AssessmentAssessment is the process by which academic work is marked and students overall progress monitored. This section of the website outlines the regulations and procedures you will need to know in relation to both coursework and examinations as well as marking criteria and plagiarism and collusion cases.
Senate Guidance on Assessment and FeedbackThis guidance document summarises the principles and practices underlying the University’s assessment activities, and the University’s expectations in relation to the design, implementation and review of assessment strategies for all taught programmes.
Types of AssessmentMost assessment falls into two broad categories, coursework or exams. Student assessment where the outcome of the work contributes to the student's final mark is summative, and is often preceded with formative assessment, which does not count towards the final mark .
- Coursework normally takes place during student's study for each module and can take many forms e.g. an essay, practical report, laboratory notebook, poster, portfolio, blog article, case study, research project plan or data output. It can also include oral and group presentations.
- Exams and course tests occur all year round but for many modules summative exams will take place during the University Exam period in April and May each year (see Student pages for Examination Dates and Deadlines). A summary of the exams process cycle during an academic year can be found by clicking on the link, Exam process timings
The next screen will prompt you to enter information about the modules you wish to view, click submit and a list of modules will appear. For each module there is a "View Assessments" link listed on the right hand side of the table which will bring up a window similar to that below with details of all summative assessments students undertake for a module including the type of assessment, weighting, due date, submission method etc. Assessment2
MarkingThe University Senate Scales outline the marking criteria for all types of assessment for undergraduate students and assist in the preparation and marking or coursework, dissertations and oral presentations.
Markers should also be aware of the procedures for dealing with suspected plagiarism or collusion cases.