Assessment: Word Counts
Wordcount includes headings and all text, footnotes and references, and 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. All written assessment tasks of 750 words or more must be checked for originality using the Turnitin function available within ARK.

Undergraduate Unit levels

Level 1
  • Undergraduate Level 1 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.
  • Word count (18-point unit): 3,500–4,000 words 
Level 2
  • Undergraduate Level 2 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 (18-point unit): 4,000–4,500 words 
Level 3 
  • Undergraduate Level 3 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 (18-point unit): 4,500–5,000 words.
  • Word count (36-point unit): 9,000-10,000 words
Level 3
  •  A Capstone Unit is a category of unit which culminates and integrates learning across an award, thus demonstrating the Course Outcomes of that award. In a Capstone Unit, the student is responsible for creating and undergoing a formational learning experience which demonstrates a sophisticated level of understanding and skill, integration of the elements of their learning, and achievement of the outcomes of the award. 
  • Word count (18-point unit): 4,500–5,000 words.
  • Word count (36-point unit): 9,000–10,000 words.

Postgraduate Unit Levels 

Level 8
  • A Postgraduate Foundational unit provides a broad introduction to a discipline or field of study, at postgraduate level. 
  • Learning outcomes include developing awareness, skills and knowledge in a broad or narrow area of study that is new to the student, utilising the generic research, analysis, and communication skills of a graduate.
  • Word count (24-point unit): 6,000–7,000 words. 
Level 9
  • A Postgraduate Elective unit builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in Postgraduate Foundational units or in earlier studies, at postgraduate level. It engages sophisticated applied or theoretical concepts and scenarios and emphasises advanced, sophisticated and integrative expertise, involving high-level critical understanding and advanced skills. 
  • Word count (24-point unit): 7,000–8,000 words. 
  • Word count (48-point unit): 14,000-16,000 words.
Level 9
  • Capstone unit is a category of unit which culminates and integrates learning across an award, thus demonstrating the Course Outcomes of that award. In a Capstone Unit, the student is responsible for creating and undergoing a formational learning experience which demonstrates a sophisticated level of understanding and skill, integration of the elements of their learning, and achievement of the outcomes of the award.
  • Word count (24-point unit): 7,000–8,000 words.
  • Word count (48-point unit): 14,000–16,000 words.

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