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.

Logan

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

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.

Hone your post-grad research skills

Are you a postgraduate student or Higher Degree Research (HDR) candidate? Wondering how to get the skills to achieve at University? The Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules are the resources you need!  

The online training modules will help you navigate your way through the research cycle. There are three sections: discover, manage and publish.  Each section will help you build your knowledge base and direct you to additional resources.

The Discover section is a ‘pre-flight check’ to help you focus on conducting independent research using Griffith University library resources. It will also teach you how to keep up-to-date in your field. You can get an overview on:

  • Research questions
  • How to find the literature you need
  • Authors and alerts
  • How to use the literature

Manage looks at best practices and tools for managing your information and research data. It includes tips on how to organise and manage your literature. Find sections on:

  • Organising your research
  • Research integrity
  • Managing research data
  • Being an author

Publish looks at networks and technologies to support collaboration with other researchers, find the best publishing outlets, measure research impact and discover opportunities for research funding. There’s info on:

  • How to get published
  • Collaborating
  • Scholarly impact
  • Obtaining funding

If you need further support, you can book a one-hour one-on-one session with a library specialist.  


Keep your writing on track with a storyboard

Have you ever spent ages researching, only to run out of time or lose sight of the overall picture by the time you are ready to write your assignment?

Could it be that your literature review has taken too long to finalise or your research has moved away from the core of the assignment question?

If you are collaborating with other students, maybe your group members have unknowingly moved their focus. You realise the deadline is looming and you need to present your supervisor or lecturer with a coherent ‘story’.

This is where storyboarding can be of assistance when used from the beginning of your work.

Storyboarding basically comprises laying out the structure of your assignment, before starting to write it. Doing this helps you to capture, organise and compile your thoughts and research, as well as structure your work, right from the beginning.

There are a variety of tools you can use to storyboard your writing.

Scrivener has a free trial and can be purchased for a cheaper subscription if you are a student or academic with an institutional affiliation.

For people who like sticky notes/corkboards,  the free Index Cards tool is available on Windows. A similar app called Index Card 4 is downloadable for a small fee on your iPhone and iPad. If you use both Mac OS and iOS devices, Index Card 4 can also sync projects with the Scrivener app for Mac, making it easy to capture ideas on your iPhone/iPad while on the run and sync them with your Mac computer later.

There are many more apps available. Have a look at this recent  teachthought blog post for a list of 11 storyboarding apps for writers.