Presentation of Assignments

NOTE: This is the general guidelines on presentation of assignments at Cornerstone Institute. This may vary across the different courses/modules. The psychology honours programme usually require that referencing and presentation be done according to theAPA style. However you should always check with your lecturer first regarding their preferred presentation layout.

If the course does not specify otherwise, continue using the guidelines below.

Useful tip: Keep a template of a cover page and plagiarism declaration saved which you can just copy, paste and edit for each new assignment. This will save you some much needed time.


Cover page

All lines should be centred as is indicated. Follow the spacing guide on the example cover page below. The cover page should be the top page, followed in order by the table of Contents, the introduction, the chapters in order (body), the Conclusion, the Reference List, and the Plagiarism Declaration/Honour Pledge.

Download an example of the cover page

Table of contents

The Table of Contents should reflect the exact headings that are used in the paper. If a numbering system is used for headings in the paper, then the same numbering system should be reflected in the Table of Contents.

The title TABLE OF CONTENTS is centered on the first line. Double space between the heading and the first entry. Spacing between further entries is flexible.
Differentiate headings and subheadings by means of any format tool e.g.
bold, caps, italics etc. Page numbers appear with each main heading.

Download an example of table of contents


Margins are to be set at “Normal” (2.54cm all round).
If you are going to bind the paper in some manner leave extra space on the left for the space lost in the binding.

Do not type outside the prescribed margins.

Line spacing & Font

Papers are to be typed using one and a half line spacing and Arial (11 pitch) or Times New Roman (12 pitch) font.

Page numbers

The first number to appear will be on the first page of the text of the paper (i.e. the Introduction). Begin counting page numbers from the Introduction page. The number is placed at the top right hand of the paper. It should not be underlined or followed by a full stop.


Use the justified alignment (block format). The first line is not indented, but there must be an extra line between paragraphs to clearly indicate where one paragraph ends and the next begins. This paragraph and the ones above utilise a block format.


Quotations should be brief and functional, adding authority or insight to your point. They must be given exactly as they appear in the source and begin and end with quotation marks. If it is necessary to add or change a word for the sake of clarity, it should be included in square brackets. For example, “In the final statement, [Jesus] simply speaks of the Holy Spirit’s coming,” where the original “he” could be ambiguous.

     Quotations of more than 3 lines in length should use a block-format
     and be indented 1 cm from the left margin, as has been done with this
     paragraph. They are single-spaced and should not include quotation
     marks. Generally the reference for such quotations comes at the end of
     the quotation (Bakker 2004:13).

Only use a quotation when absolutely necessary, for example, as an item of evidence in support of a point you are making or where the quotation is exceptionally apt. When in two minds, exclude it. In general, quotations should not comprise more than 10% of your entire document.

Assignment length

Lecturers will indicate in the module outlines a required or approximate length of a paper in the number of words written or number of pages. Such guidelines for paper length are intended to refer to the length for the body of the  assignment, not including the title page, table of contents or reference list.