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1 Objektif 1
2 Pengenalan 1
3 Syarat Penerimaan 1
4 Format Penulisan 2
5 Penyediaan Tajuk 2
6 Penyediaan Abstrak 2
7 Kata Kunci 3
8 Kandungan 3
9 Penghargaan 3
10 Rujukan 3
11 Spesifikasi Jarak 4
12 Hak Cipta 5
13 Penyerahan Artikel 5
14 Penerangan & Maklumat Lanjut 5

Formatting and presenting your


assignments
Formatting and presenting your assignment correctly is important because
almost all assignments include marks for presentation.
This may include marks for things such as formatting and layout, word count, APA referencing, writing
style, grammar and spelling.
Before you start your assignment:
Check your learning materials, the course page, emails from your lecturer or
the assignment question for how it should be presented.
Read the instructions carefully, and make sure you understand them and
follow them exactly.
If youre not clear about whats required email your lecturer. You could phone
but its better to have a record of the answer.
Some lecturers assume that students will know how to present work of the required standard or
quality and dont give specific instructions. If this is the case, follow the general guidelines below.

General guidelines for electronic submissions


File format
Most assignments need should be written using MS Word. If you dont have MS
Word go to Office 365 in My Open Polytechnic to download and access your free
version.
Assignments can be submitted one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx,
.xls, .xlsx or .rtf.
Do not submit html files, web pages, CAD files, Visio (.vsd), PowerPoint (.ppt),
PDF s (.pdf) or zip files unless these are specifically required for your course.
If you're not sure about the file format required contact your lecturer.

Fonts
Use a clear, readable, sans serif font such as Verdana, Calibri, Tahoma or Arial,
and be consistent and use the same font throughout.
Use black text on a white background. Avoid coloured backgrounds or text in a
colour other than black unless you have special permission to use them (for
example, if you're dyslexic).
Use 11 or 12 point for the body of your assignment.

Spacing
Use 1.5 or double spacing and fairly wide margins. This leaves room for the
markers comments.
Leave a blank line between paragraphs.
If the questions are short, leave a blank line between each question. If they
are long, start each question on a new page.
Left-justify your work (also known as left-aligned). Block-justified (flush left and
right) might look tidy, but its harder to read as it can result in gaps between words.

Headings
Use bold for headings. Not underlining or italics.
Essays do not usually require subheadings; reports usually do.

Title page
Most assignments require a title page, which should include the following:
the title and number of the assignment
the course number and name
the due date
your full name and student number.

This information should be centered, starting approximately one third of the way down the page.

Numbering
Number all pages except the title page.
Tables and figures must be numbered and clearly labelled. Table captions
are placed above the table, while captions for a figures go below the figure.
Don't number the items in a reference list.

Headers and footers


Insert a header or footer on each page (except the title page). It should contain:
your name (last name, first name/s)
your student number
the course number
the assignment number
the page number.

Word count
Include a word count (the number of words in your assignment) at the end of the assignment, before
the references and appendices. Your assignment should not more than 10% under or over the
prescribed word count. Remember that the title/title page, reference list and appendices are not
included in the word count.
Word count calculator - Massey University website (opens in a new window)

Reference list
The reference list comes at the end of the assignment, and should start on a new page labelled
'References'.
Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Appendices
Appendices are used for information that:
is too long to include in the body of your assignment, or
supplements or complements the information you are providing.

Start each appendix (if applicable) on a new page. If there's just one appendix label it Appendix
without a number, but if there are more than one label them Appendix A, Appendix B, etc. In the main
text of your assignment, refer to the Appendix by the label, e.g. Appendix A.

Tops and bottoms of pages


Check the top and bottom of your pages to ensure they avoid:

widows - single lines of text at the top of a page


orphans - first lines of paragraphs at the bottom of a page
tombstones - headings or subheadings alone at the bottom of a page
split lists lists that are divided between two pages (if possible).

General guidelines for hard copies


Most of the guidelines above also apply to hard copies (printed or hand-written documents). There are
also a few additional things to note.

Handwritten submissions
Some courses allow handwritten answers, but make sure you check with your lecturer to make sure
this is acceptable. When submitting a handwritten assignment:
Print or write on white A4 paper on one side only, using a blue or black pen.
Write legibly if a marker cant read what youve written, your answer might
as well be wrong.
If you make a mistake, use correction fluid or draw a neat line through the
mistake.
If there are too many mistakes and your work looks messy, rewrite it.
Use a ruler for tables and graphs.
Underline headings.

Stapling your assignment


Staple multi-page assignments in the top left corner only.
Dont put your assignment in a plastic folder.
Attach an 'Assessment Return Sheet' (coversheet) to you assignment. (If you
don't have one Contact us).