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Assessments help lecturers to see whether you understand the module, and they help you to learn the work, master the learning outcomes and prepare for the exams (where applicable). They're critical and compulsory - you won't be allowed to write the examination unless you complete the relevant assessments (where applicable). They also contribute to your final mark, so it's vital that you complete them according to the specified guidelines.

Always keep a copy of your assessment in case you are requested to re-submit a copy.

Tips for completing assessments

Completing your assessments successfully involves

  • reading the assessment instructions and questions.
  • collecting the evidence, including photos, specimen documents and artefacts.
  • compiling a structured response using study guides, lessons/study units, prescribed books, readings, observations, discussions, consulting a workplace mentor/learning supervisor and the internet (please ensure that you are aware of what plagiarism is and avoid plagiarising the source materials).
  • using headings and subheadings (your assessment should include an introduction, a main heading, a description of the key facts, a conclusion and proper referencing, including in-text citations, a bibliography and acknowledgement, where applicable).
  • providing as much factual information as possible, so that the marker can easily identify your knowledge and experience.
  • ensuring that you refrain from academic dishonesty practices.

Remember: It's your responsibility to ensure that you assessments are received by Unisa. Do not wait until the closing date to submit your assessment. To check that Unisa has received your assignment, login to myUnisa, click on "myAdmin", "Assessment Admin" and then "Assignments submission".

Types of assessments

Multiple-choice assessments

You should submit multiple-choice assessments online via myUnisa. Always ensure that your answers to multiple-choice questions are ready before connecting to the internet.


For handwritten assignments, use double-line spacing and leave a 5cm blank space on the right-hand side of each page (for your lecturer's feedback). Scan these assessments to PDF before uploading them on the correct platform. Please follow the lecturer's instructions (found in your tutorial letters or on your myModule site). Please also use a header for all word processor files, with your name, student number, module code and assessment number. Remember to upload your assessments via myUnisa.

Portfolio of evidence

A portfolio, or e-portfolio, refers to a collection of evidence derived from experiential learning. It is important to familiarise yourself with exactly what the portfolio should include, both in terms of content and format. If descriptions are required, for example, then mere artefacts/specimens/photos are inadequate. Please adhere to format and submission requirements. A portfolio takes much longer to compile than the other types of assignments which means you have to give yourself enough time to gather the evidence required and complete the portfolio by the due date.

Computer Science students Submit programs or program output in either a text (ASCII) file or in a word processor file. Only submit one file per assignment – you may have to combine different files into one document. You can create a single PDF document that combines different source files. We suggest using a fixed width font (eg Arial), so that your documents are more readable and the indentation remains correct. Converting your document to PDF will ensure that your file presentation remains exactly as you intended.

Submitting assessments

Assessments must be submitted online via myUnisa.

You will only be allowed to resubmit assignments under the following conditions:

  • You submit your assignment by the due date (no late submissions will be permitted).
  • You do not submit the same assignment via myUnisa and mail.

Assignment results

Assessment results can be viewed on myUnisa via myAdmin. To download marked written assessments, log onto your myModule site and follow these instructions. You will not be able to download the marked written assessment via myAdmin and the Assignment view. Marked final assessment files will not be available to download.

Take note

Unisa prescribes a set of minimum standards (academic progression rules) with which students must comply to ensure their continued registration with the university. These are set out in the Admission Policy.

These rules are applicable to all undergraduate Unisa students, irrespective of when you commenced with your undergraduate studies at Unisa. Read more...

Last modified: 2024/02/26