Preparing your answers for submission

Your answers will need to be submitted to the exam submission point on your module page (also available on your Timeline) as a single PDF document.

This is a similar process to coursework submission. More general guidance is available here. It is important that your work is easy to read and it is clear which answer relates to which question on the exam paper.

Please ensure you include your ID number (but please do not write your name in your work) at the top of each page and number the pages of the material you plan to submit.

Once you have created your PDF file, please check you can open it and the contents are as you expect (e.g. pages in order, the right way up etc.) before you upload it to the Learn submission point. Once uploaded, check you have submitted the right file by reviewing it on Learn after submission, plus keep a copy. If you believe there is an issue then please let us know immediately.

Are your answers word processed (e.g. using Microsoft Word)?

If yes – then please ‘Save As…Adobe pdf’, and then upload the pdf file to the Learn submission point on the module page as you would normally do for coursework.

If you are writing in LaTeX, your output will be a pdf file, and you can upload it to Learn.

Are your answers hand-written?

If yes – then please scan hard copies of your pages and save them as a PDF before submitting. If you don’t have access to a scanner, you can scan (or photograph) your work using an iOS or Android phone or device by following the guides below. You can also use one of the many MFD printers on campus; if you plan to do so, please make sure you allow enough time.

Scan your work on an iOS phone/device

Use Microsoft Lens (Apple/iOS Guide) or Notes on your iPhone (Using the Notes app to digitise your answers). You can also use other scanning apps that produce high-quality PDFs, if you wish (for example, Scannable or Genius Scan).

Review your scans. Make sure all pages are in one PDF. If your scans are blurry, use the Tips for Scanning below. Name your file by tapping the file name.

Scan your work on an Android phone/device

Use Microsoft Lens on your phone to directly create a pdf (Android guide), or another scanning app that produces high-quality PDFs, if you wish (for example Genius Scan).

Review your scans. Make sure all pages are in one PDF. If your scans are blurry, use the Tips for Scanning below. Name your file by tapping the file name.

Preparing your work using a tablet

You can also use a tablet device and stylus if you have access to them to write on screen and save the work as a PDF.

If none of the above works for you, then please take photos of your answers using any digital camera. You will then need to transfer the images onto a device which you can then use to combine your photos into a single PDF file and upload to Learn. You can create a PDF from the document using ‘Save As…Adobe pdf’.

Do you have a mixture of word processed answers and hand-written answers?

The easiest way to create a single document is to use a scanning app on your phone or device to take a picture of the handwritten parts as above, upload them to a device, and then insert them into your document. Use ‘Insert…Picture’ to do this.

You can then create a pdf from the document using ‘Save As…Adobe pdf’ as above.

Do you have to use one of these methods?

No. As long as you can produce a PDF file of your work which is easy to read, you may use any approach which suits you and the technology you have available. However, once uploaded on Learn, please check it will open, make sure all pages are there and it looks as you intend.

Tips for scanning using your phone or tablet

  • Use dark lettering: use the darkest pen, pencil, or font colour possible to do your work.
  • Scan on a flat surface: scan on a dark table with high contrast to your paper.
  • Steady your hands: hold your phone at a bird’s eye view and scan your pages slowly with steady hands.
  • Review your scans. Make sure all pages are in one PDF.