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2 Assessment Information 2017-18

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Section 2: Assessment Information 2017-18

The following regulations apply to all UCL UG and PGT programmes. There are no substantive changes for 2017-18.

2.1 Overarching Principles

Principle 9:

Student Handbooks (or equivalent) must explain to students the aims and overarching principles of assessment, and the rationale behind the number, type and timing of assessments on their programme.

Principle 13:

Faculties, Departments and UCL services must ensure that information for students on all aspects of their assessment is explicit, transparent, targeted towards students, up-to-date and readily available.

Principle 14:

The Programme Summary must clearly define the requirements for a student to progress through the programme and be eligible for a qualification and a Classification.

2.2 Assessment Information for Students

1.
Departments must ensure that students receive accurate and up-to-date information for each assessment task.
2. Information may be provided in a number of formats including Student Handbooks, Moodle sites and the UCL intranet. 
3. The information provided to students for all assessment tasks should include:
  a) 
A comprehensive description of the assessment task including any rubrics.
  b) 
The marking criteria against which students will be assessed.
  c) 
If applicable, clear instructions on when and where a written examination, presentation, lab test or other assessment event will take place. 
  d)
If applicable, clear instructions for collaborative or group work, including whether and how the contribution of individuals will be assessed.
  e) 
If applicable, clear instructions for peer assessment and how the marks awarded by peers will be second-marked and moderated by academic staff.
  f) 
If applicable, clear instructions about word counts, the inclusion of footnotes, diagrams, images, tables, figures and bibliographies etc., and any penalties that may be applied for exceeding these parameters.
  g) 
Coursework submission deadlines and information about penalties for late submission.
  h)
An indication of when students can expect to receive marks and feedback on their work.
4. The following information must also be readily available to students:
  a) 
The marking scale in use on the programme or module.
  b) 
For written examinations, a clear link to the UCL Examination Guide for Candidates which is published annually on the Examinations and Awards website.
  c) 
For coursework submissions, clear information about where and how to submit work, including details of any electronic submission methods and the technical support available.
  d)
Links to information about Reasonable AdjustmentsSpecial Examination Arrangements and the support services available to students.
  e) 
Links to information about when, where and how to submit a claim for Extenuating Circumstances.
  f) 
Links to information about accepted referencing methods and UCL’s plagiarism policies and penalties.
  g) 
Where applicable, links to information about Research Ethics and Integrity.
  h)
Links to information about the Consequences of Failure.
  i)  Links to information about the External Examiner process and how to access reports via Portico.

2.3 Programme Scheme of Award

1. All programmes must maintain an accurate Programme Scheme of Award which defines the programme structure, the modules which students must undertake, which modules are Core, Elective or Optional, and where a module or component is non-condonable (i.e. must be passed).
2. The Programme Scheme of Award must clearly explain any approved variations from the main UCL regulations on the programme, including but not limited to regulations on:
  a) Progression and Award requirements
  b) Classification algorithms
  c) Non-condonable modules
  d) The consequences of failure
3. The Programme Scheme of Award must clearly explain any local, subject- or programme-specific regulations in place on the programme, including but not limited to local regulations on:
  a) Professional practice
  b) Fitness to Practice and/ or Occupational Health
  c) Study Abroad
  d) Placements
4. The Programme Scheme of Award, and any amendments to it, must be approved by the Faculty Board of Examiners.