Assessment Design: types of assessment task


pdfs of these tasks are available on the task pages


Assessment tasks should be selected to enable students to demonstrate their achievement of the unit learning outcomes. The University does not prescribe what kinds of tasks should be used and you have a very wide choice of possibilities.

In choosing assignment tasks, you will be considering:

  • Will it let students demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes?
  • Will you look forward to marking it?
  • Will students understand what to do?
  • Does it link clearly to what I’m going to teach?
  • Will it be straightforward to mark, give feedback and moderate?

The list of possible tasks on this page is intended to give you some support in planning tasks for different purposes, including whether or not the tasks is suitable for groups, the levels at which such as task might be most successful and what to think about in terms of avoiding plagiarism. The list is not exhaustive but covers a wide range and the guidance for many of the examples could be adapted for other similar tasks. A downloadable full colour PDF version of the guidance for each task is included in case you want to use them in staff development or planning meetings.

If you are entering an assignment type into the online form (undergraduate units taught at Manchester Met only), then you will be asked to choose from a list of options (Download list of assignment types already in the online unit database). We would recommend using a simple title as it makes it easier to compare assignments and to have some flexibility over the details of the assignment in future years. The title should give an instant sense of what kind of assignment is expected. If you scan through the list then you may see some examples which are somewhat obscure; this means that the description will need to be more complicated. If the title you want isn’t there, then there is an option to request another one embedded in the form.

If you have any questions about this resource or would like further guidance on assessment task design, please contact Rachel Forsyth at the UTA