Feedback is generally provided in three main forms i.e on i) assessed coursework, ii) examination performance and iii) general aspects of each module. For each module, in addition to the individual marks given for assessed coursework, you will receive an overall module mark and the end of each semester you will receive a set of module marks for the semester from your personal tutor. Your module marks are confidential and not shown to other students. Individual mark components (e.g. coursework marks) are also confidential; the only exception to this is when you receive a mark for a piece of ‘group work’ in which all members of your group receive the same mark. The sections below provide further details about feedback.
Coursework feedback is normally provided through written comments on your work. For many pieces of coursework, a cover sheet will be returned with your work to explain the mark received and give advice on how your work could be improved. For other pieces of non-examination assessed work, it may not be feasible to provide written comments on your work, for example, a group oral presentation; in such cases, feedback may be provided verbally or by email. Feedback for other assessed work e.g. laboratory practicals, may be provided in other ways as appropriate to the assignment set. Whilst the manner by which you receive coursework may vary depending on the type of coursework set, the purpose of the feedback is to provide a mark for the work together with constructive comments to help improve your performance in future assignments. If you wish to discuss your performance in any assessed work, you should contact the module convenor.
Module convenors will set a date by which you must submit coursework and a date when you can expect to receive feedback on your coursework. This information will be provided when the module convenor sets the piece of work.
After each of the main examination periods, students are advised that examination feedback will be posted on Web CT. This will include: i) feedback on examination questions on which students' performance could be improved, ii) suggested strategies for improving performance in those questions and iii) general comments about examination technique etc. Student wishing to discuss their examination performance should contact the relevant module convenor(s).
A copy of the Module Report Form, which is a summary of the discussion/feedback with students at the end of each module, can be found in the Web CT folder for the module. This feedback sheet is used by module convenors to identify areas of the module which students felt worked well, and areas which could be improved; in the latter case, the module convenor will make appropriate academic adjustments to the module for the following academic session. The areas of feedback covered by the module report form follow the headings detailed in the Module Report Form.
The University’s Quality Manual provides information on good practice for feedback on assessed work and what you can expect to receive as a student at The University of Nottingham.