Aberystwyth University Marking Scheme

By | 4th April 2017

Aberystwyth University

Aberystwyth University Marking Scheme

A candidate’s class of honours degree shall normally be determined according to the following rules.

  1. The candidate’s overall class of degree shall normally be determined by his or her cascade average over all modules contributing to the honours assessment, using the classifications in Table 1:

    Table 1 – Degree Classes

    ClassMark
    I70% and above
    II(1)60-69%
    II(2)50-59%
    III40-49%
    PASS35-39%
    FAILLess than 35%

 

  1. In calculating the weighted average mark the following rules will apply:Marks will be weighted according to the credit value of each module (i.e. 20 credit modules having twice the weighting of 10 credit modules, etc).Marks will be arranged in a ‘cascade’ according to the following rules:
    1. Three Year SchemesBand 3:  Best 80 Level 3 credits, given a weighting of 3.
      Band 2:  Next Best 80 Level 3 and Level 2 credits, with a weighting of 2.
      Band 1:  Remainder of Level 3 and 2 and Level 1 credits, with a weighting of 1.
    2. 4 Year Schemes with 3 Years in Aberystwyth after Part 1.Band 4:  Best 90 Level 4 credits with a weighting of 4.
      Band 3:  Next Best 90 Level 4 and Level 3 credits with a weighting of 3.
      Band 2:  Next Best 90 Level 3 and Level 2 credits with a weighting of 2.
      Band 1:  Remainder of Levels 3 and 2 and any level 1 credits with a weighting of 1.
    3. 4 Year schemes with 2 years in Aberystwyth after Part 1 plus Sandwich Year or Year AbroadBand 3:  Best 80 Level 3 credits, with a weighting of 3.
      Band 2:  Next best 80 Level 3 and Level 2 credits, with a weighting of 2.
      Band 1:  Remainder of Levels 3 and 2 and Level 1 credits, with a weighting of 1.
      Band S:  120 credits with a weighting as determined by the Honours Departments.
    4. 5 Year Schemes with 3 years in Aberystwyth after Part 1 plus Sandwich Year (MEng)Band 4:  Best 90 Level 4 credits with a weighting of 4.
      Band 3:  Next Best 90 Level 4 and Level 3 credits with a weighting of 3.
      Band 2:  Next Best 90 Level 3 and 2 credits with a weighting of 2.
      Band 1:  Remainder of Level 3, 2 and 1 credits with a weighting of 1.
      Band S:  120 credits with a weighting as determined by the Honours Departments.

Note:  In allocating marks to Bands, no Level 2 mark may appear in a Band higher than that in which a Level 3 mark appears.

No, marking is personal to the member of staff.  The project aims to retain an element of choice with regards to marking.  Staff who wish to mark online can do so immediately and are encouraged to start using the system with their modules before full implementation in September 2014.

Will student coursework be anonymous?

Yes, both Blackboard Assignment and Turnitin support anonymous marking.

With Turnitin, marking is anonymous up until the Post Date, which is the date that marks and feedback are available for students and marks are posted to the Grade Centre. Once the marks have been posted, the names are revealed within the system and there is no way to make them anonymous again.

With Blackboard Assignment, assignments can be marked anonymously online. Once the marks have been entered, they are visible in the Grade Centre next to each student’s name.  At the time of printing, the coursework is NOT anonymous and the project is considering mechanisms of dealing with this part of the process.

Is there an app for Android devices similar to the Apple app for tablet marking?

At present Turnitin are only committed to producing an app for iOS (Apple). There is growing pressure for an Android app, but this is not something over which we have direct control. We will continue to lobby for an Android app.

Can we still use coversheets or marking grids?

There are several ways of using marking grids or coversheets with electronic submission. It’s best to consult with the E-learning Team on the best way of doing this.