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Assessment Boards External Examiner Training 6 Nov 2013. Assessment Boards. Two-tier system for the determination of marks and results: First tier : Module Assessment Board (MAB) considers module performance and determines the mark

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Assessment boards external examiner training 6 nov 2013

Assessment BoardsExternal Examiner Training6 Nov 2013


Assessment boards
Assessment Boards

  • Two-tier system for the determination of marks and results:

    • First tier: Module Assessment Board (MAB) considers module performance and determines the mark

    • Second tier: University Assessment Board (UAB) considers the progress of students through awards and end of session results (for continuing students)

    • Academic standards matters should be discussed initially in the MAB and brought to the attention of the UAB.


Module assessment boards regs f11 7
Module Assessment Boards [Regs F11.7]

  • Confirm the marks to be awarded for each module.

  • Consider and make recommendations to the second tier board on the operation of condonement or discretion.

  • Consider and make recommendation on failures, malpractice, special cases and deferred assessment to the second tier board.

  • Identify and consider standards issues arising from the assessment exercise.

  • Special consideration of 20% failure rate.

  • Special consideration to mean and standard deviation.


Module assessment boards
Module Assessment Boards

  • Prior to the MAB, External Examiners must have:

  • Completed the moderation of all modules for which they are appointed.

  • Confirmed that marking standards are accurate.

  • Liaised with the Head of Department or Programme Leader as appropriate, on recommendations for fails or special cases.

  • Communicated to the Head of Department or Programme Leader on appropriate comments they wish to draw to the attention of the Board.


Mab mark sheets
MAB Mark Sheets

  • Mark sheets will include:

  • The weighting of each item of assessment within the module.

  • For each student, the raw marks for each component of the total assessment, and the total module mark (calculated in accordance with the validated weighting scheme).

  • The mean mark per cohort and the standard deviation demonstrating each of the component marks and how the overall mark has been arrived at.

  • In the case of courses containing a professional element, professional performance should be included.

  • For reassessment, both the initial and resit marks (both actual and capped marks).


University assessment boards f11 9
University Assessment Boards [F11.9]

  • The UAB considers the profile of marks for each continuing and completing student.

  • University Award External Examiners are required to attend UABs and will be invited accordingly.

  • For continuing students the UAB:

  • Confirms the results for each student in relation to progress through the programme.

  • Exercises condonement provisions in accordance with Regulations. (Reg F14 and F15)

  • Resolves fails, deferred assessment, malpractice and other special cases.


University assessment boards
University Assessment Boards

  • Undergraduate programmes offer two reassessment opportunities, unless professional body requirements prohibit this or a programme has specifically validated a programme to only allow one reassessment.

  • Postgraduate programmes offer one reassessment opportunity.

  • Providing there is no conflict with a PSRB, the UAB has discretion to approve an exceptional third reassessment opportunity (second opportunity for postgraduate level) where there is a reasonable chance of successful completion and within the limits of 1 x 20 credits at each Level.

  • Part-time deferred status is implemented when a student does not have enough credit to progress to the next level of study.

  • An Assessment Contract will be required for any student with 40 or more credits in reassessment or 2nd reassessment.


University assessment boards1
University Assessment Boards

  • For finalists the UAB:

  • Identifies the final award outcomes. (Regs H3-H7)

  • Applies approved rules in relation to borderline cases and determines the final award.

  • Ensures comparability of treatment for students in the interpretation of the Regulations.


University assessment boards2
University Assessment Boards

  • Award classifications are calculated on the arithmetic mean of module marks achieved as follows:

  • Honours Degree

    • Level 4 marks are excluded

    • Level 5 and Level 6 marks are weighted 30:70

    • The weakest 20 credits is discounted

    • Where the mean percentage mark (MPM) is less than 2% below the next higher classification and at least 100 credits are in the higher band the student will be awarded the higher classification.

  • Top-Up Degree

    • All marks contribute towards the MPM

    • Where the MPM is less than 2% below the next higher classification and at least 40 credits are in the higher band the student will be awarded the higher classification.


University assessment boards3
University Assessment Boards

  • Foundation Degree & Target DipHE

    • Level 4 and Level 5 marks are weighted 30:70

    • Merit is awarded when the MPM is 59.5% or above.

    • Distinction is awarded when the MPM 69.5% or above.

    • The weakest 20 credits is discounted

  • Masters Degree

    • All modules contribute towards the MPM.

    • Merit is awarded when the MPM is 59.5% or above.

    • Distinction is awarded when the MPM 69.5% or above and the dissertation is not less than 65%.

  • Alternative Awards

    • UAB may award an alternative award and award title to students who have failed the target award or leave at an interim progression point.


And finally
And finally …

  • Thank you - any questions?


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