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Taught Postgraduate External Examiners Briefing Day For New External Examiners 2011/12 Academic Session. What are we covering?. The DMU Context The Taught Postgraduate Scheme The Role of the External Examiner External Examiner Reports. The De Montfort University Context.

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Taught postgraduate external examiners briefing day for new external examiners

Taught Postgraduate External Examiners Briefing Day

For New External Examiners

2011/12 Academic Session


What are we covering

What are we covering?

  • The DMU Context

  • The Taught Postgraduate Scheme

  • The Role of the External Examiner

  • External Examiner Reports


Taught postgraduate external examiners briefing day for new external examiners

The De Montfort University Context


Roles within the university

Roles within the University

  • Devolved University

  • Role of the Centre


Role of individuals

Role of Individuals

  • PVC/Dean

  • Deputy Dean

  • Head of School/Department

  • Programme Leader

  • Subject Leader

  • Module Leader

  • Head of Postgraduate Studies

  • Head of Quality


Taught postgraduate external examiners briefing day for new external examiners

The Taught Postgraduate Scheme


Programme specific regulations

Programme Specific Regulations

  • Presentation covers the generic scheme

  • Some programmes have programme specific regulations which are more stringent

  • Programme specific regulations will be published as an annex in the Taught Postgraduate Programmes University Regulations from 2012/13


The credit framework

The Credit Framework

DMU uses nationally recognised credit tariff:

  • 1 credit = 10 student learning hours

  • Modules based around units of 15 credits (150 student learning hours)

  • Standard modules (15 credits), double modules (30 credits)

  • Postgraduate dissertation module normally worth 60 credits

  • Semester based system


Programme specification

Programme Specification

  • DMU uses ‘templates’ to define curricula

  • Two levels of templates defining programme and module

  • Programme templates place subject in national context, including subject benchmarks

  • Module templates use learning outcomes methodology and link this to assessment

  • Programme templates define student outcomes as per QAA programme specification


Awards credits

Awards & Credits

Award Total credits Level of Credits

MA/MSc 180 Minimum 150 at level 7

Postgraduate diploma 120 Minimum 90 at level 7

Postgraduate certificate 60 Minimum 45 at level 7

  • The University adheres to the Framework for HE Qualifications for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) and the Credit Framework which designate master’s awards at level 7. The FHEQ contains generic descriptors which define awards at master’s level.


Maximum periods of registration

Maximum Periods of Registration

AwardFull-timePart-time

Master’s degree with sandwich4 years7 years

Master’s degree 3 years6 years

Postgraduate diploma2 years4 years

Postgraduate certificate1 year2 years


Moving through the programme

Moving through the programme

  • Module pass mark = 50% (some continuing students will still be on ‘old’ 40% pass mark)

  • All modules should be passed to gain award

  • One reassessment attempt is available in each module


Award of distinction

Award of Distinction

Master’s: dissertation is at distinction level (70%) and

either at least 120 credits are at distinction level or the

overall average mark is at distinction level

PgDip: either at least 90 credits at distinction level or

the overall average mark is at distinction level

PgCert:either at least 45 credits at distinction level or

the overall average mark is at distinction level


Award of merit

Award of Merit

Master’s: dissertation is at merit level (60%) and either

at least 120 credits are at merit level or the overall

average mark is at merit level

PgDip:either at least 90 credits at merit level or

the overall average mark is at merit level

PgCert: either at least 45 credits at merit level or

the overall average mark is at merit level


Changes and withdrawals

Changes and Withdrawals

  • Modules – up to 30 credits can be substituted, by end of 2nd week of delivery

  • Programmes – students can change programme, with agreement of Head of PG Studies, by end of 2nd week of programme

  • Interruption of studies– granted by Head of Postgraduate Studies, for no more than 1 year in 1st instance. Counts within maximum period of registration


Taught postgraduate external examiners briefing day for new external examiners

The Role of the External Examiner


The overall purpose of the external examiner

The Overall Purposeof the External Examiner

  • To ensure that standards are maintained from a subjectpoint of view

  • To ensure fairness and equity from a student point of view

  • To act as a critical friend with:

    - Curriculum developments

    - Standards


Examiners role with assessment

Examiners Role with Assessment

  • Assessment aims and objectives are appropriate

  • Purposes and philosophy of assessment are articulated and understood

  • Assessment load is appropriate

  • Assessment is properly and impartially conducted


At the start of each session

At the Start of Each Session

  • Agree the basis for sampling assessments

  • Engage in consultation about draft papers etc

  • Agree the basis of visits to the University


Outside of the assessment boards

Outside of the Assessment Boards

  • Meet students and discuss their work

  • Advise on individual cases e.g. where there has been internal disagreement about a mark

  • Sample scripts and assessed material to enable judgments to be made as to the:

    - overall suitability of assessment methods

    - coherence of assessment strategy

    - consistency of internal marking


Sampling

Sampling

  • Right to see all scripts

  • Discretion to sample

  • Can viva voce as required/necessary

  • Should see:

    • Assessment(s) marked highest overall

    • Selection of passed assessments from each mark band

    • Problematic assessments

    • All failed dissertations


Collaborative partners

Collaborative Partners

  • Some programmes are run in collaboration with partners at locations both UK and overseas

  • External examiners should understand this when sampling in order that they can comment


Assessment boards

Assessment Boards

There is a variety of practice between (and within) faculties ranging from boards responsible for individual programmes to faculty wide boards.


Purpose of assessment boards

Purpose of Assessment Boards

  • Accountable for academic integrity of assessment in programmes and one or more subjects

  • Responsible for conduct of assessment including determining module marks and awards

  • A focus for quality assurance


Assessment boards terms of reference

Assessment Board:

Teaching, Learning and Assessment strategies

Assessment of students

Achievement and Award

Management Board:

Programme and subject provision

Programme and subject development

Academic debate

Student feedback

Assessment Boards – Terms of Reference


At the assessment boards

At the Assessment Boards

  • Arrangements and processes for module assessments and moderation and for reassessments

  • Assessment and marking of students

  • Awards

  • Compliance with university and professional body requirements including programme specific regulations

  • Suspension or termination of students

  • Aegrotats


At the assessment boards external examiners role

At the Assessment Boards – External Examiners Role

  • Review and adjust as necessary the overall spread of marks for a module

  • Consider individual cases

  • Review module pass rates

  • Review programme achievement and award data

  • Give an oral report


At the assessment boards1

At the Assessment Boards

  • The reports…


After the assessment boards

After the Assessment Boards

  • Complete annual report within one month of main assessment board


Reassessment

Reassessment

  • External examiners should be consulted on the process/arrangements in place for reassessment

  • How external examiners are engaged/involved in reassessment


Extenuating circumstances

Extenuating Circumstances

  • Faculties handle all requests

  • Outcome : Deferral only

    Reasons:

  • Consistency and objectivity

  • Focus on genuine cases


Taught postgraduate external examiners briefing day for new external examiners

External Examiner Reports


When do you report

When do you report?

  • Annual Report

  • Optional Supplementary Reports and Reports to the PVC or VC

  • Within 1 month of main assessment board


Report headings

Report Headings

  • Academic standards and programme/module content: taught elements

  • Academic standards and student performance

  • Project/dissertation/design work

  • Module assessment

  • Delivery and support

  • Programme management & development

  • Programme board and administration

  • Good practice and innovation

  • Outstanding issues and other key observations

  • Collaborative provision

  • UCPD/PgCert Work Based Studies


Content

Content

  • Summary of key points when completing your annual report

    • Handout


What happens to your report

What happens to your report?

  • Send in report electronically to [email protected] to DAQ within 1 month of main assessment board

  • DAQ will circulate report to the Faculty

  • PVC/Dean will send initial response to you within 28 days acknowledging receipt of report and main issues

  • Considered by the relevant management board at which student representatives may be present

  • A full response will be sent to you within 2 weeks after the management board indicating any action to be taken


What happens to your report1

What happens to your report?

Monitoring of Faculty Issues:

  • Faculty Head of Quality will track Faculty themes, comment upon any regulatory or board operation issues and complete annual report to be presented at Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC)

    Monitoring of Institutional Issues:

  • Read by DAQ and institutional themes highlighted. Appropriate person will respond on behalf of University. Issues and responses included in AQSC External Examiner Overview Report

  • Annual Report for the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC).


Administrative arrangements

Faculty Administration

Managing student records

Programme and module management

Programme and management boards

Operational liaison with external examiners

Faculty quality systems

Pay external examiner fees

DAQ Administration

Receive and read all annual and final external examiner reports

Keep track of institutional and Faculty themes

Prepare AQSC Annual Report

Appointments and extensions of appointments

Administrative Arrangements


Payment of fees and expenses

Payment of Fees and Expenses

What

  • Annual fee

    Paid on receipt of annual report (to [email protected]) and claim form (to Faculty contact)

  • Visit fee

    Paid on receipt of claim form. Claim after each visit

  • Dissertation fee

    Keep track of dissertations and include details on claim form

  • Expenses

    Include any receipts


Payment of fees and expenses1

Payment of Fees and Expenses

Who

  • Art, Design and Humanities

    Bally Dhalu ([email protected])

  • Business and Law

    Sue Owen ([email protected]) OR

    Vicki Clarke ([email protected])

  • Health and Life Sciences

    Alison Levey ([email protected])

  • Technology

    Suffiyyah Mohammed ([email protected])


Payment of fees and expenses2

Payment of Fees and Expenses

When

  • Completed and authorised claim forms that are received by Payroll before the 8th of each month will be paid on the 25th of that month (or nearest working day)


Contacts

Contacts

  • Jo Cooke, Director of Student and Academic Services

    [email protected]

  • Leopold Green, Head of Taught Programmes

    [email protected]

  • Louise Newell, Quality Officer (External Examiners), Department of Academic Quality

    [email protected]


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