Your guide to submitting your assignment

You’ve just finished your assignment that you totally didn’t start the night before. Because procrastinating is bad, right? Right.

All that’s left now is the easy part: submitting your assignment online.

How to submit

At Griffith, all assignment submission is online (yep, no need to come into the library, you can stay right there on your computer chair/bed, in your PJs).

Simply head to Learning@Griffith, load up your course site and locate the submission point (you’ll find it under the relevant Assessment folder in the left hand menu).

While the method of submission depends on what your course convener has chosen, the main two essay submission assessment tools used at Griffith are Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool (this includes SafeAssign).

They’re as easy to use as Ryan Gosling is easy to look at–simply follow the prompts on the page. However if you need a little bit more help, you can find further information on these tools via the guides below:

The Assessment Submission and Return Procedures Policy states that for assessment tasks submitted electronically ‘the student is responsible for the files being able to be opened and viewed’. So once you’ve clicked the Submit button, it’s important to check your assessment has been uploaded correctly and that you submitted the correct file. It’s best to do this straight away, because sometimes the Submission Point may get closed later, after the due date for example. To do so:

  1.  1. In Turnitin, after you see the digital receipt popup window (and have printed/saved a copy), open the file to check it. From your Submission Inbox you can either click on the title of your file or on the pencil icon. Check that your file uploaded properly.
  2. 2. In the Blackboard Assignment, after you see the successful submission message at the top of the page, you will now be able to see the file you have submitted onscreen–take this chance to see that the file is present, and can be read (if it is a text file).

Get your digital receipt!

Once you’ve submitted your assignment, we really recommend you get a digital receipt.

Sometimes there may be glitches, so it’s best to ensure you have solid proof that yes, you did submit your assignment.

In Turnitin, when you have submitted successfully you will see a digital receipt appear in a popup window. It is a great idea to print and/or save a copy of this receipt.

In the Blackboard Assignment tool, when you submit successfully you will receive a ‘Submission received’ email. You can also check under the Submitted tab in your My Marks area to see submission receipts for any assignments submitted via this tool.

Further help

If you do encounter any issues during the submission process (or post submission), you can easily access the Support Centre by clicking the little red tag with ? at the top right of your screen, or contact the IT Service Centre (contact details at the bottom of the page) for further assistance.

Library hours for the ANZAC Day public holiday

It’s ANZAC Day on Wednesday! Celebrated on 25 April each year, the public holiday commemorates ‘all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service’ (Australian War Memorial).

Library opening hours have changed for ANZAC Day, so be sure to check the library opening hours for your campus library before you come to visit:

  Wednesday 25 April
Gold Coast  12 pm – 5 pm
Logan  12 pm – 5 pm
Mt Gravatt  12 pm – 5 pm
Nathan  12 pm – 5 pm
QCA  Closed
QCGU  1 pm – 5 pm

Take a break, take a walk: Nature walks around Griffith Uni

Whether you need to take a quick study break, or want some fun weekend activities that won’t hurt your uni student budget, a nature walk is a great way to get outdoors, clear your mind and enjoy yourself. Plus, you can totally justify your late-night Nutella consumption, ‘cause you spent your day being active, right?

Take a look at our suggestions below for some nature walking inspo:

Nathan & Mt Gravatt

Both these campuses are literally in a forest. Toohey Forest. Like that meme ‘I went to Australia and our university was in a forest’? Surely she was talking about Nathan campus!

There are myriad bush walks throughout Toohey Forest, and many start from various points surrounding our Nathan and Mt Gravatt campuses. So. Convenient.

Find a comprehensive map here.

Gold Coast

Did you know there are actually a bunch of creeks around Gold Coast campus? Walk along the streams of Biggera Creek which runs through Ballybunion Park and Keith Hunt Park, or check out Loders Creek from Southport Reserve, Sungold Reserve and Black Stump Park.

South Bank

You lucky ducks! Your campus is nestled away in the South Bank Parklands. Take a stroll through the tranquil settings, or possibly visit the Nepal Peace Pagoda and practice some quiet mindfulness. When the weather heats up again, you could even dip your feet in the water at Streets Beach.

If you’re feeling like a bit more of an adventure, hop across the Goodwill Bridge and relax in the City Botanic Gardens. Find a list of suggested self-guided walks here.


The entire campus itself is great for an escape. Why not explore the meadow-ey grounds, or take a walk to Lake Ellerslie at the entrance on University Drive?

If you feel like going for a short drive, Riverdale Park and Slacks Creek Environmental Park are only minutes away.

24/7 study labs on campus

With it getting to the pointy end of trimester, you’re probably relating a little too much to the classic study/social life/sleep Venn diagram.

Now, while we’re hoping you’ve heeded our advice and employed exemplary time management skills throughout this trimester, meaning you won’t require any crazy last-minute cramming to finish assignments on time, let’s be real.

If you’ve left you’re assignment just a little too late (or maybe you simply find you do your best work at 3 am, or suffer from debilitating insomnia and want to put your time to more productive use than laying in bed contemplating the Earth’s existence), don’t fret! We have computer labs open 24 hours at every campus! Just check the table below for your closest 24/7 lab (you can visit any campus, btw).

You can find a comprehensive list of our computer lab locations here, as well as information on printing facilities and numbers of computers available.

 Nathan Gold Coast South Bank Logan Mt Gravatt

Patience Thoms (N06) 0.01

Clinical Sciences 1 (G02) 1.26 Webb Centre (S02) 3.03 Academic 1 (L05) 2.32

Psychology (M24) 3.32

Science Link (N65) 1.01

Learning Commons (G11) 2.50

Arts and Education 1 (G30) 2.03

How to think critically

With the prevalence of ‘fake news‘ and the rise of ‘citizen journalism‘, the ability to think critically about the information you take in or believe has become incredibly important.

Critical thinking refers to thoughtfully reasoned consideration. E.g. ‘Do I believe this article from the Beetota Advocate to be true? Maybe it’s fake news?’

Besides applying it to everyday life (particularly when scrolling your social feeds), you will need to think critically when reading, note taking, doing assignments, preparing for exams, organising your time, and attending lectures and tutorials.

Critical thinking involves seven steps. Let’s say, for example, you had to make a decision about which university to attend. You would ultimately do the following:

1. Analyse and interpret the question
E.g. Ask: ‘Which university should I attend?’

2. Immerse yourself in the topic
E.g. Seek information about different universities.

3. Ask questions
E.g. Ask questions about University services, programs of study, and potential career paths.

4. Make links
E.g. Make a link between Griffith University and its impact on a future career in education.

5. Understand the different perspectives
E.g. Synthesise information from a range of sources, such as University open days; guidance counsellors; current students; and professionals in the field.

6. Understand the theoretical frameworks
E.g. Familiarise yourself with terminology and concepts relevant to universities, such as undergrad, postgrad, entry requirementsand pre-requisites.

7. Develop a position and arguments to support it
E.g. Make an informed decision about which university to attend. It was Griffith University, right?

– Extract from Study Smart –

What’s World Malaria Day?

Humans have had to face some crummy ailments and diseases: the plague, polio, the feeling of utter exhaustion after a Red Bull-fuelled all-nighter. While the latter may be most prominent within our student cohort, Malaria is a pretty big issue worldwide.

Did you know that more than 1,000 children die of malaria every day? In fact, in 2016 alone 445,000 people died of the disease worldwide.

Next Wednesday (25 April) is World Malaria Day, a recognition of the ongoing global fight towards the prevention and ultimate elimination of malaria.

Currently, there are only limited drugs available to prevent malaria (Red Bull can’t help with this one!), with parasite drug resistance being an increasingly serious issue.

Researchers at the Griffith Research Institute for Drug Discovery are working hard to develop new and innovative drugs to prevent and treat this devastating disease. In 2017 our fight towards a cure edged a little closer after human clinical trials of a malaria vaccine developed by Griffith’s Institute for Glycomics were a success.

In the lead up to World Malaria Day, you can check out some of Griffith’s recent and influential malaria-related articles available in Griffith Research Online, and find more articles in the repository.

You can borrow books from other uni libraries for free – Bonus!

Did you know you can borrow books from other university libraries for free? You don’t have to join their library, and you certainly don’t have to pay a membership fee.

How is this possible you ask? Well, Griffith University is part of the BONUS+ initiative, formed by multiple universities around Australia and New Zealand. Other participating university libraries include Victoria University, the University of Sydney, Australian National University and many more!

If the book you need is not held at any of our Griffith University Libraries or is out on loan, you can request it online from another BONUS+ library, and they’ll pick it off their shelves and mail it over to your selected Griffith library ready for you to collect!

So how do you request an item? It’s simple!

  • Search the library catalogue.
  • Click the Menu icon (it’s three horizontal lines at the top right).
  • Select Can’t find that book? BONUS+ (look for the little green button!).
  • Search for the book you want in the BONUS+ catalogue.
  • Select Request this item if the book is available at a BONUS+ library.
  • Select the campus you’d like to collect the book from under Pickup location.
  • Click Submit.