Assessment Tasks
Word count (Schedule A of Assessment Policy, 1.1–1.6)
  • Wordcount includes headings and all text, footnotes and references, but excludes bibliography.
  • Where a wordcount is specified for an assessment task, the submitted material must be within 10% of this and must be accompanied by a statement of the wordcount.
Written assignments for all units are submitted via ARK Learning Management System, with the possible exception of short papers (500−750 words) which lecturers may request to be submitted directly to them.

Undergraduate Students

Level 1
  • These units are set to challenge post-secondary learners, and provide a basis for future degree-level learning by building broad or specialised foundational knowledge and skills.
  • Receipt of early feedback via a piece of work not substantially counting towards assessment.
  • Assessment of more than one piece of work including a component under formal examination conditions.
  • Word count: 3,500–4,000 words 
Level 2
  • These units build on the learning acquired in level 1 units which are normally expected as prerequisites. Level 2 units extend further than level 1 units in knowledge, scope, depth and/or critique.
  • Word count: 4,000–4,500 words 
Level 3 
  • These units build on the learning acquired in level 2 units which are normally expected as prerequisites. Level 3 units require skills and or knowledge at or near the level expected of a graduate.
  • Word count: 4,500–5,000 words 

Postgraduate Coursework Students 

  • Foundational units provide a broad introduction to a discipline or field of study, at postgraduate level. Written work of 6,000 words. 
  • Elective units build upon knowledge and skills acquired in foundational units or in earlier studies, at postgraduate level. They engage sophisticated applied or theoretical concepts and scenarios and emphasise advanced, sophisticated and integrative expertise, involving high-level critical understanding and advanced skills. Written work of 6,000 words. 
  • Capstone units are a unit of study (at least 24 points) in which the student demonstrates integration of the elements of their learning across the award, achievement of the outcomes of the award, and a sophisticated level of understanding and skills. Written work for a 15-point unit: 6,000 words. 
  • Students will be expected to demonstrate the capacity to research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner.
  • Students are expected to demonstrate a qualitative difference to undergraduate work. 

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