Submitting online short course assignments

You will find full instructions about how to upload your assignment to the course website in the 'Deadline and submission instructions' information in your course materials. Below is an overview of the procedure, but please do check the instructions in your course for any specific requirements.

You may upload only one file per assignment to the course website, and this must be one of the following file types: doc, docx, txt, html, htm, jpg, jpeg, gif, rtf, ppt, pptx, xls, xlsx. Alternatively, you may upload a single zip file, but this must only contain files with the permissible file types detailed above.

In compliance with the University plagiarism policy, the first page of your assignment must include the following declaration:

"The assignment that follows has been written by, and is entirely the work of <your name>."

The filename of your assignment should take the form:

CourseTitle_YourSurname_AssignmentName. (followed by the file extension i.e. doc, docx, xls, etc.)

Use abbreviation to keep the filename as short as possible, and omit spaces. It is useful to capitalise the first letter of each word to improve legibility. In addition, or alternatively, use an underscore to separate the various words. Do not forget that there should be a full stop between the end of the filename and the start of the three or four letter file extension.

Uploading assignment files

  • Click on the link to the relevant assignment; you will be taken to the 'Deadline and submission instructions' screen
  • Click the 'Browse...' button to bring up an Explorer type window and search your computer for the file you wish to upload
  • Double click on the required filename, which should now appear in the text box next to the 'Browse...' button
  • When you are certain you have the correct file, click the 'Upload this file' button. Note that you can only upload one file per assignment and once you have done this you cannot change your submission.

Checking you have successfully submitted

Once you have submitted, you will be able to see your file and the date and time you submitted it as circled below:

What do I do if I have submitted the wrong file?

It is your responsibility to ensure that you upload the correct assignment file and once you have submitted your assignment you cannot change it in any way. If, before the assignment deadline, you realise you have submitted the wrong file, you will need to email the online courses office at: to request permission to retract and replace your submission. Permission to do this will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.