Assessment Tasks/Methods

This section covers the range of assessment methods that can be referred to when setting assessment tasks. Further guidance regarding Summative and Formative assessment can be found on this briefing document which;

  • defines formative assessment and its role in teaching and learning;
  • considers how it is different in form and purpose to summative assessment;
  • shows how formative and summative assessment work in relation to each other.

 Introduction to assessment tasks and methods.

Summative assessment tasks in a module are designed to enable students to demonstrate the achievement of learning outcomes. The marks/grades achieved for assessment tasks are used to calculate the overall module mark. To avoid over assessment;

  • Courses should limit the number of summative assessment tasks to the minimum required to assess student achievement against course level learning outcomes;
  • This should not normally be more than two summative assessment tasks per 20 credit module.

For more details, please refer to section 2.2 Principles and Procedures for Summative Assessment.

An assessment task is an individual piece of assessed work, for example an essay, an examination, a presentation (see below for a comprehensive list) the mark for which is submitted to Assessment Boards and stored in corporate student information systems. Ancillary assessment regulations and policies such as;

  • Extenuating circumstances;
  • Extensions;
  • Referrals and deferrals;

that apply at assessment task level and can be found on the University’s Rules and Regulations site.

Assessment tasks and methods.

There are various standard methods for assessing student learning in UK higher education. These take a consistent approach, beginning with a brief generic definition of the method, followed by a pedagogic rationale which explains the benefits of using the method and guidance on using the method effectively in terms of administrative and pedagogic processes and tips. Take a look at the overview of assessment methods and individual guidance below:

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Also take a look at the number of resources and additional guidance under Supporting Information, right-hand side bar.