Swansea University

Methods of Assessment

Methods of Assessment

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Each module is regarded as being a separate entity and consequently should normally be assessed independently of any other module. Modules may be assessed in a number of different ways:

  • examinations;
  • oral examination;
  • project;
  • dissertation;
  • continuous assessment (which might include fieldwork reports, practical-class reports, group projects, essay work, etc).

The methods of assessment are designed to test your understanding of the work covered by the syllabus. They are determined by the College and take into account the nature of the particular modules. The assessment methods may include formative approaches (purely to provide feedback on your performance) or summative approaches (those that contribute to deciding whether you pass or fail the module/programme).

Details of the methods of assessment for each module are given in College Handbooks as well as details of how to redeem failures in modules, which are assessed by continuous assessment.

Colleges shall set deadlines for the submission of work (see Penalties for the Late Submission of Assessed Work). You are strongly advised to take note of the various methods which your College(s) has/have decided to adopt on assessing you and to raise any queries which you might have with your lecturers early in the session. For instance, it will be extremely important for you to know in advance whether an essay/practical report etc. will contribute to the overall mark for the module. Please also note any deadlines set by your College for the submission of work and the consequences of failing to meet them. 

You are also advised to refer to your College Handbook(s) for details of the examination periods in which the formal examinations are to be held. You are required to complete all elements of a module's assessment pattern.

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