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Assessment

Full modules

  • Coursework amounting to 3,000 words in total to be made up of two assignments of 1,500 words each, to be submitted by weeks 10 and 20. These assignments will account for 50% of the total marks. Assignments submitted after the deadline will not be assessed without prior approval of the course tutor. The final deadline for submission of coursework to the class tutor is the final class.
  • A compulsory in-class assessment of 1.5 hours which will carry 40 % of the possible marks. This will take place in week 22. There will be a central re-sit date allocated for those who provide evidence that they cannot attend the unseen assessment in week 22.
  • In-class participation, accounting for 10 % of the overall mark. Criteria include regular contributions to class (e.g. group-work, discussions, mini-presentations or other exercises), awareness of required reading, listening/communication skills. This assessment must be passed to be eligible for credit.
  • Students who do not submit their assessment by the given deadline will not receive their results and will have to enrol, pay for and attend the course again in the following academic year. Students who require an extension for coursework need to contact the subject administrator and they will be asked to submit a doctor's note or similar supporting evidence.
  • Students who have successfully completed all of the assessment for a Certificate of Higher Education (Economics) will receive their certificate in the post the following March.

Half modules

  • Assessment will be by a 1.5 hour class test amounting to 90% of the marks.
  • In-class participation will be also assessed, accounting for 10 % of the overall mark. Criteria include regular contributions to class (e.g. group-work, discussions, mini-presentations or other exercises), awareness of required reading, listening/communication skills. This assessment must be passed to be eligible for credit.
  • The assessment office sends out the official notification of results letters for all modules in August and students who have successfully completed all of the assessment for a Certificate of Higher Education (Economics) will receive their certificate in the post the following March.

Marking grades

  • The overall marks for coursework are divided into Pass (above 40%) or Distinction (above 70%). Students who fail with a mark of below 30% must retake the whole module. Students who fail with a mark above 30% can be reassessed in the piece of coursework that they failed.

Grade-related criteria

  • These are the criteria assessors and the exam board apply when marking your assignments.
  • Answering the question/structure: the extent to which the work has dealt directly and clearly with the assigned task and provided a focused answer to the particular intellectual problem posed. This implies a coherent organization of the material and an overall argument that proceeds logically from introduction to conclusion.
  • Conceptual clarity/knowledge of literature: the extent to which the work has understood key terms and concepts, defined ambiguous terms, and employed them correctly.
  • Analytic Content: the extent to which the work provides a critical analysis of the problem that evaluates competing arguments and interpretations rather than a purely descriptive or narrative discussion.
  • Evidence and Examples: the extent to which the work deploys apposite examples and pieces of evidence to support its claims, thereby turning unsupported assertions into critical arguments
  • Referencing and Presentation: the extent to which the work demonstrates evidence of good academic practice, in particular accurate referencing and a bibliography. The piece should make effective and correct use of the English language and be tidily presented.
  • While there is no set order of priority among these criteria, the main emphasis is on evidence of understanding and the ability to think, to argue a case or to solve problems, and doing so by adhering to good academic practice of referencing.
  • 70% + - Excellent to Outstanding
  • NB: A mark above 80% indicates and exceptional piece of work that excels in respect of these criteria
  • Presentation
  • Clearly and legibly written
  • Within agreed word limit
  • Skills
  • Well-structured, coherent argument(s)
  • Very good use of relevant evidence (primary and secondary sources and materials) to     support and illustrate the argument(s) made
  • Where appropriate, evidence of independent research
  • Comprehensive examination of the subject of the assignment
  • Exclusion of irrelevant material
  • Correct and comprehensive citation of all sources in a recognised format
  • Knowledge
  • Clear and strong evidence of current knowledge and debates relevant to the assignment
  • Clear and strong evidence of current knowledge of core / central concepts relevant to the assignment
  • Clear and strong evidence of critical appreciation of sources used
  • Understanding
  • Demonstrates ability to think independently, originally and critically
  • 60-69% - Very Good
  • Presentation
  • Clearly and legibly written
  • Within agreed word limit
  • Skills
  • Well-structured, clear argument(s)
  • Good use of relevant material to support the argument(s) made
  • Comprehensive examination of the subject of the assignment
  • Correct and comprehensive citation of all sources in a recognised format
  • Knowledge
  • Clear and strong evidence of current knowledge and debates relevant to the assignment
  • Understanding
  • Evidence of ability to reflect critically on the subject of the assignment
  • 50-59%  - Satisfactory to Good
  • Presentation
  • Clearly and legibly written
  • Within agreed word limit
  • Skills
  • Evidence of attempt to construct argument(s), which may have gaps or lack clarity
  • Evidence of reading and awareness of relevant issues / debates
  • Appropriate sources adequately cited
  • Knowledge
  • Evidence of knowledge relevant to the assignment
  • Understanding
  • Some evidence of engagement with, and analysis of, material covered in the module
  • 40-49% - Bare Pass to Adequate
  • Presentation
  • Legibly written
  • Within agreed word limit
  • Generally weak and / or careless
  • Skills
  • Some evidence of attempt to address the question
  • Evidence of some reading relevant to the topic
  • Barely adequate use / referencing of sources
  • Knowledge
  • Limited knowledge of subject area
  • Over-reliance of material covered in class
  • Understanding
  • Limited understanding of concepts and ideas relevant to the assignment
  • 30-39% - Fail
  • Presentation
  • Poorly presented and / or illegible
  • Beyond or substantially below agreed word limit
  • Skills
  • Little of no evidence of attempt to address the question
  • Overly repetitious and / or descriptive
  • Inclusion of irrelevant material
  • Little or no evidence of reading relevant to the topic
  • Sources adequately cited or not cited
  • Knowledge
  • Very little or no evidence of knowledge of, or reading in, subject area
  • Opinions expressed without any supporting evidence
  • Understanding
  • Little of no evidence of understanding of the concepts / ideas relevant to the assignment and / or misunderstanding of these
  • 0-29% - Fail
  • Presentation
  • Very poorly presented and / or illegible
  • Beyond or substantially below agreed word limit
  • Skills
  • No evidence of attempt to answer the question
  • No evidence of planning answer
  • Overly repetitious and / or descriptive
  • Substantial inclusion of irrelevant material
  • No attempt to cite material adequately or to provide references
  • Knowledge
  • No evidence of knowledge of, or reading in, subject area
  • Opinions expressed without supporting evidence
  • Understanding
  • No evidence of understanding of the concepts / ideas relevant to the assignment and / or complete misunderstandings of these

Note on exceeding the word count thresholds in essays

  • Students are advised that meeting the word counts for each assignment is considered an important part of academic practice and will be a factor in assessment. It requires planning ahead, designing a structure, prioritising between arguments and evidence, and being concise. A longer essay is by no means a better essay, but can be a sign of sloppy planning, thinking, and writing.
  • Standard word processing software offers tools for doing word-counts (in MS Word under Tools). The bibliography is generally excluded from the count, but footnotes and endnotes are included.
  • Please note the following:
  • You should aim to stay within the word limit for a given assignment by about 5 percent above or below.
  • Exceeding the maximum word count for a given assignment by more than 10 percent will lead to the deduction of 5 marks (i.e. if your final mark is 60% and you have gone over the word count, you will only receive 55%).   A lecturer may also return an overly long essay to you for shortening.
  • If the word count for your assignment is 10 percent below the target, the mark for the assignment is likely to be negatively affected because of a lack of substance. The overall effect could exceed by far the 5 marks mentioned above.

Requests for extensions

  • No individual member of staff can grant extensions for work, so please do not ask them to do so. If you are going to face difficulties meeting a deadline for coursework please let the Administrator know at the earliest opportunity. This should be prior to the due submission date. If a piece of work is submitted after the stated deadline it will be given two marks – a penalty mark of 40% (assuming it is of pass standard) and the ‘real’ mark that would have been awarded if the work had not been late.  Both marks will be recorded on the coursework coversheet. If the work is not of a pass standard a single mark will be given.
  • All students submitting work after the original due submission date are allowed to provide written evidence (medical or otherwise) of mitigating circumstances. This should be submitted to the Administrator, with supporting documentation. This documentation will then be considered by the Mitigation sub-committee of the exam board, and will be treated as confidential. If no documentation is received prior to the meeting of the Mitigation Sub-Committee the ‘real’ mark will not be considered and the penalty mark will stand. If the evidence of mitigation is considered to be sufficient then the ‘real’ mark will go forward to the exam board. Details of mitigating circumstances considered by the College to be of sufficient gravity to allow the “real” mark to be recorded can be found on the website.

Failure of Coursework

  • An assignment that falls below 40% constitutes a fail.
  • Students who fail with a mark of 30% or above
  • Students can be reassessed for the module without attending classes.
  • If a student who fails a piece of coursework chooses not to submit a new piece of coursework for assessment, the failed coursework should still be submitted at the end of the course for Moderation.
  • Students must pass all assignments in order to pass the course.
  • Students who fail with a mark of 0-29%
  • Students must re-enrol and re-attend classes for the module. Students will be required to submit all assessment.

Submitting Marked Coursework for Moderation

  • Always keep a printed copy of your coursework.
  • If you are unsure of your coursework deadlines please ASK your tutor - administrative staff do not set coursework deadline dates.
  • If your coures has been selected for moderation, your marked assessment must be sent to the Department of Economics in the last week of classes.

Final Results

  • If you have a query about results or certificate issuing please contact the Assessment Office.
  • Each student will receive one mark for each module which will be an average of coursework and exam results (where applicable).
  • Students who have completed all of the assessment for a certificate or diploma will receive their Certificate of Higher Education (Economics) certificate in April.