Assessment

At the start of each session, your lecturers will provide you with information about the assessment for each course you are studying. This may include mid-session tests, quizzes, assignments, laboratory reports, talks and end-of-session exams.

Timetables for quizzes and mid-session tests are given at the start of each session. Timetables for end of session exams are available on myUNSW towards the end of each session.

On some occasions, sickness, misadventure, or other circumstances beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or attending or submitting assessable work for a course. Students can apply for Special Consideration for that piece of assessment. The university has procedures for this, which students should follow. Students who have a health condition, learning disability or have personal circumstances that have an impact on your studies should see UNSW’s Disability Support Services  after enrolling. Disability Advisors can help to arrange services and educational adjustments for you.

The university takes the issue of academic honesty very seriously, and students should familiarise themselves with the definitions of plagiarism, and learn how their work should be referenced. The Learning Centre can provide the information you need.

Sickness, misadventure, or other circumstance beyond your control may prevent you from completing a course requirement or attending or submitting assessable work for a course, or may significantly affect your performance in assessable work. You can apply for consideration for the affected assessments. Students apply for special consideration through myUNSW. Full information about how to apply is available here

If you have a health condition or learning disability that has an impact on your studies, and you want to receive support during your time at university for your disability needs, then you will need to register with UNSW's Disability Support Services . Their advisors can help to arrange services and educational adjustments for you. Students should arrange to meet with an advisor as soon as possible after enrolling to allow time to arrange support services for you.

Written assessment such as assignments and essays must be submitted with a School of Physics cover sheet attached to the front page. You can download a copy here:

 

 

 

Unless your lecturer asks otherwise, assignments must be submitted by 5pm on their due date. Assignments can be handed into your lecturer, or at the School of Physics office.

Plagiarism is using the words or ideas of others and presenting them as your own. Plagiarism is a type of intellectual theft. It can take many forms, from deliberate cheating to accidentally copying from a source without acknowledgement.

Forms of plagiarism include:

Copying: using the same or very similar words to the original text or idea without acknowledging the source or using quotation marks. This also applies to data, graphs, images, art and design projects, as well as presentations where someone presents another’s ideas or words without credit.

Inappropriate paraphrasing: changing a few words and phrases while mostly retaining the original structure and information without acknowledgement. This also applies in presentations where someone paraphrases another’s ideas or words without credit. It also applies to piecing together quotes and paraphrases into a new whole, without referencing and a student’s own analysis to bring the material together.

Collusion: working with others but passing off the work as a person’s individual work. Collusion also includes providing your work to another student before the due date, or for the purpose of them plagiarising at any time, paying another person to perform an academic task, stealing or acquiring another person’s academic work and copying it, offering to complete another person’s work or seeking payment for completing academic work.

Duplication: submitting your own work, in whole or in part, where it has previously been prepared or submitted for another assessment or course at UNSW or another university.

Further information about plagiarism and how to avoid it is at the Learning Centre’s website and on the student academic skills website.