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Assignments help lecturers to see whether you understand the module, and they help you to learn the work and prepare for exams. They're critical and compulsory - you won't be allowed to write the examination unless you complete the relevant assignments. 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 assignment in case the university does not receive an assignment and you are requested to re-submit a copy.

Tips for completing assignments

Completing your assignments successfully involves
  • reading the assignment instructions and questions.
  • collecting the evidence, including photos, specimen documents and artefacts.
  • compiling a structured response using study guides, prescribed books, readings, observations, discussions, consulting a workplace mentor/learning supervisor, and the internet (please ensure that you are conscious of what plagiarism is and avoid plagiarising the source materials).
  • using headings and subheadings (your assignment should include an introduction, a main heading, a description of the key facts, a conclusion and proper referencing, including a bibliography and acknowledgement where applicable).
  • providing as much factual information as possible, so that the marker can easily identify your knowledge and experience.
Remember: It's your responsibility to ensure that you assignments are received by Unisa (preferably 72 hours) before the closing date. To enquire whether Unisa has received your assignments, go to myUnisa or send an e-mail to - include your student number in the subject line.

Types of assignments

Multiple-choice assignments

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

& printed assignments

For handwritten and printed assignments, use double-line spacing and leave a 5cm blank space on the right-hand side of each page (for your lecturer's feedback). Please follow the lecturer's instructions (found in your tutorial letters). Please also use a header for all word processor files, with your name, student number, module code and assignment number. Remember to upload your assignments 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 assignments

Assignments must be submitted online via myUnisa.

Assignment results

Assignment results can be viewed on myUnisa.

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: 2022/01/10