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Assessment Strategy

Departmental Assessment Strategy

General Statement

The department offers a range of Honours modules and a variety of assessment methods. Some modules are 100% assessed by essay or extended project, some are assessed 100% by invigilated examination, while others use portfolios, logbooks, journals, commonplace books and online/digital projects as well as examinations and essays for assessment. Assessment methods for modules are approved in advance by University Committees, and staff members cannot change these over the course of an academic year.

Assessment Aims
• To engage both students and staff in the learning process
• To enhance the dialogue between teacher and learner
• To award or withhold qualifications/credit
• To measure student performance
• To prepare our students for further study

Assessment Design

Assessment is designed to be
• Reliable
• Valid
• Equitable
• Timely

The Department is committed to

• Promoting the active engagement of students in their own learning
• Facilitating assessment activities which can best improve student learning, recognising the key role of feedback in students’ learning
• Supporting colleagues to enable them to develop innovative assessment methods which are linked to module and programme-level learning outcomes
• Ensuring that students receive timely, meaningful feedback

Use of Plagiarism Detection Software

• Process: when a tutor suspects plagiarism she or he notifies the Head of Department. Having examined the work, the Head of Department may impose a mark of 0%. For a second-year or third-year student, the case may be considered by a Senate Disciplinary Committee. If plagiarism is detected in one essay, all other essays may be re-examined for evidence of plagiarism.
• Detection: to help with the detection of plagiarism, the department uses the software Turn-it-in. All students are required to submit one electronic copy of their assessed essays, and these are passed through the software in order to detect any potentially illegitimate use of textual sources.

The assessment methods for the modules are agreed in advance by University Committees, and staff members in the department are unable to change the approved assessment methods for their modules.