Assessment is an important component of the curriculum. Assessment refers to the full range of tasks that students may be required to undertake as part of their learning in a particular paper. Assessment tasks may be used for a variety of purposes. Broadly, assessment is a means of ensuring and certifying that students have achieved the knowledge and competencies required successfully to complete a paper or a programme of study. Assessment has multiple purposes. These include the measurement and certification of learning that has occurred, the development of key course learning outcomes and the provision of feedback for both teachers and learners. All assessment tasks need to be aligned with the goals of a paper and its intended learning outcomes, including knowledge, competencies and methods of inquiry in the relevant discipline. All assessment involves evaluating learning progress or achievement in relation to a set of well-defined standards.
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