This page provides you with a brief overview of Assessment information at Deakin. To see the whole picture, visit the Assessment and results.

Assessment in a unit

Each unit is made up of assessment items that come together to form your grade and mark.  Some units have an assignment and exam, some are all assignment based. Others have group work or folio work. You check each unit's assessment criteria in the Handbook, under unit description.


Before you sit your exams, make sure you read general exam information.  There are items you aren't allowed to bring into an exam room so it's a great idea to make yourself familiar with these instructions.

The dates for the exam periods are set in advance each year and students are expected to sit exams during this period.  Your exam timetable for each exam period is then available around 6 weeks before the exams start.  You will be notified when it is available, and can access it through StudentConnect.

The date for an exam will be changed only in exceptional circumstances in accordance with University policy and procedures.  This includes where there is a clash between two or more exams or where alternative assessment arrangements have been granted. If you are an off-campus student, you also need to make sure your exam location is correct.

Academic Progress

If your studies aren't progressing as well as you might have hoped, you may find that you need to know about Academic Progress.  You can find out what the definition of unsatisfactory academic progress is, how the process works and the possible penalties on the

Support is available for you during the process so make sure you seek help as soon as possible.

Anonymous marking in examinations policy

Deakin University operates a policy of anonymous marking for all centrally organised examinations wherever reasonably practicable. Student names are hidden from the markers in order to ensure that marking is fair and is not influenced by factors other than the standard of work.

Information regarding Deakin University's Anonymous Marking in Examinations Policy can be obtained from Assessment (Higher Education Courses) Procedure.

Cheating, plagiarism and collusion

Plagiarism and collusion are academic offences. They are forms of cheating, and severe penalties are associated with them, including cancellation of marks for a specific assignment, for a specific unit or even exclusion from the course. The University's definitions of plagiarism and collusion are as follows:

  • Plagiarism occurs when a student passes off as the student's own work, or copies without acknowledgement of its authorship, the work of any other person.
  • Collusion occurs when a student obtains the agreement of another person for a fraudulent purpose with the intent of obtaining an advantage in submitting an assignment or other work.

More information is available at Plagiarism and Collusion in Assessment procedure. Regulation 04.1(1) - General Misconduct and Regulation 04.1(2) - Academic Misconduct contains important information regarding academic misconduct, including plagiarism and collusion. Further guidance is also available in your Faculty Student Manual.

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