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Guidelines for Written Work

Guidelines for Written Work

Catholic Institute of Sydney teaches a variety of theology and theology-related subjects, each of which has its own specific methodologies and approaches to assessment. Students seeking guidance regarding written assessments should, therefore, always firstly look to their lecturer and specific course requirements as set out in their course outlines.

All written assessments will, however, adhere to a handful of basic requirement regarding referencing and formatting.


Referencing Style

Catholic Institute of Sydney (and the University of Notre Dame Australia) follows the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition.

The following link (also found in your course outlines) provides students with the basic principles behind the Chicago Manual of Style, as well as a variety of examples:

Students seeking examples of the Chicago Manual of Style specific to philosophy and theology should go here:


Assessment Formatting

As per your course outlines, written work should be presented as follows:

  • Arial, Calibri or Times New Roman font in 12pts.
  • Portrait orientation, A4 size, with margins of at least 2 cm on all sides.
  • Double spaced.
  • When submitting printed work, single sided printing.
  • Word counts are strictly within a +/- 10% range, including in-text references. The word count does not include footnotes or bibliographies. Assessment pieces too long or too short can be penalised.


Assessment Submission

Unless otherwise specified, the majority of written work at Catholic Institute of Sydney will be submitted via turnitin. Specific assessment links will be provided via Blackboard on your course page.


Successful Academic Writing

To do well in philosophy and theology requires both a mastery of subject matter being studied and the ability to write well. The following link provides guidance for those wishing to improve their academic writing skills: