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.

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.

Apply for an assignment extension

An extension of time is a sub-category of deferred assessment and applies to assessment tasks that are undertaken and submitted outside of scheduled class time (e.g., an assignment). If you are applying for an extension of time, your application 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. You can make a request for an extension of time on one of two grounds, as follows:

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

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

An assignment submitted late may not:

  • be returned to you before the next assignment is due
  • have the necessary feedback sent o you before your next assignment is due
  • be returned before the exam.

For every working day or part working day your assessment is late, ten percent will be deducted from the final mark. Variations to the above penalties will be outlined in the unit profile.

Assessment items submitted more than five days after the due date without an approved extension will be awarded zero marks.

Assessment Submission and Return Procedures

Exams

Most exams are arranged by OUA Exam Services. They will arrange invigilated or supervised exams as part of the assessment criteria. Griffith OUA Services can help with special local invigilation or an Alternative Assessment Arrangement (AAA). An AAA provides special exam conditions if you have special needs.

OUA Exam Services

Deferred assessment

You may apply for a deferred assessment if you were prevented from completing an assessment item, such as an exam, presentation or other assessment activity scheduled for a particular date.

Lodgement of deferred assessment applications

Applications for a deferred assessment must be lodged no later than three working days after the due date of the exam or assessment item.

Deferred assessment application

My application status

You will be notified of the outcome via email. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’ online enquiry.

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
  • sporting or cultural commitment at state, national or international representative level - Letter from the sporting body, on appropriate letterhead
  • other compassionate circumstances - statutory declaration.

Deferred exam times

All deferred examinations will be held during the exam period of the next Study Period. You are expected to be available at any time during this period. The exam timetable is published in Week 8 on the OUA website.

If you are awarded an end of study period 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.

For more information, refer to Sections 8 and 9 of the Assessment Policy (PDF 74k).

Special consideration

Apply for special consideration for an individual assessment item, or all assessment items for a 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 must be lodged online no later than three working days after the date of the examination or the due date of the assessment item.

Special consideration assessment application

My application status

You will be notified of the outcome via email. The status and outcome of your application can be viewed at any time using ‘My application status’ online enquiry.

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: Letter or medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner or counsellor.
  • Accident: Letter or statement from the attending police officer or fire officer.
  • Temporary disability: Letter or medical certificate from a registered medical practitioner.
  • Bereavement: Statutory Declaration detailing your relationship with the deceased or funeral notice.
  • Compassionate circumstances: Bereavement notice, letter of support from employer or professional practitioner on appropriate letterhead, Statutory Declaration or copy of incident report.

Supporting documentation can be attached electronically to your application or submitted in hard-copy. All documentation must be received by the University within five working days of lodging your application.

For more information, refer to Section 9 of the Assessment Policy (PDF 74k).

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