Instructions for the submission of assignments via myUnisa
Students can submit both written and multiple choice assignments for formal courses online using myUnisa. Study the formatting and page layout requirements for written assignment files carefully to ensure that your assignment will be printed at Unisa as you intended. You will find detailed step-by-step instructions for the submission process on the Assignments page in myUnisa.
A. About the online submission of multiple choice assignments
Submission of a multiple choice assignment is simple fast and reliable via myUnisa. Just follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen.
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 online assignment has been successfully submitted:
- Upon submission online, you will receive a clear status message. If the message reads “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 successful submission of an assignment.
Also note the following:
- If you use a dial-up connection, have your multiple choice answers ready before dialling up. It will cost you money if you have to work out the answers while you are online.
- Please check for mistakes before you submit! No requests to cancel assignments submitted via myUnisa will be accepted by the Assignment Section.
- Please do not submit the same assignment both through myUnisa and via mail 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, e.g. your internet connection could be down/not available on the closing date.
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B. About the Online Submission of written (text) assignments
You must prepare your assignment in a file format that can be uploaded to myUnisa. This file has to be in one of the formats listed under "Specify the type of file" drop-down list on the Submission screen. Not all file types can be accepted. Make sure that the type you select matches that of your file; otherwise your lecturer may receive pages filled with garbage!
When you click on "Continue", your assignment will be uploaded from your computer to the Unisa network. This can take 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 submit it.
If your assignment score includes marks for layout and formatting, it is advisable to upload your document in PDF format via myUnisa. This will ensure that the layout and formatting is not automatically adjusted when Unisa prints your assignment. You can find information about PDF converters on the myUnisa home page under Electronic Resources.
- 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.
- If you made a mistake and want to re-submit your assignment, you have to do so immediately. You will 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.
- Do not submit the same assignment both through myUnisa and via mail.
- Do not submit self evaluation assignments.
- Make sure that your submitted file does not contain a virus!
- Students who repeatedly submit documents with viruses may lose the right to use myUnisa.
- Note that text (ASCII) files do not contain viruses.
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C. Format and page layout requirements for written assignments
For Word Processor and Spreadsheet files
- Set the paper options in your document to A4, Default tray, autofeed (or auto select).
- Set margins of at least 2,5 cm either side for lecturer feedback.
- Do not use colour fonts – Unisa printers are only equipped with Black Ink.
- Use only common fonts like Times Roman, Arial, etc.
- Limit your font size to max. 16 for headings and max. 12 for normal text.
- Line spacing can be problematic if your printer differs significantly from the Unisa printer. DO NOT use the Return key (new line) to create empty spaces at the bottom of a page. Use the PAGE BREAK function of your word processor to force a new page. This will ensure that your page numbering stays exactly the way you indicated in your contents page.
- Pictures and diagrams may be included as long as they are not too complex and not in colour. Do not embed objects from other programs that require dynamic links.
- Fit your assignment in as few pages as possible, to save paper.
For MS Word documents:
- Keep tables simple - complex tables can cause printer memory problems.
- Do not embed objects like spreadsheets into your document – rather create a graphic of your spreadsheet or diagram, save it as a bmp / gif or jpeg and insert into the file.
- In other words: No fancy tricks, please!
For 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 document. You can also create a single PDF document that combines different source files.
- 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. Using a conversion programme like PDF will ensure that your file presentation remains exactly as you intended.
- With a word processor, you have better control of page layout, e.g. starting a new program on a new page.
Why do we only accept text assignments 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 big demand for other formats/packages, these may be added in future.
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D. Step-by-step instructions for submitting online assignments
Click here to download the PDF document.
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