Assessments enable students to demonstrate they have fulfilled the objectives of their course, and achieved the standard required for the award they seek.

Purpose and aims

The purpose of assessment is to enable students to demonstrate that they have fulfilled the objectives of their course, and achieved the standard required for the award they seek.

Assessment is a matter of judgement, not simply of computation. Marks, grades and percentages are not absolute values, but symbols used by examiners to communicate their judgement of different aspects of students' work, in order to provide information on which the final decision on students' fulfilment of course objectives may be based.

The aims of assessment are:

  • to provide a measure of the student's achievement in any component of the course
  • to ensure that the award granted is appropriate for such a level of achievement
  • to safeguard the standard of award recommended by the University
  • to provide work targets and feedback to students
  • to provide feedback for the staff teaching the particular programme component
  • to ensure compatibility with similar standards elsewhere

Regulations

The requirements of approval demand that all courses have appropriate assessment regulations. It is important that these regulations are clearly set out to students, so that they know thoroughly the assessment regime under which their awards will be made.

It is the responsibility of the Academic Quality and Standards Committee (AQSC) to assure itself that standards are maintained across the institution, and that the standards attained by BSU students are broadly comparable with those achieved by similar students at other UK Higher Education Institutions.

University assessment policy

In April 2015 Learning and Teaching Committee approved an updated version of the assessment policy. This policy contains revised guidance concerning marking and moderation sample sizes. The 2014/15 Assessment Policy will still be applicable for any referred or deferred assessments.

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