University Assessments

Whilst studying at Salford you will need to complete a range of assessments. On this page you can find information about some of the common assessment types you may need to complete.

Assessment Submission Support

For submission advice and guidance (including help using Turnitin), please see your Assessment Support Module listed under your modules in Blackboard. This area contains the draft submission area for using Turnitin for text matching.

Introduction to assessment

Understanding an assessment brief

Learn about the different parts of the assessment brief, how to use your assessment brief to plan and complete your assessments and where to get help if you don't understand the assignment brief.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Assessment methods at university

Learn about formative (practice for success) and summative assessments, how to approach the different types of assessment you may be asked to complete and the purpose of different assessment methods.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes

Approaching your assessments: 6 steps to success

You will be introduced to analysing the task and planning your research​, finding and evaluating information​, reading and note-taking​, planning and writing​, editing and submitting​ and using feedback.

  • Estimated duration is 30 minutes.

How to eSubmit your work for marking

Learn how to submit a draft assignment, what an Originality Report is and how to find and interpret it, how to submit your work for marking and how to access your grades and feedback.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Assessment methods

Approaching your essay

Learn how and when to get started with your first draft, how to structure paragraphs and essays, what to include in an introduction and conclusion and how you can use evidence to write objectively.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Using Microsoft Word to format your essay

Learn how to use the tools in MS Word to format your assessments. Topics include fonts, line spacing, paragraph alignment, indentations, margins, numbering, headers and footers, footnotes, spelling and grammar and word count.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Approaching your presentation

Learn how to: plan a presentation, create good slides and deliver your presentation with confidence.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Preparing for and delivering an online presentation

Learn about preparing for an online presentation and get some tips for delivering it on the day.

  • Estimated duration is 5 minutes.

Narrated Presentations and Video submissions

Learn how to record narration and create a video using a PowerPoint presentation. ScreenPal (formerly known as Screencast-o-Matic) is a software tool which can record your screen and also allow you to add video material from other sources to produce a finished video.

Approaching a literature review

Learn about planning your search, finding literature, evaluating and organising your material and writing your review.

  • Estimated duration is 60 minutes.

Approaching your dissertation or thesis

Learn about the importance of choosing a topic you are curious to learn more about, how to narrow the scope of your research, how to write your research proposal and an introduction to research methods.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Writing your Dissertation or Thesis

Learn how to get started, how to work with your supervisor and how to structure your dissertation.

  • Estimated duration is 30 minutes.

Approaching your exam

Learn how to prepare for them and how to be your best on the day. It covers the different types of tests and exams, things to do before your test or exam and things to do on the day.

Note: The advice given applies to on-campus and online tests and exams.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Effective revision

Learn how to prepare for revision and how to revise effectively.

  • Estimated duration is 8 minutes.

Approaching your scientific report

Learn what a scientific report is, understand the basic structure, and the purpose of each section.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Approaching your business report

Learn what a business report is and how to approach writing one.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Approaching your practical assessment

Learn about the purpose, challenges and benefits of practical assessments, theoretical knowledge and practical application, and how to prepare for your assessment.

Estimated duration is 30 minutes.

Approaching your blog post

Learn what a blog post is and how to write an effective post for academic assessment.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Approaching your case study

Learn what a case study is, how to organise your ideas, and how analyse a case study.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) exam

Learn about the purpose of MCQ exams, different MCQ question types and how to prepare for them.

  • Estimated duration is 20 minutes.

Introduction to reflective writing

Learn what reflective writing is, how to write reflectively and you will be introduced to a useful model for helping you to reflect.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Effective group working

In Effective group working you will learn how to: approach working with others, designate roles and responsibilities and group work etiquette.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Apps for online group work

Learn about Microsoft Teams and other online apps you can use for effective collaborative group working.

  • Estimated duration is 15 minutes.

Approaching your poster presentation

Learn what an academic poster is, how to approach your poster, design ideas and how to present your poster.

  • Estimated duration is 10 minutes.

Writing a review of an article, performance or book

Learn what a review is and isn't, how to approach writing a review and how to structure a review.

  • Estimated duration is 10 minutes.