Coursework, assignments and exams

As a postgraduate student you may be required to complete and submit assignments and sit examinations.  The lecturer for each of your coursework papers is your first point of contact to answer any specific questions about assignments and exams.

You also have access to various other people, systems and services to help you develop the knowledge and skills you need to excel at assignments and exams. The following links will take you to other areas of the website.

  • AUT Library
    In addition to access to books, journals, e-books and videos, the Library provides a range of services to help you with your coursework.

  • Student Learning
    AUT's Student Learning team provides a range of free academic support if you are struggling with an assignment, essay or paper, or if you want to excel and achieve better grades.

  • The Graduate Research School
    The Graduate Research School co-ordinates a range of support services for postgraduate students.
  • Blackboard
    Blackboard is AUT’s web-based learning environment that lets you access course material, interact with other students and complete assignments online from any location with access to the internet.

What do I do if I can’t submit my assignment or sit an exam?


At some point in your study, because of exceptional circumstances, you may not be able to submit an assignment on time or sit an exam at the scheduled time. If this happens, it is important that you contact your lecturer and/or programme administrator and let them know as soon as possible.  For assignments, this should be before the due date, and for exams within 14 days of the date of the examination.

Information about what to do in this situation, and the form you will need to complete, can be found on Blackboard or in your programme or faculty handbook.

If you don’t have a valid reason for missing the due date, or have not notified the teaching department within the required time, you will receive a failing grade for your assignment or examination.

It is also a good idea to talk to your faculty for assistance. See faculty contacts.

Last updated: 14-Feb-2017 9.16am

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.