Hand-in

For studies modules, all work is submitted online - for assignments such as essays, this usually means that work is submitted to Turnitin via Blackboard (MOLE). Other types of assignments such as portfolios may be submitted either via a Blackboard (MOLE) or Pebblepad.

For language modules, work may be submitted on paper or online via Blackboard (MOLE) or Pebblepad, depending on the assignment

Check module outlines carefully for guidance on hand-in procedures.

Deadlines

Submission deadlines are set by Module Organisers at the beginning of the semester. Dates and specific time for assessed work should be stated clearly on the Module Outline, available through Blackboard (MOLE).

If you are unsure about when to submit work, please check the module outline, before contacting the Module Organiser.

Late Penalties

Work submitted late in the absence of special circumstances will be penalized at a rate of 5% of the mark on merit up until 5 working days after the submission date, and awarded a mark of zero thereafter.

You can find further information on how penalties are applied here.

Deadline Difficulties

Extensions cannot be granted by Module Organisers. If you are unable for good reasons to submit assessed work on time you may request an extension - full details on how to do this can be found here.

Turnitin

ONE file upload, including your assignment and the standard coversheet must be submitted. Module Organisers will explain the procedures for Turnitin in the module outline. If the upload is successful, you will receive an on-screen digital receipt - this is your proof of submission, so keep it safe! If this does not appear then repeat the Turnitin process again.
It is important that work be submitted correctly to Turnitin, and work that is not submitted to the right place and in the right form will be penalised.

  • Work that does not include the required cover sheet with plagiarism declaration will be subject to a penalty of 5% of the mark on merit.
  • If you submit the wrong assignment we allow you to resubmit. However, if you resubmit three times you will have to wait 24 hours before receiving a similarity report for any subsequent submissions.
  • Work that does not appear in Turnitin at all will be deemed not submitted. The assignment will receive a mark of zero and this may result in a module grade of NC (Not Completed). It is essential that you check carefully that work has been uploaded successfully before closing the assignment, and keep a copy of all digital receipts for assessed work.

Please use either the Chrome or Firefox browser to submit. Do not use Safari. See known issues here. Very occasionally, we receive reports from IT Services of problems that result in difficulties uploading to work to Turnitin. If these occur over an assignment deadline, they will be taken into account when finalising marks and applying late penalties. You should be aware, though, that the system may work slowly at other times and should take this into account when planning submission of work.

Essays must be double-spaced or 1.5-spaced, with 2.5cm margins and at least 11 point font size; pages must be numbered; a word count must be provided.

A Cover Sheet giving your registration number and assignment details plus a declaration stating that there has been no plagiarism must be included with your assignment. Copies of the Cover Sheet are available to download on the right-hand side of this page

You can find further information on how to submit and download feedback from Turnitin here.

Blackboard

Blackboard – upload your file(s) and put your registration number (as shown on your Ucard) into the submission title. More information on submitting via Blackboard here.

Where two files are submitted, these must be uploaded at the same time, not one after the other. You can resubmit your work up to the deadline and the last submission will be the one that is marked. Module Organisers will explain the procedures for Blackboard based assessments in the module outline. You will receive an email to confirm submission. The submission receipt can also be found in My Grades beneath 'Submitted'.

  • Work that does not include the required cover sheet with plagiarism declaration will be subject to a penalty of 5% of the mark on merit.
  • You can resubmit as long as it is before the deadline. The last submission is the one that is marked.
  • Work that does not appear at all in Blackboard will be deemed not submitted.

A Cover Sheet giving your registration number and assignment details plus a declaration stating that there has been no plagiarism must be included with your assignment (attach as a separate file to your Blackboard submission). Copies of the Cover Sheet are available to download on the right-hand side of this page.

Very occasionally, we receive reports from IT Services of problems that result in difficulties uploading to work to Turnitin. If these occur over an assignment deadline, they will be taken into account when finalising marks and applying late penalties. You should be aware, though, that the system may work slowly at other times and should take this into account when planning submission of work.

If you've been asked to submit a video via Kaltura to Blackboard please see the following video guide.

Pebblepad

More guidance on using Pebblepad is available here. Guidance on submitting your work is here.

  • Work should be submitted manually through Pebblepad for feedback. Saving the workbook does not mean it is submitted. See this guide for detailed instructions.
  • You can resubmit up to the deadline. The last submission is the one that is marked.
  • Work that does not appear at all in Pebblepad will be deemed not submitted.

There will be space in your ePortfolio or workbook for you to digitally sign a declaration stating that there has been no plagiarism and state if you are eligible for the DDSS 'yellow sticker' support scheme.

Pebblepad FAQs

Other Assessments

Your module may use other tools for shorter assessments such as Blackboard Blogs or Journals. In these cases, see the module outline or Blackboard module for more detailed instruction regarding submission and how they will be assessed.

Further help:

Blogs

Journals

What to do in the event of a problem

If you experience any technical problems submitting your work, please email seas@sheffield.ac.uk.

Anonymity

Anonymous marking is the University system whereby the work you submit for any assessment is marked without the marker knowing your identity.

The University of Sheffield uses anonymous marking, wherever possible, for all assessed work. In SEAS, this is used for all major assignments. Some smaller pieces of work may be identified by name.

It is recognised that anonymous marking cannot take place under certain circumstances, for example, where the nature of the work involves contact between the student and the examiner as part of the assessment (for example, with an in-class presentation) and that, in some cases, an examiner’s familiarity with the content of the work (usually a specific topic identified by an individual student or group) may make anonymity more difficult. Assignment that can not be marked anonymously - such as presentations - will not normally be worth more than 20% of the module grade.

For essays, dissertations and other major assignments, you should ensure that you only put your registration number (as shown on your UCard) on the coursework itself and in the filename and submission name.