Assessment is an integral part of learning and you may hear it referred to as formative or summative.
Formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your performance and how it can be improved. As a result, you will get detailed feedback on formative assessment but not a grade. Formative assessment is an important part of the learning process and has been shown to help students improve their grades and their learning style. Formative assessment may take the form of group discussions or presentations, book reviews, essays and role play etc.
Summative assessment is designed to measure the extent to which you have achieved the learning outcomes of a module and therefore the grade you will be awarded. Learning outcomes are the specific skills and knowledge that you are expected to demonstrate as a result of taking a module. Summative assessment should assess achievement of all learning outcomes in a secure, fair and accurate manner and on the degree programme this will mainly comprise of exams, essays, presentations (both group and individual), sometimes followed by a written report, book reviews and journals of work experience.
Assessment may also involve self, peer or group approaches. For example, you may be asked to self-assess your own work, indicating where you feel you have clearly demonstrated your understanding and identifying areas where can see you have room to improve. Assessment may also be a peer process where students, individually or as groups, offer feedback on one another’s work. Group assessment may also be part of your programme where part of the assessment requires you to demonstrate your ability to work as part of a group and possibly receive a group mark.
Submission, receipt and marking of assessment
Submission and receipt of coursework
Paper copes of your work are not required. Coursework must be submitted electronically to Turnitin UK for marking by the due date. Your study skills tutor will show you how to do submit your work and Turnitin UK will give you an electronic receipt confirming you have submitted it.
Students are advised to keep a copy of all their work and to ensure they regularly back up their work onto a USB memory stick. As work is submitted electronically it is retained on the Turnitin UK website and there is nothing to return to students.
Marking, second marking and marking moderation
In the first-year assessments are single marked by the Tutor and subject to moderation by an Internal Assessor. In the second and third years, assessments are double marked by another tutor. For classes with less than 10 registered students the sample shall be 100%. For larger classes 25% plus all failed or borderline grades shall be sampled.
In addition, a sample of 2nd and 3rd year work, including all failed work, is moderated by an External Examiner.
Feedback on your assessment (both formative and summative) provides the opportunity for you to reflect on it and to use this feedback as the basis for learning and to improve your work.
Feedback can take many forms and may be informal. For example, it may be given and discussed in the classroom or it may be more formal and delivered in written or audio form from peers or academic staff. Understanding your feedback is very important and to achieve this you are encouraged to discuss feedback with your peers and academic staff.
Receiving feedback on your work is an essential and important part of learning and therefore all programmes provide regular opportunities for formative assessment, the purpose of which is to get detailed feedback on your performance so you get a regular update on how you are developing and to prepare you for any summative assessment.
Feedback on summative assessment will be offered in a variety of forms and all work will be marked and moderated in line with the University Regulations.
You will normally be provided with feedback within 15 working days of the published submission date.
Submitting work on Turnitin
You are required to submit all written work to Turnitin UK. This facility also allows staff to mark your work and provide written comments on that website and then for you to log-in and see your feedback. It is your responsibility to log-in and look at your feedback.
Some assessment is by group or individual presentation. You may receive verbal feedback on the day from your tutor and your peers. You may also be required to write a report which must be submitted by the required deadline. Tutors will give formal written feedback on both the presentation and the report. These reports must be submitted by the required deadline to Turnitin UK and to the same rules as other written work.
Deferral of assessment
If there are exceptional circumstances which through no fault of your own are preventing you from completing all or part of your assessment (e.g. submitting coursework or making a presentation) you may seek permission to defer all or part of the assessment in a module to the next available opportunity.
Exceptional circumstances include bereavement, sickness (with medical evidence), etc. If you think this applies to you then you should submit a mitigating circumstances form to the office attaching supporting documentation, e.g. medical certificates. Mitigating circumstances must be applied for at least one week before the deadline and under no circumstances can it be granted after the deadline has passed.
Although no one anticipates failing a module, it is important that you are aware of what happens if you do. Normally you would be entitled to one re-assessment opportunity if you don’t pass and there is no financial cost associated with this second attempt.