenting this as your own without clear acknowledgement of the source of the work or ideas." Plagiarism is a serious breach of the University's rules and carries significant penalties. You must read the University's definition of plagiarism and its academic honesty policy. These can be found in the Handbook of Undergraduate studies or on the web at: http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.htm The policies and procedures explain what plagiarism is, how to avoid it, the procedures that will be taken in cases of suspected plagiarism, and the penalties if you are found guilty.
Please note that the availability of online materials has made plagiarism easier for students, but it has also made discovery of plagiarism even easier for convenors of units. We now have specialized databases that can quickly identify the source of particular phrases in a student’s work, if not original, and evaluate how much is taken from sources in inappropriate ways. Our advice to you is to become familiar with the guidelines about plagiarism and then ‘quarantine’ the files that you are actually planning on turning in; that is, do not cut and paste materials directly into any work file that you plan to submit, because it is too easy to later on forget which is your original writing and which has come from other sources.
Turnitin is used to detect plagiarism and we take it very seriously. Plagiarism in the essays will result in referral to the University Discipline Committee and may result in a mark of zero for that assignment or, depending on the severity of the plagiarism, may even result in failing the unit. The good news is that we know the vast majority of students have no interest in plagiarising and want to make sure they correctly reference their work. We’ll offer referencing tips during a special essay-writing workshop during the semester.