The assessment of your progress is an integral part of the Department's teaching and your learning. Our procedures are designed to provide a fair assessment of your achievement, to give you goals to aim for, to provide feedback on how you are doing and to encourage you to develop and use your transferable skills in Self-study, Communication, IT and Organisation.
Assessment is by way of
Most written examinations take place in the summer term, either in week 30 or in weeks 33-38. The Department believes that end of year examinations allow you the time necessary to digest the module material and put it into context with material from other modules. The Department also believes that revision for examinations plays a crucial part in the learning process. The Department encourages you to practice on past papers, complete sets of which are made available to students as are sample answers. Personal tutors will also help you with your revision particularly in the first two years.
First year lecture and some second year modules, all laboratory modules and some computing modules have components which are continuously assessed. You will be asked to submit work including answers to problems, output from computers and laboratory notebooks. There are some all class tests. Your work will then be marked and returned to you, so that you can benefit from the feedback in time for any future submissions.
You will be asked to write formal reports on some laboratory experiments, as part of your final year project and for the Group Project. You may also write extended reports as part of your second or third year programme. You will be given guidance on how to write and will be encouraged to discuss the written work with your supervisor before submitting the report.
Oral Examinations and Presentations
Some laboratory and project work is assessed orally. For some modules, you will be asked to make a presentation to an audience including some of your colleagues and members of staff. You will be given guidance beforehand on how to prepare your presentation. Oral examinations are used for final year projects would normally include some feedback and advice.