Assignment submission help

How to submit an assignment online

Instructions on how to submit assignments or written assessment work using the Blackboard assignment submission OR the Turnitin assignment submission in the Learning Management System (LMS):

File Names and Types

Special characters should never be used in filesnames, so avoid using the characters # / ? < > \ : * | & ^ and " in your assignment filename. Avoid spaces in your filenames, use underscores instead.
e.g: assignment_name_3.docx

If you use a Mac and the file does not have a three-letter extension, tick the show extension box when saving your file. For example, add '.docx' on the end of Word documents, '.pdf' on the end of PDF documents, and '.xlsx' on the end of Excel files.

File sizes should not exceed 60MB. If you are submitting multiple files please upload a zip folder with the files inside.

Turnitin file types

Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect┬«
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript┬«
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS)
  • Hangul (HWP)

Most common image files (JPEG, GIF, PNG, PICT) will display in your file as long as your lecturer has enabled 'Accept all file types'. PDF documents must contain text to be submitted. Files containing only images will not submit.

NOTE: The file size may not exceed 20MB. Text-only files may not exceed 2MB.

Trouble Uploading?

If you have trouble uploading your assignment submission, here are a couple of things to try:

  • Log out, log in and try again. Sometimes the server gets overloaded or the Java can crash on your local machine. Restarting your browser or computer, will restart the Java.
  • Is your browser up-to-date? Check our list of Supported Browsers
  • Try another browser to see if the problem is browser-dependent?
  • If you already completed the assignment and clicked 'Submit' previously, you may not be able to resubmit it a second time. If there is only one submission allowed for each assignment, you will need to contact your lecturer or the eLearning Helpdesk to 'enable' a second submission.
  • Uploaded more than one submission? Your latest submission is automatically set up to show as the most recent. NOTE: Turnitin assignments are automatically set to overwrite each submission with the next one *Multiple submissions are optional, and set by your lecturer.

Use a text editor for drafting your text submissions

It's always a good idea to draft your discussion messages and assignment submissions into a 'rich text file' (.rtf) using a text editor like NotePad or Wordpad or TextEdit before cutting and pasting into the submission field.

This ensures:

  • you won't lose any of your work if the browser crashes in the middle of your message or submission
  • you will always have a backup copy of your work
  • the LMS (Blackboard) will not time-out on your submission