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Cardiff University Essay Guidelines

This guide explains how to submit coursework assignments electronically through Learning Central. Learning Central supports two types of assignment, each with a different submission process.

A Blackboard assignment

Submission Guidelines

Blackboard Assignments

Your lecturer will give you guidelines on the content and structure of your submission. Please follow these carefully.

In some cases, lecturers will ask you to submit your assignment as a single PDF. Submissions of this type are batch printed. Consequently, if more than one file is submitted there is a danger that parts of your submission will become separated from the rest and it may be difficult or impossible for staff to identify related components.

When submitting your assignment as a single PDF, please ensure that:

  1. Your submission includes a coversheet on the first page.
  2. The resulting PDF can be read on any platform. Some platforms use fonts that are not available on other systems. As a result, content may be missing or unreadable when viewed on different systems. This issue can be avoided by ensuring that all fonts used within the document are embedded in the PDF file.
  3. When including program code, it is clearly formatted and easy to read. Wherever possible, code should be submitted in portrait layout. Use good programming practice to avoid long lines of code.
  4. When embedding diagrams, they display correctly and are clearly legible within the PDF.
  5. All content is suitable for printing in black and white on A4 paper. Colour printing is not available, so please ensure that all content is clear and understandable when printed in grayscale. Similarly there are no facilities for large format printing (i.e. larger than A4), so consideration must be given to the size constraints to ensure that diagrams are clear when printed.
  6. Submissions do not exceed 80 pages.

Further good practices include:

  1. Addition of a header or footer containing your name and student number.
  2. Use of page numbers (particularly of the format ‘Page 1 of 10’).

A guide to producing appropriate PDF documents can be found on the School website at

Turnitin Assignments

Your lecturer will give you guidelines on the content and structure of your submission. Please follow these carefully. Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for upload into an assignment:

  • Microsoft Word (DOC and DOCX)
  • Corel WordPerfect
  • HTML
  • Adobe PostScript
  • Plain text (TXT)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)

The file size may not exceed 20MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content or the instructor may be contacted to request multiple assignments to submit the document in sections.

Ideally you will submit either a single Word or PDF document. Your lecturer will give you guidance on this. A guide to producing appropriate PDF documents can be found here (link to relevant doc).


The coursework coversheet can be downloaded from the School website at the following address:

The coversheet consists of a PDF form that must be completed electronically. Please only use Adobe Reader to complete this form. Other applications may cause compatibility issues.

For group submissions, each member of the group must submit a copy of the coversheet. Please include the student number of the group member tasked with submitting the assignment and tick to confirm that the submission has been checked, and that the submitted files are final and complete.

Please complete the Special Provision details only if you have provided evidence of need to the Disability & Dyslexia Service and have requested this adjustment.

Naming Files

Your file name should consist of your student number followed by your surname, initial and an appropriate descriptive name. For example, if your student number is c1234 and your name is Brian Jones, a suitable file name could be:

The file extension (i.e. docx) will vary depending on the package used to produce the file.

When uploading an assignment, problems sometimes occur with certain filenames. To avoid this you should ensure you use filenames that do not include special characters (e.g. !, “, £, ?, $, %, ^, &, *, (, ), #, @, [, ], {, }, ;, :, \, |, /, <,>).


By submitting your coursework electronically through Learning Central you are agreeing to the following declaration:

I hereby declare that the attached submission is all my own work, that it has not previously been submitted for assessment, and that I have not knowingly allowed it to be copied by another student. I understand that deceiving or attempting to deceive examiners by passing off the work of another writer, as one’s own is plagiarism. I also understand that plagiarising another’s work or knowingly allowing another student to plagiarise from my work is against the University regulations and that doing so will result in loss of marks and possible disciplinary proceedings.

Submitting Assignments

Submitting a Blackboard Assignment

Module leaders may allow you to submit your assignment more than once (to allow you to modify your assignment after a submission has been made). Where this is the case, ONLY THE FINAL FILE SUBMITTED WILL BE CONSIDERED.

Submitting a Turnitin Assignment

To see a copy of your receipt, view the similarity report or check your feedback.

  • Repeat steps 1 to 3 in this guide. To see your receipt, click the ‘intray’ icon and select ‘digital receipt’. If you want, you can download this.
  • If similarity scores are available, click the coloured block to see what matches have been found. Remember, this is a measure similarity and not evidence that you have plagiarised. Speak to your tutor if you are concerned.
  • If there is feedback for your work, you can click ‘View’ to see it. Not all assessments are marked using this system, and feedback will not be displayed until the ‘post date’. If you think you should see feedback and the post date has passed, speak to your tutor.

To view feedback, in the main panel, move your mouse over the blue icons to see the feedback. The right panel displays other information. By default, it shows the general feedback for your work, but you can change these with the icons.

On the home screen for the appropriate module, click on the Assessment option to navigate to the assessments area of the module.

Click on the title of the assignment to begin submission.

Click Browse my Computer to navigate to and select the file you wish to submit.

Should you need to remove a selected file for any reason, click the Do not attach link next to the appopriate file name.

When you are satisfied that you have attached the required file(s), click the Submit button.

You can now review the content of your submission. A preview is available for supported documents. To check non-previewable documents, you can use the download buttons next to uploaded components to download a copy to your computer.

Please ensure your files have been successfully uploaded. Whilst some types of file will be displayed in your browser window, others may need to be downloaded. Click OK to continue.

1. On the home screen for the appropriate module, click on the Content option to navigate to the content area of the module. In some cases Content may be replaced by Assignments or similar.

2. Click on View/Complete below the title of the assignment.

3. The Class Homepage will be displayed. Click the submit button to begin the submission process.

4. Enter a title for the assignment.

5. Click the Choose from this computer button to navigate to and select the file you wish to submit.

6. Review your submission to ensure you have uploaded the correct file.

If you are happy with your submission, click the Confirm button. If not, click Cancel to reattempt your submission.

  • Speech bubble: General comments
  • 3 bars: Lists all the feedback given, organised by page
  • 8 boxes: Displays the rubric or marking grid (if used)

Cardiff University was founded in 1883. It is based in and around Cardiff's elegant civic centre, 5 minutes' walk from the city centre. Academic buildings, student residences and the Students' Union are within a short walk of each other. Cardiff is the only Russell Group university in Wales.

Entry Requirements

  • Dependent on the course. Most courses require AAA–ABB. A large proportion of Cardiff students have AAB or above at A level and are at their first choice institution.
  • A wide range of other qualifications are considered.

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Course Flexibility

  • The modular system provides a large degree of flexibility and choice.
  • Many programmes allow students to defer the choice of specialism until the second year.
  • A number of degrees benefit from significant vocational and professional content. Others offer opportunities for industrial placements or a year abroad. 

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  • The university has 18 libraries (conveniently located near to subject areas) and more than 1.4 million books and journals.
  • The entire campus area is wireless enabled, allowing students to use their own computers to access resources.
  • The university's virtual learning environment facilitates online support for learning, studying and collaboration.
  • Open access IT rooms are open 24/7.

Disability Services

  • The Disability and Dyslexia Service offers advice and support to disabled students, helping identify support needs on an individual basis and to assist in making reasonable adjustments as well as with DSA applications.
  • Please refer to the university website for further information on disability and dyslexia services at Cardiff University.

Students' Union

  • Cardiff has one of the biggest, best and most active students’ unions in the UK, with high quality facilities including Y Plas, a 1,900 capacity nightclub; and the Great Hall, a major concert venue.
  • The union offers an exciting entertainment programme, a comprehensive range of student support services and more than 180 societies and 60 sports clubs, along with its own newspaper, lifestyle magazine, radio station and TV station.
  • The union facilities offer ample desk space, seating, computer access, power points for laptops and group meeting space.

Availability of Part-Time Work

  • The Unistaff Jobshop is a student employment service providing casual work to hundreds of students.

Careers Guidance

  • The Careers and Employability Centre encourages students to develop a wide range of employability skills including aspects of self-management, team working, problem solving, business and customer awareness, communication and literacy, numeracy and IT.
  • The Centre provides library facilities, vacancy information and graduate jobs on the website, careers fairs and specialist career consultants; and provides services ranging from work experience, to mentoring.
  • There is also the Cardiff Award which enables students to gain recognition for skills development and work experience achieved during university. The Cardiff Award has been developed with the support and expertise of graduate recruiters and is sponsored by EY.
  • In 2014 95.5% of Cardiff students were employed or in further study six months after graduation.

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Level of study

  • Undergraduate 71%
  • Postgraduate 29%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 76%
  • Part Time 24%

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Notable Alumni

  • Professor Sir Martin Evans FRS – Nobel Prize winner in 2007 and Chancellor of Cardiff University.
  • Neil Kinnock – former leader of the Labour Party and former president of Cardiff University.
  • Nathan Cleverly – Light Heavyweight world champion boxer.
  • Martin Lewis – TV and radio presenter appearing on Radio 1 and This Morning.
  • Huw Edwards – BBC News presenter and BAFTA award winning journalist.
  • Dame Mary Perkins – founder of Specsavers.
  • Susanna Reid – presenter.
  • Nicole Cooke – former professional road bicycle racer and Commonwealth, Olympic and Road World champion.
  • Richard Parks – former Wales rugby international and extreme environment athlete and author.
  • Dr Rhys Jones – reptile specialist, environmental consultant, researcher and BAFTA-nominated BBC television and radio presenter.

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