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IMS 5048: Information Continuum -- Assessment

Assessment components

Five reports during semester, worth 10% each.

During semester (see the program dates above), 5 small assignments will be given to you for review and response. You will have 2 weeks at least to respond to them. They will be handed in two weeks after handout, or on the dates shown above. The first will be handed out on 20 July, and returned on 10 August for marking. The other due dates are shown on the program dates above.

The aim of these small reports is to assess your understanding of the unit cumulatively. Although they are short, the quality of your reported answers is the key to assessment. Treat them seriously, adding a cover sheet to each and full citations indicating extended reading by you. Each short assignment will suggest some reading, to which you should add at least two relevant, scholarly articles of your choice, which you have read and used in your report.

Assignment 1 is now available (Due date: August 10)

Assignment 2 is now available (Due date: August 31) (New version uploaded August 17 - minor changes only)

Assignment 3 is now available (Due date: September 21)

Assignment 4 is now available (Due date: October 21). Please note that Assignments 4 & 5 have been combined, and Assignment 4 is now worth 20% of the final mark.

Exam: 50%.

The exam, held during the Monash exam period, will last for three hours. It will assess all content covered in all classes, on the unit website and in the discussion forum.

Notes to assist with your exam preparation.

Assessment details.

Backup copies of all assignments must be retained by you, in case of loss.

Hardware failures are not recognised as a valid reason for obtaining an extension or handing in a late assignment.

Acknowledgment of sources; plagiarism.

Each time you complete any assessment, please refer to and make yourself familiar with the SIMS Policy website:

http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/policies .

Plagiarism and Collusion are methods of cheating for the purposes of ‘Monash Statute 4.1 – Discipline'.

Plagiarism is the presentation of work which has been copied in whole or in part from another person's work, or from any other source such as the Internet, published books or periodicals without due acknowledgment given in the text.

Collusion is the presentation of work which is the result in whole or in part of unauthorized collaboration with another person or persons.

Monash University Plagiarism and Cheating policy:

http://www.adm.monash.edu.au/unisec/academicpolicies/policy/plagiarism.html .

School of Information Management and Systems Plagiarism policy:

Plagiarism includes the submission of work you have previously submitted.

In cases of ‘proven' plagiarism involving ‘first time offenders':

The assignment will be given ‘0 N' mark/grade.

The student is warned that if another offence occurs, disciplinary action will be taken and student will be given a ‘0 N' mark/result for the unit.

In cases of ‘proven' plagiarism involving ‘repeat offenders':

Unit will be marked ‘0 N'.

Disciplinary action will be taken.

While it is perfectly acceptable to seek help and advice when completing assignments, this must not be taken to a point where what is submitted is in part someone else's work.

Please note that, since the assignments and exams are used in assessing your grade in this unit, the following Faculty policy applies:

Students should note that cheating is regarded as a very serious offence which is likely to lead not only to failure in the unit concerned but also to additional penalties including exclusion. Students should carefully note that the taking of any unauthorised material into examinations such as notes and unauthorised dictionaries will be regarded as cheating. Students should also note that essays, assignments and other work are generally understood to be the student's own work and where such work is identical with, or similar to, another student's work, an assumption of cheating may arise. Where students wish to undertake work in conjunction with other students, it is suggested that the matter be discussed with the lecturer concerned.

Assignment style.

Standards for presentation.

All printed assignment work must be word processed and meet the standards set out in the assignment. Refer also to the School of Information Management and Systems guidelines for writing assignments for additional information on presentation standards:

http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/resources/style.html .

10.3.2. All assignments must include an appropriate signed SIMS assignment cover page. See the SIMS web site for downloadable (PDF) copies of SIMS assignment cover pages:

http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/resources/assessment.html .

For citation style, use the SIMS Style Guide.


If you believe that your assignment will be delayed because of circumstances beyond your control such as illness, you should apply for an extension prior to the due date. All applications for extensions must be made in writing (or e-mail) to your lecturer, and a response to your request will be communicated back to you in the same manner. No extensions are automatic. Everyone will be dealt with individually. Tom Denison will refer requests to Graeme Johanson, the subject co-ordinator. Medical certificates or other supporting documentation will be required.

Late assignments submitted without an approved extension may be accepted up to one week late, at the discretion of your lecturer, but will be penalised at the rate of 10% of total assignment marks per day (including weekends).


Total marks available for the assignment = 100 marks.

Marks received for the assignment = 70 marks.

Marks deducted for 2 days late submission (20% of 100) = 20 marks.

Final mark received for assignment = 50 marks.

After one week, the assignment will score zero.

Submission of assignments.

Assignments should be submitted to the tutor during your allocated tutorial, or given to the lecturer in class, or sent to the lecturer by post of fax, to arrive by the due date, to Dr Graeme Johanson as follows:

Dr. Graeme Johanson,

Unit co-ordinator IMS5015,

School of Information Management and Systems,

Faculty of Information Technology, Monash University.

P.O.Box 197, Caulfield East, Victoria 3145, Australia.

Fax: 9903 2005.

Return of assignments.

Assignments will either be returned in specified tutorials or lectures during semester. OCL students assignments will be posted back to them. Please include a stamped, addressed envelope.

Every effort will be made to mark assignments as fast as possible, to facilitate feedback to you.

Student Academic Grievance Procedure.

If you have a concern or issue about aspects of your assessment or other academic matters, you are encouraged to follow the SIMS Student Academic Grievance Procedure: http://www.sims.monash.edu.au/policies .

Pass and grades requirements.

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 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.

Normal grades awarded by the Faculty of Information Technology are:




High Distinction















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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