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Coursework and Essays
The deadline for you to receive marks and feedback from your coursework / in-class tests / end of year exams is four weeks after the submission deadline or date of the test / exam. This four week period includes any bank holidays.
You can view the full service standards for providing feedback on assessed work at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ras/examiners/board_of_examiners_docs/Appendices_2010/Appendix_26_-_Service_Standards_for_Feedback_on_Assessed_work.pdf
Any results you receive for essays or coursework are referred to as your ‘raw’ or ‘provisional’ marks because they still need to be reviewed by an external (to UCL) examiner and then ratified by the UCL Exam Boards which are held in June.
Therefore, your final (or confirmed) marks for the year are not released on Portico until July / August, although you may receive an earlier indication of your final marks in late June / early July from the BASc Office.
Penalties for over-length coursework
When writing essays, you must clarify the rules on word count and referencing style with the lecturer who set the assignment, as there are different rules and guidelines for each department / subject. You can usually find this information on the course Moodle page.
For example, it is common practice across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities that footnotes are included in the word count, but the bibliography is not. Some science departments specify the length they require in terms of pages (and may also specify font and margins) rather than words, because equations, graphs etc., are difficult to count.
For submitted coursework that has a maximum length specified, the following procedures will apply:
- The length of coursework will be specified in terms of a word count or number of pages.
- Assessed work should not exceed the prescribed length.
- For work that exceeds the specified maximum length by less than 10%, the mark will be reduced by 10 percentage marks; but the penalised mark will not be reduced below the Pass mark, presuming that the work merited a Pass.
- For work that exceeds the specified maximum length by 10% or more, a mark of zero will be recorded.
- In the case of coursework that is submitted late and is also over length, the lateness penalty will take precedence.
Penalties for late submission of coursework
If you submit your coursework after the published deadline, then the following penalties will be applied to your final mark.
- If your wok is submitted 1 calendar day after the deadline, then a penalty of 5 percentage marks will be applied.
- If your work is submitted 2 calendar days after the deadline, but less than or equal to calendar day 7, then 15 percentage marks will be applied.
- If your work is submitted 8 or more calendar days after the deadline but before the end of the second week of Term 3, then a mark of zero is recorded. However, the assessment would be considered as complete, providing the coursework contains material that can be assessed.
- If your work is submitted after the end of the second week of Term 3, then your work will not be marked and the assessment will be deemed incomplete.
- Where there are extenuating circumstances that have been recognised by the Board of Examiners, these penalties will not apply until the agreed extension period has been exceeded.
- If coursework is submitted late and is also over length, then only the lateness penalty will apply.
Requesting an extension
If you need to request an extension for any of your BASc Core course units, then you will need to complete the BASc specific extension request form.
If you need to request an extension of one of your pathway subjects or language course, then you will need to use the form provided by the department which teaches the course. This is always signalled by the beginning of the course code, e.g. ECON1001 is taught by Economics, ENVS1026 is taught by the Bartlett etc. Courses beginning with LC, e.g. LCFR6001 are taught by the Centre for Languages and International Education (CLIE). You should note, however, that extensions for the CLIE Language Project can only be granted in the case of valid reasons, i.e. with a medical certificate or suffering from special personal circumstances. All requests for an extension must come before the deadline as requests will not be considered once it has passed.
When requesting an extension, you will need to make the request to the lecturer who teaches the class as it is their decision as to whether or not they will grant your request and if so, for how long. Extensions can only be granted on the basis of medical or other evidence you provide to them with the extension request form. Extensions will not be permitted because of computer problems or reasons connected to the demands of paid or unpaid employment.
You should also not presume that your extension request will be granted and so you should discuss with the course tutor at the earliest opportunity why you need the extension.
Before submitting any coursework or essays, please refer to the section on plagiarism at: