Each Programme has a designated Moodle page which houses further details of each of the modules contained with a programme. A full assessment schedule will be available via Moodle. Any changes made to the schedule will be done in consultation with the student body and will be fully communicated to the students that are affected.
FORMATIVE AND SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT DETAILS A range of assessment modes are used across your programme.
Formative assessment is used to support your development of academic skills.
You are strongly advised to make the most of formative assessment opportunities.
Your performance in a module will be assessed during the academic year, normally through a combination of coursework and end of year examinations. You must pass the assessments in order to be credited with that module for your award.
The method of assessment varies between modules and your lecturers will advise you of the method(s) to be used. This reflects the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. Various sources of guidance and support are available for undertaking different types of assessments.
During your programme you may experience some, or all, of the following types of assessment:
ASSESSMENT HAND-IN PROCESS, ASSESSMENT CRITERIA AND GUIDANCE, MODIFIED ASSESSMENT PROVISION ASSESSMENT FORMAT
You are expected to submit your work in standardised format for all written submissions (unless advised otherwise) as per the guidance below and also to use the standardized front sheet:
GENERAL PRESENTATION, FORMAT AND FONT GUIDANCE Please ensure that UK English is used.
Use a 2.5cm margin on the left, and 2cm margins on the top, right and bottom.
Use 1.5 line spacing.
Use Arial 12pt font.
The first line of paragraphs must not be indented.
Paragraphs must be separated by a 1.5 line space.
Text in the main body of the document must be fully justified.
Use a 10pt Arial footer left justified containing only your student number.
Use page numbers positioned bottom, centre in Arial 10pt font.
Do not use a header unless instructed otherwise (e.g. for business reports).
Ensure that a consistent style is used throughout the document (e.g. for section headings, numbering and bullet point styles).
PRESENTATION OF TABLES, FIGURES AND IMAGES Tables and Figures should be referred to in the preceding text.
Table headings should be positioned above the Table.
Text within tables should be single line spaced and unjustified.
Figure headings should be positioned below the Figure.
Only use pictures, photographs or images to demonstrate a point. Do not use pictures solely for aesthetic purposes. These should be referred to as Figures.
Ensure that images used are of reproducible quality. (Avoid over expanding images resulting in a low quality pixelated/grainy image.)
Tables and Figures should be understandable without preceding text, therefore may benefit from the addition of a legend containing explanatory text.
REFERENCING The Harvard Referencing System must be used. (Refer to Plymouth University’s Cite Them Rite http://www.citethemrightonline.com for definitive guidance)
NEVER use bullet points in the reference list.
It is acceptable to use single line spacing for the reference list.
Do NOT use bibliographies (unless specifically required to do so).
WORD COUNT Include the word count on the front sheet
A tolerance of 10% can be applied to the stipulated word count. Deviations exceeding ±10% will be penalised.
Table 1 describes what is and is not included in the word count.
Table 1. Summary of words included in and excluded from the word count.
Table 1. Summary of words included in and excluded from the word count. Included
All in-text citation (including those in parentheses)
All direct quotes
All table headings
Numerical data in tables
All diagram headings and labels
Reference list & Bibliography
All textural footnotes
Contents and Cover/Title pages
All headings and sub-headings
ASSESSMENT SUBMISSION PROCESS The majority of your assessments should be submitted via the VLE (moodle) by the time specified on the assessment brief. You are strongly discouraged from emailing assessments to staff and this should only be done in exceptional circumstances with prior agreement. For hard copy submissions (such as log books, portfolios and posters) you will be given the exact time and location of the submission.
For some of your assessments you may be required to submit your work to anti- plagiarism software, such as Turnitin®, prior to submission. This is a useful academic development tool, it is not that we think you are cheating! You will be informed when this is a requirement and given the appropriate training to enable you to do so.
SUBMISSION DEADLINES Remember that deadlines are deadlines and they should always be met. If a piece of work is up to 24hours late a maximum mark of 40% will be awarded. Work that is more than 24 hours late will be given a zero. If however there are extenuating circumstances you should let your programme manager know as soon as possible.
RESITTING ASSESSMENTS A fee is not charged for referral work if it is done during the referral period. Resit modules are free if they are being undertaken following approved extenuating circumstances. Modules that have to be re-sat as a second attempt are likely to attract a fee.
ASSESSMENT FEEDBACK FORMS A generic feedback form is used for all HE assessments. This will be accompanied by standard appropriate assessment grading matrices. The most commonly used is the Reports/Essays matrix shown below. Other assessment matrices may be used depending on the nature of the assessment and these will be issued with the assessment brief. Take time to examine these carefully – it will help you to know what is expected of you!
ASSESSMENT GRADING MATRIX FOR ESSAYS/REPORTS
Select and deploy relevant knowledge showing understanding of relevant literature/resources.
No attempt to use relevant literature
Little or no relevant factual content
Has little apparent understanding of the concepts relevant to this area of study
Little or no interpretation or analysis of information
Little or no idea of relevant theoretical background or its application
No conventional structure to report
Spelling / grammatical errors make report incomprehensible
Explanations illogical or non-existent
MODIFIED ASSESSMENT PROVISION If you think that you should receive any modified assessment provision you must notify your module leaders and programme manager as soon as possible.
In all cases these are chosen and designed to assess your achievement of the particular learning outcomes for the module. You will be given Assessment Criteria on each of your assessments which are used to judge the extent of your achievement.
Please reference the Benchmarking Skills Map in the Programme Specification in the programme Quality handbook for further details on how the teaching, learning and assessments are achieved within each module.
Please note that ALL assessment marks and results are provisional until confirmed by the Subject Assessment Panel and verified by the Award Assessment
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Marks approved by SAP and forwarded to College Award Assessment Board
Marks submitted to SAP for consideration and approval
Marks collated by Module Leader & submitted to Programme Manager
1The sample for the internal moderation comprises 20% or 10 assessment pieces minimum. The sample should include a range of assessment pieces including borderlines and fails. For more guidance see the Plymouth University Marking and Moderation policy 2015