The University Senate Scales outline the marking criteria for all types of assessment and assist in the marking of Coursework, Dissertations and Oral Presentations. They may help you to understand how your mark is allocated and how we ensure you have met the learning outcomes of your course. Some Schools (e.g. courses that lead to professional qualifications such as Medicine and Nursing) may provide their own senate scales via their own course handbooks or Blackboard sites.
Further guidance can be found in the Senate Scales - Guidance on Use
How we ensure fair marks
All coursework at UEA is submitted and marked anonymously, as part of the University’s Policy on Anonymised Submission, to ensure that marking is objective. Markers refer to the UEA Senate Marking Scales when marking your work.
Plagiarism and Collusion
All staff involved in marking at UEA are vigilant for evidence of plagiarism and collusion in submitted work. This is in order to ensure that no students have an unfair advantage, which would damage the integrity of the University’s awards. When markers identify apparent evidence of academic malpractice, this is 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.
Internal Moderation makes sure that markers apply marking criteria consistently. Experienced markers review and scrutinise the marks awarded on each module. If work is not blind double marked, it is subject to internal moderation. The University’s Moderation Policy sets out the requirements for moderation. After internal moderation, LTS Hubs carry-out routine ‘spot-checks’ to ensure recorded marks are accurately reported via e-Vision.
External examiners from other higher education institutions scrutinise the marking standards and overall quality of degree programmes at UEA, in accordance with the University’s Code of Practice on External Examining.
- are recognised experts in their subject area
- are provided with detailed Guidance in their role
- check and approve draft exam questions before papers are set
- review the marks of a sample of exam candidates
- inspect 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).
- External Examiners Reports
Annual Review of Assessment + Moderation
All Schools have an Annual Review of Assessment & Moderation. Course teams from across a School meet to review data relating to assessment, including mark profiles between modules, to ensure consistent standards of marking across and between programmes. Reports and action plans that result from the Annual Review become the Annual Module Review and Course Update.
If you feel that your work has been marked unfairly, you may request that it be remarked. Coursework that has already been double-marked (e.g. dissertations) may not be submitted for remarking.