Internal Moderation is important in assuring that markers apply marking criteria consistently. It involves experienced markers reviewing and scrutinising the marks awarded on each module. Where work is not blind double marked, it is subject to internal moderation. The requirements for moderation are set out in the University’s Moderation Policy. Once internal moderation has been completed, LTS Hubs carry-out routine ‘spot-checks’ to ensure recorded marks are accurately reported via e-Vision.
Plagiarism & Collusion
In order to ensure the integrity of the awards the University confers on students, and in order to ensure that students do not gain an unfair advantage, all staff engaged in marking at UEA are vigilant for evidence of plagiarism and collusion in student’s submitted work. When markers identify apparent evidence of academic malpractice, these are dealt with in accordance with the University’s Policy on Plagiarism & Collusion. All Schools have a Plagiarism Officer who investigates suspected cases of plagiarism and collusion.
Marking standards and the overall quality of all degree programmes at UEA are scrutinised by experienced examiners from other higher education institutions, in accordance with the University’s Code of Practice on External Examining. Externals are provided with detailed Guidance in their role. Externals are recognised experts in their subject area. They check and approve draft exam questions before papers are set and they review the marks of a sample of exam candidates. External examiners look very closely at the design of coursework assessments, the quality of student work, the appropriateness of the marks awarded by UEA staff, and the application of the University’s marking criteria (e.g. the Senate Marking Scales referred to above).
Annual Review of Assessment & Moderation
In a new development in 2013/14 all Schools are required to convene an Annual Review of Assessment & Moderation at which course teams from across a School meet to review key datasets relating to assessment, including mark profiles between modules in order to ensure consistent standards of marking across and between programmes. Reports and action plans that result from the Annual Review are fed into Annual Module Review and Course Update.