If you need to apply for an extension for an assessment
You should follow the process described in your Course Outline under the heading "Adverse Circumstances". Please note you may be required to submit documents to support your application.
Please do not email your tutor or course coordinator to request an extension because they cannot approve applications for extensions unless they have been submitted using the Adverse Circumstances process.
Formatting your assessments
General advice – Use standard (default) margins, double line spacing and 12 point font in your assessments.
If you have additional instructions about using headings or an essay format or other formats (such as blogs) – please follow instructions provided for individual assessments.
The length of the assessment is an indication of the number of words needed to address the assessment task. This is a guide, however some students have difficulty keeping their writing within the specified word count. If your assessment exceeds the word count by 10% tutors may stop marking if your assessment at that 10% point.
Please note the following information from the UON Course Management and Assessment Procedure Manual (Item 250 and 251):
"Word limits include headings, sub-heading, in-text citations, quotes and referencing but does NOT include the list of references, appendices and footnotes. The Course Co-ordinator will allow a tolerance of at least 10% of the word limit". (https://policies.newcastle.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=183Links to an external site.)
Your assessments must be appropriately referenced. Assessments that are not correctly referenced will attract lower marks.
Assessments that contain information from other sources that have not been referenced and where it appears that the student is presenting another persons work or ideas as their own, will be referred to the SACO officer. This constitutes a potential breach of the university Academic Integrity policy (https://policies.newcastle.edu.au/document/view-current.php?id=35Links to an external site.)
What should be referenced?
All sources of published information including textbooks, journal articles, course readings, websites, guidelines, policies and government documents that have been used to prepare an assessment MUST be included in the assessment as an In-text citation AND on the reference list.
Any documents provided to you to use in the preparation of an assessment must be referenced.
Direct quotes MUST be referenced. However, please note direct quotes should be used sparingly and should not normally constitute more than 10% of an assessment.
Information that you have paraphrased in your assessment must also be referenced.
Correct citation of sources and referencing is expected in scholarly writing at Masters level. Assessments that are not correctly referenced may be penalised (lower marks awarded).
Correct referencing style
You are required to use APA 7th Referencing Style in all of your assessments (unless otherwise stated).
Check this link for details about using APA 7th Style – available here https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/apa-7thLinks to an external site.
Check this link for details about referencing your course modules:
http://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/apa-6th/course-material#s-lib-ctab-11043689-2Links to an external site. and select the “Course outlines & notes” tab.
Making referencing easier
Referencing your assessments is easier if you use a Reference Management Program such as “Endnote”.
There is information in Blackboard that will assist you to access and use the Endnote referencing program.
Select: “Library Essentials” at the top right of your screen, then select “Referencing” from the list of options on the left side of the screen, and then scroll down to select “Endnote”.
Or click on this link:
http://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/endnoteLinks to an external site.
All new students must complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM), located at the top of all UoNline pages under the heading
“Pre-study requirements”, before the completion of their first trimester of study, or click on this link:
https://uonline.newcastle.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/content/listContent.jsp?content_id=_1936230_1&course_id=_1374528_1&VxJw3wfC56=1639373577&Kq3cZcYS15=663a366e5e774c49b13cbd986f4f718a&3cCnGYSz89=fUiOaETN%2BhdMbA5vAdEsK6nq2NqTSg4EyXl0VXrvamg%3DLinks to an external site.