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This guidance contains all the settings. Please refer staff to the Assignment Quickstart guides.


Once one or more students have submitted an assignment; do not change any of the assignment settings, as to do so can cause student submissions to be hidden and unavailable for marking.


When using group assignments it is recommended that groupings are set up in addition to groups. This is because group submissions can disappear if groups are used and a student is in one group and is subsequently added to another group.

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Groups and Groupings

Before setting up your assignment make sure that you have your groups and groupings set up ready to be attached to the activity. Please see the guidance on groups and groupings for further information. If you have more than one set of groups within your module i.e students from two different groups, or if students will submit on behalf of a group, then you will need to set up groupings in addition to groups.  

Create a Group Assignment Submission Area


Select assignment

Turn editing on.

Select the section you would like to add an assignment in and choose Add an activity or resource. Select Assignment from the Activity list and click Add.

In the Adding a new Assignment window, work through these settings, considering each in turn and identifying what would be appropriate for your assignment. Guidance on each setting that you might need to change is shown below.

General Settings

Setting NameDescription
Assignment NameWrite a meaningful Assignment name.
DescriptionProvide clear instructions to your students about the assignment. Note you can use the Editor to add links to assignment documents (such as a coversheet or guidance for students uploading their submissions).
Display description on Course pageIf ticked, the above Description will be displayed under the assignment link on the module page. If left un-ticked, the description will be displayed only when the assignment page is selected.
Additional Files

Additional files for use in the assignment, such as example submissions or answer templates, may be added. Download links for the files will then be displayed on the assignment page under the description. Note: Even where Display description on Course page is ticked, the file only displays under the description when the assignment page is selected. The file is not displayed under the assignment link on the module page.

Availability settings

  • We recommend that assignment deadlines are set between 9-5 Monday-Friday to ensure educational technology, technology and course office support is available for students who experience problems submitting assignments.
  • All assignment submission areas with deadlines should be clearly visible to students from the start date of the module. Assessment criteria should also be available to students from Moodle.
  • If you do not need to provide your students with extra time to submit, we recommend you set the Cut-off-date to the Due date. If no Cut-off date is set, students who click on their assignment to review their submission are marked as late even if they make no changes to their assignment submission.

Setting NameDescription


availability settings

Allow submissions from allows you to set the date when students will be able to submit to the submission area. Tick the Enable box to set the date.

Due Date - Tick the Enable box to set the Due date for the assignment. Set the date and time when the students are expected to submit their assignment.

Cut-Off date - If you wish to provide your students with extra time to submit, tick the Enable box to set a Cut-off date. Any submissions added after the due date will be marked as late. Submissions will not be allowed after the cut-off date. Add the cut off date within the description so that students are aware of the cut-off date since this will not display to students automatically on the submission page.

If you do not need to provide your students with extra time to submit, we recommend you set the Cut-off-date to the Due date. If no Cut-off date is set, students who click on their assignment to review their submission are marked as late even if they make no changes to their assignment submission.

Remind me to grade by - The date you must complete marking. It is automatically set to two weeks from the day you create the assignment. Update to the correct date. This will appear as an upcoming event event on your My Moodle page.

Always show descriptionThis is checked by default. If unchecked, the Assignment Description will only become visible to students at the Allow submissions from date..

Submission types settings

Setting NameDescription
Submission typesSelect the type of assignment: File submissions (i.e. students upload a written assignment in word, PDF) or Online text students are able to type rich text directly into an editor field for their submission.  Markers can comment on, and edit directly, students' online text assignments.

Word limit

If online text submissions are used, this is the maximum number of words that each student will be allowed to submit. Tick the Enable box to set a word limit.
Maximum number of uploaded filesSet the Maximum number of uploaded files as required by the assignment. Please note, this is also the maximum number of feedback files that you can attach to each individual student when providing feedback. For example, if you want a student to submit 1 file but want to upload 2 feedback files then select 3 files. Remember to advise the student on how many files they should submit in the assignment instructions.
Maximum submission sizeThis setting defaults to the maximum upload limit for Moodle of 200MB.
Accepted file typesAccepted file types can be restricted by entering a semicolon-separated list of types, for example 'video/mp4; audio/mp3; image/png; image/jpeg'. You may also limit to extensions by including the dot, for example '.png; .jpg' If the field is left empty, then all file types are allowed.

Feedback types settings

Setting NameDetails
Feedback types

Under the Feedback types you can select how you want to manage your feedback. All three options are checked by default and we recommend not changing this option.

  • Feedback comment. The lecturer can leave feedback comments for each submission.

  • Offline grading worksheet. This setting enables the lecturer to download a worksheet with fields to add in grades offline. When online, the lecturer can upload the worksheet to the Moodle assignment to quickly populate student grades (and feedback comments where enabled).
  • Feedback files. This means that the lecturer will be able to upload files with feedback when marking the assignments. These files may be, but are not limited to marked up student submissions, documents with comments or spoken audio feedback.

Comment inline

If enabled, this setting allows the submission text to be copied into the feedback comment field during grading, making it easier to comment inline (using a different colour, perhaps) or to edit the original text.

Submission settings

Setting NameDescription
Require students click submit button


We strongly recommend that you do not change this setting from the default of 'No' as this can cause problems for students submitting. If set to 'Yes', students will have to click a Submit button to declare their submission as final. If they forget to click the Submit button prior to the deadline then their submission will show as late.

If a student clicks the Submit button prior to deadline, and wants to update their assignment submission, manual intervention is required. The student will need to contact the lecturer or course officer who can manually revert the assignment back to draft for the student to submit an updated version.

Require that students accept the submission statement

The setting Require that students accept the submission statement will be enabled by default on assignments. Please do not change this setting as it is important that students understand what is required of them in regards to academic integrity prior to submitting an assignment. 

Attempts reopened 


This setting allows you to specify how assignment attempts are reopened for students who fail at first attempt. You can amend this setting after marking if some students require a second attempt to submit.

The options available are:

  • Never (assignment does not allow multiple attempts),
  • Manually (Lecturer reopens the assignment for the student), or
  • Automatically until pass (Assignment automatically reopens until student reaches passing grade that has been set by the Lecturer in the Grades).
Maximum attemptsThis setting allows you to specify how many attempts students can have to submit to the assignment. To enable a resubmission, this needs to be set to at least 2.

Group assignment submission settings


Setting NameDescription

Group assignment submission settings

group assignment submission settings

Students submit in groups
To set up a Group assignment set Students submit in groups to Yes. When group assignment is enabled each student group submits one or more common files. Only one student needs to submit files per group. Students within a group can remove and upload files and add extra files depending on the Maximum number of files setting.

Require all group members submit

This setting will only be enabled if you have ticked the Require students click submit button earlier.

If set to No (default):

  • All members of the group have the ability to submit a file on behalf of the group.
  • All group members can replace the submitted file with a new one at any point up to the assignment deadline. 
  • Once the submission deadline is passed the submitted file is automatically assumed to have been agreed as the final one by each of the group members.

If set to Yes:

  • All members of the group have the ability to submit a file on behalf of the group.
  • Each group member must click the Submit assignment button to confirm that this is the final version of the assignment as agreed with the group.
  • Once a group member has clicked Submit assignment, they cannot change their mind and replace the submitted file with any other file even if the assignment deadline has not yet been reached.
  • Group members who have not clicked Submit assignment can replace the submitted file with a new file. If the last member of the group to submit, changes the file submission and clicks Submit assignment, other members of the group will not be able to change it. The group will need to contact the lecturer or course officer to revert the assignment to Draft (see additional note below).

  • The assignment is not deemed to be submitted until each of the group members has clicked the Submit assignment button.
  • When one student has submitted, the other members of the group will be able to see who still has to submit.

titleClick for more information on reverting an assignment to Draft status when 'Require all group members submit' is set to Yes

If the assignment is reverted to draft after it has been submitted, the submission status for each student in the group will revert to Draft but it is only the student whose record the lecturer clicked on in the grading action screen to revert the submission who needs to re-submit. The other students will have a Draft status but they will not be included in the list of students who need to submit. If the lecturer then reverts more students in the group, the status for all students in the group will still be Draft but only students whose submission status was clicked to revert the submission will need to re-submit, and not the others in the group. When all those students who need to re-submit have re-submitted, the status of the assignment in the gradebook will be displayed as Submitted for all members of the group.

Grouping for student groups
If students are in more than one group on the module, or may be added to another group later, you will need to select the relevant grouping to manage the group assignment.

For example, James Jones is in Project Group A and Lisa's Personal Tutor Group on your module. If you don't create an assignment grouping, James will have the option of submitting an assignment to two separate groups, Project Group A and Lisa's Personal Tutor Group.

Notifications settings

Setting NameDescription
Notify graders about submissionsIf set to Yes all lecturer roles will receive an email every time a student submits to the submission area.
Notify graders about late submissionsIf set to Yes all lecturer roles will receive an email every time a students adds a late submission to the submission area (after the due date).
Default setting for "Notify Students" This is a field that controls when to notify students of their feedback. The default setting is Yes. Do not change this default to ensure that students receive a notification once their feedback is available which is controlled by making the assignment grade item visible.

Turnitin plugin plagiarism settings


Originality reports are generated when Turnitin is enabled. However, you will need to use Moodle to provide grades and feedback for the group assignment as Turnitin does not support group marking. Additionally you would not be able to control the post date via the Moodle assignment so if GradeMark were used, there would be a risk of feedback being released to students before it is ready or not being visible to students after feedback being released.

You need to Enable Turnitin prior to students submitting their assignments for originality reports to generate. You cannot Enable Turnitin after students have started to submit their assignments.


Before you enable Turnitin in your Moodle assignment have a look at the Accepted file types to ensure your assignment requirements are met.


Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word™ (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect®
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript®
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint (PPT, PPTX, and PPS) (Unable to generate an Originality Report )
  • Hangul (HWP)

For assignments that accept any file types the following image file types can be displayed and rendered in GradeMark, but will not generate an Originality Report:

  • JPEG
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • TIFF
  • BMP
  • PICT

Non-supported file types

  • Microsoft® Works (.wps) file types.
  • Apple Pages file types.
  • Spreadsheets created outside of Microsoft Excel (i.e. .ods).
  • GDOC files (.gdoc) which are just links to online Google Document files, but don't actually contain text or the document's content. Google Drive must be used to upload Google Docs.
  • Microsoft Word 2007 macros-enabled (.docm) files.

All other file types that are not one of file formats listed above will be accepted by Turnitin when the setting for Allow submission of any file type is set to Yes, but the file may not be displayed in GradeMark. When files cannot be displayed in GradeMark, Lecturers and Tutors are still able to download the original files.

  • The file size may not exceed 40MB. 
  • Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.
  • Files must contain at least 21 words of text.
  • PDF documents must contain text to generate an originality report. PDF files containing only images of text will be rejected during the upload attempt if the setting Allow submission of any file type is set to No and, if set to Yes, will not generate an originality report

Setting nameDescription
Enable TurnitinSet to Yes to generate an originality report
Display Originality Reports to StudentsDefault is No. This setting allows you to display Turnitin originality reports to student users. If set to Yes the originality report generated by Turnitin is available for the student to view. Showing students their originality reports and teaching them how to interpret them can be part of a learning activity about plagiarism and academic writing.
Allow submission of any file typeThis setting will allow any file type to be submitted. With this option set to Yes, submissions will be checked for originality where possible. Submissions will be available for download. Please note that not all file types will generate an originality report.

The default setting is Standard Repository. If No Repository is chosen, the student papers will be checked against the Turnitin Databases but will not be submitted to the Database.

If you are using Turnitin for formative assessment or have confidential project assignments you might not want the papers to be stored in the repository so that a formative draft does not show up as a copy for the summative submission so you can select No Repository.

  • Check against stored student papers
  • Check against internet
  • Check against journals, periodicals and publications
Leave each of these settings on the default Yes to ensure a valid originality report is generated.
Report Generation Speed

We recommend that this remains as the default option: Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until the due date). This enables reports to be generated immediately and for staff to identify if there are any issues with the generation of reports. It also ensures that students can resubmit updates to their assignments until the due date.  Originality Reports for the second or subsequent submission will require a 24 hour delay before the Originality Report begins processing. Only the latest submission is available to the lecturer or student. Previous versions are removed.

Student submissions will compare against one another within the assignment on the due date and time, which may result in a change in the Originality Report similarity index and results at the due date and time

The other options available are:

  • Generate reports immediately, first report is final - Originality Reports for all submissions will be generated immediately. Students cannot resubmit papers. Submissions must be deleted by the instructor to enable resubmission.
  • Generate reports on due date - Originality Reports will not be generated for any submission until the due date and time of the assignment. Students may resubmit as many times as needed until the due date and time without receiving reports. Resubmissions may not be made after the due date and time of the assignment.

  • Exclude Bibliography
  • Exclude Quoted Material
  • Exclude Small Matches

You can select to exclude some parts of the assignment from the similarity check.

Exclude Bibliography: If set to Yes, excludes content underneath the words, references, bibliography.

Exclude Quoted Material: If set to Yes, excludes content enclosed between double quotation marks or content that is indented.

Exclude Small Matches: This can be set to Words or Percent and the number can be set in the empty text field below.

Attach a rubric to this assignment


We do not recommend use of Feedback Studio to mark Moodle assignments, so do not use this setting.

Grade settings

Setting NameDescription

Select the Grade type. The options are None, Scale or Point. If Scale is chosen, you can then choose a scale from the Scale drop-down options. If the Scale you want to use is already available in the drop-down list select the scale from the list. If you want to set up a custom scale, follow our guidance to Add a new scale. Example scales are:

  • Like Rating to set up a scale for students to indicate if they  'Like' forum posts.
  • Pass or fail to indicate if a student gains a pass or a fail.
  • Separate and Connected ways of knowing. Based on the theory of separate and connected knowing. More information can be found on the website.

If Point is chosen, you can enter the maximum grade available for this activity in the Maximum points field.

Grading method
  • Choose the Simple Direct Grading method for a standard grading option.
  • The Marking Record is an advanced grading method where a lecturer can enter a comment per criterion and a mark up to a maximum.
  • The Rubric is an advanced grading form used for criteria-based assessment. The rubric consists of a set of criteria. For each criterion, several descriptive levels are provided. A numerical grade is assigned to each of these levels. The rater chooses which level answers/describes the given criterion best. The raw rubric score is calculated as a sum of all criteria grades. The final grade is calculated by comparing the actual score with the worst/best possible score that could be received.
Grade CategoryThis determines where your assignment will sit within the grades area. You will need to set up the categories in the grades first. Please see the link to the grades guidance at the bottom of the page for more information on categories.
Grade to passThis setting determines the minimum grade required to pass. The value is used in activity and course completion, and in the gradebook, where pass grades are highlighted in green and fail grades in red.

Blind (Anonymous) marking


Due to the way that groups are managed in Moodle, it is not possible to have an anonymous group assignment as the group name displays in the assignment submission area. This means that lecturers who may have set up the groups can differentiate between the submissions or can go to the groups in Moodle to see the group members via Settings> > Module administration >> Users >> Groups.

Hide grader identity from students If enabled, the identity of any of any user who grades an assignment submission is not shown, so students can't see who marked their work. Note that this settings has no effect on the comments box on the grading page.
Use marking workflow


We recommend using Groups under Common module settings to facilitate multiple markers. This requires less manual intervention than the settings Use Marking workflow and Use marking allocation.

If this setting is set to Yes, marks will go through a series of workflow stages before being released to students. This allows for multiple rounds of marking and allows marks to be released to all students at the same time.

Use marking allocation  If enabled together with marking workflow, markers can be allocated to particular students.

hen When you are ready to save the assignment settings click on the Save and Display button to view the assignment submission area.