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IMS 5015: Information Continuum -- Assessment


Assignments should be submitted on paper, in class or by post or fax, to be received by the due date unless otherwise negotiated. Please note that e-mailed assignments will not be accepted normally.

Every assignment requires a signed cover sheet, downloaded from the SIMS webpage.

Keep a second copy of all of your assignments.

If students are not able to collect marked assignments in class, and want them returned, please submit them originally with a stamped, addressed envelope for return to you by post.

Late Submission

Should you anticipate difficulties in meeting the scheduled submission dates due to illness or some other exceptional circumstances, please contact the subject co-ordinator as soon as possible (larry.stillman@sims.monash.edu.au).

If you do not make alternative arrangements with the subject co-ordinator, assignments received after the due date will be subject to a penalty.

Only in exceptional circumstances will there be extensions. Any extension must be approved by the lecturer. Any piece of assessment handed in late without approval will incur a penalty of 5% of available marks per day that it is late. After one week a fail will be recorded.

Plagiarism and learning norms

Different cultures have different attitudes to uncited quotation but international protocols are beginning to achieve uniformity across cultures. The goal is to respect the intellectual property that is created whenever someone writes and publishes a document as an original expression. For this reason, we ask you to provide citations, as detailed below, whenever you take material from someone else's publication. If you use the writer's exact words, please use quotation marks (" ... "). Also take particular care to follow the same citation protocols relating to material you access via the Internet. Plagiarism is simpler these days, but so is detection of it.

Stated simply, plagiarism is theft of intellectual property, and will not be accepted. The use of others' work without acknowledgment will result in failure. University policy on plagiarism and other forms of cheating is described below in detail, and it is treated very seriously. You should consult these University materials

1.Student Resource Guide - section on Student Rights and Responsibilities at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/srg/srg0059.htm

2.Student Resource Guide at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/srg/, particularly the section on "Cheating" at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/srg/srg0071.htm

3.Faculty policy at http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~ajh/adt/policies/cheating.html

4.Statute 4.1 on Discipline at http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/calendar/statutes/statute4.1.html

It is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the contents of these documents. You should read all of the policies.

Grades of assessment

Assignments, and overall subject results, will be graded in accordance with the following Monash scale of assessment:

A "Pass": In order to pass this subject, a student must achieve at least a total of half of the marks available in each of the six separate elements of assessment. In the event that a student fails any one piece of assessment, there will be no automatic right of re-submission. Any consideration of re-submission by the lecturer will take place as assessment is completed, and in the light of a student's overall performance. Failing students will be asked to come for an interview with the lecturer to discuss their options.

Citations and Bibliographies

Use the School's Style Guide, detailed on the School website, http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/resources/style.html or other well-known manual to assist you with the correct form for citations and bibliographies.

Citing web sites is subject more and more to fixed protocol, and we recommend that you cite the source as you would for an article in a journal, followed by the full URL and indicate the date of access or downloading in brackets after the URL, e.g.:

Upward, F. "Scandal and Intrigue among Recordkeepers", 12.11.96, http://www.gossip.au/issues/upward/index.html (accessed 15.2.97)

It is essential that you do acknowledge your sources of information. One way to impress your assessor is to demonstrate that you have researched your work well, and a good bibliography and intelligent citation are steps in the right direction. Whether you use endnotes and/or footnotes is your choice. The people assessing your work want to be able to observe and comment on your ability to evaluate information from several sources and, therefore, they need to be able to tell which content is "yours" and which is derived directly from the thinking of others.

Perhaps the most important needs for accurate and full citation derive from the legal and ethical issues raised by plagiarism.

Each time you complete any assessment, please refer to and make yourself familiar with the most current information regarding acknowledgement of sources, plagiarism and academic conduct contained in the SIMS Policy website http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/policies

Graeme Johanson, July 2005

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