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Assessment Information

Assessment rules

Assessment Rules provide for all student assessment to be conducted in a fair and impartial manner. Read the CDU Grading Policy (PDF 133KB) information on assessment rules.


Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another without acknowledgement.

Collusion is another person assisting in the production of an assessment submission without the express requirement, or consent or knowledge of the assessor.

Staff and students may use information and ideas expressed by others, but this use must be identified by appropriate referencing.

Plagiarism is taken very seriously by the University and the student may be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

The Academic and Scientific Misconduct Policy (PDF 60KB) is the overarching CDU policy on plagiarism.
The Students - Breach of Academic Integrity Procedure (PDF 99KB) outlines what happens when a case of plagiarism is discovered.

Referencing requirements

Unless otherwise specified, Harvard Referencing is required for assessment items.

The CDU Library provides an overview of what is involved in Harvard Referencing.

Extensions and late submission for assignments

All assignments should be submitted on the day or before they are due.

  • Extensions will only be given in exceptional circumstances.
  • Extensions should be requested in writing from your lecturer at least one week prior to the due date.
  • Once an assignment has been returned to the class, any late assignments will not be marked.


Marks are not normally scaled but the right to do so is reserved.

General Grading Scheme

The University higher education grading system will be used for conversion of marks into grades (refer to "Grading of Units with Residential Activity for External Students" below for special requirements for external students enrolled in units with residential on campus activity):


Please note that only in specific circumstances a Pass Conceded (PC) grade may be awarded for units in a AQF level 7 qualification (bachelor pass degrees), refer to the Grading Policy (PDF 138KB). No PCs can be awarded for units completed while enrolled in the Diploma of Engineering or Diploma of Network Engineering, or for ENG303 Research Project, ENG304 Design Project, PMO301 Project or any of the 400, 500, 600, 700 or 800 level units.

Grading of Units with Residential Activity for External Students

A number of units delivered by the School have mandatory on-campus residential activity.

Students enrolled in external mode in these units must attend the on-campus residential activity for the full duration of the residential.

Non-attendance will result in an 'F' (Fail) grade, regardless of the mark scored for the unit.

The general grading scheme outlined above applies for conversion of marks into grades for students who have attended the mandatory residential activity of the unit.

Special consideration

Student Central can assist with the processes for special examinations, special consideration and special arrangements.