General Assessment Information
Requirements to Pass
In order to pass this unit a student must obtain a mark of 50 or more for the unit (i.e. obtain a passing grade P/ CR/ D/ HD).
For further details about grading, please refer to Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy.
Students must also pass any hurdle assessments as stipulated in the Assessment Section of this Unit Guide.
The College will award common result grades as specified in Schedule 1 of the Assessment Policy.
Students will receive criteria and standards for specific assessment tasks, which will be aligned with the grading descriptors given in Schedule 1.
The attainment (or otherwise) of learning outcomes for a unit of study will be reported by grade and mark which will correspond to the Schedule 1 and be as outlined below.
Provides consistent evidence of deep and critical understanding in relation to the learning outcomes. There is substantial originality, insight or creativity in identifying, generating and communicating competing arguments, perspectives or problem solving approaches; critical evaluation of problems, their solutions and their implications; creativity in application as appropriate to the program.
Provides evidence of integration and evaluation of critical ideas, principles and theories, distinctive insight and ability in applying relevant skills and concepts in relation to learning outcomes. There is demonstration of frequent originality or creativity in defining and analysing issues or problems and providing solutions; and the use of means of communication appropriate to the program and the audience.
Provides evidence of learning that goes beyond replication of content knowledge or skills relevant to the learning outcomes. There is demonstration of substantial understanding of fundamental concepts in the field of study and the ability to apply these concepts in a variety of contexts; convincing argumentation with appropriate coherent justification; communication of ideas fluently and clearly in terms of the conventions of the program.
Provides sufficient evidence of the achievement of learning outcomes. There is demonstration of understanding and application of fundamental concepts of the program; routine argumentation with acceptable justification; communication of information and ideas adequately in terms of the conventions of the program. The learning attainment is considered satisfactory or adequate or competent or capable in relation to the specified outcomes.
Does not provide evidence of attainment of learning outcomes. There is missing or partial or superficial or faulty understanding and application of the fundamental concepts in the field of study; missing, undeveloped, inappropriate or confusing argumentation; incomplete, confusing or lacking communication of ideas in ways that give little attention to the conventions of the program.
Did Not Attend
Student has failed the compulsory attendance component of assessment
Final Grades not receiving a mark because the student has withdrawn after the Census Date, not submitted or completed one or more components of the assessment, has been awarded a supplementary assessment or because of an unresolved matter such as allegations of academic misconduct are outlined in Schedule 1.
Where to find information about assessment
General assessment information including the number and nature of assessments, due dates and weightings has been provided in this unit guide.
Specific assessment information including assignment instructions, questions, marking criteria and rubrics as well as examples of relevant and related assessment tasks and responses will be available in the Assessment section on iLearn. For units that have final examinations, students may access past final exam papers using MultiSearch.
As per the Assessment Policy, students are responsible for their learning and are expected to:
- actively engage with assessment tasks, including carefully reading the guidance provided, understanding criteria, spending sufficient time on the task and submitting work on time;
- read, reflect and act on feedback provided;
- actively engage in activities designed to develop assessment literacy, including taking the initiative where appropriate (e.g. seeking clarification or advice, negotiating learning contracts, developing grading criteria and rubrics);
- provide constructive feedback on assessment processes and tasks through student feedback mechanisms (e.g. student surveys, suggestions for future offerings, student representation on committees);
- ensure that their work is their own; and
- be familiar with University policy and College procedures and act in accordance with those policy and procedures.
Submission of Assessment Tasks
Assessments must be submitted in accordance with instructions provided in this unit guide. Assessment tasks which have not been submitted as required will not be marked; they will be considered a non-submission and zero marks will be awarded for the task.
Extensions & Late Submissions
Extensions will only be granted as a result of a Disruptions to Studies Notification for which special consideration has been awarded. To apply for an extension of time for submission of an assessment item, students must submit their Disruptions to Studies notification via ask.mq.edu.au.
Late submissions without an approved extension are possible but will be penalised at 20% per 24 hour period or thereof up to 4 days (weekend inclusive).
Example: An assignment is due at 5:00 pm on a Friday and is marked out of 100 marks.
- If a student submits at 5:02 pm on the Friday and no Disruptions to Studies or special consideration is granted, a penalty of 20% of the total marks possible (20 marks) will be deducted from their result.
- If the student submits the assignment on Sunday and no Disruptions to Studies or special consideration is granted, then a penalty of 40% (40 marks) will be deducted and so on.
- If a student submits an assessment task 5 or more days after the due date and no Disruptions to Studies or special consideration is granted, a record or submission will be made but the student will receive zero marks for the assessment task.
Where a student has been granted an extension and submits late, late penalties will be applied following the due date.
Please see “In class assessment” section for further information on in class assessments.
Retention of Originals
It is the responsibility of the student to retain a copy of any work submitted. Students must produce these documents upon request. Copies should be retained until the end of the grade appeal period each term.
In the event that a student is asked to produce another copy of work submitted and is unable to do so, they may be awarded zero (0) for that particular assessment task.
Requests for original documentation will be sent to the applicant’s student email address within six (6) months of notification by the student. Students must retain all original documentation for the duration of this six (6) month period and must supply original documents to the University within ten (10) working days of such a request being made.
In Class Assessment
Where an assessment is to be held or submitted a scheduled lesson, students must be ready to submit, present or sit the assessment task at the start of the lesson, however not all assessments may commence at the beginning of the lesson. No additional time or adjustment will be made for late arriving students or students not ready to submit an assessment at the start of the lesson and late penalties may apply.
For example, if a one hour test or quiz is due to take place in a three hour lesson, the test or quiz may start at any time in the first two hours, so students must be ready to take the test at the beginning of the lesson. No additional time will be given to or adjustment made for students who arrive late. While they may still be permitted to take the test, deepening on the task, the student will have only the remaining time to complete the task. Similarly, where an assessment task is due in a given lesson, late penalties may apply to a student who submits the task at the end of the lesson, depending on submission instructions for the task.
The final examination period is from Thursday Week 6 until Monday of Week 7, including the weekend. This means that examinations and assessments may be held/due on the Saturday during the final examination period and students must be available to take exams and submit assessments on this day. For unit specific details please refer to the Assessment section of this unit guide.
The University will publish the College Final Examination Timetable at least 4 weeks before the commencement of the final examination period and students will be able to access their final examination schedule in Week 3 of the Term.
Final Examination Requirements
Schedule 4 of the Assessment Policy explains what students are responsible for:
- checking the final examination timetable
- knowing the examination location (including seat number allocation) and arriving at allocated examination venue on time.
- knowing the structure and format of the examination
- adhering to the final examination timetable
- ensuring they are available for the full duration of the final examination period and supplementary examination period.
Details of the structure and format of the final examination paper will be made available to students via iLearn prior to the start of the final examination period. This detail will include:
- a copy of the examination coversheet, giving the conditions under which the examination will be held
- information on the types of questions the examination will contain, and
- an indication of the unit content the paper may examine.
Students must follow directions given by the Final Examination Supervisor.
Students will be required to present their Macquarie University Campus Card as photographic proof of identity for the duration of the final examination.
Students are not permitted to:
- enter a final examination venue once one hour from the time of commencement (excluding any reading time) has elapsed
- leave a final examination venue before one hour from the time of commencement (excluding any reading time) has elapsed
- leave a final examination venue during the last 15 minutes of the examination
- be readmitted to a final examination venue unless they were under approved supervision during the full period of their absence
- obtain, or attempt to obtain, assistance in undertaking or completing the final examination script
- receive, or attempt to receive, assistance in undertaking or completing the final examination script (Unless an application for reasonable adjustment has been approved)
- communicate in any way with another student once they have entered the final examination venue
Missed assessments and examinations
The University recognises that students may experience unexpected events and circumstances that adversely affect their academic performance in assessment activities, for example illness.
In order to support students who have experienced a serious and unavoidable disruption, the University will provide affected students with an additional opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of a unit. An additional opportunity provided under such circumstances is referred to as special consideration.
In order to be eligible for special consideration students must submit a Disruption to Studies Notification via ask.mq.edu.au within five (5) working days of the commencement of the disruption and attach appropriate supporting evidence.
Where special consideration is granted the student will be given and an additional opportunity to demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes of a unit in the form of an alternative or supplementary assessment task or extension.
Please refer to the Disruptions to Studies section under Policies and Procedures below.
Supplementary Tests and Examinations
Where a student has been granted a supplementary test or examination as a result of a disruption to studies, they will be advised of the time, date and location for the supplementary task.
Supplementary interim assessments will be held throughout the term with default dates for sitting being as follows:
- Week 3: Wednesday AND/OR Friday
- Week 5: Wednesday AND/OR Friday
- Week 7: Thursday
The supplementary final examination period will span from Thursday Week 6 until Friday Week 1 of the subsequent teaching term. Students who have lodged a Disruptions to Studies must be available to undertake examinations during the supplementary examination period.
For each assessment task affected by a disruption event, there will be a limit of one extra assessable task or remedy applied. If a further event affects the student’s ability to partake in this assessment activity (i.e. a student cannot undertake the additional or supplementary assessment task as scheduled) the student will need to proceed with the grading of the original attempt or submit a further Disruption notification which would be assessed for a Withdrawal without Academic Penalty outcome.
Results for supplementary final examinations may not be available for up to two weeks following the supplementary examination. Students in their final term of study who undertake supplementary final exams and students who apply for special consideration for a unit which is a prerequisite to another unit in their program should note that formal completion of their Program will not be possible until supplementary results are released and this may impact on their ability to enrol in subsequent programs of study on time.
Accessing your Results
Students will be able to view their results for internal assessments via the Grades section in iLearn.
Grades (e.g. HD, D, CR, P, F) for all assessment tasks will be released to students once marking has concluded. Marks for individual assessments may be released as well.
Final results for the unit will be released at 00:01 on Friday of Week 7. Students will be able to view their final result for the unit via eStudent.
Calculating your GPA
A Grade Point Average (GPA) is a calculation that reflects the overall grades of a student in a coursework program. Please refer to the GPA Calculator.
Teaching staff will provide students with feedback about their academic progress and performance in assessment tasks or a unit of study. Where relevant, other staff such as Senior Teachers, Program Managers and members of the Student Administration and Services Team will provide feedback and advice to students about their performance in a program of study. Feedback may be provided to individual students, a group of students or a whole class and it may be written or verbal in nature.
Some examples of feedback include:
- Teaching staff member reviewing a draft submission and giving a student advice on how to improve their work before making a final submission
- Teaching staff member telling a class that they need to improve their editing of grammar in their recently submitted assignment.
- Teaching staff member discussing progress of an individual student before census date to allow the student to decide whether they should remain enrolled in the unit.
- Online feedback via announcements or forums, an online marking rubric or various iLearn activities employed in a unit
- Written marks and comments on a marking sheet or essay.
Recorded voice comment provided in response to an essay submitted online.
- A student receiving advice that they should consider withdrawing from a unit because they have missed too many classes / too much work to be able to catch up or for other reasons.
It is a student’s responsibility to:
- Attend sessions, be present and actively engaged during times when feedback is provided in scheduled class times.
- If absent from an in-class feedback session due to unavoidable circumstances, organise an alternative time with the teacher so that they can receive their feedback
- Ensure that they have received sufficient feedback prior to their next assessment task and/or final assessment in the unit
- Act promptly on feedback provided (e.g. incorporate advice provided into their work and study habits).
If you are unsure how or when feedback has been or will be provided, or you feel that feedback provided is not sufficient, you must approach relevant teaching or administrative staff and request additional feedback in a timely manner during the term and prior to any subsequent assessment task or the final assessment task for the unit. Claims that not enough feedback has been provided are not grounds for a grade appeal, especially where a student has not made any effort to approach staff about obtaining additional feedback in a timely manner. Students may seek general feedback about performance in a unit up to 6 months following results release.
Contacting Teaching Staff Obtaining Help
Students may contact teaching staff at any time during the term by using the contact details provided in this guide. Students should expect a response within 1-2 business days. Teaching staff are unable to accept assessment submissions via email, all assessments must be submitted as outlined in the unit guide.
For all university related correspondence, students must use their official Macquarie University student email account which may be accessed via the Macquarie University Student Portal. Inquiries from personal email accounts will not be attended to.
Using the work or ideas of another person, whether intentionally or not, and presenting them as your own without clear acknowledgement of the source is called Plagiarism.
Macquarie University promotes awareness of information ethics through its Academic Honesty Policy. This means that:
- all academic work claimed as original must be the work of the person making the claim
- all academic collaborations of any kind must be acknowledged
- academic work must not be falsified in any way
- when the ideas of others are used, these ideas must be acknowledged appropriately.
All breaches of the Academic Honesty Policy are serious and penalties apply. Students should be aware that they may fail an assessment task, a unit or even be excluded from the University for breaching the Academic Honesty Policy.
To uphold principles of Academic Honesty, Macquarie University employs online anti-plagiarism Software called Turnitin. Turnitin compares electronically submitted papers to a database of academic publications, internet sources and other student papers that have been submitted to the system to identify matching text. It then produces an Originality Report which identifies text taken from other sources, and generates a similarity percentage. Teaching staff will use the report to judge whether plagiarism has occurred and whether penalties should apply for breaches of the Academic Honesty Policy.
All text based assessments must be submitted through Turnitin as per instructions provided in the unit guide. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that work is submitted correctly prior to the due date. This includes verifying that correct files have been submitted as no special consideration will be given to students who have uploaded incorrect documents. No hard copies of assessments will be accepted and only Turnitin records will be taken as records of submission.
Multiple submissions may be possible via Turnitin prior to the final due date and time of an assessment task and originality reports may be made available to students to view and check their work.
There is no set percentage which indicates whether plagiarism has occurred; all identified matching text should be reconsidered carefully. If plagiarism has occurred or is suspected and resubmission is possible prior to the due date, students are advised to edit their work before making a final submission. Help may be sought from teaching staff. Students may also access research resources provided by the library or Learning Skills.
Students should note that the system will not immediately produce the similarity score on a second or subsequent submission - it will take 24-36 hours for the report to be generated. This may be after the due date so students should plan any resubmissions carefully.
Please refer to these instructions on how to submit your assignment through Turnitin and access similarity reports and feedback provided by teaching staff.
Should you have questions about Turnitin or experience issues submitting through the system, you must inform your teacher immediately. If the issue is technical in nature may also lodge a OneHelp Ticket, refer to the IT help page.
Submission of Drafts through Turnitin.
In some instances students may be required to submit drafts of written work via Turnitin prior to the due date of the assessment task so that they can receive feedback prior to making a final submission. If the student does not make a final submission prior to the due date, their draft will be counted as the final submission or late penalties applied.
Language and Literacy Extension Activity Modules
Why do I need to complete Extension Activities?
Extension Activity Modules are specifically designed to develop English language proficiency and academic skills required for undergraduate studies.
These modules are integrated within each unit and support consistent and simultaneous learning of subject-specific academic concepts and content, literacy and academic skills.
Extension Activities are designed to enable students to develop their academic, language and tertiary skills consistently throughout the duration of their Foundation Program and focus on:
- academic listening skills
- academic reading skills
- academic writing skills, including essay/report writing, paraphrasing, summarising
- academic writing conventions (including academic referencing skills)
- oral presentation skills
- discussion and engagement in group activities in a variety of formats
Extension Activities are an integral and compulsory part of the Foundation Program. As the aim of the Foundation Program is to build English language and academic literacy skills, these activities are hurdle assessments in each unit. This means that students cannot pass a unit without satisfactorily completing Extension Activities in that unit. Content from the extension activities is examinable, and some activities will form part of preparation for assessment tasks.
How do I access my Extension Activity Modules?
Extension Activities will be available to students via iLearn units for each of the subjects they enrol in. Access to iLearn units will generally be available within 24 hours of enrolling in a unit via eStudent. If you do not have access to units after 48 hours of enrolling in a unit you should contact the IT Help Desk, or call 9850 4367. You may also lodge a OneHelp ticket.
How and when do I complete Extension Activities?
Extension Activities will be completed outside of class time and will constitute 5 hours of self-study per enrolled unit per week. This means that for a student enrolled in one unit required to complete 30 hours of self-study per term and for a student enrolled in two units would complete 10 hours of extension activities per week or 60 hours per term.
Extension activities will be completed under guidance from the teaching staff which means that students will be directed to relevant extension activities for each day or week. However, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they complete the activities as required and approach teaching staff in a timely manner in order to seek assistance where required.
What will I need to do?
The nature of tasks will vary within each week and between units. Tasks may include activities which require students to:
- Communicate information to others orally as well as in writing
- Demonstrate understanding of written and spoken texts in various formats including videos and audio recordings
- Use technology to conduct research or access materials in various formats
- Apply analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
- Undertake independent reading
- Collect and analyse information and represent this in various formats
- Manage study projects independently or in groups
- Collaborate with other students and university professionals
Tasks will contain different types of activities and may be presented in different formats including crosswords puzzles, gap-fill exercises, research tasks, vocabulary exercises, recorded audio and video presentations, discussion forums and Turnitin submissions.
The number of tasks may vary from week to week but they will constitute at least 5 hours of additional work outside of class time. For example in one week students may need to undertake one multi staged activity which is of 5 hours duration, but in another week they may have to complete five shorter tasks.
How do I submit my Extension Activity work and when are they due?
Extension Activities will be completed on a weekly basis and will due at the following times:
- Week 1 activities: 5 pm Friday Week 1
- Week 2 activities: 5 pm Friday Week 2
- Week 3 activities: 5 pm Friday Week 3
- Week 4 activities: 5 pm Friday Week 4
- Week 5 activities: 5 pm Friday Week 5
- Week 6 activities: 5 pm Wednesday Week 6
All set tasks will need to be submitted and checked by teaching staff.
Some tasks will require students to submit work online while others may require submission in class. Tasks may also be practical in nature or require students to attend workshops and other activities within the University prior to completing a designated activity.
Instructions for each task will be made available in iLearn and teachers will guide students to the tasks during the course of the teaching term.
How will my progress in Extension Activity Modules be monitored and what type of feedback will I receive?
Student progress within Extension Activity Modules will be monitored throughout the term on a weekly basis by their teacher.
Depending on the nature of the task, feedback may be provided in various formats including but not limited to:
- Verbally in class
- Online via iLearn (e.g. within Turnitin, within online Assessment Submission links, in discussion forums or marking rubrics)
- As part of auto marked responses in online quizzes
- Email to individual students via their Macquarie University student email address.
- Via ask.mq.edu.au
It is the student’s responsibility to approach teaching staff in a timely manner if they require additional feedback on their progress with extension activities.
Requirements for Satisfactory Completion
Extension activities are hurdle assessments. This means that students MUST satisfactorily complete Extension Activities in the unit in order to pass the unit.
Detailed instructions and requirements for completion of each task will be provided in iLearn. The requirements to satisfactorily complete each task will vary from task to task so students must read instructions carefully and are responsible for ensuring that they complete each activity as per the instructions provided. If you are uncertain about the expectations or do not understand the instructions, it if your responsibility to seek assistance from the teacher in a timely manner.
In order to meet the hurdle requirement and satisfactorily complete set activities, students must complete ALL activities as per instructions provided.
Late submissions and non-submission.
Each submission will be checked by the teaching staff member at the end of the relevant week. Where a student has not satisfactorily completed all the relevant activities, they will be given an additional opportunity to do so in the following week.
- Reattempt / second opportunity at Week 1 activities: due 5 pm Wednesday Week 2
- Reattempt / second opportunity at Week 2 activities: due 5 pm Wednesday Week 3
- Reattempt / second opportunity at Week 3 activities: due 5 pm Wednesday Week 4
- Reattempt / second opportunity at Week 4 activities: due 5 pm Wednesday Week 5
- Reattempt / second opportunity at Week 5 activities: due 5 pm Wednesday Week 6
- Reattempt/ second opportunity at Week 6 activities: due 11.55pm Friday Week 6,
In Week 6 on Thursday, feedback will be provided to students on their Extension Activity progress within the term. Students who have not met the hurdle as stated will not be able to pass the unit and will receive a maximal mark of 49 F.
Students may take advantage of the second opportunity to complete extension activities without lodging a Disruptions to Studies notification. For example, Week 1 activities are due 5 pm Friday Week 1. If a student has not completed by Friday of Week 1, they may do so by Wednesday of Week 2 without lodging a Disruptions to Studies notification. Any additional opportunities to complete would only be considered in cases where a Disruptions to Studies is approved.
If assistance is required with any of the activities, it is the student’s responsibility to contact their teacher to seek assistance immediately, in a timely manner and prior to the due date for the task.