Online Assessment and Submission

Summative and formative assessments

Two key phrases you will come across are 'summative assessment’ and 'formative assessment’ — so what do these mean?

Summative assessment refers to any assessment which contributes to the final mark for your award.

Formative assessment does not contribute to the final mark for your award, but will help you as part of your learning activity. It may also be used by your tutors to keep an eye on your general progress.


Most assignments are submitted online, and many use a tool called Turnitin – this tool can also help you to avoid falling into the trap of plagiarising other people’s work as it provides a report on which parts of your work may have come from other sources. You can then check to make sure everything has been referenced correctly. Your tutors can then grade your assignment and return feedback to you in the same place.

Blackboard Assignment

Some online assignments are submitted through Blackboard’s own assignment tool. Your tutors can use this tool to view and grade your assignment and return feedback to you.

You can view the following videos to learn about submitting and getting your grades and feedback through Blackboard assignments.

Assessment Diary

You can get a full overview of all the formative and summative assessment for your modules from your online Assessment Diary.

Log in to Unilife and access Blackboard — you will see a tab at the top of the Blackboard page for your Assessment Diary.