Assignments help lecturers to see whether you understand the module, and they help you to learn the work and prepare for exams. They’re critical and compulsory – you won’t be allowed to write the examination unless you complete the relevant assignments. They also contribute to your final mark, so it’s vital that you complete them according to the specified guidelines.
Always keep a copy of your assignment in case the university does not receive an assignment and you are requested to re-submit a copy.
Tips for completing assignments
Completing your assignments successfully involves
- reading the assignment questions
- collecting the facts
- compiling a structured response using study guides, prescribed books, readings, discussions and the internet
- using headings and subheadings (your assignment should include an introduction, a main heading, a summary of the key facts and proper referencing, including a bibliography)
Remember: It’s your responsibility to ensure that you assignments are received by Unisa (preferably 72 hours) before the closing date. To enquire whether Unisa has received your assignments, go to myUnisa or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org – include your student number in the subject line.
Types of assignments
|Multiple-choice assignments||You can submit multiple-choice assignments online via myUnisa or by completing a mark-reading sheet and posting it to the university.
If you plan to submit your multiple-choice assignments via myUnisa, ensure that your answers to multiple-choice questions are ready before connecting to the internet.
& printed assignments
|For handwritten assignments, use either an official assignment pad or your own A4 paper.
For printed assignments, use double-line spacing and leave a 5cm blank space on the right-hand side of each page (for your lecturer’s feedback). Please follow the lecturer’s instructions (found in your tutorial letters) and the printed instructions on the assignment cover. Please also use a header for all word processor files, with your name, student number, module code and assignment number.
|Computer Science students||Submit programs or program output in either a text (ASCII) file or in a word processor file. Only submit one file per assignment – you may have to combine different files into one document. You can create a single PDF document that combines different source files. We suggest using a fixed width font (eg Arial), so that your documents are more readable and the indentation remains correct. Converting your document to PDF will ensure that your file presentation remains exactly as you intended.|
Assignments can be submitted via myUnisa, placed in a Unisa assignment box, posted to Unisa or submitted via courier. Please don’t submit the same assignment via two separate channels (eg myUnisa and the post). Click here for more information on how to submit Unisa assignments.
Assignment results can be viewed on myUnisa. You will receive an SMS with your assignment result as soon as the result becomes available.