Assignment - Group

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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.

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