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Assignments

During your course will be asked to submit a number of different formats of assignments, which may be; essays, portfolios, projects or other types of coursework. All coursework is governed by Appendix 3c The Conduct of Assessment of the University of Cumbria Academic Procedures and Processes, a copy of which can be accessed here.

You should be advised at the beginning of the relevant module if work for that module is to be submitted electronically or in hard copy. This information will be provided via individual module documentation or on the relevant module Blackboard sites.

Format of Assignments
Submission Deadlines
Late Submission
Extensions to Submission Deadlines
Procedure for Submission of Coursework (hard copy)
Electronic Submission

Format of Assignments

All assignments should be word-processed, unless you are specifically told differently by a tutor. Requirements for submission of individual items of work will be defined within your module guide or on the relevant Blackboard site. If you require further information in respect of this please contact the module tutor directly.

When you submit your work it should be in the following format:

Learning Gateway 312 pt font size
Verdana
1.5 line spaced or double spaced
Single sided pages

Written assignments must be submitted in English unless specifically requested otherwise by the faculty.

A fully completed and signed assessment cover sheet must be attached to all hard copy work. These are available from your local CIP or can be downloaded (see below). Staff have the right to refuse to accept work not prefaced by this form or by an incomplete form.

Download Assessment Submission Cover Sheet

It is expected that all students will demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes for an assessment within the defined word limit. Further information and guidance relating to the wordage for written assessments or length of assessments please see Section 3.3 of Appendix 3c The Conduct of Assessment of the University of Cumbria Academic Procedures and Processes.

All academic work should be referenced and cited using the Harvard system unless you are advised differently by your module tutor.

It is your responsibility to ensure that all work submitted is clearly identified with your name and that any resources, such as CDs, also have your name on and are securely attached to your work. Unnamed resources will not be assessed. Please ensure that you keep a copy of all work submitted for assessment as you may be required to produce it subsequently. 

All students should ensure that their work is checked through Turnitin  plagiarism prevention software in advance of the submission dates for text-based assignments. Further information on plagiarism can be found here.

Submission Deadlines

Assignments may be submitted at any time, but must be received by 4.00pm on the final day of submission. Any work received after this time will be stamped as ‘late’. Receipts for work will not normally be provided.

Submission boxes (online and hard copy) will be checked regularly after the submission date for late work. 

Late Submission

Coursework submitted beyond the submission date but within 3 working days (i.e. excluding weekends, public holidays and periods of University closure) beyond the submission deadline and without an agreed extension, will be marked as having been received late and marked as an unauthorised late submission. The maximum mark that can then be awarded is the pass mark (40% at Levels 3-6; 50% Level 7).

Submission thereafter, without an agreed extension, will be regarded as non-submission and awarded a zero mark. Where an extension has been agreed, and the work does not meet the agreed new deadline, then the submission will be regarded as a non-submission and awarded a zero mark.

Unauthorised late submission applies only to the first assessment of coursework and not to authorised extensions, deferred assessment, reassessment or extensions. It also does not apply to timed assessments such as presentations, group work, exhibitions or performances, which have the status of examinations.

Where known extenuating circumstances prevent a student from submitting by the due or agreed extension date, they should then make a claim for consideration via the Extenuating Circumstances  procedures.

Extensions to Submission Deadline

Authorised extensions to submissions may be agreed by the module tutor for valid reasons. You must submit a fully completed extension form with your work; extension forms are available from the Course Information Point (CIP). An extension may be given for up to 2 weeks (14 days including 10 working days). No penalty will be applied to the mark, provided the work is submitted to the re-negotiated deadline. The agreed extension must allow for the work to be marked and presented to the Module Assessment Board.

Procedure for Submission of Coursework (hard copy)

If you are required to submit an assignment in hard copy format, you will be instructed to do so by the module tutor.

Assignment submission boxes are available on each campus for the submission of all work. This includes work that is submitted after the deadline, for resubmission or with an agreed extension. Any work that is granted an extension must be submitted by 4:00 pm on the re-negotiated submission date.

The submission boxes are located at the CIP on each campus.  Assignment boxes will be emptied daily at 4.00pm and any work received after this time will be stamped as ‘late’.

Exceptionally it may not be possible to submit work via the post boxes, particularly where submissions are large. In such instances you will be notified of alternative arrangements for submission.

Postal submissions will be accepted provided that the work is posted on or before 4.00pm on the day of submission. It is essential that you send this recorded delivery and retain a copy of the tracking number for your own information. All postal submissions must be sent to the CIP at the campus at which you study. Correct postal addresses for each site can be found here. Please do not address your work to your tutor.

You must retain a copy of your work.

Electronic Submission

You may also be asked to submit your work online either through Blackboard or Pebblepad, for which you will receive training. Electronic versions of assignment cover sheets are available if required. Assignments submitted through these methods are both submitted and received through password protected, secure sites. Assignments should not be submitted via email as this is not considered to be a secure method of submission.

Where there is network failure and Blackboard, Pebblepad or Turnitin or the University network is not accessible at the time of submission or in the 12 hour period before that time, the submission deadline will be amended to the next working day on which Blackboard, Pebblepad or Turnitin or the network becomes available.

By submitting your assignments electronically you are making a declaration of intellectual integrity. You are declaring that the work is your own, and that you have read the Academic Regulations relating to assessment of work and that the work complies with those regulations. Further information on intellectual ownership can be obtained here.  Without this declaration you may be at risk of committing plagiarism.  You are also agreeing to allow your work to be compared against the work of others to detect plagiarism and collusion.