Programme Assessment Management Plan

This document is intended to help programme teams to develop or update their assessment management plan, to delegate tasks across the team as appropriate, and to support the Continuous Monitoring and Improvement process.

The plan is divided into two sections: key principles, and an action plan. The principles could cover assignment briefs, management of submissions, selecting marking criteria, scheduling of coursework, support for assessment, feedback plans and marking and moderation policies. On larger programmes, a nominated assessment co-ordinator could develop and manage this plan and be given a workload allocation for doing this. 

Integrating other enhancement activities

Opportunities for developing peer support via the observation and enhancing teaching practice scheme:

  • Peer review of unit assessment information such as assignment briefs and formative assessment plans.

Opportunities for student partnership development:

  • Review of student satisfaction data and comments relating to assessment
  • Discussion with course representatives about support for assignment preparation, the timings of assignments, and the use which can be made of feedback on assessed work

Recognition via the UK Professional Standards Framework
Assessing and giving feedback to learners is an essential area of activity in the UK PSF, and anyone seeking recognition at Fellowship, Senior Fellowship or Principal Fellowship level will need to show successful engagement in this area.

Someone who co-ordinates this activity might be able to use their activity as part of their evidence for seeking recognition as a Senior Fellow, if it involves leadership and mentoring of colleagues. See our PSF website, and in particular this document which indicates how evidence may be collected for Senior Fellowship.

Useful links

MMU Assessment resources

MMU Regulations and procedures including Assessment Regulations

National Union of Students assessment and feedback benchmarking tool – really useful discussion tool for programme teams. You can use it to demonstrate your outstanding practice, or debate the contents of some of the boxes!

QAA quality code chapter B6 on assessment

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The PASS Project

Funded by the HE Academy's NTFS project strand, this project aimed to confront a fundamental issue for every HE course/programme leader: how to design an effective, efficient, inclusive and sustainable assessment strategy which delivers the key course/programme outcomes, rather than the typical way in which assessment issues are primarily investigated and discussed at module/unit level. Find out more »