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What should i know about submitting assignments through myUnisa?

>> Multiple choice assignments
>> Written (text) assignments
>> Important
>> Viruses
>> Word processor & spreadsheet files

Multiple Choice assignments

Submission of a multiple choice assignment is simple. Just follow the instructions on the pages.

You may be wondering about the reliability of this service. Submission through myUnisa is much faster and more reliable than through the postal services. There are two ways of checking that your assignment has reached us:

  • Upon submission, you will receive a clear status message. If it says Assignment received in good order, you can be sure that your assignment is safely on our system.
  • Your list of assignments for the course under myUnisa will be updated immediately after submission of an assignment.

Also note the following:

  • Please check for mistakes before you submit! No requests to cancel assignments submitted via myUnisa will be accepted. If you submit an assignment via myUnisa, you must make sure that everything is correct before you send it.
  • Please do not submit the same assignment both through myUnisa and on a mark reading sheet.
  • Do not wait until the closing date of the assignment. Submit it at least two working days before the closing date. This is to make provision for unforeseen problems, eg. Your internet connection could be down/not available on the last day.
  • If you use a dial-up connection, have your answers ready before dialling up. It will cost you money if you have to work out the answers while you are online.

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Written (text) assignments

You must prepare your assignment in a file format that can be uploaded to myUnisa .

Enter or browse for the name of a file located on your own computer that contains your assignment. This file will be attached to the form. This file has to be in one of the formats listed under "Specify the type of file" drop-down list. Not all file types can be accepted. Make sure that the type you select matches that of the file, otherwise your lecturer may receive pages filled with garbage!

When you click on "Next", your assignment will be uploaded to the computer at Unisa. This can take up to several minutes, depending on the size of your assignment and the speed of your Internet connection. Once the assignment is received, details about it will be displayed on your screen for final checking. You can then either go back to make corrections, or click on "Submit Assignment" to finally send it off.

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  • When your assignment reaches Unisa in good order, it may be printed on the next working day, at the Assignment Section and sent to your lecturer in the usual way. Printing is done on a Brother HL-10h laser printer on A4 paper.
  • If you made a mistake and want to re-submit your assignment, you have to do so immediately. You wil only be able to submit an assignment while the re-submit link shows next to the assignment number. Please check for mistakes before you submit!
  • Make sure that your student number appears in your assignment text. For word processor files, it is a good idea to have a header on each page with your student number, course code, assignment number, etc.
  • Please do not submit the same assignment both through myUnisa and on paper.
  • Please do not submit self evaluation assignments.

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  • Please make sure that your submitted file does not contain a virus!
  • Students that send us viruses repeatedly may loose the right of using myUnisa.
  • Note that text (ASCII) files can not contain viruses.

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For Word Processor and Spreadsheet files

  • Set the paper options to A4, tray 1, autofeed.
  • Set margins of at least 2,5 cm either side for lecturer feedback.
  • Do not use colour.
  • Use only common fonts like Times Roman, Arial, etc.
  • Limit your font size to max. 16 for headings and max. 12 for normal text.
  • Pictures and diagrams may be included as long as they are not too complex and not in colour.
  • Please fit your assignment in as few pages as possible, to save paper.
  • For MS Word:
  • Keep tables simple - complex tables can cause our printer to run out of memory.
  • Do not embed objects like spreadsheets into your document.
  • In other words: No fancy tricks, please!
  • Computer Science Students:
  • Submitting programmes and program output can be done in either a text (ASCII) file or in a word processor file.
  • Remember that you can only submit ONE file per assignment, so you may have to combine different files into one.
  • If you use a word processor, we recommend using a fixed Width font (like Courier) so your programmes will be more readable and indentation will remain correct.
  • With a word processor, you have better control of page layout, eg. starting a new program on a new page.

Why do we accept text assignments only in certain formats?

  • For the time being, all text assignments received through myUnisa are printed out and sent to the lecturers in the normal way. All assignments first have to be printed. The number of assignments received through myUnisa per day can run into hundreds. Therefore, we have to mass print these assignments, and this has only been made possible for the most common word processor packages like MS Word and WordPerfect.
  • If there is a huge demand for other formats/packages, these may be added as well.