Goldsmiths University of London Grading System

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Goldsmiths University of London Grading System

Goldsmiths University of London Grading System

  1. Students are assessed by a variety of assessment methods considered through the approval process to ensure that the learning outcomes for the individual modules and programmes overall have been successfully met.
  2. Assessment methods may include seen or unseen written examinations, coursework, oral examinations (viva voce), practical examinations, presentations, portfolios, exhibitions, performances, professional practice.
  3. The Board of Examiners are responsible for the approval of the content of written examination papers.  The written examination papers shall reflect the balance between the various parts of the module covered, shall be deemed to be at the appropriate standard, shall give students the element of choice and or be so designed to be completed during the allotted time.

Written Examinations

  1. The following types of written examination papers are used within Goldsmiths’ College:
    • unseen written examination papers in which no materials are permitted in the Examination Halls;
    • unseen written examination papers in which students are permitted to refer to a specified book or books, or to use calculators in the Examination Halls;
    • written examination papers which have been read by the students in advance of the examination.  These are sent to students by the academic department one week or two weeks in advance of the examination depending on the instruction/directions of the examiners;
    • takeaway papers which are given to students by the academic department on a specified date, to be completed and returned by a specified date (it should be noted that students write the answers to these papers away from the examination hall).
  2. Formal written examination papers are normally taken in May/June although some programmes have other dates and departments should ensure that students are aware of the dates at the start of the programme.  There will be a late summer period for students who are permitted retakes or, in the cases of acceptable extenuating circumstances, deferred assessments. (see section 5 ‘Written Examinations’)

Oral Examinations

  1. When oral examinations are part of the programme regulations and comprise more than 20% of the overall assessment, this element shall be conducted by not less than two Examiners.  Where an oral examination is 20% or less of the overall assessment and it is conducted by one examiner, a recorded copy of the work must be made available for the External or second examiner to scrutinise.

Written Assessments

  1. Written assessment includes all assessable elements of a module which forms part of the requirement of the programme of study other than practical and written examinations i.e. essays, reports, reviews dissertations, projects and portfolios.
  2. Other forms of assessment are oral examinations (viva voce), practical or performance examinations, presentation, studio presentation exhibition and professional practice.
  3. Where coursework forms part of the formal assessment of a programme of study, this shall be clearly stated in the Departmental Handbook.  Details of the work required, and the date and time of submission, shall be communicated in writing to the students by the relevant Department at the beginning of the academic year.
  4. The Departmental Handbook should also include a warning against using materials already submitted for assessment.  However this does not mean that students cannot discuss the same issues across assessments, rather it means they must not use the same material to support it.
  5. Departments should ensure that the information for ‘Assessed Coursework Requirements’ includes the following:

“You are reminded that you may not present substantially the same material in any two pieces of work submitted for assessment, regardless of the form of assessment. For instance, you may not repeat substantially the same material in a formal written examination or in a dissertation if it has already formed part of an essay submitted for assessment. This does not prevent you from referring to the same text, examples or case studies as appropriate, provided you do not merely duplicate the same material.”