Academic Manual


Section 2: Assessment Information

Published for 2023-24

2.1 Overarching Principles2.3 Progression and Award Rules
2.2 Assessment Information for Students 

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 Portico Progression and Award Rules Tool 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 Exams and Assessments guidance which is published annually on the Students webpages.
 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 AdjustmentsExam Adjustments 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 Student Academic Misconduct 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 Progression and Award Rules

1.All programmes must maintain an accurate record of their regulations in the Portico Progression and Award Rules Tool. This must explain any approved programme-specific regulations over and above the UCL threshold standards set out in this Assessment Framework for Taught Programmes.