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Penalties for overlength essays
When you submit assessed work, you are required to state how many words you have written. MS Word has a facility for counting words, as do all other popular word-processing programmes. You must keep within the word limit prescribed by the course. If you do not, you will be penalized.
The UCL rules for penalizing overlength assessed course work, including dissertations may be summarized as follows:
* Assessed work should not exceed the prescribed word count.
* Assessed work more than 10% longer than the prescribed word count will be awarded a mark of 0%; the assessment will, however, be considered 'complete'.
* If your work exceeds the upper word limit by less than 10% the mark will be reduced by 10 percentage marks. Your mark cannot, however, be reduced below the minimum pass mark -- assuming that the work merited a pass.
* Course tutors are entitled to specify whether words in tables, pictures, graphs and similar supporting materials need to be included in your word count. Consult your course tutor if in doubt.
* The word count should include the main text, including all references and quotations, but not the bibliography or appendices.
Text of the Academic Committee minutes concerning late submission of coursework and over-length coursework, including dissertations.