Regulations for Assignments


All written assignments must be:

  • Word-processed or typewritten, double-spaced, on one or both sides of the paper, and on white paper. Papers, which are legibly hand-written in ink on lined paper, using every other line, on one side of the paper, may be accepted, at the discretion of the course instructor, with prior agreement.
  • Submitted with a cover page with the Title of the Assignment, Course Code and Course Name, Course Instructor’s Name, Date of Submission and Student Number. The student’s name should not appear anywhere on the assignment.
  • Submitted at your assigned campus


All references and sources of information are to be cited according to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2001).




For late assignments, where no extension has been granted by the course instructor beforehand, 5% of the total possible marks for the assignment will be subtracted from the student’s mark for each day that an assignment is late. After 7 days (including weekends), no mark will be given for the assignment, as it will be then assigned a grade of zero, i.e., fail.


Assignments submitted in an unacceptable form may be returned to the student to be redone and will be considered late if submitted after the original due date.


A portion of the mark for every assignment will be based on style.  Style refers to organization, flow, sentence and paragraph structure, typographical accuracy, grammar, spelling, clarity of expression, and use of A.P.A. style for citations and references, etc.  Students will find The Elements of Style (3rd ed.) (1979) by Strunk & White, published by Macmillan, useful in this regard.  Another good resource is A Canadian Writer’s Reference (1996) by Diana Hacker, published by Nelson.


A component of the mark for every assignment will be based on the inclusion of supporting evidence and critical analysis of that evidence; the specific proportion to be determined by the course instructor.


Plagiarism and other academic offences will not be tolerated.


Discussing a Course-related Matter


If you have questions or concerns regarding your academic life, including personal matters affecting your academics, the following steps are recommended in addressing the issue.


  1. Meet with the Course Instructor
  2. Meet with your assigned Faculty Advisor (if it is not possible to approach the Course Instructor or if the issue is not necessarily academic but will influence academic performance and/or student life).
  3. If the issue is not resolved, make an appointment to meet with the Graduate Coordinator or UTM Academic Coordinator (or Program Manager, in the absence of the Graduate Coordinator)
  4. Should the issue not be resolved, contact to make an appointment to speak with the Chair of the Department