If you read the tutorial letter COSALL-F 304 you will see that it applies to all modules in the SOC department.

Here is the contents of the tutorial letter:

In 2007 the marks that you obtain by submitting assignments will contribute to the final mark obtained for the specific module. This is in accordance with the newly approved Unisa Assessment Policy. In some cases this is already explained in the 101 tutorial letters of the relevant modules and, in those cases, you may ignore the five points listed below. For those modules where this information is not indicated there, it will be supplied in subsequent tutorial letters of the specific module. In most cases the arrangement in 2007 will be as follows:

Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The marks that you obtain for the contributing assignments will be converted to form 10% of the final mark for the module. This is the Ã¢â‚¬Ëœyear markÃ¢â‚¬â„¢.

Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The percentage that you obtain for a specific assignment will be multiplied by the weight that the lecturer allocated to it. In many cases this weight is equal to maximum number of credits possible for this assignment total of the maximum number of credits for all the assignments The lecturers will let you know what weights have been allocated to every assignment.

Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ An example: Suppose a specific module has 4 assignments that carry a maximum of 40, 50, 50 and 60 credits, respectively, thus a maximum of 200. Suppose further the lecturer assigned weights of 40/200, 50/200, 50/200 and 60/200, respectively, to the four assignments. Now suppose that your marks for the four assignments are 20%, 80%, 60% and 50%, respectively. Then this will contribute (20/100)x(40/200) + (80/100)x(50/200) + (60/100)x(50/200) + (50/100)x(60/200) to your final mark. If we work out the sum, we get 0.04 + 0.2 + 0.15 + 0.15 = 0.54 and, if we convert this to 10% of your final mark, it will be 5.4%. Thus your year mark is equal to 5.4%.

Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The examination will form 90% of your final mark for the module.

Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ You will see that it will be to your advantage to complete and submit as many assignments as possible and to do your best in every one of them. You will notice that we use the percentage (and not the credits) that you obtain in the calculation of the year mark.

Credits will, however, still play an important role in examination admission. You still have to obtain at least 100 credits to be admitted to the examination.