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Assessment Categories

Module Tutors will provide guidance as to their expectations regarding completed assignments during the module.  In general, though, the assignments will be marked to the following categories:


Effort & Presentation


This section would normally carry approximately 70% of the overall marks, although this may vary from assignment to assignment.  The relative importance between factual content and critical analysis will also vary, depending on the nature of the subject being covered.

  • Interpretation of question set - We would expect there to be an introduction which shows a good grasp of the question and provides a clear outline of the scope of the report.  We would not expect you to launch straight in with no attempt to introduce and define the topic.  The question set is the one to which we expect an answer, not the one that you think it should have been.
  • Subject relevance - All the material included should be relevant to the report.  You should not include irrelevant or repetitive material or that which is tangential to the subject matter.
  • Factual content - The factual material that you include should be correct and of sufficient quantity for the subject covered.
  • Insight & originality - We are looking for clear evidence of your own insight, imagination and innovative thought.  Whilst we expect you to use various sources, you should not place too much dependence on material paraphrased from books.  Indeed material which is copied directly from books or other sources will be severely penalised (see section 2 of your handbook).
  • Constructive critical analysis - We are looking for a piece of work which is well argued with all the main issues explored and evaluated and the conclusions justified.  In this category we would expect more than just descriptive work where there is little analysis or criticism.

Effort and Presentation

This section would normally carry 30 % of the overall marks.

  • Use of actual examples - We would expect answers to incorporate good, relevant use of (own or other) company/industrial examples to illustrate any theoretical points.
  • Use and presentation of references -  We would be looking for evidence of a critical and wide-ranging use of relevant literature.  Any references should be properly cited and listed and you should appreciate and demonstrate the difference between references and bibliography.
  • Length - The length of the assignment should be appropriate; that is neither too long so that irrelevant material is included nor too brief so as to be unable to cover the necessary material.
  • Logical structure - The structure of each answer should be such that it enables you to develop a logical argument and marshal your ideas clearly.  You should not fail to adopt a clear theme or line of argument
  • Grammar & syntax - You should use acceptable standards of grammar and syntax.  Whilst some errors of sentence construction, punctuation and/or misuse of words might be acceptable, it is essential that the marker is able to understand your meaning.
  • Spelling - Should be correct.  This is especially so where a word processor is used - as most have a spell-check capability.  If there are a large number of spelling mistakes this would indicate a serious problem.
  • Legibility - It is not a requirement that all assignments be typed or word-processed.  They should, however be legible.
  • Content sheet - Each assignment should contain a content sheet which includes all the sub-sections of all questions, with relevant page numbers.
  • Page numbering - All pages should be clearly and correctly numbered.
  • Question sheet - the questions sheet provided by the module tutor should be bound in the folder provided at the front of your answer and after the fly-sheet.