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Assessment Policy

Policy overview

1 Purpose

To articulate the principles and practices that underpin the approach of the University to assessing Student learning.

2 Scope

This policy applies to all Courses offered by the University.

All Students and staff members involved in Course Assessment are subject to this policy.

3 Policy Statement

The University acknowledges that Assessment has a crucial role in learning and teaching.

The University expects Assessment to be academically rigorous and valid (learning principles), effective and efficient (content principles) and ethical and fair (equity principles).

4 Principles

To achieve this, the University has adopted the following principles:

  • Learning principles
    Assessment should focus on and assess the achievement of the applicable learning objectives.

    Assessment should be learning focussed and should use Assessment Items based on discipline-relevant standards appropriate to the level of the Course.
  • Content principles
    Assessment should fully align with the Course Specifications including specified Student workload.

    Assessment should reflect what is most important to learn from the Course up to the point of Assessment.
  • Equity principles
    Assessment should recognise and reasonably accommodate Student diversity.

    Assessment should be standards-based using pre-determined criteria and weightings known to Students in advance.

4.1 Learning

The methods employed in assessing Student achievement of the applicable objective shall maintain academic standards appropriate to the level of the Course in which Students are enrolled.

The types and design of Summative Assessment Items used for a Course should be appropriate for the applicable objectives being assessed.

Assessment techniques should enable Students to demonstrate clearly the level of achievement that they have attained in the areas being assessed.

4.2 Content

Examiners should limit their use of Summative Assessment Items in Courses to ensure that Students are not over-assessed and that Students can get appropriate and timely feedback on such Assessment Items.

Examiners are encouraged, where appropriate, to use Formative Assessments as part of the teaching/learning process.

4.3 Equity

Summative Assessment Items for a Course will normally be moderated and criterion referenced.

The allocation of Grades and/or Marks to Student work by academic staff for a Course will reflect the best professional judgment of the level of learning achieved.

The Assessment methods employed shall ensure that the Assessment is not based on prejudicial or other unfair practices.

5 References

Nil.

6 Schedules

This policy must be read in conjunction with its subordinate schedules as provided in the table below.

7 Policy Information

Subordinate Schedules

Accountable Officer

Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Policy Type

Academic Quality Policy

Approved Date

1/7/2013

Effective Date

28/3/2014

Review Date

28/3/2017

Relevant Legislation

Related Policies

Academic Integrity Policy

Learning and Teaching Policy

Student Expectations and Responsibilities Policy

Related Procedures

Assessment Procedure

Formal Examinations Procedure

Related forms, publications and websites

Definitions

Terms defined in the Definitions Dictionary

Assessment

The process of evaluating the extent to which Students have achieved the objectives of a Course....moreThe process of evaluating the extent to which Students have achieved the objectives of a Course.

Assessment Item

An individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature....moreAn individual Assessment task as outlined in the Assessment schedule for a Course. Assessment Items may consist of Assignments or Formal Examinations and may be Formal, Informal, Formative or Summative in nature.

Course

The basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program....moreThe basic unit of study and assessment for which a Student may be awarded a grade, and may accumulate credit units towards completion of a Program.

Course Specification

A written specification of the objectives, content, assessment methods, and other relevant details of a Course....moreA written specification of the objectives, content, assessment methods, and other relevant details of a Course.

Formative Assessment

Assessment that is designed to assist Students in monitoring their progress through a Course, but which does not contribute towards the Final Grade for that Course....moreAssessment that is designed to assist Students in monitoring their progress through a Course, but which does not contribute towards the Final Grade for that Course.

Grade (noun)

A Grade is a code that indicates the status of the Assessment of Student performance against the learning objectives of a Course....moreA Grade is a code that indicates the status of the Assessment of Student performance against the learning objectives of a Course.

Mark

An indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value....moreAn indication of mastery or non-mastery of an assessment task that takes the form of a numerical value.

Student

A person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program....moreA person who has been Admitted or Enrolled at the University, but has not yet graduated from their Academic Program.

Summative Assessment Item

Any Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) used in the determination of a Student's final Grade and should provide for feedback except when it is the final Assessment Item for a Course. Where a Summative Assessment Item is used only to determine whether or not a Student is eligible to be given a passing Grade, the weighting allocated to the item may be zero....moreAny Assessment Item (Assignment or Formal Examination) used in the determination of a Student's final Grade and should provide for feedback except when it is the final Assessment Item for a Course. Where a Summative Assessment Item is used only to determine whether or not a Student is eligible to be given a passing Grade, the weighting allocated to the item may be zero.

University

The term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland....moreThe term 'University' or 'USQ' means the University of Southern Queensland.

Definitions that relate to this policy only

Keywords

Coursework Courses, Assignment, Exams, Examinations, Quiz, Test, Group Work, Grades, Results

Record No

13/57PL

Failure to comply with this Policy or Policy Instrument may be considered as misconduct and the provisions of the relevant Policy or Procedure applied.

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