Completing & Submitting Required Assignments in Courses

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Instructor: Matt McClintock
Learn how to tell if the course you're taking has any required assignments. If it does, you'll need to finish them before your course can be marked as complete! This lesson will cover where to find your assignments, how to submit them, and recommendations for completing them.

Certain credit-recommended courses at have either written or oral assignments that are mandatory components of the course curriculum. To complete and earn credit for one of these courses, you must complete all of the required assignments for that course. These assignments are closely tied to the course material, and they're designed to give you an opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned. They will factor into your final grade, and you can track your score on the assignments in the course progress section on your overview page.

Each course that has assignments will have a chapter toward the end of the course outline called Required Assignments. Let's break down what the lessons in this chapter contain and how they will help with your assignments. Each of these lessons has:

  • Assignment descriptions that will tell you what the assignment is and provide instructions on how to complete it. This section will tell you whether you need to do a written or oral assignment, what the required length will be, and the preferred way to format your assignment.
  • Information about using sources. Some assignments will require the use of sources to provide evidence and support for your work. This section will explain how many sources you need to use, what type of sources to use, and how to cite them properly.
  • A grading rubric that will show you the total points the assignment is worth and how will grade your assignment. Grading rubrics break down the multiple categories that your assignment will be scored on and explain the criteria for earning points in each category. After you've submitted an assignment, graders will fill out and send you a grading rubric that will explain the score you received and the breakdown on the rubric.
  • Details about plagiarism and's academic policy. This section strongly encourages you to use available, online tools to check your assignment for plagiarism. graders won't be able to tell the difference between intentional and unintentional plagiarism, and if they detect any form of it, your assignment will not be accepted.
  • Information on how to submit your assignment. supports a broad range of file types for assignment submissions, but there are some that can't be supported. Reading through this section will ensure that you know how to properly save your assignment and which form to use to submit it.

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