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University and Business School Policies and Information

It is essential that students familiarise themselves with and follow all Business School and University policies and procedures. These are detailed in the Business School's Administration Manual for Students and on the University Policy website. It is also important that students are aware of the many support services available to them. The Student Centre is the first point of contact for all student support and administrative issues.

Some of the policies and services most likely to be relevant to students are listed below. This list is not complete, but it's a good starting point. It is the students' responsibility to familiarise themselves with this information. Failure to do so will not be accepted as an excuse for any non-compliance with these policies.

Academic honesty

While the University is aware that the vast majority of students and staff act ethically and honestly, it is opposed to and will not tolerate academic dishonesty or plagiarism and will treat all allegations of dishonesty seriously.

All students are expected to be familiar and act in compliance with the relevant University policies, procedures and codes, which include:

  • Academic Honesty in Coursework Policy 2015
  • Academic Honesty Procedures 2016
  • Code of Conduct for Students
  • Research Code of Conduct 2013 (for honours and postgraduate dissertation units)

They can be accessed via the University’s Policy Register: (enter “Academic Honesty” in the search field).

Students should never use document-sharing sites and should be extremely wary of using online “tutor” services. Further information on academic honesty and the resources available to all students can be found on the Academic Integrity page of the University website:

Academic dishonesty and plagiarism

Academic dishonesty involves seeking unfair academic advantage or helping another student to do so.

You may be found to have engaged in academic dishonesty if you:

  • Resubmit (or “recycle”) work that you have already submitted for assessment in the same unit or in a different unit or previous attempt;
  • Use assignment answers hosted on the internet, including those uploaded to document sharing websites by other students.
  • Have someone else complete part or all of an assignment for you, or do this for another student.
  • Except for legitimate group work purposes, providing assignment questions and answers to other students directly or through social media platforms or document (“notes”) sharing websites, including essays and written reports.
  • Engage in examination misconduct, including using cheat notes or unapproved electronic devices (e.g., smartphones), copying from other students, discussing an exam with another person while it is in progress, or removing confidential examination papers from the examination venue.
  • Engage in dishonest plagiarism.

Plagiarism means presenting another person’s work as if it is your own without properly or adequately referencing the original source of the work.

Plagiarism is using someone else’s ideas, words, formulas, methods, evidence, programming code, images, artworks, or musical creations without proper acknowledgement. If you use someone’s actual words you must use quotation marks as well as an appropriate reference. If you use someone’s ideas, formulas, methods, evidence, tables or images you must use a reference. You must not present someone’s artistic work, musical creation, programming code or any other form of intellectual property as your own. If referring to any of these, you must always present them as the work of their creator and reference in an appropriate way.

Plagiarism is always unacceptable, regardless of whether it is done intentionally or not. It is considered dishonest if done knowingly, with intent to deceive or if a reasonable person can see that the assignment contains more work copied from other sources than the student’s original work. The University understands that not all plagiarism is dishonest and provides students with opportunities to improve their academic writing, including their understanding of scholarly citation and referencing practices.

Use of similarity detection software

All written assignments submitted in this unit of study will be submitted to the similarity detecting software program known as Turnitin. Turnitin searches for matches between text in your written assessment task and text sourced from the Internet, published works and assignments that have previously been submitted to Turnitin for analysis.

There will always be some degree of text-matching when using Turnitin. Text-matching may occur in use of direct quotations, technical terms and phrases, or the listing of bibliographic material. This does not mean you will automatically be accused of academic dishonesty or plagiarism, although Turnitin reports may be used as evidence in academic dishonesty and plagiarism decision-making processes.

All assessments - conditions of assessments

Late penalties

Any assessment submitted after the due date will incur a late penalty of 10% of the total marks per day late. Since submission is electronic, weekends and public holidays count as days in the same way as working day.

Any assessment submitted after the due date will incur a late penalty unless excused by special consideration, special arrangement or disability services adjustment.

Word length

Where a word length is specified, students must conform to the word length. Where a student exceeds the word length, the student will lose 10% of the total marks when the submission is 10% above the word length and 10% for each 10% over-length thereafter. Note that the word limit includes in-text referencing and the reference list at the end of the document.

Mandatory / Compulsory / Optional

An assessment that is listed as MANDATORY means you must undertake the assessment and achieve a mark above a minimum standard. Students who fail to achieve this minimum standard in this assessment, even when their aggregate mark for the entire unit is above 50%, will be given a Fail grade for the unit. As a result a student's academic transcript will show a fail grade and the actual mark achieved if between 0-49 and a fail grade and a capped moderated mark of 49 for all other marks.

The minimum standard required to be achieved will be listed in the Assessment details in the Unit of Study Outline. If no minimum standard is listed, the minimum standard is 50% in the mandatory assessment.

An assessment that is listed as COMPULSORY means you must undertake the assessment. If you do not undertake the assessment you will receive zero for this assessment.

An assessment that is listed as OPTIONAL means you can choose to undertake the assessment. There is no mark penalty if you do not undertake the assessment. If you do undertake the assessment and submit it on time, it will be counted toward you final mark according to the information listed in the assessment details in the Unit of Study Outline.

Individual / Group work

Assessments listed as individual are intended to be carried out alone. Assessments listed as group are intended to be carried out within the group assigned. Students should not consult other students (for individual work) or other groups (for group work). This means that students should not share research, contribute to each other's planning or writing of the assignment, read and share drafts of assignments and so on.

Due date / closing date

The due date for an assessment is the last day on which you can submit the assessment without penalty. If you submit the assessment after that date, you will receive a late penalty, unless excused by special consideration, special arrangement or disability services adjustment.

The closing date is the last day on which an assessment will be accepted for marking. No assessments will be accepted for marking and students will be given zero for the assessment.

Academic Honesty Module

Students must complete the Academic Honesty module achieving 100% in the tests within the first weeks of semester, or an Absent Fail grade will be given for the entire unit. Students can complete the module multiple times until this grade is achieved. Students who completed the module in any previous semesters do not need to do it again.

All assessments - grade descriptors

The Business School has developed a set of grade descriptors that will be used in marking assessments. These grade descriptors will be used to define the standards that will be used in marking assessments. Where exemplars have been given, please use them in addition to these descriptors.

The Business School assures these standards in four ways.

  1. Assurance of marking decisions and processes. All marking decisions and processes around assessments are carried out in accordance with the quality marking policy. See the Marking and distribution of grades page for further information.
  2. Review of marking decisions. All final marks must be approved by the Chair of Discipline and the Sub Dean (as Dean's delegate) before the marks are finalised. Adherence to standards are checked before any marks are approved. Where there has not been ad adherence to standards, the marks are not approved but are sent back for marking according to the prescribed standards.
  3. Internal assurance. At the end of each marking period, all marks across the Business School are collated and checked for adherence to standards. Should evidence arise that standards have not been followed, steps are immediately taken to correct the implementation of the standards. This process is carried out by the Sub Dean reporting to the Deputy Deans, Associate Deans and Directors of Programmes.
  4. External assurance. The Business School is constantly assuring and innovating all its offerings. As part of external accreditations standards used are checked and assured externally. See the Accreditations and Quality Assurance page for further information.

Grade descriptors in use by the Business School PDF - The overall standards applying in the Business School have also been summarised.

Assignment and File formatting:

Assignments submitted to the Business School need to be formatted correctly as follows. Whenever you submit an assignment you must follow these rules as well as anything listed in the UOS outline or additional assignment information given by your academics.

Option Description

Header and Footer information

Individual Assignments - Student Identification (SID) must appear in the header on the top right hand side of each page of the document. Do not include your name. Page number should be bottom right hand side of each page.

Group Assignments - include the Group name and SID of all group members, separated by a comma, and must appear in the header of each page of the document. Do not include any student names. Page number should be bottom right hand side of each page

File name

For individual submissions:

  • SID
  • Unit of Study
  • Assignment Number/Name
  • Semester
  • Year

Example: 1234567BUSS1001AssxxxS12013

For Group submissions (file submitter only):

  • Group Number or Name
  • Unit of Study
  • Assignment Number or Name
  • Semester
  • Year

Example: Group1BUSS1001AssxxxS12013

Cover Sheet

Ensure your file DOES NOT contain a cover sheet.

Quoted material

Students should use the American Psychological Association (APA) 6th Referencing Style unless otherwise specified by the Discipline (e.g. Discipline of Business Law)

Submission Title

When submitting your file, you must ensure that the Submission Title is the same as the FILE NAME (as per above).


You may only submit one file per assignment. For group assignments, one person per group should submit for the entire group. You may submit another file before the assignment due date, however, your first submission will be overwritten.

Zip files

Zip files will not be accepted Note: files with embedded tables, images are permitted

Password protection

Your file must not be password protected

Additional information for students

At the start of semester:

  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism: academic honesty is a core value of the University of Sydney. Make sure you complete the Academic Honesty Module before submitting your first assignment, and seek advice if you're confused about referencing or the limits of legitimate cooperation.
  • Students with disabilities: students who have a disability which impacts on their studies, or who care for someone with a disability, should contact the Disability Services Office. The DSO can provide a range of support services, including a Personal Academic Plan for the whole semester. It is important that any student with a disability registers with DSO early in semester so that the Business School can ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made.
  • Student email: you must check your student email at least once a week. All correspondence from the University will be sent to your official University account, and it is your responsibility to check it regularly. Not checking email is not accepted as a reason for not being aware of important information.
  • Computer access and the University LMS: it is important that you consult the University LMS and MyUni regularly. Computer access is widely available on campus.
  • Student conduct: The code of conduct is an important policy which outlines the University's expectations about treating all staff employees and students with respect, dignity, impartiality, courtesy and sensitivity and refrain from acts of discrimination, harassment or bullying.

During semester:

  • Student Services
  • Special consideration: Students experiencing short term illness or misadventure which impacts on their ability to complete an assessment task may be eligible for special consideration.  Applications are managed by the University’s Student Administration Services (SAS). Visit the SAS web pages for information on eligibility and how to apply.
  • Special arrangements for examinations and assessment: Special arrangements for assessment may be requested on the grounds of religious commitments or beliefs, compulsory legal absence, sporting or cultural commitments, the birth or adoption of a child or Australian defence force or emergency service commitments. Applications are managed by the University’s Student Administration Services (SAS). Visit the SAS web pages for information on eligibility and how to apply.

At the end of semester:

  • Appeals process: students who wish to appeal an academic decision have 15 days from the release of a result to start this process. For appeals relating to exams, students should first arrange to review their exam paper. After this, students can lodge an informal appeal by submitting a file note PDF to the relevant Discipline Office, and subsequently may appeal to the Director of Academic Appeals.
  • Graduations: the Student Services office will contact all students in their final semester of study to start organising graduation and graduation ceremonies.