The University has certain rules about how and when you submit your coursework.
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.
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).
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.
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
- 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.
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:
- If your piece of work is marked on a non-discriminatory marking scale (ie pass/fail or merit/pass/fail).
- If you are submitting work for a re-sit assessment.
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.
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.
2016/17 exam dates2016/17 exam dates
16 - 27 January
22 May - 9 June
21 August - 1 September
Exam timetablesExam timetables
It is your responsibility to check the timetable.
The University publishes a provisional exam timetable about two months in advance.
Check that there are no clashes between your modules.
A final exam timetable is published about six weeks in advance.
Exam rulesExam rules
You must read and understand the University exam rules.
The University has a calculator policy for examinations.
New students can only use three models of calculator:
- Casio FX-83GTPLUS
- Casio FX-85GTPLUS
- Casio FX-115MS
You can also use discontinued models of the same calculator. These are any calculator models that begin with 'Casio FX-83', 'Casio FX-85' or 'Casio FX-115'.
If you started your studies before 2015/16, you can use your existing calculator if it has an ‘approved’ sticker.
Past papersPast papers
Past papers are available online.
You can get sample papers for new courses from your lecturers.
Alternative exam arrangementsAlternative exam arrangements
If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, or long-term medical condition, you can apply for alternative exam arrangements.
These can include:
- extra time
- rest break
- use of a PC
- smaller venue
You must apply before the deadline, and hand in appropriate medical evidence/documentation.
To find out more, contact the Student Wellbeing Service as soon as possible.
Off-campus examsOff-campus exams
Examinations will generally take place on (or close to) campus. There are exceptions to this rule.
International students may apply to take a re-sit exam in their home country.
More information is available from the Exams Office and in the off-campus exams policy (PDF: 322 KB).
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
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.
Look at your work, the criteria for the work, and the feedback comments.
Think about how you can improve in future assessments.
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.
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.