Late Penalty

Any student who does not submit their Thesis Part B report by the due date, will receive an Absent Fail grade and will be required to re-enrol the following semester.

Late submissions automatically attract a late penalty.

An application for extension, and an application for exemption from the late penalty are two separate processes.  Approval for an extension does not necessarily constitute an exemption from the late penalty.

Approval is granted by the School, and not your supervisor.  This ensures that all students are treated equally, and fairly, with regard to late submissions.

Late Penalty

The penalty for submitting late will be up to 2 marks per day. More precisely, your late mark is computed in the following way:

if (orig_mark < 50) then
     late_mark = orig_mark
else
     late_mark = 50 + (orig_mark – 50)*(exp(-0.04*N)),
where
     N = days_late

 

Which gives, for example:

N ->
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
14
orig_mark late_mark
50
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
50.0
55
55.0
54.8
54.6
54.4
54.3
54.1
53.9
53.8
52.9
60
60.0
59.6
59.2
58.9
58.5
58.2
57.9
57.6
55.7
65
65.0
64.4
63.8
63.3
62.8
62.3
61.8
61.3
58.6
70
70.0
69.2
68.5
67.7
67.0
66.4
65.7
65.1
61.4
75
75.0
74.0
73.1
72.2
71.3
70.5
69.7
68.9
64.3
80
80.0
78.8
77.7
76.6
75.6
74.6
73.6
72.7
67.1
85
85.0
83.6
82.3
81.0
79.8
78.7
77.5
76.5
70.0
90
90.0
88.4
86.9
85.5
84.1
82.7
81.5
80.2
72.8
95
95.0
93.2
91.5
89.9
88.3
86.8
85.4
84.0
75.7
100
100.0
98.0
96.2
94.3
92.6
90.9
89.3
87.8
78.6

Application for an Extension

If you are unable to meet the submission deadline then you must apply for an extension in writing to the Head, Student Services stating when you propose to submit. If you submit late you will automatically incur a late penalty, unless you have been granted an exemption from the late penaly (See below).

All thesis submissions not covered by special consideration and exemption from the late penalty, must be received by the end of the exam period to enable the school to finalise results by the UNSW deadline.

Application for an Exemption from a Late Penalty

Requests for extensions or exemption from the late penalty are not handled directly by supervisors.  CSE needs to ensure that all thesis students are treated consistently, transparently, and with approval granted based on principles of merit.

An exemption from the late penalty is only granted in extenuating circumstances, e.g. prolonged sickness or major equipment or supply delays. These circumstances must be documented as per the UNSW Special Consideration policy.

If you require an extension because of major equipment or supply delays, you should apply for an exemption from the late penalty in the following way:

  1. Email the Head, CSE Student Services, notifying her of the situation immediately and outlining the circumstances leading to your request for an extension without penalty.
  2. Your supervisor will be contacted to discuss the application and to determine the new deadline.
  3. You will recieve a confirmation email, copied to your supervisor and assessor, outlining the new deadline an penalty conditions.

Otherwise, if you require an extension because of an illness or family circumstances (for example), you should apply for an exemption from the late penalty in the following way:

  1. Apply for Special Consideration via myUNSW and ensure that you indicate how much extra time you will require.
  2. Unless you prefer for the details to remain confidential, make sure your supervisor is fully informed of your circumstances.
  3. You will recieve a confirmation email, copied to your supervisor and assessor, outlining the new deadline and penalty conditions if appropriate.

In each the school will get back to you with a decision via your CSE account or myUNSW.