It is important that Turnitin assignment settings should try to be consistent across your department. When students know what to expect, it reduces confusion and stress around deadlines. The streamlined procedure will limit the amount of technical problems, support requests and mitigating circumstances claims.

Business School staff are advised to use the following guidance – Business School – Creating Turnitin Assignments

Please note that this guidance has been updated in November 2021 to reflect the latest academic regulations. It represents a simplification of the Late Submission/ Mitigating Circumstances process to reduce the number of Turnitin boxes and requests for mitigating circumstances.

The main changes relate to an amendment to the Late Work penalty in the academic regulations. Without approved mitigating circumstances students may submit work up to 14 days late (no later) but will receive a penalty. Students with a Summary of Adjustments (SoA) which specifies they are awarded additional time to complete coursework assessments do not need to request an extension if they need more time to complete the work.

2 inboxes* are required for every term – autumn, spring, summer/resits.

Turnitin Box No1: Original Deadline ONE 
• Set up the inbox with the original deadline at 2pm for students who submit on time
• Please do not allow late submission

Student Outcomes 

• Students who submit on time and their work is marked.
• Students who have ongoing or unexpected mitigating circumstances can apply for an extension and submit to Deadline 2.
• Students with a Summary of Adjustment will be encouraged to submit to this box but can submit to Deadline 2 if they have additional time to complete their assessments specified in their SOA without having to apply for an extension for coursework (this does not apply to exams / tests).
• Students who have significant mitigating circumstance can apply for a deferral.


Students should be advised that if they have already submitted to Deadline 1 they cannot then re-submit to Deadline 2.


Turnitin Box No2: Deadline TWO (Mitigating circumstances/Late work)
• Set up the second inbox from 2pm on original submission date and it should close 14 calendar days later at 2pm
• Please do not allow late submission
• Once this box closes further coursework will not be marked and any further mitigating circumstances will be handled via the deferral process.

Student outcomes 

• Students with authorised additional time noted on their SOA – do not need to request an extension and their work is marked.
• Students who have submitted an Extension mitigating circumstance request which is approved. Their work is marked.
• Students who have missed the first deadline and have submitted work along with a Late Work mitigating circumstance request which is approved. Their work is marked.
• Students who submit work but miss the first deadline / do not have approved mitigating circumstance. Their work is marked but is capped at a bare pass (40).
• Once this box closes no further coursework would be marked.


*If any further Mitigating circumstances are approved after Deadline 2 Turnitin box closes they would have to be managed through the deferrals process.

Begin setting up your assignment

  • Click Turn editing onAdd a Turnitin link
  • Go to the Assessment section of the module for adding assessment information and assessment inboxes.
  • Click on the Add an activity or resource menu in the section
  • Select the Assignment (Turnitin Type) option

 

General

Turnitin assignment name: Give your assignment a name under 40 characters. Ensure you indicate the type of assessment e.g. Essay.

  • For standard assignments; title and due date e.g. Essay: 10/10/16 2pm
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; title and due date and (mit.circs) e.g. Coursework: (mit. circs)
  • For resit assignments; title, due date and (resits) e.g. Essay: 05/05/17 (resits)

Summary: If there are any special instructions for this assignment, fill them in here. Indicate how many files students need to upload (only one if you are setting up a one part inbox – see below) and refer them to their Turnitin Test Site on Moodle so they can practice uploading their submission. You should make students aware if they are submitting late without an authorised extension, their full grade will be given but this will be capped later when grades are confirmed. You should remind students that if they have official extensions then they should submit to the mitigating circumstances inbox.

For the mitigating circumstances inbox summary: If there are any special instructions for this assignment, fill them in here. Indicate how many files students need to upload (only one if you are setting up a one part inbox – see below) and refer them to their Turnitin Test Site on Moodle so they can practice uploading their submission. You should make students aware that if they have been given an extension, it is important that they submit the coursework by the stipulated date which has been given even if the inbox allows them to submit after that time. If they submit later than their authorised extension, their full grade will be given but this will be capped later when grades are confirmed.

Submission Type: File upload

Number of Parts: 1

This is the number of files students should submit. Students should submit one assignment as one file unless there are specific circumstances that require otherwise in which case you will need to add another part for each file. A grade needs to be added for each file/part if more than one file/part is selected. Each part will make up an overall percentage so if you are marking out of 100 then ensure you set up the marks for each part correctly e.g. Part 1 ⇒ 50 max marks and part 2 ⇒ 50 max marks. You must set up different assessment inboxes for different assignments.

Maximum File Size: Site upload limit (50MB). This limit is set by Turnitin.

Anonymous Marking: The University policy states that ‘Wherever it is practicable, assessment is conducted without any student’s name or personal identity being revealed to the marker(s).’

  • For standard assignments; Yes. Please see the policy information above to assist you in making an informed decision as to whether the assessment should be marked anonymously
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; Yes. Please see the policy information above to assist you in making an informed decision as to whether the assessment should be marked anonymously. Please be aware that some students may be submitting late and so may need to have their marks capped after their original grade has been revealed. We recommend highlighting this point in the inbox descriptions.

Please be aware the anonymous setting cannot be changed once it’s set, so if you need to know students’ identities to mark this work, set it to No and inform students in the Summary that this work is not anonymous. If it is set as anonymous then the students’ names will be revealed on the post date. In the event that an individuals name needs to be revealed it is possible to track down details before the post date.

Allow submission of any file type?: No

Display Originality Reports to Students: Yes

Grade Display: Choose to show grades as a fraction or percentage

Auto Refresh Grades/Scores: Yes, automatically refresh originality scores and grades

Set these values as assignment defaults: Check this box. Now when you set up other assignments, the values you’ve set above will be filled in automatically.

 Grade

Type: Point

Assignment Part 1

Name: We recommend adding in the assignment title again here as the default title (Part 1) can be a bit confusing to students unless there is more than 1 part.

Start date: This is when students will be able to start to submit their work, prior to this they will only be able to see the assignment info.

  • For standard assignments; This can be set to a date before the submission is due
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; This should be set to the due date of the standard assignment inbox from 2pm. This means that as soon as the standard assignment inbox closes, this one will open. It is essential this is done so that students who are submitting on time, do not submit into the mit. circs. inbox by mistake.

Due Date:

  • For standard assignments; Set to 2pm on the due date.
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; This should be set at 2pm, 2 weeks after the standard submission due date. Students with extensions will be sent details of their submission deadlines by the programme administrator.

Post date:

  • For standard assignments; This should be 16 working days from the due date. This is when the grades and feedback you have attached to the students assignments will become visible to students.
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; This should also be 16 working days after the due date of the mit circs inbox.

 

Originality report options

Allow Submissions after the Due Date:

  • For standard assignments; Yes
  • For mitigating circumstances assignments; No

Report Generation Speed: Generate reports immediately (resubmissions are allowed until due date). This option allows students to change their submission before the deadline.

Store Student Papers: Standard Repository

Check against stored student papers: Yes

Check against internet: Yes

Check against journals, periodicals and publications: Yes

Exclude Bibliography: No

Exclude Quoted Material: No

Exclude Small Matches: No

Using Turnitin in Moodle Assignment

Instead of creating a standalone Turnitin assignment, you can create a Moodle assignment and activate Turnitin within the assignment settings.

• Click Turn Editing on
• Go to the Assessment section of the module for adding assessment information and assessment inboxes.
• Click on the Add an activity or resource tab
• Select Assignment (Moodle Type) option

Fill in the required fields with the exclamation mark next to it.

Then navigate to the ‘Turnitin plagiarism plugin settings’ and choose ‘Yes’ to enable the use of Turnitin.

Grademark options incl. Rubrics and Grading Form

Attach a rubric or grading form to this assignment

You can choose to set up a Rubric or Grading form.

  • Quantitative rubric – used for numerical scoring. This type of rubric allows you to enter scale values and criteria percentages. The criteria percentages combined must equal 100% as each criterion represents a percentage of the student’s overall grade. The maximum grade value for this type of rubric will be the same as the highest scale value entered.
  • Qualitative rubric – used for providing feedback without the use of numerical scoring. The scale and criteria used for this type of rubric are more descriptive than measurable.
  • Custom rubric – can be modified to suit your grading needs. Descriptive scales and criteria can be entered while each rubric cell can be allocated its own point value as well as written feedback.
  • Grading form – used for providing feedback with or without the use of numerical scoring or scaled criteria. The criteria used is more descriptive than measurable and each criterion is standard as opposed to having scaled levels like in rubrics. Numerical scoring can be added for each individual criterion and these will be added together to create an overall grade.
Example of a quantitative rubric
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Example of a Grading form with marks enabled

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common module settings

Visible: Show.

You should never hide Turnitin assignments as it confuses students.

ID number: Leave this blank.

Group mode: No groups

Group mode can be used to split students into groups for marking purposes. Setting up groups for multiple markers.

Save your assignment inbox

Click Save and return to course.

Grading your assignments

Follow our guidance on grading your assignments in Turnitin