Type of assessment Word Length or Exam Duration Percentage of the overall assessment
Group Presentation
(Groups/Dates will be announced)
20-25 minutes 30%
Essay (Reflective Report) 1500 words 30%
Blog Contribution comment once a week including one deep thought article (week3-7) 40%

Contributions to the blog (40%)
Blog Website:
From week 3 to week 7, students are expected to post to the course web-site at least once a week (by Friday at 11am). These postings may be short, but should comprise a thoughtful contribution on an issue related to the topic for the week arising out of the lecture or related reading or a response to an on-going thread.

One of the postings should be a deep-thought article (1000 words) with references provided on the blog. This article should also be submitted to your Blackboard through Turnitin no later than 3:00pm, 27th March 2014.

Group Presentation (30%) — Group presentations will be an exercise in critical thinking. Student groups will focus on a single issue and explore that issue from different perspectives using theory and data to substantiate their opinion. Presentation Topics must be approved by Dr Hui-Chi Yeh by end of week 5.

Essay (Reflective Report) (30%) — Following the Group Presentation students will be required to write an essay on the topic of their Group Presentation. This essay should be submitted to your Blackboard through Turnitin no later than 3:00pm, 15th May 2014.

The standard penalties are:

University working days Penalty mark
1 10% of final mark removed
2 20% of final mark removed
3 30% of final mark removed
4 40% of final mark removed
5 50% of final mark removed
More than 5 Zero awarded

Working days are Monday to Friday throughout the calendar year, including vacations.
Extensions may be applied for if a student has a good medical or personal reason for late submission. Additionally, appropriate evidence must be produced if an extension is to be considered and if granted by the Extension Officer, an extension form must be completed and submitted to the School Office prior to the essay submission date.

Chinese names
Chinese names should be given in their natural order: surname followed by given name.

Chinese terminology
Chinese terminology should only be used when there is no good English equivalent. Chinese terminology that is not commonly known in English should be given a distinctive type-face or underlined and should use the pinyin system of romanisation.

Plagiarism is taken very seriously by the University and the School. Reflecting the serious nature of the issue the prescribed penalties are severe, and, at a minimum, will involve the work being marked disregarding all the sections that are deemed to contain plagiarised material.  In more serious cases the penalties may involve the student resubmitting the work and receiving a capped mark, applying a zero mark to the assessment, failure in the course, failure in the year, reduction in degree class, termination of programme or deprivation of award.

A full explanation of academic integrity, good academic practice and plagiarism is given in the document entitled ‘Academic Integrity Statement for Students’. This is made available to students on SocSciNet. All cases of suspected plagiarism will be judged in accordance with this policy. The written advice given here is designed to explain what plagiarism means in terms of essay writing for politics and international relations and how students’ can avoid it. If students are in any doubt about the meaning of plagiarism, how to avoid it, or the conventions on referencing they should seek the advice of the relevant course tutor.

The meaning of plagiarism
Plagiarism is representing the words, phrases, sentences and arguments of others as one’s own without proper acknowledgement.  This relates to both published and unpublished material, including the work of other students. Of course, when writing an essay students are expected to refer to established authors’ arguments and it is entirely appropriate to use quotations to support your arguments:  the use of source material is the mark of a well-researched essay. However, it is absolutely essential that when you use the arguments, words, phrases or sentences of other authors’ you properly attribute them.

Avoiding plagiarism when using the material of other authors
There are two main ways of using the material of others: verbatim copying and paraphrasing.  Verbatim copying (citing) involves reproducing the words, phrases or sentences of others.  When doing so you must enclose the words in quotation marks and acknowledge the source in accordance with the conventions on referencing.   Near-verbatim copying – that is the presentation of others’ material, which, whilst not involving word-for word quotations, draws heavily on their words, sentences and phrases should be avoided.  It is not sufficient to omit or modify the occasional word or sentence. Instead, you should copy the quotation exactly (verbatim) or properly summarise (paraphrase) the passage in your own words.  When you summarise a passage in your own words you should make a clear acknowledgement of the source of the material, in accordance with the conventions on referencing.  You should also acknowledge where a paragraph or section is based upon data or arguments from other writers.

The school recommends the Harvard system of referencing which includes conventions for both the verbatim copying and paraphrasing of other authors’ work.  Guidance on this system and its conventions are provided on the School Intranet and Undergraduate Year 1 Handbook Students may also refer to the University Academic Skills website for further referencing advice.



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