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The Findings of an Assessment Audit: an NTFS Project Report

By Ian E. Hughes


An Assessment Audit is described consisting of 47 questions, each being scored 0 to 4, by the module team depending on the extent to which the audit point was satisfied. Scores of 2 or less indicated unsatisfactory provision. Audits were carried out on 14 bioscience- or medicine- based modules in 13 universities. \ud \ud There was great variability between modules in the hours spent by:\ud \ud • teachers in direct contact with students (12 to 914);\ud • teachers involved in the process of assessment (2 to 372);\ud • students actually being assessed (2 to 60 hours per student);\ud • students in the teaching and learning process (35 to 300). \ud \ud The highest scoring module obtained 133 out of 188 (71%) with 11 out of 47 items scored at 2 or less while the lowest scoring module obtained 47% with 27 items scoring 2 or less. Features consistently poorly addressed were:\ud \ud • consideration of learning objectives/assessment in other modules taken by the student;\ud • consideration of consistency among multiple markers;\ud • use of known mark sets to validate data processing;\ud • availability of exemplar answers;\ud • feedback on end-of-module assessments.\ud \ud A common issue concerns the isolation of modules and module teams. This suggests the need for a strengthening of the course thread and emphasis on the totality of the student learning experience rather than the individual module. The audit provides a framework within which course teams can reflect on and improve the quality of the assessment in their module. \u

Publisher: Centre for Bioscience, the Higher Education Academy
Year: 2006
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