Academic Handbook

6. Assessment

6.1. Preparation and Submission of Assessments

Preparation and Submission of Assessments

General Submission Guidelines

  • Students must submit all assessments for the unit.
  • Students should always keep a copy of their assessment.
  • All assessments are to be formatted as specified below:
    • Pages should be numbered in the footer and the student’s name and assessment details should appear in the header. 
    • APA 7th Edition referencing style to be used for assessments.  Generally, no footnotes.
    • Essays should be in portrait orientation with 2.54 cm margins all round and 1.5 spacing.
    • 12-point font (Times New Roman, Arial, or Calibri are preferred)
    • Each line typed is a maximum of 16.51cm in length. Use the flush left style and do not justify lines. Words should not be divided at the end of a line and the hyphenation function should not be used. The first line of a paragraph should be indented.
    • Units of Work, lesson plans etc. should be in landscape orientation and 10-point font or a slightly smaller font may be used if necessary to fit in the information.
    • Upload the assignment in MS Word format onto Moodle.
    • Avoid use of ‘we’ and ‘our’ e.g. “we believe that . . .” Also, use the designation ‘I’ in academic writing when you deliberately mean to express a personal opinion.


A reference list is a list of all in-text references used in the document. APA 7th edition referencing format must be used which means generally no footnotes. Arrange the reference list in alphabetical order by the author’s last name or, if there is no author, by the first main word of the title.

A bibliography is a list of sources used in compiling a document. Normally the assignment will indicate if a bibliography is to be supplied, otherwise it is expected that a reference list will be given.

Many resources are available in the Student Information Centre and online to help students master APA format.


Quotations are exact words taken from any published or unpublished material. In general, you should use direct quotations judiciously in your written work. As a general rule of thumb you should use direct quotation less than 15% in an assignment. However, throughout your assignment you are expected to paraphrase the work of many scholars and attribute that paraphrased section to them, without including a specific page number (i.e.' Scott (2014) notes that...'). As a matter of fact, your writing should be very little of your own opinion but based on many scholarly articles. 

Direct quotations should only be used where:

  • rewording the quote in any way would substantially alter its meaning, or
  • the quote is phrased in such an elegant manner that rephrasing it would destroy its substantive literary quality.

Quotations can also be used to give a definition of technical or key words/concepts or to restate or elaborate a main idea or generalisation.