Q. How are the criteria used in marking made clear to students?
The criteria used in marking will be made clear in advance in the NILE module site and will ‘Assessment information’. One method of doing this is a marking grid, which we call a rubric.
All assignments are marked based on whether the learning outcomes in question have been achieved. The learning outcomes, and the grade criteria which are common across all undergraduate levels, are shown on the rubric. Your submission is assessed against each learning outcome using the grade criteria. Marking to learning outcomes ensures achievement is clearly linked to assessment and is consistent and fair. For more information on how we mark your work please visit this section in the Student Hub (login required).
Rubrics can be used for both Turnitin, and Blackboard assessments (which include assignment, blog, discussion board, group presentation, journal, or video) and your tutor should make it clear which rubric is being used. You will be able to view the rubric before you submit your assignment. Use the feedback from the rubric to identify areas for development to support your progression.
In assessing your work, the marker uses his/her academic judgment to:
- Map the achievement of the learning outcomes against the marking bands
- Arrive at an overall mark that balances the marks for each LO with the overall performance
- All assessments are marked in accordance with the University’s Assessment and Feedback Policy.
A marked rubric will show how your work has been assessed. Assessment against the grading criteria considers quality and evidence relating to the learning outcomes: the professional/academic quality criteria assess structure, academic referencing; or whether you have conducted yourself professionally or addressed appropriate professional ethics. (Your tutor should make it clear if academic credit will be awarded for these aspects of your submission.)