Assessment Tasks/Methods

This section covers the range of assessment methods that can be referred to when setting assessment tasks.  Further guidance can be taken from the Formative assessment 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.

In order to ensure that students and staff are not overburdened with assessment, the University sets a limit on the number of assessment tasks to be set per module and per level of study.  These are:

  • a maximum of 12 assessment tasks across 120 credits at UG level
  • a maximum of 18 assessment tasks across 180 credits at PG level
  • a maximum of two assessment tasks per 15 credit PG module and 20 credit UG module
  • a maximum of 3 assessment tasks for a module, regardless of module size

An assessment task is an individual piece of assessed work (e.g. an essay, an examination, a presentation), 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 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.