Submitting Assignments Unisa Login

Find out how to submit a multiple choice assignment on MyUNISA here.


  • Click on the module tab you would like to submit an assignment for


  • If you cannot see your module in the tabs; use the drop down box


  • Once you have selected your module; Click on assignments in the menu to the left


  • You will be taken to a page that looks similar to the one below

  • You can use the key below to make sense of the table above


  • If your assignment is not listed you should click on the link below

  • Read the instructions and follow the prompts


  • If you need help; click on the link for step-by-step instructions such as the ones below


How to submit a UNISA written assignment on myUNISA

Find the module code

1.                   Find the module code of the assignment you want to submit in the Course column

2.                   Find the corresponding number of the assignment, e.g. 2 in the Ass.No. column

3.                   Click on the Submit link in the Action column next to the assignment number

Step 1: Load assignment file from your PC to myUnisa

4.                   Click on the Choose File button next to File Name

5.                   In the Choose File dialog box, select the file you want to upload, and then click Open

6.                   Select the correct program format from the File Format drop-down list (i.e. MS Word, Excel, PDF etc.)

7.                   Click on the Continue button.

Step 2: Verify the file details for final submission of your written assignment

Use this step to verify that you are uploading the correct file to the correct course and assignment number.

8.                   Click on the Continue button to submit your assignment file. If you do not click Continue, no submission action will take place.

9.                   Large files will take longer to upload than small files. Please be patient after you have clicked Continue.

10.               If the wrong details, e.g. file name, appear on the screen, click Back to restart the file upload process.

Step 3: Assignment submission report

This is your proof that your assignment was submitted. It is advisable to print this page for your record purposes.

11.               Click on the Return to Assignment List button to go back to the Assignment overview screen.


Watch the video below which shows you how to prepare, format, complete & submit your assignments.

You can find more in-depth information about this here.

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Using Turnitin

Using Turnitin

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About Turnitin

Turnitin is a tool that identifies levels of similarity between your writing and other student assignments and published work.

All written assignments submitted online at UniSA are submitted to Turnitin. In some courses this is only done once the assignment is officially submitted. However, in many courses you can submit your work ahead of the deadline to generate your own "Orginality report". This enables you to check how similar your work is to other sources. You can then withdraw the assignment to make any necessary changes and resubmit it in revised form. Ask your course coordinator if you're unsure whether this applies to you.


     1. Assignments must be submitted from your learnonline course website, which can be accessed via myUniSA.

     2. Follow the steps illustrated on this webpage and in the video below to submit the assignment, including ticking the declaration of originality, dragging or uploading the file, and saving the submission.

If you are enrolled in a course that permits it, you can upload your work early to receive your own Originality report and Similarity figure. These indicate the percentage of text in your assignment that matches text found in other assignments submitted to Turnitin, as well as text found in published works like books, journal articles and webpages. Allow at least half an hour for this information to be generated, and longer during peak assignment periods.

It is recommended that you review the document at this point. To do this:

     3. Click on the file name to open and read the Originality report.

If, based on the report, you decide to make changes to your assignment:

     4. Click on the red X box to withdraw it, then resubmit it following the steps above once you've made your changes.

Important: the file name for all submissions must be exactly the same, otherwise Turnitin will interpret your updated submission as a new assignment and compare it to your earlier one, resulting in an even higher similarity match.

The following pages provide some tips for interpreting Similarity figures and Originality reports...

Interpreting the Similarity figure

The Similarity figure will be displayed as below once your assignment has been processed by Turnitin.

This figure shows how much of your assignment is similar to (or the same as) the work of others. Turnitin will examine millions of other works - including books, journal articles, webpages & websites, and student essays - to calculate this figure. The aim is to help students identify whether they might be at risk of breaching UniSA's academic integrity principles.

How do I know if my Similarity figure is acceptable?

There is no 'correct' number when it comes to Similarity figures: what is important is the Originality report that Turnitin provides. For example, one assignment might receive a high Similarity figure because its reference list contains many of the same items as another student's or author's reference list. Meanwhile, another assignment may receive a low Similarity figure, yet contain some content that has been directly copied from another source without any reference or quotation marks.

So don't rely on the Similarity figure alone: open the Originality report and review the text that has been highlighted, to double check that you've acknowledged and paraphrased all your sources thoroughly. Interpreting the report is discussed on the next page.

Interpreting the Originality report

The Originality report is a copy of your essay with text highlighted throughout. This highlighted text has been identified as similar to text in other sources.

Each passage of text highlighted will have a number attached to it. That number will refer you to a list of references either on the side of your screen or at the back of your document, depending on whether you read the report online or in print. These references are to other texts that feature the same content. Note that in some cases the reference may not be to the exact same source you used, but to another document that used the same material, another student essay that used the same material, or the original source of that material. Either way, it indicates similarity to another text.

There are various reasons why text will be highlighted. You may have

directly copied material from another source

copied material and intended - but forgotten - to paraphrase it

not paraphrased material thoroughly enough.

Use these highlights to guide you in making revisions to your assignment. However, keep in mind you don't need to change absolutely everything highlighted. The next two pages will inform you of what you should or shouldn't change.

What to change

Passages of highlighted text

The highlighted content in an Originality report shows you where your phrasing matches another source too closely.

In the example below, the writer has directly lifted the highlighted text from a film review. In addition, the original source has not been acknowledged via in-text referencing. Directly lifting content from other sources and presenting it verbatim in your assignments is considered plagiarism, unless you have both quoted and referenced this text (and even then you should quote sparingly).

This would be considered plagiarism by your markers. You therefore need to paraphrase or summarise this content into your own words to demonstrate you have understood it, as well as provide a reference to the source.

The next example is an example of poor paraphrasing. The writer has directly lifted the highlighted text from a webpage, only changing a few words here and there (as shown by the gaps between the highlights). You can see that these changes are only superficial: the writer has not demonstrated that they have understood the material as they have not attempted to thoroughly translate it into their own words. So Turnitin still identifies this text as being similar to another source and, more importantly, your marker will too. The original source has not been referenced either, so this would be considered plagiarism.

In the next example, the writer has directly lifted the highlighted text from a journal article, but they have provided an in-text reference. Although the reference acknowledges the source of this information, this would still be considered plagiarism because the writer has not paraphrased the content or indicated with quotation marks where content has been copied directly.

Sometimes the passages of text highlighted will be long, as in the examples above. At other times, they might only be a few words. Either way, you should read all highlighted passages carefully and check them past their sources to see if you need to change anything, and then change as required. 

What not to change

Sometimes Turnitin will highlight passages of text that do not necessarily need to be changed. Here are some examples of those.

Direct quotes

If you have quoted a text in the correct manner - with quotation marks around the quoted material and a reference to where it came from - then you don't need to change these quotes. However, if there are too many quotes, you may want to turn some of them into paraphrases

Lists of items or technical terms

When summarising information, sometimes you'll cluster items - ranging from book and film titles (like in the examples above) to symptoms of a disease to leading theorists in your field - closely together. It is likely that others have clustered items together in similar fashions. Sometimes you cannot change these details because the information is quite specific, and you can disregard higlights on these occasions. If it occurs often, however, you may need to revise slightly.


Sometimes items in a reference list will be highlighted. Sometimes in-text references will be too. Because you have to use a specific referencing style, and because other writers use the same style, it is inevitable that you will structure references in the same way. This cannot be helped, and you should not change the way you have referenced the source.

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