Every module is assessed and most of them are assessed through two assignments. There is more information about Assessment under each qualification section below.

Assignments are found in each Module Introduction. The Module Convenor’s name and contact details are also provided. Assignment deadlines will be sent by the Student Administrators. The length and format of assignments differ, and are indicated in the assignment instructions. All assignments should be typed on a word-processor.


Submitting Assignments
We recognise that it may sometimes be difficult to submit assignments on time, owing to heavy workloads and family responsibilities. However, in the interest of fairness to other students, the staff’s marking schedules and the integrity of the marking process, you must adhere to deadlines as far as possible.

  • Assignments must be uploaded to the iKamva online learning platform by the due date.
  • Please always keep a copy of your assignment.
  • Assignments should include an Assignment Cover Sheet at the front.  An electronic copy is available on iKamva.
  • Make sure you include your student number.

Guidelines for Presenting Assignments

Follow these guidelines every time you submit an assignment.

  • You have to submit your assignments via iKamva.
  • You have to log onto iKamva using your student credentials (Students number and password) to submit your assignment.
  • When submitting an assignment you have to go to the module site (clicking on the Sites on your toolbar you will see all the modules you are registered for). Please ensure that you are on the correct module site for the assignment you are submitting.
  • You have to use the Assignment eTool on the left on the navigation bar on your module site to submit the assignment.
  • On the Assignment eTool a list of assignments due will appear (Draft Assignment 1; Final Assignment 1; Draft Assignment 2; Final Assignment 2. You have to select the assignment you wish to submit and detailed instructions will appear once you have made your selection.
  • Finally, please remember to upload your assignment at the bottom of the page clicking on Submit.
  • Refer to the PowerPoint[WU1] step-by-step instructions to guide you through the assignment submission process. If you should encounter any problems, need clarification or guidance please do not hesitate to contact Ziyanda.
  • Marked assignments will be loaded onto the same site where you have submitted the assignment and you have to download the marked assignment. You can expect feedback within 2-3 weeks of submission dates.
  • Please take note that Assignment 2 Final Feedback will take longer as these assignments are sent for moderation and the marks can only be released once the moderation process has been finalized.

Assignment requirements

  • Your assignment has to be submitted in a A4 format, 1,5 line spacing, and in 12 pt Times New Roman font type and font size.
  • Handwritten assignments will not be accepted.
  • Keep to the recommended length. Excessively long assignments may be penalised.
  • Number ALL pages.
  • Only MS Word versions with a cover sheet will be accepted as assignments Include the Assignment Cover Sheet (completed fully) as the first page of the assignment, i.e. the cover sheet and the assignment must be in one document.
  • Always put your name on every file you send, and label the file correctly, using these instructions as a guideline if submitting by e-mail:
    • Your Name (Surname, Initial) e.g. Mambwe R
    • Module abbreviation (see Programme Handbook for Core module abbreviations). Use CAPITALS, e.g. PHC II
    • Assignment number, e.g. 1 or 2, and Draft or Final
    • The year, i.e. 2019

e.g. Mambwe R, PHC II Asn 1 Final 2019; Mambwe R, PHC II Asn 1 Draft 2019.

PLEASE use the same surname that you officially registered with. Using a different surname will cause unnecessary confusion and delays.


Introducing Public Health IPH Health Promotion for Public Health HP I
Population Health & Development I PHD I Monitoring & Evaluation for Health Services Improvement ME I
Descriptive Epidemiology Epi Management Strategies for Public Health Services MS I


Public Health Research PHR Population Health & Development II PHD II
Management Strategies for Public Health Services MS II Qualitative Research Methods QRM
Health Promotion for Public Health II HP II Quantitative Research Methods QnRM

For more Electives, please abbreviate titles so that they are easy to recognise at a glance, e.g. QRM for Qualitative Research Methods.

Poorly labeled files assignments will be returned to you for re-titling.


Draft Assignments

As you are studying at a distance, lecturers will provide feedback on a Draft of your assignment. In your assignment deadline schedule we have given due dates for Draft Assignments; no late drafts are considered. Allow 14 days for your lecturer to return your drafts. If you experience delays in getting feedback, please inform the Student Administrators.

It is not necessary to send the whole assignment as a draft – it can be work in progress; this way you can check your understanding of the assignment requirements, try out difficult parts of the assignment, and ask questions.

Extensions on the Submission Date

Aim to submit all assignments by the due date. Extensions may only be granted under special circumstances if negotiated timeously through the Student Administrators, not the lecturers. If you are granted an extension you will get an extension of no longer than one week. No extensions will be given for Draft Assignments.

Consequences of Late Submission

Late submission of assignments has consequences for you and the staff of the SOPH including:

  • You will start your next assignment lateaffecting the time you have for it,and potentially the quality of your work.
  • Lecturers time and marking schedules are disrupted.
  • SOPH will be unable to submit assignment results timeously: this could mean you having to repeat the module and pay fees


Final assignments will be returned within three to four weeks of the hand-in date. SOPH’s lecturers are committed to trying to return assignments on time. If you experience long delays in getting feedback, please inform the Student Administrators.

Assignment feedback is a teaching tool. The feedback you receive will vary, and you may get more detailed feedback on Core modules than Electives. Some staff will comment electronically, while others prefer to write on the hard copy assignment which will then be scanned and e-mailed to you.

Engaging with this feedback is one of the ways for you to learn in distance education. If you do not understand the feedback, you are urged to contact your lecturer. And of course, if you receive feedback on a draft assignment and do not use it in the final assignment, you can expect this to be reflected in your final mark.


Plagiarism or using other peoples ideas, words and work without acknowledgement is a worldwide problem and one which we take very seriously. At higher education level, you are expected to make use of the work of others in particular, experts in substantiating and developing your own arguments. However, when you use someone else’s ideas and words, you are expected to indicate this by citing the source correctly. This practice is not the end goal of academic writing, it is simply the most basic convention, which demonstrates the evidence upon which you are building your argument. Ignoring the convention is very nve, and shows ignorance of the whole scientific enterprise. Please note that:

We expect you to referencer peopleswork every time – whether it is their words, or just their ideas.

  1. We expect you to reference accurately.
  2. We expect you to referencconsistently, i.e. ithe same manner, using the same style, throughout your assignment.

To enforce these expectations, you will be penalised for poor referencing, plagiarism, and cheating in your assignments.

Please consult the Academic Handbook for definitions and examples of these terms. Referencing is not a skill that anyone is born with. One simply needs to follow the guidelines.

  1. Cheating–academicdishonestyandplagiarism

The University of the Western Cape Plagiarism Policy defines plagiarism as follows:


          Plagiarism is (a) the appropriation of formulations, ideas or words from the work of another person without acknowledging the author(s) and the source; and (b) the appropriation of work from someone else’s assignment, thesis, test or research paper without acknowledging such other person and/or source

           (University of the Western Cape, 2011: 1).

Using text from a book, journal, SOPH Module Guide, Internet, or any other document or someone else’s assignment, thesis, research paper or exam without acknowledging the author or source to obtain credit constitutes plagiarism.

Although it is difficult to draw the line between plagiarism and academic dishonesty, the latter involves the intention to deceive the reader. Both involve some or all of the following practices:

  • Lifting a distinctive piece of text, a phrase, a sentence, paragraph or an idea from another’s work to use as your own, without indicating that it is quoted and without acknowledging the author or source
  • Using another author’s idea without acknowledgement, eveif you have put it into your own words
  • Only slightly changingthe text,citing the surce, but NOT using quotation marks
  • Copying from anothestudent’s assignment, examination script or mini- thesis.
  • Collaborating with any person during aassignment without due authority.  Collaborating is taken to mean the actual execution of the assignment (and not discussions you may have had prior to starting the assignment).
  • Substituting for another student or permitting any other person to substitute for you in writing aassignment, examination or mini-thesis.

Below we try to give further clarity.

8.3.2               Poor Referencing Practices

In contrast to plagiarism and academic dishonesty, poor referencing is not deceptive; it is simply sloppy. Poor referencingmeans that the way that you have presented the reference is not correct, e.g. a date is missing, the referencing is not consistent, but there is some attempt to show that this is not your idea or work.

Poor Referencing Practices include:

  • Inaccurate punctuation in references;
  • Mismatching text referenceand a Reference List;
  • Spelling mistakes of names, titles, publishers,etc.;
  • Incomplete references;
  • Showing quotation marks without an accompanying citation.

On the next page are some examples of poor referencing practices and the consequences for students.

Penalties for Poor Referencing, Plagiarism or Academic Dishonesty

Students in Offence Penalty

Any year of study including 1st year

Academic dishonesty/cheating

The case will be referred to the UWC Proctor (Disciplinary Officer) and the student will be prosecuted at any time in their university career. The potential consequences are as follows:

  • A hearing maresult, athe Proctor’s discretion
  • If found guilty, you may be suspended from study at UWC for a semester or longer.
  • You may forfeit marks for the assignment or be required to rewrite
  • You may forfeit marks for that module, resulting in your having to re-register for that module in the following year.
  • You may have to write a letter of apology to the lecturer/s concerned.
  • Your academic record may be endorsed, i.e. academic dishonesty will be noted on your transcript.
  • Your name would be published inthe UWC campus newspape
  • This could affectyour future references, and applications for burs
1st year of study with SOPH Semester 1 Poor referencing or plagiarism Lecturer returns the assignment to you for correction; marks are withheld until it is returned corrected. Marks are deducted according to assessment criteria.
1st year of study with SOPH. Semester 2 Poor referencing Lecturer returns the assignment to you for correction; marks are withheld until it is returned corrected. Marks are deducted according to assessment criteria.

1st year of study with SOPH Semester 2 Plagiarism Lecturer returns the assignment to you for correction; marks are withheld until it is returned corrected. Marks are deducted according to assessment criteria.

2nd or 3rdyear of study

Poor referencing Lecturer returns the assignment to you for correction; marks are withheld until it is returned corrected. Marks are deducted according to assessment criteria.
2nd or 3rdyear of study Plagiarism The lecturer is at liberty to return the assignment with a 0 result; the student repeats module.

Avoiding referencing penalties

In accordance with the University Policy on plagiarism, the School of Public Health has instituted various measures to help you, as a scholar in training, to acquire proper referencing competence.

To avoid penalties, wasting lecturer time and fees – through, for example, having to repeat a whole year – please familiarise yourself with proper referencing practice. There is a comprehensive guidance in the Academic Handbook Section 5.3. It is very important for the success of your studies that you master these rules and apply them without fail in your writing. Should you encounter a referencing situation that is not explained in the Academic Handbook, your lecturer will be happy to give you guidance, but please make sure you ask before you hand in your assignment.

Signing the Declaration by student”

The Assignment Cover Sheet that you are required to send with your assignment, contains a declaration which we required you to have signed: this declaration makes the promise that your assignment is your own work, and that you have used the required referencing system; when you sign this declaration, you are claiming the above to be the truth, and thus accepting all the penalties outlined above.

Note: We will return to you any assignment submitted without your signature in the “Declaration by studentslot.


You will find the Assignment Cover Sheet on iKamva, which you are expected to use as the first page of all your assignments, including drafts.

Do not send it as a separate file, but as the first page of your assignment. Sending it as a separate file defeats the purpose of labelling your assignment, and it wastes Administrator time to do this for you. Assignments without a Cover Sheet will be returned to you.


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