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Setting Assessment Tasks

The assessment tasks selected for a paper should directly and explicitly align with the paper learning outcomes and be able to be map back to the graduate outcomes of the programme. Assessment tasks should be designed both to help students to learn and develop the expected outcomes as well as evaluate the progress made towards these outcomes.

Assessment tasks:

  • Align with learning outcomes and teaching approaches;
  • Provide different ways for students to represent their learning;
  • Cater for a range of students;
  • Provide opportunities for formative feedback and feed-forward;
  • Are relevant; and
  • Are sustainable.

In order to give students and teachers prompt feedback on students’ learning progress, a short low stakes assessment should be set within the first three weeks of the paper.

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