D1f: Assessment Flowchart

  1. Ideally, students should be given details of all of their assessments, what each will comprise and when these fall due at the start of their study year. This will help them to plan their workload.
  2. Where this is not possible, the following procedures will be followed:
Time Event
4 weeks before Attendance ·         Moodle course module is opened at least 4 weeks before the attendance part of the module.

·         Assessment tasks are clearly visible showing what has to be completed.

·         Where there is a written assignment, there is an assignment guidance sheet available, reminding students that they should not submit work until it has been discussed during the taught part of the module.

·         Students should work through the directed course materials, reading more widely to support the module knowledge requirements and in preparation for the assignment.

Attendance week ·         Attendance at ORMS for taught content.

·         Students are reminded that the assignment (where one is set) is due in 6 weeks after completion of the taught part of the module.

6 weeks after Attendance ·         Assignment submitted
10 weeks after Attendance ·         Assignment marked and provisional grades presented to students.

·         It is preferable that work is moderated before being returned to the student, and markers should endeavour to do that within the four weeks after submission by students.

12 weeks after Attendance ·         Moderation of marked work is completed, with final provisional grades being returned to the office
Various dates through the year ·         Exam Board confirms grades

3. Assignments should be marked and a provisional grade allocated.

  • Marking tutors will ensure that they are clear what the assessment requirements are (word count, style, learning outcomes etc.) and,
  • Which assessment marking criteria is being used (rubric).
  • Where a first marker has a personal interest in, or relationship with a particular student being assessed, they must declare their interest to the Education Director who will ensure that, wherever possible, other members of the team mark and moderate the relevant work. Any conflict of interest must also be recorded on the D1e Record of Moderation form. Where it is not possible to select an alternative marker, the assessed work must always be included in the moderation sample for each assessment.  Where the assessment contributes to the final award it must always be moderated by the External Examiner.

4. Second marking [i]will always take place where:

  • There is a conflict of interest (the student is employed by ORMS or a sister company;
  • there is a close relationship / friendship between the marker and the student;
  • There is a question about the validity of the work;
  • The first marker has difficulty in setting the grade due to the complex nature of the content of the work (‘some parts are good, others really bad’);
  • The first marker has difficulty in setting the grade due to the language used in the work.
    A record of the second marking will be kept using the D1e Second Marking Form

5. Once all the assignments are marked, moderation[ii] will take place. The office will assign all of the files, with the D1e Moderation Form completed, to a moderator.

  1. The moderator will select a sample of marked work, which should consist of 10% of the marked assessment (subject to a minimum of three and a maximum of 25) plus all of those assessments that have been graded at Fail or equivalent.
  2. The sample should cover the whole range of grades awarded by the initial marker.
  3. Where there is a disagreement, the procedures outlined in the D1e: Moderation and Second Marking Policy should be followed.
  4. Once moderation is completed, the papers and the D1e Record of Moderation form should be returned to the office.

6. Final grades are subject to External Examiner and Award Board approval

[i] Second marking

This involves independent marking of an assessment by more than one marker. The second marker will have access to the comments of the first marker and to the grades awarded by that marker.

[ii] Moderation

This is really a process of review to check consistency of grades awarded for an assessment, normally through sampling the assessment. This may involve some second marking and will require some additional procedures (e.g. in respect of selection of the sample and resolving disagreements). An important aspect of moderation is checking that feedback has been given consistently by all markers and that any minimum requirements in terms of feedback have been met.