Feedback to students on coursework assignments
Setting an examination
Format of examination papers
Marking an examination
Feedback on examinations
Setting and marking coursework
Issuing coursework information
Submission of coursework
Return of coursework
Feedback on coursework
Setting and organising tests
Marking by research students
University guidelines state the following:
"Departments shall ensure that adequate, timely and appropriate feedback is provided to students on all coursework assignments. It is recognised that much valuable feedback is provided orally, but departments are encouraged to give feedback in a form that is retrievable eg in written or electronic form, and must keep records of feedback to students having taken place. The feedback should enable students to understand the reasons for the mark/grade given and should include constructive comments on the strengths and weaknesses of the work. The communication of marks/grades should be individual and confidential (except where a common mark/grade is given for group work); the communication of individual marks/grades by ID number is permitted."
Note that results lists are permitted provided that ID number rather than name is used. Before the issue of such a list, all students should be asked if they wish to be omitted from the list.
A numerical mark must be written on all courseworks returned to students (but students must be made aware that all such marks are provisional until ratified by the Board of Examiners).
In addition to a mark, it is important to provide written feedback; some suggested mechanisms for doing this are listed below.
University guidelines allow staff some latitude in the provision of written feedback on coursework. In particular written feedback could be limited in the following circumstances.
In view of the National Student Survey it is particularly important that effective feedback be provided. One problem is that students often do not recognize when they are being given feedback on their work so use the word "feedback" liberally. Also, say in advance (in a coursework document and/or on the LEARN server) what form the feedback will take.