a) Coursework/Assignment Submissions:
Coursework is usually submitted electronically. When the work is required to be submitted in this way, you have until midnight on the advertised submission date to submit the work. Please note, you must submit the work electronically in the specified file format. When group coursework is to be submitted electronically, a representative of each group (the group leader) should be chosen for submission. If there is any doubt, please contact the Course Organizer BEFORE the submission date.
Every piece of written coursework must have a correctly completed front cover sheet which you must sign in order to declare that it is your own work. Please contact course organizer for the template of front cover sheet. Paper submissions must be made in person to the specified person during office contact hours. Do not give coursework to any other member of staff as we will not accept responsibility for anything that is not submitted properly. Especially, do not push work under offices doors as it is quite likely to be picked up and disposed of by the cleaning staff.
Students, who miss the coursework deadline because of extenuating circumstances, can still submit their work (subject to the approval of course organizer). In this case the submission will be logged as “Late Submission” and will automatically be penalized.
For the explanations, students will be assessed according to clear understanding of concepts and correct usage of technical information in their responses. For essays and assignments, the relevance of information and the coherence of the details would be assessed along with importance and credits for proper examples. For practical assignments, students will be rewarded according to the proper usage of features and tools regarding that assignment, extra credit will be given to students who show more technical learning.
c) Penalties for Late Submission of Coursework
If you fail to submit coursework on time you will be penalized on the following scale:
10% per day will be lost from your overall mark. (For purposes of calculating penalty – each period of up to 24 hours after the initial submission is counted as 1 day). However, this will be capped at 30% (3 days) maximum penalty. Normally you will not be allowed to submit after the cut-off date. Saturdays and Sundays count as periods late when calculating the penalty.
d) Request for Extensions to Coursework Submission Dates
If you have any extenuating circumstances that will result in your coursework being late or you having to miss a scheduled lab session, you must report them to the admin office within 10 days of the coursework deadline.
e) Extenuating Circumstances
Extenuating circumstances normally mean circumstances beyond your control (e.g. illness, death of a close relative etc). Losing memory sticks, computer problems or theft of laptops will not count since you should always have backup copies elsewhere; printer problems will also not count as you should allow enough time to get the printing done even if there are problems.
Any such claim MUST be supported by documentary evidence e.g. an original medical certificate covering the date(s) in question, accompanied by an extenuating circumstances formal statement by the student. Any claim will not be considered, under any circumstances, without supporting documents.
Such an authorized absence will allow you to have an experiment rescheduled or coursework submission date shifted by an appropriate amount. However, if the new submission date is likely to exceed the published coursework cut-off date then you may be asked to do a different piece of work to the other students on that course. Also, overall end-of-semester deadlines for marks cannot be exceeded. Each case will be looked at on its individual merits.
Please note that it is your own responsibility to submit claims for extenuating circumstances and students with extenuating circumstances cannot be given extra marks. Marks will only be given for the work actually produced, not what might have been done if extenuating circumstances had not arisen.
f) Private Study
In addition to the timetabled classes and labs etc., students should plan to spend at least 4 hours per week on private study for this module. A variety of sources of material may be recommended: lecture slides and/or notes (for information tailored towards the individual module concerned), text-books (for basic, factual information), journals (for in-depth exploration of recent research trends), and conference proceedings (for cutting-edge research in progress). Some of this scientific material may be authored by the module teaching staff.