Guidelines for course guides, course delivery, assessment, and penalties

Course delivery

A 12 credit point course must be no more than 3 hours of teacher guided contact or equivalent per week, or the equivalent duration for a whole semester for courses that are delivered in concentrated mode or via an offshore delivery model.

Students are expected to spend at least 1-2 hour’s of self-directed learning for every 1 hour of teacher guided contact or equivalent.

Courses must provide a variety of learning activities and should never be e.g. lectures only.

Principles of assessment

Courses must use more than one form of assessment and there should never be a single mode of assessment (e.g. examination only).

Assessment policy, assessment principles

Where the assessment includes an examination at the end of the course it must be of no more than two hours duration (for a 12 credit point course or any Vocational Education course) and weighted at no more than 60% of the assessment.

There must be no more than three assessable tasks during the semester which may or may not include an exam. Note that regular (e.g. weekly) laboratory reports or online quizzes may be categorised as a single task.

There must be at least one assessable task completed (issued, assessed and returned) in the first two thirds of the course.

Written pieces of assessment must require the use of Turnitin.

Resources (click to expand)

Turnitin is an online text-matching service which can be used to prevent plagiarism and encourage academic integrity.

Instructor resources

Student resources

Turnitin will assess student work in approximately one minute, and return a colour coded response for the originality of the text.

There may be no hurdle requirements in any course.

Responsibility for assessment

The major responsibility for assessment in a course resides with the School that has responsibility for the course. Policy - Assessment: Course assessment committees and program assessment

The Head of School is responsible to the Pro Vice-Chancellor of the College of Business and, via the Pro Vice-Chancellor, to the Academic Board for the academic standards of the School and, therefore, for ensuring that an adequate basis for the conduct of assessment is established and implemented. Policy - Assessment: Course assessment committees and program assessment

Course guides

Course guide Part A - Overview of assessment

Before the beginning of each period over which a course is to be taught, the means of assessment for that course for that period shall be recorded in the Course Guide and shall be made available to each student undertaking that course. Policy - Course guide -, procedures

Assessment will be carried out in the manner approved for the course described in the current Course Guide Parts A and B provided to the students.

Part A provides an overview of assessment, how it has been designed to assist students to be successful in the course including how formative feedback will be given. It explains the various elements of assessment and what they are designed to assess without being specific. The elements must match, or align with, the learning outcomes. Guidelines for writing Part A course guides

This statement does not specify whether the assessment is done by examination, assignment, or other means, thus allowing for variation between offerings (which are detailed in the Course Guide Part B). Use the phrase ‘may include’, or similar, to allow for offering differences, or change over time. Guidelines for writing Part A course guides.

Course guide Part B - Assessment tasks

List the grades available in the course. The grade awarded will be the sum of the marks in each piece of assessment.

Criteria for determining ‘narrow fail’ must be outlined. A suggested statement is: “Narrow fails in this course are determined when the final overall mark is in the range 45-49 inclusive.” A major piece of assessment is defined as 50% or more of the available work.

The use of end of semester examinations and the duration must be included.

Details of the assessment methods for each course must address: Policy - Course guide -, procedures

  1. Assessment tasks and percentage value of each task.
  2. Assessment timeline (e.g. beginning, middle or end of the course).
  3. Submission dates, dates when students’ work will normally be returned and feedback mechanisms.
  4. Gradings available or competency achieved, including assessment criteria and lecturer’s expectation. This should be for the particular pieces of work/assessment activities.
  5. Require that all written assessment tasks not submitted through Turnitin must be accompanied by an Assignment Cover Sheet.
  6. Require that all assignments are submitted electronically through Turnitin. (Hard copies of the originality report may also be required).

Resources (click to expand)

Turnitin is an online text-matching service which can be used to prevent plagiarism and encourage academic integrity.

Instructor resources

Student resources

Turnitin will assess student work in approximately one minute, and return a colour coded response for the originality of the text.

Each assessment task should: Guidelines for Part B course guides

    1. be described in some detail (that is more that simply naming the type as essay or examination for example);
    2. be linked to the learning outcomes so that it is clear to the student how all learning outcomes are assessed;
    3. provide students with an overview of the assessment criteria that will be used (that is, describe what will be looked for when work is marked, including examinations);
    4. add the date when more detailed information about the assessment task and criteria will be distributed if relevant;
    5. specify the weighting of each assessment task as a percentage of the total assessment;
    6. specify the submission time and date.

Management of assessment results

All narrow fail scripts, whether assignments or examination papers, should be marked by a second examiner. Assessment: management of results procedure

Students who are dissatisfied with their assessment outcomes have the right to clarification from the School of how their assessment was determined.

The results of progressive assessment of students during the conduct of a course will be retained within Schools for consideration in determining a final assessment result for the course.

A student will be entitled to receive the result of any assessment prior to the commencement of the next scheduled period of study in a course or program, where knowledge of that assessment is necessary in order to proceed either within the course or to another course.

Schools responsible for course assessment will enter final results onto the Electronic Results System by the date prescribed.

Submission dates and extensions

The Course Guide should state the date and time for submission of all assignments.

Academic staff are authorised to permit extensions of time of up to 7 days on application from the student. All such extensions of time and the reason these have been granted will be reported in writing to the Course Coordinator within 5 working days of being granted.

Extensions to submission deadlines beyond 7 days are allowed only as a result of a successful application for Special Consideration

Procedures for submission of assessable work

Resources (click to expand)

Online submission and marking

Instructor resources

  • e-Submission
  • Blackboard
  • There is information on this through the LSTS Blackboard
  • Online submission of assignments – see “Assessing Learners - Assignments and Student Performance”
  • Online marking - see “Assessing Learners - Assignments and Student Performance > Downloading assignments”

Student resources

All written assessment tasks not submitted through Turnitin must be accompanied by an Assignment Cover Sheet.

Hard copies may also be required.

Procedure for making variations to assessment tasks described

This should state that assessment tasks may be varied with the documented consent of 70% of students enrolled in the course Course guide -, procedures.

Penalties for late submission

All assignments will be marked as if submitted on time then the mark awarded will be reduced by 10% for each day (or part of a day) it is late.

Assignments that are late by 7 days or more will not be marked and will be awarded zero marks.

Exemptions to guidelines above

Exemptions must have been granted at least 2 weeks before each course commences.

The process to consider exemptions to the College of Business course delivery and assessment guidelines will be based on submission to the Academic Development Committee. Each submission will be considered on a case by case basis. The submissions must provide the course codes and titles, a list of the codes and titles of all affected programs, the background to the submission, the justification for the exemption and supporting documentation as attachments.

The justification for exemptions should be one of the following:

      1. Documented educational reasons
      2. The course load or assessment is specifically required by an external professional accreditation. The requirement must be based on a current accreditation of the program that is mandatory for graduates to enter professional practice.
      3. International mobility.
      4. The course is a workplace or an equivalent Work Integrated Learning course held on campus provided as an alternative for students.
      5. Laboratory, practical, workshop or field work (only) courses, on condition that other requirements are fulfilled.
      6. Fee for service or non-award courses provided to an external body based on specified requirements.

Implementation of guidelines

The process to implement the new guidelines is as follows:

The checklist (PDF 80KB) may be used as a guide for course co-ordinators to ensure their courses and course guides conform to these guidelines.

Heads of Schools will ensure that courses are revised by the appropriate timelines outlined below and that the course guides are signed off by Heads or their nominees during this change process.

Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Learning and Teaching will arrange for an audit of a sample of course guides at the beginning of each semester and report to the College of Business Executive on compliance with the new guidelines.

Implementation timeframes for the new delivery and assessment guidelines have been agreed as outlined below.

Minor changes to courses to meet guidelines

The Deputy HoS L and T will determine if the changes required to a course to comply with the Guidelines are major or minor.


Checklist for Course Guides Parts A and B (PDF 80KB)

Guidelines for Part B course guides (PDF 336 KB)

Exemplar Part B course guide (PDF 367KB)

Assignment Cover Sheet (DOC 63KB)

Application for exemption form (DOC 95KB)

Course Guide editing system