All students are required to attend both on-campus sessions. OCS1 will run on Saturday-Sunday August 19-20. OCS2 will run on Wed-Fri September 27-29. Internal students are only required to attend the first 2 days of OCS2.
Preparation of written reports
Please use the following list to check your assignments before electronic submission.
- Report is typewritten
- Text is the required length
- Text has been proof-read and spell-checked
- References are reputable sources, and are cited at appropriate points within the text
- Formatting of references in the text and in the reference list is correct
- Assignment is your own work - not copied verbatim from reference sources or other students. (see note on plagiarism, below, and the relevant University Policy)
Note: written assessment tasks will be marked within 3 weeks of submission.
Both written reports (Assessments 1 and 3, below) will require references. The references you consult may include textbooks, edited books or scientific journals. References should be listed in alphabetical order at the end and are not to be included in the word count.
There are different styles of referencing – each journal has its own individual style. For BIOL347 this year we have chosen to follow the style of Austral Ecology journal. For example,
Atwell B. J., Kriedemann P. E. & Turnbull C. G. N. (1999) Plants in action: adaptation in nature, performance in cultivation. MacMillan Education Australia, Melbourne.
Chapter in edited book:
Cornelissen J. H. C., Castro-Diez P. & Carnelli A. L. (1998) Variation in relative growth rate among woody species. In: Inherent variation in plant growth. Physiological mechanisms and ecological consequences (eds H. Lambers, H. Poorter and M. M. I. Van Vuuren) pp. 363-92. Backhuys Publishers, Leiden.
Grime J. P. & Hunt R. (1975) Relative growth-rate: its range and adaptive significance in a local flora. J Ecology 63, 393-422.
In the main text of your report these sources would be cited as (Atwell et al. 1999; Cornelissen et al. 1998; Grime & Hunt 1975). Consult a recent issue of the journal if unsure about how to cite and format literature sources.
5% of the marks for the written assignments will be deducted for each day they are late, and assignments will not be accepted for marking if more than 10 days overdue. Exceptions can be granted by the unit Convenor if there are sufficiently serious medical or other extenuating circumstances (appropriate supporting documentation should be provided).
Penalties will be applied for reports being noticeably over the word limit, and increasingly so the more over the limit they are.
Plagiarism. Students are required to submit Assignments 1 and 3 via the plagiarism detection software Turnitin. This can be accessed on the unit’s iLearn website. Your assessment task will be automatically compared to work of your classmates, previous students from Macquarie and other universities, and with material available on the Internet. The results of the analysis will be sent to the unit Convenor. Any evidence of plagiarism will be dealt with following University policy. The penalties imposed by the University for plagiarism are serious and may include loss of marks, referral to a Faculty disciplinary committee, or even expulsion from the University.