Student Resources

How to login to Moodle

If your course has a Moodle component, the instructions below will help you access the system. You will need a computer connected to the Internet. The computer must have a Web browser such as Internet Explorer or Firefox. Such a computer should be available at your USP Campus (if you don’t already have one at home or work). You will also be given a username and password by your local USP Campus.

Step 1: Accessing Moodle

  • Open your browser: Internet Explorer, Firefox, or other.
  • Type in the following at the address bar:
  • Press Enter.

Step 2: Username and password

  • You will come to a Login screen. Type your student number in the Username box.
  • Type your student email (webmail) password in the Password box.
  • Click Login.

Step 3: Accessing your course

You should now see a list of your courses. Click the Course Code and Title of the course that you are enrolled in to enter.

Lost or forgotten password

Contact your local ITS student Helpdesk or email: moodlehelp(at)

SMPA Standard Writing Rubric


Does not meet expected standards

Reasonable or good work

Very good or excellent work

Structure and Content

Structure does not demonstrate understanding of the problem or research question.

Introduction or conclusions are unclear.

Conclusions do not follow from the analysis.

Little or no evidence of critical thinking, analysis or presentation of evidence.

Structure suggests a reasonably coherent understanding of the problem or research question. More could have been done to explain its logic and rationale, and provide links between sections.

Introduction provides reasonable rationale, and outlines arguments and contribution.

Conclusions largely follow from the analysis.

Some or good evidence of synthesis and critical thinking.

Evidence, reasoning and analysis are evident.

The rationale for the structure is explicit and links between sections are clear and logical.

Introduction provides compelling framing of analysis and clear statement of contribution.

Conclusions follow from the analysis.

Syntheses and contrasts ideas and excellent use of critical thinking.

Evidence, reasoning and analysis are well presented and developed.

Shows evidence of originality.


The purpose and focus of writing is unclear.

Arguments are unconvincing or unformed, lack logic, or proceed by assertion.

Unrelated ideas or phrases are linked to draw causal inferences.

There is a clear engagement with the research problem or question.

Key arguments are communicated adequately.

Evidence, reasoning and analysis are evident and linked to the argument.

There is an excellent engagement with the research problem or question.

Key arguments are well elucidated and justified.

Evidence, reasoning and analysis are well developed and linked to the argument.

Language and grammar

Word use is unclear and incorrect.

Sentence and paragraph structure lacks clarity.

Malapropisms and pretentious language are used.

Major grammatical errors.

Word usage is generally correct.

Sentence and paragraph structure is effective in communicating to the reader.

Few or minor grammatical errors.

Word usage is correct

Develops concise and clear sentences.

Uses paragraphs well.

Writing flows and engages.

No or very minor errors.


Use of required and recommended course readings is not evident.

No or little evidence of independent academic research.

Writing simply follows lectures, uses only non-academic sources, or is unformed opinion.

Good use of required and recommended course readings.

Good evidence of independent research, including use of library databases and academic and non-academic sources, including refereed journals and books.

Evidence of some synthesis of ideas, research and sources, but not systematic and tending to descriptive rather than critical.

Excellent critical engagement with required and recommended course readings.

Extensive independent research using academic and non-academic sources, including refereed journals and books.

Excellent synthesis and critique of ideas, research and sources.

Evidence of independent primary research.



No references or does not use Harvard referencing style.

Uses Harvard highly inconsistently or incorrectly.

Quotes lack quotation marks and page numbers.

Ideas are not referenced.

Harvard referencing style is used, with only minor errors.

Quotes are mostly referenced correctly.

Ideas are mostly referenced correctly.

Harvard referencing style is used with no or very minor errors.

Quotes are referenced correctly.

Ideas are referenced correctly.

Adapted from examples from American University of Sharjah and Dr Darryn Mitussis, Director of Undergraduate Programmes, Queen Mary, University of London.  Use with attribution to Shaun Goldfinch.

Attendance in Tutorial and Computer Laboratories
(i) To pass any course where tutorials and/or computer laboratories are required, students must attend at least 60% of these to be eligible to pass the course. Students who do not meet the 60% minimum requirement will fail the course under Clause 1.3 (b).

(ii) Students with valid extenuating circumstances for non-compliance must receive written approval from the Head of School for exemption from this regulation.

(iii) This regulation normally applies to face-to-face students.

(iv) Attendance in satellite tutorials and online discussion will be encouraged and monitored separately.



a)       The ability to plan and to meet deadlines is a central competency in Undergraduate as well as Postgraduate studies. All students are therefore, expected to complete and to submit high quality assignments on time. In the cases of serious illness, family bereavement or any other personal emergency outlined in the USP calendar that prevents someone from submitting assessments on time, an extension can be granted upon request. Please note that this is only for extreme circumstances. Marks will certainly be deducted if an extension is not granted.

b)       Late assignments will be penalized: 10% will be deducted for each day. Assignments must be of high standard that is expected at this advanced level of studies. This means that it must be proof read, spell checked and corrected before submission. Your assignment must be typed on one side of the page with an adequate margin on the left for the marker’s comments. Make sure that your references are properly cited. Write your name (as in USP record) and ID number on all pages. All students are required to provide a soft and a hard copy for their assignments.

c)       All assignments must be submitted in Moodle shell for the course the student is undertaking via Turnitin.

Mandatory use of Turnitin – plagiarism detection software

(a) Students are required to submit all written work through Turnitin via Moodle online to check their work for originality and to ensure that appropriate referencing and citation is used.

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload:
• Microsoft WordTM (DOC and DOCX),
• Corel WordPerfect®,
• Adobe PostScript®,
• Plain text (TXT), Rich Text Format (RTF),
• Portable Document Format (PDF), and
• Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS).

(b) Students are actively encouraged to use Turnitin to check drafts of their written work to improve their writing and guard against unintentional plagiarism. Submitting other students’ work is strictly not allowed.

(c) All Turnitin reports will be reviewed. A score of 20% or more on Turnitin will trigger a discussion between the course coordinator and student with consequences if plagiarism is proven. In some cases work with a score of 20% or less can still contain significantly
plagiarised content e.g. 10-15% from one source, to which penalties will apply if proven.

Other Important Matters that Students need to be aware of:

· Medical emergencies and Sickness.

o Students are encouraged to know where the USP medical clinic is located and its hours of operation. Each semester, situations arise where this information is necessary. Also, please be prepared to have official notes from your doctor to provide your Lecturer(s) should you be involved in a medical/health situation.

· Student and Staff Conduct

o The University has statutes and regulations on the expected behavior of students as well as staff members. It is important that you familiarise yourself with these regulations. The whole idea is to ensure that the members of the University community are able to work, study, learn, participate and share in the academic and social aspects of the University life in a respectful and safe environment. These statutes and regulations could be obtained from the Student Union body or the Counseling Centre. Students are required to behave reasonably well in tutorials.

· Academic Grievances

o Should this course not meet your academic expectations, please talk to your tutor, the course coordinator or the Head of School. If your concerns are not appropriately addressed, you can lodge a formal complaint at your Student Union body or the Counseling Centre.

· Student Support

o The Student Learning Support (SLS) staff at the CELT centre will provide assistance on your academic performance should you need help. However, if you are experiencing personal problems, the people at the Counseling Centre will be available to provide assistance and counseling. Don’t forget that the SLS staff would like every student to have a positive experience while studying at the University.

o For additional details link to: SAS

· USP Library

o The Library is student-friendly and has several ways to support your academic interests through its convenient operation hours, all night reading room, and a discussion room.

o The All Night Reading Room is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; and the Discussion Room can be booked ahead on Level C of the Library (8 students maximum).

o The USP Library hours are:

· Monday through Thursday: 8:00 am to 10:00 pm

· Friday: 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

· Saturday and Holidays: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

· For additional details link to: USP Library

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