Assessment and Feedback
Faculty Teaching Fellow
• SHU Assessment and Feedback Policy (April
• D&S Feedback Policy (July 2010)
• SHU new Standard Assessment Regulations
and Assessment Improvement Precepts
Faculty Feedback Policy
• Draws on SHU Assessment and Feedback Policy
(‘assessment for learning’) and Faculty priorities.
• Emphasises the importance of formative
feedback in module and course design and
supportive summative feedback for all
• Has implications for assessment design: a more
incremental approach in which students build up
towards the assessment task, getting feedback on
SHU Assessment Improvement
• Two assessment models:
– Model A: a maximum of 6 tasks per module; up to
3 is the preferred number; pass or fail overall (not
all tasks necessarily need to be passed).
– Model B: a maximum of 3 tasks per module; 2 is
the preferred number; all tasks must be passed.
• Model A is the default model: modules being
validated for 2011/12 will only be allowed
Model B status in a few contexts.
Conditions for Model B
• Professional Body requirements.
• ‘subject discipline and/or legislative requirements
(eg health and safety) which generally can be
evidenced and which would damage the
employability of students if they were not
• Applications for Model B assessment have to be
approved by the Faculty Implementation Team
before validation and agreed by the Secretary
and Registrar. ‘Case law’ will be established.
Implications for Course Planning
• If Model B is being planned, there needs to be
a rationale and evidence to support this as
early as possible so that agreement can be
• In the case of Model A, the implications for
module design and assessment strategy need
careful planning, especially the relationship
between assessment tasks and learning
Learning Outcomes (LOs)
• These should cover knowledge and understanding,
intellectual skills, subject-specific skills and key skills
(QAA). 3-6 LOs are recommended.
• Subject Benchmark Statements identify discipline-
• Existing SHU advice (LTI ‘Guides’) imply a firm link
between LOs and assessment tasks, as do the QAA
codes of practice.
• Custom and practice may therefore be that LOs are
attached to tasks rather than to the module as a whole.
• The University’s current position is that all LOs have to
Implications for Assessment Design
• Under Model B, as all tasks have to be passed,
this is not a problem.
• Under Model A, students passing a module
overall may not meet all the learning outcomes.
• How therefore can assessment design under
Model A ensure that all LOs are met?
• Advice has been repeatedly requested from the
University. The problem has been acknowledged
but no solution offered as yet.
• In the meantime, some suggestions:
Designing assessment for Model A
• Possible ways forward (we have some case
studies if these would be of use to you):
– end-loading the assessment: one task at the end
of the module. This may be possible for a 10-
credit module or even a semester-long 20-credit
one, but may not be generally appropriate;
– designing each assessment task in such a way
that it covers all the learning outcomes. This may
not be possible or desirable (over-assessment?)
• Other possibilities….
Ways of minimising the problem
• Weight the assessment tasks differentially
with later tasks more heavily weighted and
carrying more of the LOs.
• Use in-module retrieval of failure.
• Write your LOs at a very general level (but this
simply hides the problem or introduces
further complexity - eg tiered or incremental
LOs, a blurring of LOs and assessment criteria).
Things to think about
• Prioritising assessment for learning and an
assessment design that is pedagogically
• Designing the assessment and feedback strategy
and course content concurrently.
• Thinking about ways of maximising formative
• Looking early on at the balance of assessment
activities across and between levels of study.
• Presenting a case for Model B as soon as possible
if this is being planned in.
How we can help
• We have no answers; there are no prescribed
ways of responding to the University and Faculty
‘givens’ in assessment design.
• Our role is to support you.
• We can make suggestions and work with
individuals and teams as they plan their modules
• We will also maintain pressure to get more
information and guidance from the University
and pass this on to course planning teams.