This guide will walk you through the process of setting up a Turnitin Assignment for the submission of text based assignments (i.e. PDF, Word and PowerPoint files).

Similarity Report

A Similarity Report can be produced and highlights any text in a student’s assignment that matches sources in the Turnitin database, including web content, previously submitted assignment and subscription-based journals and publications.

Multiple file submissions and group assignments

Turnitin only allows the submission of one file. Turnitin also does not allow the submission of group assignments, consider using the Blackboard Assignment tool for group assignments that do not require a Similarity Report.

In case a group assignment where the Similarity report is required one member of the group will need to submit on behalf of all group members and marks will need to be manually entered for non-submitting group members. Refer to the Assessment tools guide.

Draft submissions

UQ Assessment policy states that students must have the opportunity to submit a draft assignment to Turnitin prior to submission of the final assignment. To comply with the policy, it is recommended that the setting Generate Similarity Reports for student submission should be set to Generate reports immediately (students can resubmit until a due date): After 3 resubmissions reports generate after 24 hours. Note, with one submission link it is not technically possible to limit the students to only one draft submission.

If it is required to limit students to one draft submission only, you will need to set up two Turnitin submission links: one for the draft and one for the final submission. Note, you will need to provide clear instructions to the students as two links may cause confusion.

2. Creating the Turnitin assignment submission

  1. Click on the Build Content button.
  2. Select Turnitin from the drop-down list.

turnitin link

  1.  The following screen will be displayed.

create turnitin assignment

  1. Enter the Assignment title in the Title textbox.

Note: This should match the title of the assessment task in the ECP.

  1. Enter Assignment instructions in the Instructions textbox, such as "Click on the link above to submit your assignment".

Note: The text displayed is difficult to see (small font and grey) and it is recommend that you create an item with instructions for students regarding assignment submission and links to all relevant documents such as the assignment question and marking scheme (if it is not online).

sample assignment

  1. Enter the Mark the assessment is out of in the Max Grade textbox. Refer to the Marks / Rubrics / Grading form overview guide for information on options. 
  2. Select the Start Date by using the Date Selection Calendar.
  3.  Set the time in the Start Date box manually.

Note: Students are only able to submit assignments after the Start date has passed.

  1. Select the Due Date by using the Date Selection Calendar.
  2. Set the time in the Due Date box manually.

Please refer to UQ Assessment policy section 3.3.

Note: Students are blocked from submitting assignment after the Due date/time unless late assignment submission is enabled.

  1. Select the Feedback Release Date  (when marked assignments and grades are available to students in Turnitin) by using the Date Selection Calendar and set the time in the same box manually..

Tip: Initially set well after the due date to allow for marking time and to cater for extensions. Set yourself a reminder to change the Feedback Release Date in your calendar for when you think you will have completed the marking.

setting date and time