School of Computing

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment and Feedback

Coursework

The University has certain rules about how and when you submit your coursework.

Deadlines

All submission deadlines are published by the end of the second teaching week each semester. 

Make sure you take note of the deadlines, and carefully plan when you will complete each assignment.

Only the Degree Programme Director has the authority to approve changes in coursework submission deadlines once they are published. If a deadline does change, you will be given sufficient notice and a reason for the change.

How to hand your work in

Different lecturers will ask you to submit your coursework in different ways. You might have to use Blackboard, NESS, or hand in a hard copy. 

Before you hand your work in, make sure that you know exactly how to submit it. 

Multiple copies

Find out if you need to submit multiple copies. This is especially important if you are taking modules in different Schools.

Find out more

Download the University policy on coursework submission (PDF: 442 KB).

Plagiarism

The University makes routine plagiarism checks on all appropriate pieces of work.

We take plagiarism and academic conduct very seriously. You are expected to know how to reference other sources correctly.

Plagiarism software

You or a member of staff will submit your work to an electronic text-matching software system.  

How to submit your work

When you submit your assignments, you will be told how you need to submit to ensure they are checked. 

There are some file and size restrictions. You will be given guidance on what you can and cannot submit. 

Always ask your module leader if you have any questions about a specific assignment.

How the software works

The software checks your work against a database of:

  • web pages 
  • academic articles
  • books
  • other students’ papers (from Newcastle and other universities)

If your work matches any of these sources, the software will highlight it.

A match does not necessarily mean that you have plagiarised. It could mean that you've correctly referenced text from other source.

Late Submission

The University has a set policy for late submissions. You need to be careful to submit all assessments well in advance of the deadline.

Handing in work late

Within seven calendar days

If work is submitted within 7 calendar days of the deadline, it will be capped at the pass mark. This is 40 for undergraduate programmes and 50 for postgraduate programmes. 

More than seven calendar days

If you submit a piece of work more than 7 days after the deadline, it will receive a mark of zero.

When no late work is allowed

There may be pieces of coursework for which no late work is allowed. You will receive prior notification in these instances.

There are two circumstances in which late work will always receive a zero:

  1. If your piece of work is marked on a non-discriminatory marking scale (ie pass/fail or merit/pass/fail).
  2. If you are submitting work for a re-sit assessment.

Exceptions

If you have a valid reason for submitting your work late (eg illness), you should submit a PEC form.

Computer failures and transportation problems are not valid reasons. If NUIT has confirmed a University-wide computer failure, then this will become a valid reason.

Exams

Find out when your exams are, and what rules and procedures you need to follow.

The University publishes its exam period dates several years in advance. 

You are expected to be available for exams at the University during all of the main periods.

Exams may happen on Saturdays during the main periods. 

Feedback

You will receive feedback on all of your coursework and exams.

Coursework feedback will be returned within 20 working days  (Monday-Friday, not including Bank Holidays or University closure days). 

Exam feedback must be returned 20 working days from the end of the exam period. If this date falls during summer holidays, then you'll get feedback at the start of the next semester/term. 

If feedback is going to be late for any reason, you will be informed in advance. You'll be told when you should expect to receive your feedback.

How you get feedback

You can receive feedback in a variety of ways: 

  • written on your work
  • given verbally in lectures or tutorials
  • Blackboard 
  • NESS

Exam feedback may be given as general feedback to the entire cohort. This feedback may include:

  • what made good answers and poor answers on the exam
  • statistical information to show you how you are doing compared to the rest of the cohort
  • exam strategies

You do have the right to request individual feedback. 

If you're re-sitting exams, contact your module leader for feedback at least four weeks before the re-sit exam.

Who gives feedback

Feedback may come from lecturers, from your student peers, or from yourself. 

Learning to give yourself feedback is an important skill that you will continue to use after University. 

Using feedback

Look at your work, the criteria for the work, and the feedback comments. 

Think about how you can improve in future assessments.

Marking

Find out how your work is marked and moderated.

Your marks will be fair and consistent across markers. All assessments that are worth a significant part of your final mark are reviewed in advance.

This makes sure that the instructions are clear and the questions are reasonable for a student at your level.

Moderated work

Depending on the assignment, your work may also be moderated. This means that a second marker will look at the mark and feedback given by the first marker. They check that it is fair and accurate. 

How work is moderated

There are several different processes for moderation. 

A common method is sampling. This means looking at a sample of pieces of work across grade boundaries. 

Another method is second marking. This is where a second marker looks at every piece of work.

Download the University's marking and moderation policy (PDF: 269 KB).

How grades are decided

Any mark you get is provisional. It is subject to review and potential moderation before the final Board of Examiner meeting. 

Board of Examiners

Each taught programme of study (undergraduate and postgraduate) has a Board of Examiners. This Board makes decisions about the outcomes of assessment of students on the programme. 

The Board has a substantial degree of discretion. This means that it may award a degree classification higher than the given mark.

The Board could also give a pass mark to a student who has failed a module.

This can be due to medical or special personal circumstances. This is one of the reasons why it is important to submit PEC forms.