Assignments: Student guide

Please note that there are several different assignment types in the LMS. The instructions in this guide are for Blackboard LMS assignments only.

Blackboard LMS assignments often have an icon next to them:

Standard LMS assignment icon
Standard LMS assignment icon

If yours is a TurnItIn assignment see the TurnItIn section.

TurnItIn assignment icon
TurnItIn assignment icon

Some other areas (e.g. the Faculty of Business and Economics) use a different assignment tool. If you think this is the case, you should contact Stop 1 for further information.

Submit an assignment

  1. Navigate to the LMS subject page where the assignment is located.
  2. Click the title of the assignment to display details including instructions and option to view the rubric if applicable.
  3. Under Assignment Submission, there are two options:
    1. Write Submission provides a text-box editor where you can type or paste your assignment text. Note that it is likely that your teaching staff prefer that you attach your assignment rather than paste it, see option b. below.
    Display more formatting icon
    Display more formatting icon
    1. Use Browse My Computer, Browse Content Collection or the drag and drop featur to upload your assignment file. If you need to add additional files, repeat these steps. A list of attached files will be displayed.

  4. Enter any comments you wish to make to your lecturer in the Comments field.
    Note: you may be required to enter standard information (name, student number etc) in this area: check any instructions from your coordinator that appear at the top of the page.
  5. Read  the declaration text.
  6. Read the notice about onscreen and email assignment confirmation.

    Example of onscreen confirmation: 

    Example of email confirmation:

  7. Choose from Cancel, Save as Draft or Submit:
    • Cancel if you don’t wish to continue with the assignment submission.
    • Save as Draft if you wish to save comments and files you have added, but do not want to submit yet. You will need to return and complete the submission before the due date.
    • Submit if you wish to submit your assignment.
  8. A green success message with onscreen confirmation displays at the top of the screen. If the attached file is in a format that can be displayed (e.g. PDF, Powerpoint, Word, Excel) the file will be previewed within the page.
Example student submission showing a preview of the document
Example student submission showing a preview of the document

If you have accidentally submitted the wrong file in your assessment you will need to submit again. Some assignments allow multiple submissions; otherwise contact your teaching staff to have your submission reset.

View assignment feedback

Assignment grades and feedback can be accessed via the assessment submission area or via My Grades. Teaching staff have the option to give any or all of the following: a number grade, general feedback (overall comment), inline feedback (annotations directly onto your submission) and rubric feedback (criteria with levels and comments). All of these options will only be available to students when teaching staff have set options to allow this.

  1. Open My Grades and click the title of the assignment to open.
    Navigate within your subject to where the assignment is located and click the title to open.
    • If your assignment text was submitted via Write submission, this text will be displayed when you open your assignment.
    • If your assignment text was submitted as a file via Browse my computer, and nothing was put in the Write submission field, the file will be displayed when you open your assignment.
    • If you did both, the Write Submission text is displayed, but there is also a link to the file on the right hand side of the screen.
    • Teaching staff are only able to annotate attached files. You may need to click the file link to see inline comments from your teaching staff.
    Example of student submission with feedback from staff
    Example of student submission with feedback from staff
  2. Feedback options are displayed on the right of the screen showing your assignment. They may include inline annotations, general feedback, a number grade and rubric feedback (a grid with set criteria and levels that is used to generate the grade). These options have been highlighted in the image.
  3. Below is an example of a rubric showing a score and feedback against individual criteria.
Example rubric showing the level attained by the student
Example rubric showing the level attained by the student

This guide was last updated 20 Jul 2017.
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