Assignment submission 101

After many Redbulls and late nights you have finally finished that assignment, proofread it a million times and ensured everything is referenced correctly. You’re ready to be done with it – but how do you 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 assessment tools used at Griffith are Turnitin and the Blackboard Assignment tool (this includes SafeAssign).

They’re as easy to use as Mi Goreng is to make – 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:

Once you’ve clicked that Submit button, it’s a good practice to check your submission has been successful.

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 or Save a copy of this receipt.

In 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.

After you’ve submitted, you’ll have an option to open the submitted file – to be safe, take a look through the file to ensure it has uploaded correctly.

Now that’s done, it’s time to wait and hope you’ve done enough for that 7 you’re aiming for (no ‘Ps get degrees’ mottos here, right?)!

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


Need a laptop? We’ve got you covered!

Have you been up all night watching Netflix – uh I mean studying – and forgot to charge your laptop before bed. Gotten settled into your favourite study spot only to realise you also left your charger at home? Or maybe #studentlife means you can’t afford a laptop. No need to worry, though, as the Library has you covered with a free laptop-loan service.

If you are a Griffith University student, simply mosey on over to the Library Desk and request a laptop. You’ll need to show your student card of course, but that’s about it.

And then you can have the laptop for three whole hours. You can use the laptop anywhere on campus; whether you want to head outside, go to class, or bunker down in the library, it’s up to you.

All laptops have the basic student software installed and are connected to the University’s wireless network.

Now, be aware we don’t have an endless supply of laptops. Get in early during the busy periods to avoid disappointment. It’s first come, first served!

Laptops are available for loan during library services opening hours (not to be confused with library building opening hours).

Where’s that bus? Wait no longer!

Griffith University graduate and hack-a-thon participatee Ian Murnane

Griffith Library held its inaugural Hack-a-thon event this year, where Griffith students were given 30 hours to work in a group to develop an app.

One of the students who participated was Ian Murnane, who has since graduated with a Bachelor of Information Technology and a Bachelor of Multimedia.

While Ian has left Griffith University behind, he certainly hasn’t stopped creating apps.

Enter the Android app Where’s That Bus. it was developed by Ian, and fellow Griffith University graduate Ferguson McBryde.

The app, which covers the Gold Coast to the Sunshine Coast, allows a user to see exactly where a bus is at any given time. It provides an ETA to within 30 seconds.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the desire to create Where’s The Bus came from the graduates’ own experiences.

‘We were students on student budgets, so we relied on public transport, but we were never able to see when buses would arrive,’ said Mr McBryde.

Mr Murnane soon realised the data they needed was already online and the app took shape.

‘I started to get information like GPS coordinates out of the Google Packet,’ he said. ‘Eventually we ended up with an app that allows you to actually see the buses driving around.’

Users can access the information by punching in their regular route or stop number.

The results will be displayed on a map along with real time information about the bus’ arrival. Thanks to feedback from fellow Griffith students, there’s also the option to bookmark favourites and see the direction of travel.

‘The information at the bus stop could say the next service is five minutes away, but you can check the app and see if it’s already gone past or running late,’ said Mr Murnane.

The app currently has a 4.9 star rating on Google Play.

Get ahead with Earlybird workshops

New to study? We’ve got just the thing for you – some Earlybird workshops on PebblePad, writing university assignments, research and referencing as well as Library orientation tours.

On 26 October 2017, you have a chance to join the workshops on Nathan and Gold Coast campuses. Starting at 8:45am, the three workshops are spread over the day and you can arrange for a Library tour at the front desk of any Library.  In fact, anytime during orientation week, you can ask at your Library’s front desk of a tour!  No need to book the workshops or the tour.

Getting started on an ePortfolio on PebblePad (1hr)

Learn about Griffith’s personal learning environment – PebblePad.  Bring along a device and your login details.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Writing university assignments (2hrs)

Covers the basics of getting started on structuring and writing assignments.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Researching and referencing for your assignment (2hrs)

Gain awareness of the wide range of information resources available at Griffith and learn to identify the principles of referencing and the process of applying them within academic work.

Thursday 26 October 2017
Thursday 26 October 2017
Gold Coast
Lecture Theatre 3 (G17_LT3)
Macrossan (N16_0.06)

Library orientation

The library is so much more than books on the shelves.

You can take a 15 minute tour of your library during orientation week.  Getting to know your library will make studying at university so much easier.

Keep your library game strong by becoming an alumni borrower

Are you graduating? Is the only thing keeping you from celebrating #likeaboss the knowledge you will soon lose access to all the wonderful things your campus library has to offer?

FOMO is real when it comes to the end of your degree and library access. But the good news is, you can continue to #loveyourlibrary as an alumni!

That’s right, it’s not just a fancy word that no one knows the singular version of (it’s alumnus just fyi, librarians have all the knowledge), it’s also your ticket to continued access to the library’s physical collection.

Becoming an alumni borrower lets you borrow up to 20 items for a 28 day loan period. We even chuck in a set of 2 renewals!

While access to our computers and laptop loans are for current students only, alumni are still able to take advantage of all the physical books the library has to offer. You know, the ones on paper, old school style!

Becoming an alumni borrower is as simple as visiting your nearest Griffith library and speaking to our friendly staff. Bring along some ID and something official with your current address on it (your student ID card and your Driver’s License work a treat), fill out one form and you are good to go. Oh, did we mention this is free?

Thought that might get your attention. Happy almuni-ing.

Happy birthday Queen Elizabeth II, happy birthday to you!

Photo of Queen Elizabeth

Monday 2 October is a public holiday to mark the birthday of this steadfast royal.  This day has been celebrated since 1788 and provides you with a well-deserved break from lectures and tutorials.

The Library will definitely be open but our hours have been altered slightly.   Make sure you check the library opening and closing hours before you decide to pay us a visit.

Monday 2 October 2017
Gold Coast 10am – 5pm
Logan 12pm – 5pm
Mt Gravatt 12pm – 5pm
Nathan 10am – 5pm
Queensland College of Art 9pm – 1pm
QCGU 1pm – 5pm

How to prep for exams

T minus three days until exam block starts!

Don’t freak out about exams just yet though – you’ve still got this week to prepare.  It’s time to put your head down, your brain into gear and hit those books hard (not literally).

Study Week can be a stressful time for students, so we’ve put together a few tips to keep you on track.

Confirm exam details

Obviously, you’ll check your myGriffith exam timetable to discover the date, time and location of your exam. The exam timetable is usually released a good few weeks before the commencement of Study Week. But just a heads up, that venues are subject to change, so be sure to double check the details 24 hours prior to the exam. Also, your exam may be in a place you are unfamiliar with. Check the campus map or use the Griffith App to locate the building, and use the room locations guide to decipher the level and room number. It can get confusing!

Schedule your life

Set out a study schedule and stick to it! Handy hint: sleeping and eating are important activities to schedule into your busy days. Your brain works better after rest and nourishment!

Set #examgoals

Setting unrealistic goals is just as bad as not setting them at all. Check how you are travelling in your course so far. The results for all your completed assessment items should be available in Learning@Griffith. Calculate how many marks you need to achieve your desired overall course grade. That’s what you should work towards.

Prepare study notes

This is the moment when you’ll be super pleased with yourself for going to class and taking awesome notes. Go grab those notes; it’s time to make them work for you. Basically, you want to condense your notes and present them in a visual format. And don’t forget you can rehash all of this trimester’s content via LectureCapture.

Teach the topic to someone

The best way to test your understanding of a topic is to try to teach it to someone else. Try a friend, family member, or even your cousin’s pet dog (surely a smiling dog’s face will give you all the encouragement you need, right?).


You’ve got this! Believe in yourself! You’ll have a reward of two weeks off once exams are over.