Principles of assessment
Clarity of information to students
Students should be provided at the outset of their programme with explicit information about:
- how their work will be assessed.
- how they will be informed of results from assessments.
- what types of assessment they can expect to be given, with an explanation of the difference between formative and summative assessments.
- how much and what form of feedback to expect. Departments will need to point out that this may vary for different types of assessment.
- the timescale between submission of assessed work and the provision of feedback.
- details of assessment criteria, intended learning outcomes and any other information that aids transparency of the marking process.
- conventions on the confirmation of marks - for example, that marks from summative assessments are provisional until verified by Exam Boards.
- who to approach in the first instance for support and advice on matters to do with assessment and feedback.