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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.

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

Usually you will submit your work through Canvas. In some cases, you may need to submit a hard-copy version or follow a different procedure outlined by your unit of study coordinator.


In Canvas, you can submit assignments that require Turnitin, as well as those that don't require it.

You can find information on how to submit your assignment in the Student Canvas Guide, available in Canvas.

Digital receipt

For Turnitin submissions, we recommend you download and save a copy of the digital receipt as proof you have submitted your work. Canvas will not automatically email you a digital receipt.

File constraints

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.

Turnitin files

Files submitted through Turnitin can be up to 40MB. 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).

Trouble uploading your document

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.

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