The University is committed to ensuring that methods of assessment are effective in enabling every student to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes for the credit or qualification being sought in an equitable, valid and reliable way. The University meets that commitment through its policies and procedures. This policy has been written to signpost the relevant policies and procedures showing compliance with the requirements of Chapter B6 of the UK Quality Code for Higher Education ‘Assessment for students and the recognition of prior learning’ available on the QAA website. (Please note this is in relation to the previous Quality Code).
It is an established principle of the University, endorsed by Executive Board and Education and Student Experience Committee, that when registered for a University of Nottingham qualification all teaching and assessment must be in English. The only exception is where the subject of study is a language or literature other than English.
The volume, timing and nature of assessment should enable students to demonstrate the extent to which they have achieved the intended learning outcomes.
Assessment must be carried out securely, including the secure storage of assessment questions, the appropriate invigilation of examinations and the confirmation of student identity in the submission or sitting of assessments.
The School is responsible for the following:
- Setting assessment at the level appropriate to the academic standard for each award of credit or qualification. Guidance on approval mechanisms for assessment can be found in the Curriculum section of the Quality Manual.
- Ensuring that student performance is equitably judged against the appropriate academic standards see policies on Marking and Grading, Degree Classification and External Examining.
- Ensuring that the principles, procedures and processes of assessment are publicised to students, academic and administrative staff, external examiners and appropriate others through suitable channels. See Information about Provision of Higher Education for more information. Guidance for students is also available in Student Engagement and general guidance for examinations is available in ‘Guidance for Students Sitting University Examinations' and Legibility of work submitted for Assessment. Schools should ensure that students are made aware of their responsibilities.
- Schools wishing to hold 'in-house' examinations or tests (including on-line assessments and 'take away' examinations) should ensure that they publish written policies on the use of such assessments. Schools holding such assessments whilst students are still being taught on other modules should ensure that there is no conflict between those assessments and student attendance at teaching or other activity associated with other modules the student is taking. They should also ensure that the needs of students with dyslexia, disabilities and/or long-term medical conditions are considered when conducting such assessments. The School's policy must be included in a School's student handbook(s) or otherwise drawn to the attention of students.
- Seeing that any ‘in-house’ examinations or tests are carried out securely including a confirmation of student identify and proper invigilation of examinations. Guidance and support can be sought from the Examinations Team of Student Service Development (Academic Processes).
- Ensuring that the rules and regulations for progressing from one stage of a programme to another and for qualifying for an award are publicised to students, academic and administrative staff, external examiners and appropriate others through suitable channels. Guidance for Schools on the sort of information they should make available to students can be found in Information about Provision of Higher Education, this includes information about assessment policies and procedures.
- Ensuring that all involved in the assessment of students, including support staff who have responsibilities in this area, are competent to undertake their roles. Relevant policies include Responsibilities of the School Examinations Officer, Marking and Grading, Policy on Occasional Teachers, Policy on Students who Teach and any other policy mentioned in this overview. Where students are involved in assessment through peer to peer activities they are provided with guidance which helps them to fulfil the role in question.
- Ensuring a transparent communication of student achievement at individual assessment task level.
- Making those who might be eligible for the recognition of prior learning aware of the opportunities available and are supported through the process of application and assessment for recognition in line with the policy on Recognition of Other Learning.
- Ensuring that assessment and feedback practices are informed by reflection, consideration of professional practice and subject specific educational scholarship.
- Publishing clear assessment guidance and criteria such that staff and students can engage in dialogue to promote a shared understanding of the basis on which academic judgements are made.
- Provide students with opportunities to develop an understanding of, and the necessary skills to demonstrate, good academic practice.
- Seeing that feedback on assessment is timely, constructive and developmental.
- Acting responsibly in any circumstance where draft assessment questions/tasks, or students work, are held or transported off-site (including where scripts are sent to an external examiner).
- Ensure that students are given information regarding where in the assessment process anonymity ends in line with the Marking by Number system employed by the University.
Other policies relevant to assessment are as follows:
University Assessment Regulations– Assessment Regulations and Missed Assessment Regulations.
Extenuating Circumstances - There may be cases where a student's performance in an assessment is affected by extenuating circumstances. The procedure and form can be found here. Guidelines for obtaining medical certification from Cripps Health Centre can be found online.
Marking and Grading - Policies and procedures relating to marking and classification.
Classification - Policies and procedures relating to degree classification.
Academic Misconduct - The academic enterprise at The University of Nottingham, whether scholarship, research or innovation, is based on the values of academic integrity, honesty and trust. Any improper activity or behaviour by a student which may give that student, or another student, an unpermitted academic advantage in a summative assessment is considered to be an act of academic misconduct and unacceptable in a scholarly community. The Regulations on Academic Misconduct describe the action to be taken in the event of suspected academic misconduct and the procedure for the conduct of an Academic Misconduct Committee.
Appeals - See the Academic Appeals section.
External Examining - Policies and procedures relating to external examiners.
Management of Joint Honours Programmes – Policy relating to the management of programmes across more than one School.
E – Assessment Policy - outlines the minimum requirements that the University expects to be met when delivering summative assessment electronically.
Revised 17 November 2014