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Submission and deadlines

You can find information and links to detailed information about the submission of your coursework and feedback on your work below:

Pre-submission

Deadlines for submission of coursework - undergraduate

Deadlines for the submission of your coursework are set by the Assessment Sub Board.

Incoming Study Abroad students at King's only for Semester 1 should refer to the drop down entitled 'Alternative assessment arrangements for Study Abroad students' below for further details.

Formative assessment

For the majority of modules formative assessment is by one essay, due in the middle of the relevant semester. Formative work will be submitted via email to your seminar leader. The deadlines for formative essays are:

  • Semester 1 modules: Monday 6 November 2017, by 16.00
  • Semester 2 modules: Monday 26 February 2018, by 16.00

In modules which deviate from the standard pattern, the module tutor/ Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) will inform you of the deadlines for submitting your formative work.

If you miss the deadline without good reason, your seminar leader is under no obligation to provide you with feedback. Hence, it is important that you adhere to these deadlines. If you need an extension for your formative work, you should email the module tutor in advance.

Summative assessment

The deadlines for undergraduate summative coursework to be submitted via KEATS are: 

  • Semester 1 modules: Wednesday 10 January 2018, by 16.00
  • Semester 2 modules: Wednesday 25 April 2018, by 16.00
  • 6AANC000 Dissertation: Wednesday 2 May 2018, by 16.00
  • 7AAN6005 Dissertation: Wednesday 2 May 2018, by 16.00 

*The previous deadline for 6AANC000 & 7AAN6005 was Wednesday 25 April 2018. The deadline has been extended following post-strike assessment guidelines updated by the Faculty.* 

You can find the submission area for each assignment in the 'Module Documentation & Assessment' section of the relevant KEATS module area.

Please note: students have a ‘late window’ of 24 hours after the original deadline in which to submit work. Work submitted during the late window will be marked and returned to the student for feedback, but the mark the student is credited with for that assignment will be capped at the pass mark (40).

After 24 hours, the College rules dictate that you will automatically receive a mark of zero for that assignment. 

Note that it would be sensible to aim to get your work in a day or two earlier than the deadline: there's no predicting when things like illness, computer malfunction or transport disruption might throw a spanner in the works.  

Penalties relating to undergraduate formative/summative assessment

The following penalties apply to undergraduate assessment:

  • For a summative essay explicitly titled with a formative essay question: essay receives a mark of zero.

  • For a summative essay titled with a summative essay question, but with irrelevant content (e.g. content that instead answers a formative question): in giving a numerical mark, marker to penalise accordingly based on relevance/irrelevance of material in question.

Students are not penalised for using material from formative assessment in summative assessment, if the content is relevant to the question being answered.

Note that the above penalties relate only to undergraduate assessment.

Deadlines for submission of coursework - postgraduate

Deadlines for the submission of your coursework are set by the Assessment Sub Board.

Formative assessment

MA module formative assessment is by either one or two essays: please refer to the relevant online module description.

For those modules with one formative essay (and for the second of two formative essays), the deadlines are:

  • Semester 1 modules: Friday 1 December 2017, by 16.00
  • Semester 2 modules: Friday 23 March 2018, by 16.00

In modules with two formative essays, the module tutor will inform you of the deadline for submitting your first essay.

If you miss the deadline without good reason, your module tutor is under no obligation to provide you with feedback. Hence, it is important that you adhere to these deadlines. You should aim to use the entire semester for formative essay work, rather than leaving everything to the end. You should therefore try to find a topic in one of your modules on which you can make an early start.

If you need an extension for your formative work, you should email the module tutor in advance.

Summative assessment

The deadlines for postgraduate summative coursework to be submitted via KEATS are: 

  • Semester 1 modules: Wednesday 10 January 2018, by 16.00
  • Semester 2 modules: Wednesday 16 May 2018, by 16.00

*The previous deadline for semester 2 modules was Wednesday 2 May 2018. The deadline has been extended to Wednesday 16 May by 16.00 to follow the post-strike assessment guidelines updated by the Faculty.* 

Please note: students will have a ‘late window’ of 24 hours after the original deadline in which to submit work. Work submitted during the late window will be marked and returned to the student for feedback, but the mark the student is credited with for that assignment will be capped at the pass mark (50).

After 24 hours, the College rules dictate that you will automatically receive a mark of zero for that assignment. 

Note that it would be sensible to aim to get your work in a day or two earlier than the deadline: there's no predicting when things like illness, computer malfunction or transport disruption might throw a spanner in the works. 

Dissertation deadline

PLEASE NOTE: 7AAN6005 for MSci Physics & Philosophy students follows the undergraduate deadline pattern. The deadline for the 2017/8 academic year is as follows:

  • 7AAN6005 Dissertation: Wednesday 2 May 2018, by 16.00

The deadline for the submission of all MA and MSc dissertations for the 2016/7 academic year is:

  • Wednesday 13 September 2017, by 16.00

The deadline for the submission of all MA dissertations for the 2017/8 academic year is:

  • Thursday 13 September 2018, by 16.00

See the dissertations page for more information.

Length of assignments

For details of what is included in the word count, and penalties incurred by exceeding the word count limit, please consult the Faculty Policy on Word Count in the Faculty handbook.

The word limit for coursework in each module can be found on the relevant module webpage

The word limits for dissertations can be found on the dissertations page.

Style guide

Information about referencing systems adopted by the Department can be found on the style guide page or for information on referencing systems used in all the departments in the Faculty please see the Faculty Handbook.

Please remember that if you are taking a module in another Faculty or College it is your responsibility to find and use the correct referencing style - failure to do so may result in you losing marks.

Alternative assessment arrangements for Study Abroad students

Incoming Study Abroad students

If you are an incoming Study Abroad student who is studying at King's only during Semester 1, you will need to submit the summative (for credit) assessment for your modules before you leave. This means that if your Semester 1 module is normally assessed by exam in May/June, you will be required to submit alternative assessment, as below. 

(If you are at King’s for the whole year, this information does not apply to you; you will follow the normal assessment pattern of the King’s cohort, as described in the module web description.)

Undergraduate modules

Alternative assessment for all modules except those logic modules highlighted below is by summative essay. The word limits for essays are as follows:

  • Level 4 modules (4AAN****) EXCEPT 4AANA003 Elementary Logic

    2 x 1,000 word essays
  • Level 5 modules (5AAN****) EXCEPT 5AANA014 Intermediate Logic

    2 x 2,000 word essays
  • Level 6 modules (6AAN****) EXCEPT 6AANA030 Set Theory and those below

    2 x 2,500 word essays
  • 6AANA016 Indian Philosophy: The Orthodox Schools; 6AANA024 Philosophy of Psychology I; 6AANA044 Topics in Modern Philosophy

    1 x 4,000 word essay 

The deadline for summative essays for students studying for Semester 1 ONLY is below:

  • Wednesday 10 January 2018, by 16.00

Your summative work should be submitted via the Study Abroad submission areas in the relevant KEATS module area.

  • Assessment for 4AANA003 Elementary Logic

    The final assessment for Elementary Logic will be by an examination to be scheduled in the final week of term (11-15 December 2017). 

    Please remember that your mark for 4AANA003 Elementary Logic is calculated partly on the basis of your weekly exercises (these count for 40% of the final grade).
  • Assessment for 5AANA014 Intermediate Logic

    The final assessment for Intermediate Logic will be by an examination to be scheduled in the final week of term (11-15 December 2017).
  • Assessment for 6AANA030 Set Theory

    The final assessment for Set Theory will be by an examination to be scheduled in the final week of term (11-15 December 2017).

Postgraduate modules

Assessment for all modules is by summative essay. The deadline for summative essays for students studying for Semester 1 ONLY is below:

  • Wednesday 10 January 2018, by 16.00

Your summative work should be submitted via the Study Abroad submission areas in the relevant KEATS module area.

Deadlines for formative essay submission

Your deadlines for formative assessment will remain unchanged from those listed in the section above.

Outgoing Study Abroad students

If you are a King's student (including Liberal Arts) who will be studying abroad at an international partner institution in Semester 2, the assessment patterns for your philosophy modules taken during Semester 1 will be as follows:

In the case of modules assessed wholly by summative essay, you will follow the normal assessment pattern for that module. Your essays will be submitted via KEATS by the Semester 1 deadline outlined in the section above.

In the case of modules assessed by examination in May/June, you will need alternative assessment arrangements to compensate for the fact that you will likely be unable to attend the examination in London during that time. Alternative assessment typically takes the form of summative essays in place of examination, as follows:

  • Level 5 modules (5AAN****) EXCEPT 5AANA014 Intermediate Logic

    2 x 2,000 word essays
  • Level 6 modules (6AAN****) EXCEPT 6AANA030 Set Theory

    2 x 2,500 word essays

The deadline for summative essays is below. Your summative work should be submitted via the Alternative Assessment submission areas in the relevant KEATS module area:

  • Wednesday 25 April 2018, by 16.00

If you are taking either 5AANA014 Intermediate Logic or 6AANA030 Set Theory (where essays in place of examinations are impracticable), we will contact you individually to determine the most suitable alternative assessment arrangement for you.

Your deadlines for formative assessment will remain unchanged from those listed in the section above.

Submission

You will find specific instructions for submission on the relevant KEATS page of the module for which you are submitting work.

It is important that you do not leave your submission to the last minute, so that you have plenty of time to ensure your submission is successful and correct.

Work submitted ON the deadline will be marked as late: for example, if the deadline is 16.00 the work must have completed its submission at 15.59.59 at the latest). You need to submit BEFORE the deadline. Please see below for information on the penalties applied to late submissions.

Work submitted up to 24 hours after the deadline will be marked, but the grade awarded will be capped at the pass mark (40% for UG and 50% for PGT). Students will be informed what mark would have been awarded had the cap not been applied and will receive feedback on the work. 

Work submitted more than 24 hours after the deadline will receive a mark of zero. No feedback or indicative grade will be provided. 

Formative essay submission and feedback

Please submit your formative essay by email directly to your seminar leader, following the points below:

  • Save your essay using the following format:
    Module Code: K number (e.g. 5AAN0001: k1234567)
  • Email your essay to your seminar leader: your seminar leader will respond briefly to confirm receipt.
  • Your essay will be marked anonymously and feedback emailed to you using the ‘K number’ e.g. k1234567@kcl.ac.uk

Seminar leaders will provide the following feedback:

  • rubric scores
  • general feedback comments
  • overall numerical grade.

Use the Student Handbook to view the Marking Criteria and Rubric Scores used by the Department of Philosophy.

*You are strongly encouraged to visit your seminar leader during their office hour to discuss your essay and feedback further.*

Submission of summative coursework

All summative work submitted to the Department of Philosophy must be submitted via the assessment area of the relevant module on KEATS and must conform to the Philosophy style guide.  

Help and guidance for online submission

You can find guidance on using the system and support in interpreting your Turnitin report in the How to Submit Coursework guide.

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection and avoidance avoidance tool. When used in the correct way it can help you avoid plagiarism. It also assists tutors in identifying work that has been plagiarised.

You can find more information about plagiarism avoidance and using Turnitin, as well as access to a sandbox Turnitin submission area on the Library Services website. Please also see our page on plagiarism.

Faculty policies regarding online submission

Please read the Faculty policy on coursework submission in the Faculty Handbook carefully to make sure you are aware of Faculty policy. There is also information available on this page about what to do in the event of a technical failure of College systems.

All written work during your degree will be submitted via KEATS. Deadlines for all work can be found as part of the relevant module area on KEATS.

If students have any problems with the KEATS system they should contact philosophy@kcl.ac.uk in the first instance.

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