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Marks

Marks for assessed work are awarded on a percentage scale. The following table shows the relationship between marks awarded and the type of work expected for those marks.


Mark Level

Comprehension & Analysis Effort & Coverage Presentation
80+
Outstanding
Showing total mastery of the subject matter, complete conceptual understanding and an extremely high level of technical competence shown by fully appropriate selection and correct application of tools/ techniques/ methodologies.The work demonstrates creativity and originality of thought and is of publishable quality with no more than minor revisions.Shows a sophisticated and critical manipulation and analysis of concepts and theoretical perspectives and capacity for independent thought.The work is extremely well argued; all the main issues are explored and evaluated and the conclusions are fully justified and supported by the evidence presented. Recommendations for improvement (where applicable) are practical and convincing. All objectives are fully covered. Extensive coverage of as much relevant material as could reasonably be expected. Extremely high level of effort demonstrated by the wide range of appropriate references and actual company/industrial examples used. Professionally produced showing exceptional written communication skills with faultless grammar and spelling.Well structured with excellent use of headings and sub-sections that show the development of a logical argument.Diagrams where used are appropriately titled and referenced in the text.The contents sheet includes all the sub-sections and relevant page numbers.All pages are correctly and clearly numbered. All references are properly cited and listed and references and bibliography are distinct.
70+
Distinction
Showing a high degree of mastery of the subject matter, near complete conceptual understanding and a high level of technical competence with only insignificant errors. Clearly demonstrates understanding and appropriate application of relevant tools/ techniques/ methodologies.Shows very highly developed ability to analyse, synthesise and apply knowledge and concepts.There is evidence of highly developed critical abilities and some use of original ideas.The work is very well argued; all the main issues are explored and evaluated and the reasons for the conclusions are clearly indicated. Depth of analysis and outcomes exceed what would normally be achieved by a masters level candidate. Recommendations for improvement (where applicable) are practical and convincing. All major objectives are covered.Very good coverage of most of the relevant material that could be expected.Very high level of effort demonstrated by the use of appropriate references and actual company/industrial examples. Well produced, showing a high level of written communication skills with few or no grammatical and spelling errors.Well structured with good use of headings and sub-sections that show the development of a logical argument.Diagrams, contents sheet, page numbering, references and bibliography are presented correctly with few or no errors.
60-69
Good Pass
Showing a sound and thorough grasp of the subject matter though possibly lacking in the breadth and depth required for a distinction: good conceptual understanding and a good level of technical competence although there may be a few gaps leading to some minor errors.A good attempt at analysis, synthesis and application of knowledge and concepts. There is evidence of critical abilities and some attempt at original thought.There is appreciation of the main issues and the ability to make critical points and substantiate them.The main analysis and outcomes were beyond question, but may be more limited in scope than that required for a distinction. Recommendations for improvement (where applicable) are practical although they may not consider the wider issues and implications but with some additional work could be convincing and acted upon. Most major objectives are covered.Comprehensive coverage of primary sources and relevant material.High level of effort demonstrated by the use of mostly appropriate references and actual company/industrial examples. Evidence of extra reading and research beyond the basic requirements. Effective presentation, showing generally good written communication skills with good spelling and grammar.A well thought through overall structure and the length is appropriate.Diagrams, contents sheet, page numbering, references and bibliography are generally well presented with only minor errors of indexing, proof-reading or photocopying.
50-59
Pass
Showing a grasp of the subject matter with possibly some confusion or gaps but none that is major, and a fair understanding of the concepts. The work may contain some significant errors but it is technically competent at a routine level.The attempt at analysis, synthesis and application of knowledge and concepts is competent but lacks depth.The evidence of critical abilities is weak. There is a heavy reliance on course materials and little evidence of original thought.There is sensible comment on the evidence and materials used although some of the conclusions drawn may be unsubstantiated.The general outcomes were sound, but there may be some incorrect deductions from the data. Recommendations for improvement (where applicable) are generally correct but are stated at too high a level to be convincing. The basic requirements of the work are covered. Limited coverage of primary sources and relevant material.Satisfactory level of effort demonstrated by the generally appropriate use of references and actual company/industrial examples although some areas may have benefited from additional support, or more equal balance of academic references and company/industrial examples. A competent presentation within a satisfactory overall structure that may lack balance in certain areas or fails to fully integrate all of the material. It is generally well written with adequate spelling and grammar.Diagrams, contents sheet, page numbering, references and bibliography may contain errors or show inconsistency
40-49
Fail, but module complete (for candidates commencing after 1 August 2013)
Diploma Pass (for candidates commencing before August 2013)
Showing some familiarity with the subject matter, but with major gaps and serious misconceptions.A low level of technical competence with many errors. An incomplete and/or partially correct answer.There is some evidence that concepts and theory is understood and there is a modest attempt to analyse them. There is a tendency towards uncritical description and no evidence of original ideas.There is little discussion on the application of knowledge few, if any, conclusions drawn and recommendations for improvement are either missing or unsubstantiated. Some of the basic requirements of the work have not been covered.Limited coverage of relevant material with over-reliance on secondary sources.Few, if any, examples used. Few references cited. Little evidence that any reading around the subject has been carried out. Less than optimal presentation, lacking in logical structure, making it difficult to read. Ideas are poorly expressed, often with mistakes. There are errors in grammar and/or spelling.Diagrams, contents sheet, page numbering, references and bibliography may be poorly presented or some missing.
<40
Fail
Showing serious gaps in knowledge of the subject matter and many areas of confusion.Technical competence is poor with many serious errors and there is an inability to apply knowledge.Does not demonstrate understanding of the issue and information/data used may be irrelevant.Overall not a document that the company/university would wish to have its name on.Little or no evidence that concepts and theory have been understood and little or no attempt at sustained analysis.There is a lack of critical appreciation and often the question has been ignored or badly misunderstood.Does not demonstrate the ability to appropriately apply tools/techniques/ methodologies. Few or none of the basic requirements of the work have been achieved.Inadequate/superficial coverage of relevant material and little use of even course material.Little or no indication of the participant’s own efforts and contribution. No examples or references used. Poor or muddled presentation and structuring of arguments. The level of expression is inadequate, often being unclear or confused. Poor grammar and/or spelling.Diagrams, contents sheet, page numbering, references and bibliography poorly presented or missing.

 

For candidates commencing before August 2013, a pass-mark for an individual assignment will be accepted as 40%, however, in order to satisfy the Examiners in the course work component of the MSc, you must gain an average mark of 50% or better across your nine assignments.

For candidates commencing on or after 1 August 2013, only modules achiving a mark of at least 50% will be deemed to have passed

Any assessment mark awarded prior to the Board of Examiners' meeting is subject to approval by that Board and hence potentially liable for revision.