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Submitting an assignment

Throughout your studies you will need to submit assignments so we can assess your academic progress. The process for submitting your assignment will depend on your unit of study.

Information about your assignment will be provided in your unit of study outline, or by your unit of study coordinator. This will include assignment requirements, the due date and how to submit your work.

Usually you will submit your work through the Learning Management System (LMS), either as a Blackboard assignment submission or through Turnitin. In some cases, you may need to submit a hard-copy version or follow a different procedure outlined by your unit of study coordinator.

Blackboard (LMS)

You can access two types of assignment submission tools in the Learning Management System (LMS), also known as Blackboard:

Blackboard assignment submission

Navigate to the section of your unit of study website where your assignment is located.

  1. Select the name of the assignment.
  2. Review the instructions provided on the assignment submission page and download any files provided by your unit of study coordinator or lecturer.
  3. Upload your assignment by selecting ‘browse my computer’ and then choosing your file to attach. If you select the wrong file, you can remove it by selecting ‘do not attach’. Follow any instructions provided by your unit of study coordinator or lecturer to name your file.
  4. If your instructor is using a rubric and has made it available, select ‘view ruberic’ to see the grading criteria.
  5.  Select ‘submit’.

In most cases you can submit your assignment only once, so make sure you have attached the correct file.

You can find tutorials and more information on submitting an assignment on the Blackboard site.

Text submission

You can complete an assignment using text submission instead of attaching files.

To do this you need to select ‘Write submission’ and type your response in the box. The content editor allows you to format text, add files, images links, multimedia and mashups. You can cut and paste the text from a text file (not a word file).

Turnitin assignment submission

Turnitin software is used by the University to check your work for originality or similarity against a range of sources. You can find information about plagiarism and the use of Turnitin.

To submit an assignment, navigate to the section of your unit of study website where your assignment is located.

  1. Select the Turnitin assignment link.
  2. From the choose a paper submission, select ‘Single file upload’.
  3. You can upload a file from your computer/drive or used Dropbox/Google Drive. Select one of the submission buttons and then select your file to upload.
  4. Complete the submission title field.
  5. Click ‘upload’.
  6. Review the preview panel to check you have selected the correct file. This is a text only version of the paper being uploaded.
  7. Select ‘submit to submit your assignment.
  8. Wait for the ‘digital receipt’ screen to appear to confirm your assignment has been submitted.

You can find further information on submitting your assignment on the Turnitin site. If you have any problems submitting your assignment, contact your unit of study coordinator or the Educational Innovation Helpdesk.

Digital receipt

After your submission is complete, a digital receipt will display on screen. A copy is also sent to your University student email address.

You can download a copy of the receipt by selecting the download button from the assignment inbox, then digital receipt from the dropdown menu.

Make sure you keep a copy of the email or download as proof you have submitted your assignment.

LMS assignment submission help

You can find additional help submitting an assignment on the Blackboard site.

Special characters (such as # / ? < > \ : * | & ^ “) should not be used in your file name.

If you use a Mac and your file does not have an extension (such as .pdf or .docx), tick ‘show extension’ when saving your file.

For Blackboard assignment submissions, file sizes should not exceed 60MB. If you are uploading multiple files, you should upload these in a zip file.

Files submitted through Turnitin can be up to 20MB. Files need to contain at least 20 words and can’t be longer than 400 pages.

Turnitin accepts the following file types:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF) – PDF documents need to contain text. Files containing only images will not submit.
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS)
  • Hangul (HWP).

If you have trouble uploading your assignment, there are a few things you can try.

  • Log out, log in and try again.
  • Make sure you are using a supported browser and it is up to date.
  • Try another browser to see if the problem is browser dependent.
  • If you have submitted the wrong file or are unable to submit for any reason, contact your unit of study coordinator. 
Last updated: 03 October 2017

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