Assessment Design: Introduction

The links from this page cover a range of issues related to the design and implementation of assessment strategies and tasks.

Deciding on assessment tasks and size

Types of assessment task

Assessment tasks should be designed to enable students to demonstrate that they have achieved programme and unit learning outcomes. As curricula develop within the context of the University’s strategic aims to develop world class professionals, both learning outcomes and assessment strategies will be reviewed to ensure that they still appropriate and effective. This page aims to provide guidance on selecting from a range of possible tasks. Learn more

Deciding on assignment size

Unit outline proformas are expected to include an indication of the sizes of the assessment tasks being used in the unit as well as their type and weighting. There is a large body of custom and practice which can help with deciding on the size of the task but if you are using a new type of task then this page provides some guidance on making the decision. Learn more

Reducing opportunities for plagiarism

As well as checking on the alignment between learning outcomes and assessment tasks, it is a good idea to review tasks to ensure that they are difficult to plagiarise as part of the assessment design process. Learn more

Formative and summative assessment

A guide to the differences between formative and summative assessment and ideas for use. Learn more

Peer assessment

A short introduction to peer assessment designed to prompt you to consider how you might like to use peer assessment in your practice and whether this could be a useful process in co-constructing a collaborative student experience. Learn more