This section will take you through the most common questions we get asked about the submission and grading of your assessments. One of your key resources is the Assessments page within the Study Support site. However, there are also several key policies and procedures, which you are encouraged to refer to. These are:

As an AIB student, you can refine your writing style before submitting your assessment to AIB for grading, by submitting your work to Smarthinking. You will find this service particularly useful if your academic writing is a little rusty or if you’re not sure that you’ve clearly articulated your central point or met the assessment brief.

We have partnered with Smarthinking so that you have 24/7 access to this support service. You’ll find the Smarthinking submission link within the assessment section of your subject and a comprehensive guide to using this service within the assessment page of the learning portal.

A few key points to note:

  1. There is no word limit on the submission, so feel free to submit your entire assessment for feedback,
  2. There is a limit of 1 submission for each assessment of your subject and,
  3. You’ll need to allow at least 24 hours to receive the feedback, so we encourage you to try to submit your assessment to Smarthinking about a week before the due date so that you have ample time to make any changes if needed.
  4. Smarthinking is a 3rd party partner who specialises in academic writing. It’s important to note that any feedback provided will not come from your online learning facilitator, so it’s important you keep the communication channel with your OLF open and ensure you follow any advice provided by your AIB subject team.

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Generally, the assessment section of your subject is your go-to for key assessment information and submission links for each assessment in that subject. You should also head to the Assessment support pages for a comprehensive guide on how to submit each type of assessment, assessment guidelines, adhering to academic integrity practices and accessing your assessment grades.

Generally, written assessments are submitted in Microsoft Word format (.docx) but you may be asked to use PowerPoint or Excel. All AIB students receive a complementary Office 365 licence and can access these programs freely; just head to Office 365 and use your AIB login to gain access. You can use the online versions or install any of the Office applications on your computer.

Don’t forget that the AIB Style Guide explains how to produce different types of academic writing (e.g. descriptive, evaluative, analytical and critical) and includes a section on setting out your written assessments and the layout which you should follow.

Where is the submission link?

For easy access, you’ll find all submission links on the main assessment page within your subject learning material.

Important points regarding assessments:

  • All written assessments must be submitted as Word files (.docx). If you use an alternative word processor, such as Pages for Mac, please ensure you save or export your file to Word (.docx) format before submitting.
  • All assessments must be attempted, otherwise a mark of zero will be awarded for the subject. In Leadership the Interim and Capstone assessments must be attempted.
  • All assessments (except forum posts and quizzes) will be submitted and marked with feedback in Turnitin.
  • Please refer to the Assessment Policy and Procedure  and the Assessment guidelines for the most up to date information.

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First and foremost, let your Online Learning Facilitator (OLF) know where you are up to, as they may be able to share some tips on where to focus your attention so that you have the best chance of meeting the assessment deadline.

If you still feel you’d like to discuss the possibility of obtaining an assessment extension, please head to the Assessment Policy and Procedure for the most up-to-date information on submitting and seeking an extension. It is important to be aware that assessment extensions must be requested before the due date, and they are generally only granted for exceptional circumstances. This means that you will be required to include additional documentation to support any extension request. You’ll need to send your request, with your supporting documentation, to a member of our Student Central team as soon as you think you might need an extension.

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If you’re finding it challenging to meet your assessment deadline, please let us know as soon as possible. As always, timing is everything! The best thing is to let your Online Learning Facilitator (OLF) know where you are up to, as they may be able to share some tips on where to focus your attention so that you can meet the assessment deadline.

If you still feel you’d like to discuss the possibility of obtaining an assessment extension, please head to the Assessment Policy and Procedure for the most up-to-date information on submitting and seeking an extension. It is important to be aware that assessment extensions must be requested before the due date and are generally only granted for exceptional circumstances. It is important to be aware that we are not able to grant any assessment extensions after the due date, so don’t delay in reaching out!

To request an assessment extension, please send your request, with your supporting documentation, to a member of our Student Central team.

If you haven’t received an extension and you submit the assessment after the due date, a penalty of 10% of the maximum mark available for the assessment item will be applied for each day overdue, to a maximum of 5 calendar days from the assessment due date at which point the assignment will not be accepted.

Important points regarding assessments:

  • All written assessments must be submitted as Word files (.docx). If you use an alternative word processor, such as Pages for Mac, please ensure you save or export your file to Word (.docx) format before submitting.
  • All assessments must be attempted, otherwise a mark of zero will be awarded for the subject.
  • All assessments (except forum posts and quizzes) will be submitted and marked with feedback in Turnitin.
  • No assessment items will be accepted after/ later than 5 calendar days after the due date.
  • Please refer to the Assessment Policy and Procedure  and the Assessment guidelines for the most up to date information

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