Setting requirements

Learn how to manage requirements and settings for your assessment

You’ll find the Requirements section on the left when editing the instructions.


While you’re in Edit mode on the Instructions page, click Set requirements, grading options and settings to be taken to the Requirements page. From this page, you can set all the requirements for your assessment, as well as any settings for Turnitin. You’ll also be able to see how these requirements will be shown to students while working in the Student Environment

You can set the following requirements and settings in your assessment:


Key Dates and Times

All Cadmus assessments require a final due date and return date to be set.  

Final Due Date

Before the due date, students can resubmit as many times as they like. Once the due date has passed, students can no longer resubmit, but they can submit late if they haven’t made any previous submissions. See Submitting in Cadmus for more information. 

Return Date

The return date is the date and time after which students can access their grades and feedback within Cadmus. Students won’t see this date in the Student Environment, so you can always change it if you’d like to release feedback to students earlier or later.  

To set Key Dates

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Key Dates and Times section.
  2. Click set a final due date.
  3. Use the calendar to choose a due date, and then select a time.
  4. Click Next, set return date.
  5. Use the calendar to choose a return date, and then select a time.
  6. Click Confirm date.

Time Limit

With Cadmus, you can set a time limit for students' completion time. This functionality enables fixed and flexible scheduling for major assessments like tests and exams.

To set a time limit

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Key Dates and Times section.
  2. Set Time limit to On.
  3. Specify the time limit for the assessment in minutes.


Grading + Turnitin

Marking for Cadmus assessment happens in Turnitin Feedback Studio, which means you can control certain Turnitin settings through Cadmus. 

Max Points

By default, assignments will be marked out of 100 points in Feedback Studio. You can change this to your preferred number of points by setting the value of Max Points.


Similarity Reports for Finals

You can also choose when students see Turnitin similarity information (ie. before or after the due date, or not at all) by selecting your preferred option. Learn more about controlling how students view similarity information.


Advanced Turnitin Settings

You can access advanced Turnitin settings like repository options and similarity exclusions by clicking View Advanced Turnitin Final Settings. You’ll also be able to attach a rubric from this page.



If you’d like to accept draft submissions for your assignment you can turn on Drafting in the Requirements.

To add drafting to an assignment

  1. From the Requirements page, go to the Drafting section.
  2. Set Drafting to on.
  3. Click set a draft due date.
  4. Use the calendar to choose a due date, and then select a time.
  5. Click Confirm date.
  6. Select your preferred Turnitin similarity settings for drafts under Similarity Reports for Drafts.

If there are any advanced Turnitin settings you’d like to set, click View Advanced Turnitin Draft Settings.



You can tell students how much an assignment is worth (as a %), by turning Weighting on and specifying a weighting. This doesn’t affect how grades are returned to the Learning Management System (e.g. in Grade Centre) — it’ll only be seen by students in their assignment instructions.



Word limit

If you turn Word limit on, you can specify a word limit for students, and choose whether or not to include references in the word count.

NOTE: The word count you’ll see in Turnitin Feedback Studio while marking includes references.




To set a referencing style for the assignment, turn Referencing on and select a referencing style from the dropdown. By setting this requirement, students will be able to access relevant guides in Cadmus Manual to help them follow the referencing style you choose.