Assignments & Grades

As you progress through your course, your tutor will issue many types of assignments: problems to solve, chapter questions to answer, journals, research papers, creative writing, and so on. Blackboard provides tools for you to submit your work to the tutor electronically, and at times view your results.

You will learn how to use Blackboard's Assignment tool to submit files to the tutor, and learn how view your results with the My Grades tools.

Submitting Turnitin Assignments

All coursework is submitted electronically. There are two ways to submit electronically, either direct to Blackboard or through Blackboard to Turnitin the anti-plagiarism software used by the University. Your tutor will select the option most appropriate to the coursework. Some tutors may ask you to submit the same coursework direct to Blackboard as well as Turnitin.

Submitting a Paper to Turnitin Assignment

View the Originality report

Turnitin Sumbission File Types and Sizes

Turnitin will currently accept the following file types to generate Originality Reports:

  • Microsoft Word® (.doc / .docx)*
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)**
  • Google Docs via Google Drive™
  • WordPerfect® (.wpd)
  • PostScript (.ps/.eps)
  • Adobe® PDF Microsoft
  • PowerPoint® (.pptx, .ppt, .ppsx, and .pps)***
  • Microsoft Excel® (.xls and .xlsx)****
  • HTML Rich text format (.rtf)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Hangul Word Processor file (.hwp)

The paper being submitted must contain more than 20 words, must be under 40MB (or approximately two million characters), must not exceed 400 pages in length, and must not contain spaces in between every letter (l i k e t h i s).

Submitting Assignments

Submitting your work with the Assignment tool in Blackboard allows you to easily upload your homework files to your tutor and receive files back, along with your grade. There is no need for paper, or even email. Click Submitting Assignments to learn more about submitting coursework and receiving feedback with the Blackboard Assignment tool.

Accessing Assignments

You can access an Assignment in Blackboard when it's been deployed by your teacher in a Content Area of the course. Your teacher may have an entire area in your course dedicated to all assignments, or assignments may be placed along with related lesson material. Once the teacher informs you that an assignment is available and where to find it, read and follow all instructions carefully, complete the work as directed, then click Submit to pass in your work.


Submitting an Assignment

Once you click the Assignment link, you will be brought to the Assignment page as pictured here. Depending on the instructions provided by your tutor, you may be asked to add text, formatted text, attach a file, enter comments, or a combination of these actions. When ready, click Submit. If you are not yet ready to hand in the Assignment, you can click Save As Draft to be able to return later, work on it more, and then submit it.

Submitting Assignments

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When submitting an Assignment in Blackboard, particularly ones which include file attachments, you should take the time to confirm your submission. There are two ways that you can tell your Assignment has been submitted successfully. If you receive a confirmation message after you submit the Assignment. If you are allowed to make more than one submission, you will also see a Submission History that will display all your submissions by date and time.

Reviewing your Results

You can also confirm your Assignment submission by accessing the My Grades area of a course. (Note: Review the next few screens to learn how to access the My Grades area.) An exclamation point (!) will appear next to any Assignment that has been successfully submitted. The Details button will give you information about the Assignment if the teacher has entered them.

Assignments submitted in Blackboard are not scored automatically, but need to be reviewed by your tutor. After reviewing your work, you tutor can use the same Assignment tool to provide you with a grade, written feedback, as well as files. You then can review the information in two ways: through the Assignment itself and through the My Grades area.

Through the Assignment Itself Through the My Grades Area
  1. Return to the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
  2. Click on the Assignment link to open the Submission History.
  3. At the bottom of your submission will be Instructor Feedback that will have a grade, any comments, and any attached files.
  1. Click Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click My Grades.
  3. Look for the Assignment for which you want to review the results.
  4. Click on the grade you received for that assignment to see any Instructor Feedback or to obtain files that may have returned.
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Finding Your Feedback

Finding you Feedback

Where you find your feedback depends on what type of assessment you have submitted. This guide describes how to get your feedback through Blackboard and Turnitin(via Blackboard). Official grades are always uploaded to OASIS.

Online feedback from Turnitin – Grademark

Viewing marked coursework
  1. Go back to the place in the Blackboard Module where you submitted your work e.g. within ‘Module Assessment’ or ‘Submit your coursework here’ link
  2. To view marked coursework, click on the blue View button next to the assignment. The viewer will open in a separate browser window where you can view or print the feedback information. 


Your feedback will not be available until the post date. This is the date your tutor has set to release feedback to students. You will be able to click on the view button prior to this date but only your originality report will be visible. To the right of the view button is an arrow button which will allow you to download your paper or digital receipt.

GradeMark feedback

  1. The top viewer frame shows the title and author, the similarity index and the grade. Note: the software only accepts whole numbers – if you see zero as your score check the text comments, and the ‘My Grades’ area of Blackboard and OASIS first before querying it.
  2. The main frame of the viewer shows the full content of your submitted coursework, as well as feedback marks made by your tutors. ‌
  3. The GradeMark right hand sidebar- displays the overall general comments, a comment/mark list and rubric marking scheme information (if used) can be view by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

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There are five ways tutors can give you feedback in this system
  1. Comments - a comment is equivalent to the note a tutor would write in the margins of a paper and will show as a speech bubble on your work. Hovering your mouse over the bubble will allow it to expand so you can read the full comment.
  2. Text typed directly on your work - These marks will generally be in a different colour and in in italics so you can identify them on your work.
  3. General comment - An overall summary in the right hand sidebar.
  4. Rubrics – A marking scheme is sometimes available and if used can be seen by clicking on the icon located at the bottom of the right-hand sidebar
  5. Audio Summary – up to 3mins of audio can be recorded if desired by your tutor
Note: Your tutor can tell if you haven’t read your feedback.

Finding feedback on other assessments in Blackboard

You may have assessments in Blackboard that require you to take a test or participate in a discussion forum, wiki or blog.

‌You can see the feedback for these assessments by clicking on the links within ‘My Grades’.

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The comment bubble indicates there is a feedback summary written for you. Click on the bubble to see the comments. Under the item title you can see what type of assessment it was e.g. a Test or Assignment.


Online Feedback FAQs

Q. I didn’t get a digital receipt when submitting to Turnitin?
A. You will always receive an email of your digital receipt from Turnitin. If you are positive that you submitted your assignment you need to provide your tutor with your digital receipt. This can be located by going back to the Turnitin assignment, clicking on View/Complete and then clicking on the download button within the class homepage.
Q. I submitted the wrong paper, what do I do?
A. Prior to the due date you should be able to resubmit. Do inform your tutor if you are unable to resubmit. If your tutor is unavailable
Q. I can only see comments on my work and no grade
A. Access the coursework submission link – your tutor may have added the grade into a summary comment on your feedback report. Official grades will always be added to OASIS as well
Q. The View button is greyed out when I go to check my Turnitin feedback
A. Feedback will only be released after the post date.
Q. Where can I find the ‘My Grades’ section of Blackboard?
A. My Grades can be found on the My Blackboard tab when you log onto Blackboard, from the global navigation menu (top right of screen near your login name) or via a tool link within your module. Note: tutors need to set-up the latter of these three options.
Q. How can I get an alternative format of my feedback?
A. You can download your feedback yourself to convert to other formats. You can seek assistance with this from your tutor or SEZ.

Blackboard/Turnitin Videos

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