Assignment submission

Blackboard assignments are a Learn.UQ assignment submission tool that allows the attaching/linking of multiple files, including Excel and media file types. This is a separate system from Turnitin, Turnitin assignments are an electronic assignment submission tool that helps ensure students are unable to plagiarise published works or the work of other students.

Turnitin is a software tool that has functions for online student assignment submission, text matching, online marking and peer marking. Turnitin helps guarantee high quality, original, academic work by ensuring that lecturers can gauge a student’s understanding of academic writing, referencing and citation. Turnitin helps ensure that students are unable to plagiarise published works or the work of other students.

Turnitin provides you with:

  • a record of the exact submission time of your assignment
  • an originality report indicating the percentage of your work that is an exact match of existing materials within the Turnitin database
  • feedback on submission

For more information on assessments see the Learn.UQ assessment guide.


What file types can I upload?

If an assignment is set to allow any file type, Turnitin will accept any file:

  • that is less than 40mb
  • that has a minimum of 20 words
  • that is less than 400 pages

File types that can be checked for similarity:

  • Microsoft Word (.doc and .docx)
  • OpenOffice Text (.odt)
  • Plain text (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx and .ppts)
  • Microsoft Excel (.xls and .xlsx)

Can I use TurnItIn to just check for plagiarism?

The only way to obtain an originality report is to submit your assignment. TurnItIn works this way so that students cannot plagiarise each other.

In some cases your instructor will allow assignment resubmissions. In this case, you are able to view your TurnItIn originality report and then revise and resubmit the assignment. If you did not submit a revised version of the assignment your instructor would mark the version they had received.

What happens to my paper after I have submitted it?

All papers submitted to Turnitin will be automatically text matched with web based documents and other submitted papers contained in Turnitin’s large databases. After this process has occurred, a digital copy of the assessment will be securely stored in the Turnitin database. Your assessment in its entirety cannot be viewed by anybody except the student, the educator and authorised ACAP staff. Turnitin applies state of the art technology to protect student privacy and copyright, and complies with Australian and international privacy and copyright laws. For more information on privacy and copyright within Turnitin, please visit their Privacy and Security Terms of Service. Below are two key statements from the terms of service in relation to Intellectual Property and Copyright:

"If you are a student submitting a paper for review in connection with a class you are taking, know that you retain copyright ownership; the content of your paper is used solely for the purpose of performing educational services."

"You will at all times retain 100% ownership of your intellectual property rights. Turnitin does not ever assert or claim copyright ownership of any works submitted to or through our service. Your property is YOUR property. We do not, and will not, use your intellectual property for any purpose other than to deliver, support, and develop our services, which are designed to protect and strengthen your copyright."