All you need to know about your assessments and exams

Your studies will be assessed by a mixture of assignments and exams.

Find out about our exam services, how to submit an assignment, and how to apply for special consideration and extensions.

Updated assessment practices

To take some pressure off you during the coronavirus pandemic, Griffith has made some adjustments to assessment practices, including:

  • Assessment extensions
  • Supplementary assessment
  • Exams

Exams

All OUA exams will remain online indefinitely. For more information, please visit the OUA Exams website.

OUA Exams website

Submitting assignments


There are several ways to submit your assignment online. The most popular are:

Each of these online submissions require a Cover Sheet. Use either the PDF or WORD documents:

PDF documents

Individual assessment cover sheet

Group assessment cover sheet

WORD documents (PC users)

Individual assessment coversheet for PC users

Group assessment coversheet for PC users

WORD documents (Mac users)

Individual assessment coversheet for MAC users

Group assessment coversheet for MAC users

The cover sheet has also been provided in WORD format to allow you to merge your assignment document with the cover sheet ready for online submission. Correct use of the WORD version of the cover sheet will maintain formatting.

To use the cover sheet, please follow these steps:

  1. Download and save cover sheet to your computer.
  2. When you open the cover sheet enable saving and macros if prompted.
  3. To place a cross in a tick-box in the first two pages of the cover sheet, double click on the tick-box, select 'Checked' under 'Default value' and then OK.
  4. Follow the instructions outlined on the third page of the cover sheet if you want to maintain your formatting.

Don't forget: Keep an electronic copy of your assignment before submitting it.

Assignment extension

An assignment is a task that is undertaken outside of scheduled class time, and builds on work delivered in class. Assignments are required to be submitted by a specific date. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • case studies
  • essays
  • laboratory reports
  • literature reviews
  • research-based assignments
  • planning documents
  • problem sets (e.g. math problems)
  • proposals.

If you are unable to submit an assignment by the due date, you may be eligible for an extension of time.

Lodgement of assignment extension applications

Applications for an assignment extension must be submitted through the online application form by the due date. Your application must also include appropriate documentation to support the grounds on which you are requesting your extension of time. Grounds include the following:

  • medical
  • other (e.g. family or personal circumstances, employment-related circumstances, unavoidable commitments).

You will be emailed of the outcome of your request for an extension of time. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’.

Assignment extension application

COVID-19 - increase to assessment task extensions

The maximum extension of time for an assessment task (that is not an exam) will be increased as follows:

  • medical grounds with a medical certificate – a maximum period of 21 calendar days instead of 14 calendar days extension may be applied by the Convenor
  • bereavement – a maximum period of 21 calendar days instead of 14 calendar days may be applied by the Convenor

Deferred assessment

Deferred assessment would normally be applied for it you have been prevented from attending an assessment task that is scheduled to occur on a specific date, such as:

  • exam
  • presentation (technical or professional)
  • performance (artistic)
  • guided discussion with peers; or
  • test or quiz

Deferral of other assessment tasks, if you are unable to submit them by the due date, are applied for using an assignment extension.

Lodgement of deferred assessment applications

Applications for a deferred assessment must be submitted through the online application form no later than three working days after the assessment was scheduled to take place.

Deferred assessment application

My application status

Criteria and supporting documentation required for deferred assessment

Deferred assessment will only be approved in the following circumstances. Your application must include appropriate documentation to support the grounds on which you are requesting your assessment to be deferred.

  • illness - medical certificate
  • accident - statutory declaration
  • temporary disability - medical certificate
  • bereavement - bereavement notice or statutory declaration
  • sporting or cultural commitment at state, national or international representative level - letter from sporting body
  • technical difficulties that prevented you from attempting your scheduled assessment  - timestamped screenshot, proof of help request, statutory declaration
  • other compassionate circumstances - statutory declaration.

You will be emailed of the outcome of your application for deferred assessment. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’.

Deferred final exam times

Refer to the OUA Academic Calendar or Key Dates website for the deferred/supplementary exam period dates

If you are awarded an end of study period or study session deferred exam, you are no longer eligible for a supplementary exam. Further deferment is NOT possible. A significant concession has already been given. If you are still unable to sit your deferred or supplementary exam because of exceptional circumstances, you may apply to withdraw after the census date due to special circumstances.

Special consideration

You may apply for special consideration for a unit or any assessment item in that unit if you:

  • feel your performance was seriously affected, or
  • were seriously disadvantaged when the assessment item was attempted.

Lodgement of special consideration applications

Applications for special consideration for an assessment item are only applicable where the assessment item has been submitted or attempted. Applications must be lodged online no later than three working days after the date of the exam or the due date of the assessment item.

Requests for special consideration in terms of performance across all assessment items in a unit must be submitted online no later than three working days after the date of the final exam or assessment item for that unit.

Special consideration application

My application status

Criteria and supporting documentation required for special consideration

Special consideration will only be approved in the following circumstances. Only those applications that have attached appropriate supporting documentation will be considered.

  • illness - medical certificate
  • accident - statutory declaration
  • temporary disability - medical certificate
  • bereavement - bereavement notice or statutory declaration
  • Sporting or cultural commitment at state, national or international representative level - letter from sporting body
  • Technical difficulties that seriously affected your performance when an assessment item was attempted or submitted - timestamped screenshot, proof of help request, statutory declaration
  • compassionate circumstances - statutory declaration.

You will be emailed of the outcome of your application for special consideration. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’.

For more information, refer to Sections 3.8.2 and 3.8.3 of the Assessment Procedure for Students.

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