Academic style conventions and word count
Assessments are usually the product of many hours of hard work, so poor presentation can spoil an otherwise excellent piece of work and you will not receive marks if you are not following certain academic conventions.
It is essential that you keep a separate copy of your work in addition to the copy submitted for marking, this can be in electronic or paper form. You should also keep any digital or paper receipts from work handed in.
|Font Style||Arial, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS or close equivalent|
|Font Size||12 point for main text, 10 point for footnotes, no less than 10 point for tables|
|Line Spacing||1.5 line spacing for all submitted work|
|Indentation||Normal – no greater than 2.6 top and bottom 1.5, 2 left and right margins|
|Justification||Main text justified left|
|Page Numbers||Bottom centre of every page|
|Printing||Print on both sides of the page if possible to save paper costs and use black ink|
|Headers||UCSD student number and module code|
Your assessment brief, within your module guide, will state the required word count and time frame. You are permitted to exceed this by 10%, to include all in-text references and text within tables.
If you infringe the word count by a further 10%, you will be penalised by 10% of the mark awarded. Any infringement above this will result in those words not being read, or you being stopped in the case of a presentation. A worked example of this can be seen below.
Essay X word count required 1500 words
|Work submitted length||Outcome|
|up to 1500||Work marked and graded without sanction|
|1500-1650||Work marked and graded without sanction|
|1651-1800||Work marked and graded, however final grade reduced by 10% for infringement of word limit|
|1801-2000||Work marked up to 1800 words; final mark downgraded by 10% and no further reading past 1800 words|