This assignment must be done in your own time, outside the
practical sessions. You will be given at least a week to do the
work for this (it should take no more than one hour of your time,
assuming that you have carefully completed the relevant practical
The purpose of this assignment is to test your text and graphics skills.
Before you attempt the assignment, you should have completed the
material covered in the three Text and Graphics practical workshops.
This assignment is worth 30% of your total grade for PDM9L6.
You will be given an unformatted MS Word document containing a variety
of formatting and layout instructions. The instructions must be carried
out using MS Word. Each step will have an indication of the maximum
number of marks available for that step. We have covered all the
necessary material in the workshops.
The assignment is designed to occupy only a small amount of time;
however, should you find yourself in any trouble, please ask for help in
the lab sessions, or come and see me in 4B62, or phone on (46)7444, or
email at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible! If you do not attempt
the assignment, you will not get a grade for the course.
This assignment will be administered using an automatic delivery and
collection system. A folder will be delivered to each of you. It will be
placed in your home file store (My Documents/H: drive) by 1000 hrs on
Monday 4th March 2013. The folder will be called assignment. You
will find it inside your PDM9L6 folder. (If you did not already have a
PDM9L6 folder, one will have been created automatically.) Inside the
assignment folder, you will find an MS Word document called
assignment.doc. It is on this file that you should work.
The file assignment.doc contains all the instructions needed to complete
the assignment, so just follow the instructions! You do not need to
complete all the steps in one session. Save any changes you make and
return to the document whenever you choose (remember it is your file in
your file space).
Your assignment.doc file will be collected (copied) automatically from
your home file store at 1600 hrs on Monday 18th March 2013. The
automatic collection system will look for it in exactly the location to
which it was originally delivered so, if you have copied it somewhere
else to work on it (at home, for example) you must copy it back to the
correct location before the deadline. Please note that if you work at
home you may not have access to the same fonts and special effects as
you do at University; you might need to finish off the assignment at
University in this case.
It is possible to vary the collection time for individual students. If
you are unable to complete the assignment on time (perhaps for medical
reasons) then this can be arranged. It must be discussed with the course
organiser as soon as possible after the problem becomes known.
Within three working days of collection the course organiser will post a
notice on the board outside 4B80 and on the PDM9L6 website with a list
of assignments not received. It is your responsibility to check this
list to ensure your assignment has been successfully submitted.
After the collection, I strongly recommend that you leave the file
undisturbed at least until the results are published. This is for your
protection in case anything goes wrong with the collection system. By
‘undisturbed’, I mean do not open them again. This
will preserve your copy of the file with the date and time it was last
modified by you.
Publication of results: as a division, we undertake to return student
work and feedback on that work within three weeks of handin. So for this
assessment, you should recieve feedback by Monday 8th April 2013.
Work which is submitted for assessment must be your own work. All
students should note that the University has a formal policy on
plagiarism which can be found at
Plagiarism means presenting the work of others as though it were your
own. The University takes a very serious view of plagiarism, and the
penalties can be severe. Specific guidance in relation to Computing
Science assignments may be found in the Computing Science Student
Handbook. Plagiarism includes collusion, i.e. excessively collaborating
with someone else to produce the work.
We check submissions carefully for evidence of plagiarism, and pursue
those cases we find. Several students received penalties on their work
for plagiarism last year. Penalties range from a reduced grade, through
a grade 5 for the module, to being required to withdraw from studies.
If you cannot meet the assignment hand in deadline and have good cause,
please see Carron Shankland (4B62, 7444, email@example.com) to explain
your situation and ask for an extension. University Regulations state
that coursework will be accepted up to five days after the hand in
deadline (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the grade will be
lowered by one grade point per day or part thereof. After five days the
work will be deemed a non-submission and will receive an X (no grade)
for this assignment and therefore for the module.