School of Social and Political Science

Coursework penalties

If you miss the submission deadline for any piece of assessed work, 5% of the maximum obtainable mark per calendar day will be deducted for each calendar day that work is late, up to a maximum of seven calendar days (35% ). Thereafter, a mark of zero will be recorded.

There is no grace period for lateness and penalties begin to apply immediately following the deadline. All coursework is due by 23:59 and submitting later than this without an extension, even by seconds, will incur a penalty. We strongly recommend that you start the online submission process well in advance of the deadline. 

Failure to submit an item of assessed work will result in a mark of zero. This can have very serious consequences for your progression into the next year of your degree, and in your honours years, can impact your overall degree classification or result in you receiving no degree at all. It is therefore always in your interest to submit work, even if very late.

If you are being affected by circumstances beyond your control and this is impacting your ability to complete coursework, please let your Student Adviser or Personal Tutor know.

For information on how to apply for an extension please read the extensions information on this page.

Please be aware that all work submitted is returned to students with a provisional mark. The mark you receive on ELMA is therefore subject to change following the consideration of the Board of Examiners.

Your course handbook will specify the word length of your assessments. All coursework submitted by students must state the word count on the front page. All courses in the School have a standard penalty for going over the word length; if you are taking courses from other Schools, check with them what their penalties are. You will not be penalised for submitting work below the word limit. However, you should note that shorter essays are unlikely to achieve the required depth and that this will be reflected in your mark.

The penalty for excessive word length in coursework is a 5-mark penalty. These 5 marks will be deducted regardless of how many words over the limit the work is (whether it is by 1 word or by 500!). In exceptional circumstances, a marker may also decide that any text beyond the word limit will be excluded from the assignment and it will be marked only on the text up to the word limit. In most cases, appendices and bibliography are not included in the word count whilst in-text references, tables, charts, graphs and footnotes are counted.

Make sure you know what is and what is not included in the word count. Again, check the course handbook for this information and if you are unsure, contact the Course Organiser to check.

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