INSTRUCTIONS FOR SOCIAL ANTHROPOLOGY
UNDERGRADUATE ESSAYS AND COURSEWORK
If essay questions are supplied, only questions from the question paper may
be answered. It is not permissible to formulate your own question (apart from
on the Dissertation, where you work with your supervisor to formulate a title).
• Assessed coursework must be word-processed and double-spaced.
• The font must be no less than 11 points.
• Your seven-digit Student ID must be clearly printed at the top of each
page of your essay.
• Do not put your name on your work.
• Pages must be numbered.
• The total number of words (excluding the bibliography, but including any
footnotes) must be printed at the end of the coursework.
Essays must be correctly referenced, and include a bibliography. The School
of Social Sciences uses the Harvard System of referencing. You can find out
about referencing correctly by following the short online tutorial at:
All pieces of assessed work are subject to prescribed word limits. Students
exceeding the maximum word limits on assessed work will be penalised. There
is no formal minimum word limit, but students should consider whether essays
that fall substantially below the maximum have adequately covered the topic.
An automated word-count must be printed on each piece of assessed work –
failure to do this will result in an automatic deduction of 2%. Please note that
the word count that appears on Blackboard is the word count for the whole
piece of work and does not discriminate between body text and bibliography,
etc. Actual word limits include the body text of the piece of work, plus
footnotes, but exclude the bibliography.
Submitting your Electronic Copy
All coursework will be submitted via Turnitin through Blackboard.
Instructions on how to submit are posted on Blackboard. Submission
points open one week before the assessment is due. Coursework can be
resubmitted on Turnitin up until the deadline.
YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PUT YOUR STUDENT ID (THE NUMBER
PRINTED ON YOUR STUDENT CARD) INTO THE TITLE BOX OF THE
ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM.
Penalties for Late Submission of Work
Late Submission of Essays and Other Coursework –whether submitted to the
Undergraduate Office or Via Blackboard
See the Policy on Submission of Work for Summative Assessment on Taught
Unless a student has an authorised extension, late submission of work will
always be penalised. Note a “day” is 24 hours, i.e. the clock starts ticking as
soon as the submission deadline has passed. There is no leeway.
Submitted work counting for less than 15% of the overall mark will get a mark
of 0 if it is submitted late. Please note that mitigating circumstances
procedures would still apply and that these rules do not apply for marks given
for participation and attendance
Students are expected to submit their essays by the prescribed deadline.
Students who have autoextensions through the Disability Advisory and
Support Service (DASS) do not need to submit mitigating circumstances, as
long as their work is submitted within the 5-working day period allowed.
Extensions to deadlines are only given in cases of mitigating circumstances.
They are not an automatic right, and requests may be refused. All claims for
mitigation must be backed up by medical or other evidence.
BACK UP YOUR WORK AS YOU GO – COMPUTER PROBLEMS ARE NOT
CONSIDERED TO BE MITIGATING CIRCUMSTANCES.
DO NOT ASK THE LECTURER FOR AN EXTENSION.
Mitigating Circumstances Procedure:
If a student has genuine mitigating circumstances, which prevent him or her
from meeting a designated deadline or deadlines, then s/he should complete a
Mitigating Circumstances form.
Social Sciences Students only:
Undergraduate Social Sciences students, who wish to make a case for
mitigating circumstances, must complete a Mitigating Circumstances Form and
return it to their Programme Administrator in the Social Sciences
Undergraduate Office, G.001 on the ground floor of the Arthur Lewis Building.
Postgraduate students should submit their mitigating circumstances to the
Postgraduate Office on the second floor of the Arthur Lewis Building.
If you wish to apply for mitigating circumstances to be taken into
consideration, you should read the Policy carefully. This can be found at:
All Other Students:
All other students, who wish to make a case for mitigating circumstances, must
submit their form in accordance with the guidelines for their Home School.
Retrospective requests for mitigation will only be accepted in exceptional
circumstances. In particular, requests submitted after submission of results
can only be accepted if the student can give a compelling explanation as to
why the information was not submitted at the time. Students who want
retrospective mitigation to be taken into consideration after the publication of
their final degree result can only do this through the official Appeals process.
The Appeals Panel will need a compelling reason why the student did not
produce the evidence prior to publication of results. Information on Appeals
can be found at:
The University of Manchester does not tolerate academic malpractice, and
students found cheating will be disciplined. Academic malpractice includes
plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and collusion, as well as cheating in
Penalties for academic malpractice can range from a reduction in marks to the
expulsion from the University. It is therefore very important that all students
make sure that they understand what constitutes academic malpractice and
how to avoid it. A good place to start is: