Late Penalties

Work submitted late will be subject to the following penalties: 5% of the original total awarded on merit will be deducted for each full or part working day that the assignment is late, i.e. any day except weekends and Bank Holidays, whether term-time or vacation. For example, a piece awarded 50 on merit will lose 5% of 50, i.e. 2.5, for each working day that it is late, i.e. receiving 47.5 if one day late, 45 if two days late, etc. Such penalties may result in a 'fail' mark being returned for the assignment.

Work submitted late in the absence of special circumstances will be penalized at a rate of 5 % up until 5 working days after the submission date, and awarded a mark of zero thereafter.

Failure to make a seminar presentation, or to attend a test, in the absence of special circumstances will result in a mark of zero because of the difficulties inherent in re-arrangement.

Coursework for language modules which is handed in on a very regular basis (such as weekly) may be subject to an immediate zero being awarded if it is not submitted on the day specified.

Word Length Penalties – Dissertation Module

There is a minimum and maximum word limit for each element of the dissertation module. Failure to adhere to these limits may result in penalties being applied.

Word limits include

  • abstract, main text including chapter titles and any sub-headings, any justifiable explanatory footnotes, if any, textboxes and image captions, and in-text referencing – basically, if it comes up in the Word word count, it counts

but exclude

  • title and contents pages, plagiarism declaration [which is part of the new cover sheet], list of references and any justifiable appendix.

IMPORTANT:There is no ‘margin’ of 5%/10% above or below these word length limits – the margin is between the min and max limits. A dissertation that is over or under those set limits by one word will be penalised, and a work that passes on merit may fail on word count penalties if it is excessively long or short.

Word length penalties are calculated according to the extent of the overrun/underrun, so a 40-credit dissertation (EAS362) that achieved a mark of 60% on merit, but that was under or over length by 450 words would be penalised as below:

Final word count: 12,450 (overrun 450 words); mark on merit, 60

  • Mark awarded: (12,000÷12,450) x 60 = 57.8

Final word count: 9,550 (underrun 450 words); mark on merit, 60

  • Marks awarded: (9550÷10,000) x 60 = 57.3

The unrounded figure will be used when we calculate the final module grade.

Please refer to the Dissertation Module Outline, available on MOLE, for further information on word limits.