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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.

All assessments - academic honesty and plagiarism

The University of Sydney Business School, firmly believes that plagiarism by students or staff is unacceptable. As such, we have a three tiered (pronged) strategy to address plagiarism, which consists of: the "moral suasion" approach (as in honour codes); the "law-and-order approach" of detection software and penalties; and, the "educational approach" of teaching students what they should and shouldn't do (see Jaschik, 2010).

The educational approach is the Business School's primary focus and a number of initiatives exist to achieve this aim - improved self-paced educational module, compulsory testing of understanding of academic honesty concepts to inform additional education where required, expanded resources, referral to a learning advisor where appropriate and modified assessment in key units of study.

Under the Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism in Coursework policy, the Business School requires the mandatory use of TurnItIn, which is an electronic text matching software program, for all assessments. TurnItIn will not be used by the Business School as a sole or even the primary mechanism for detecting plagiarism. Detection of plagiarism and academic dishonesty is the responsibility of teaching staff as part of standard assessment mechanisms designed to foster good academic practices.

All assessments will be checked for plagiarism. Assessments will be fully checked and monitored using manual process, Google checks and text matching software checks. In order to do this, the Business School may reproduce the assessment, provide a copy to another member of the Business School, and/or communicate a copy of this assignment to a plagiarism checking service (which may then retain a copy of the assignment on its database for the purpose of future plagiarism checking). Serious penalties may be applied if a student is found to have engaged in plagiarism.

The Business School handles academic honesty and plagiarism issues according to University policy. Students must not engage in any form of academic dishonesty (such as copying or submitting other student's work, copying or submitting all or part of the same work more than once, working jointly where assignments are designated as individual etc) and must ensure that assessments are fully and correctly referenced according to the principles and rules taught within the Business School and described in the Business School referencing guide).

Plagiarism includes:

  • not using quotation marks for copied material
  • underquoting copied material, that is, quoting only some of the copied material
  • not giving references or attributions of the material used
  • not giving correct references or attributions of the material used
  • not using any recognisable reference style
  • using graphs/images from a source without appropriate references or attributions

Academic Dishonesty includes:

  • fabrication of data
  • copying from or using other student's work
  • recycling previously submitted material- taking section(s) from a previous assignment and using them in a current one, whether in the same unit, another unit or another semester
  • engaging someone else to complete an assessment or examination on one's behalf
  • misconduct during supervised assessments
  • submitting fraudulent special consideration forms
  • working too closely with other students whereby the bounds of legitimate cooperation are exceeded

All assessments, unless notified otherwise such as Honours thesis, PhD work, should conform to the requirements in the Business School Reference Guide.

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 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 follow the rules set out in the Business School Referencing Guide (BSRG).

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:

  • Surviving and enjoying uni: hints and tactics for surviving and getting the most out of your time at university.
  • 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 Blackboard: it is important that you consult Blackboard 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 Learning Support on a range of issues is available to all students enrolled in the Business School. This includes support in the form of:
  • 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.
  • The University also provides a range of other services for students including Learning, Accommodation, Administration, Employment, Finances, Getting around, Health & welfare and Student life services.