Assessment Methods/Evaluation of Module Assignments

The following schema outlines a structure one might apply when applying a marking standard.

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Evaluation of Module Assignments

Grade Organisation 15 Marks
(Planning, Structure and Topic Development)
A
(10 – 15)
A logical and well-planned structure providing an appropriate framework for the orderly development of the assignment.
B
(8 – 9)
A well planned study which develops the discussion in a clearly defined framework appropriate to the topic
C
(6 – 7)
Appropriately organised structure including a clearly discerned line of argument or development of the topic.
D
(<6)
Lacking an appropriate organisational framework and the full development of the topic under discussion.
Grade & Comment


Grade References 15 Marks
(Use of reading, lecture input and reflection on personal experience)
A
(10 – 15)
Skilled selection and synthesis of material drawn from lectures, tutor input, current sources and personal experience including critical evaluation of and appropriate quotation from this material
B
(8 – 9)
Good selection and critical interpretation of a range of current sources including lecture inputs appropriate reading and personal experience
C
(6 – 7)
Use of sufficient range of sources demonstrating reasonable knowledge of essential reading in the subject.
D
(<6)
Inadequate breadth of reading of relevant literature and inadequate use of lecture input and personal experience
Grade & Comment


Grade Analysis 40 Marks
(Identification, Understanding and Development of Key Elements, Themes and Issues in relation to the topic)
A
(28 – 40)
Skilfully and carefully developed identification and analysis of the key elements, themes and issues in relation to the topic demonstrating evidence of critical and creative thinking.
B
(24 – 27)
Well developed interpretation and understanding of essential elements, themes and issues in relation to the topic
C
(16 – 23)
Satisfactory demonstration of knowledge and understanding of the key elements, themes and issues in relation to the topic.
D
(<16)
Incomplete knowledge and understanding of the key elements, themes and issues in relation to the topic
Grade & Comment


Grade Relevance 15 Marks
(Relevant to the assignment given and linked to the needs and experience of the student)
A
(10 – 15)
Intelligently linked to professional needs and experience and fully relevant to the topic under discussion
B
(8 – 9)
Makes good use of personal and professional experience and maintains a strong degree of relevance to the given assignment
C
(6 – 7)
Adequate application to professional and personal experience and reasonably relevant to the topic
D
(<6)
Linkage between assignment and professional experience incompletely developed and significant passages of no immediate relevance to the topic under discussion
Grade & Comment


Grade Presentation 15 Marks
(Quality of writing, use of language, academic conventions, layout and design)
A
(10 – 15)
Skilful and exact use of language, high quality presentation and accurate application of academic conventions
B
(8 – 9)
Well presented, fluent, readable and accurate
C
(6 – 7)
Presentation satisfactory, reasonable clarity of expression and use of language, satisfactory use of academic conventions
D
(<6)
Expression and presentation not of a minimum acceptable standard
Grade & Comment


Grade Overall 100%
A
(70 – 100%)
Work of high quality combining extensive knowledge, in-depth analysis, excellent standard of presentation and evidence of critical, original and creative thinking
B
(60 – 69%)
Work of very good quality showing evidence of reading, reflection and careful planning and presentation
C
(50 – 59%)
Satisfactory work showing evidence of a reasonable level of understanding and knowledge, adequate reading and reflection and an acceptable level of presentation and language use
D
(<40%)
Work not of a level adequate to pass without satisfactory evidence of knowledge and understanding of relevant issues
Grade & Comment


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