Criminology & Justice Presentation Requirements (Harvard)

The following assessment presentation guidelines are compulsory for students studying any Criminology & Justice units.

All online submissions assessment pieces must be submitted on-line via the student portal on Moodle and follow the presentation guidelines below:

  • Microsoft Word Format must be used (No PDF)
  • Cover Sheet as the first page
  • Actual word count provided on the cover sheet (see download link above)
  • Page numbers included on each page
  • Size 12 Times New Roman font
  • Margins of 2.45 cm (Normal Margin)
  • Double spacing with one extra spacing between paragraphs
  • Text is justified
  • Reference list starts on a new page
  • References listed in alphabetical order by surname of author
  • First level headings centred in bold. Each main word should start with a capital letter
  • Second level headings flush left in bold

Assignment word count

All assignments specify a word count. An assignment that is within 10% of the specified word count (either more or less) will not be penalised. However if you submit an assignment that is more than 10% under or over the specified word count, your grade will be penalised.

As in-text citation of your sources is an assumed part of academic writing, the word count does include the in-text referencing (e.g. author/date/page number) in your assignment, but not the title page, table of contents page, reference list or appendices. It is recommended that you use a computer generated word count by selecting from the first word of the introduction (or if a report, either the abstract or summary) to the last word of the conclusion (or if a professional report, the recommendations).

Remember, quotations and verbatim examples are included in the word count. The word limit for direct quotes depends on the school and field of study. For example in the School of Counselling and Criminology the upper limit for the use of direct quotes is 10% of the final word count. In the School of Psychological Sciences 5% would be considered excessive.