Assessment

The Faculty of Education draws on the research literature surrounding assessment, assuring a sound theoretical foundation that is consistent across its application and aligned with the University policy Academic Assessment Rule no. 2 [DOCX, 50.08 KB] and the Guidelines for Good Assessment Practice [PDF, 1083.15 KB].

The guiding principles for assessment in the Faculty of Education are:

  • Assessment should be transparent, consistent and an aid to learning;
  • Assessment should reflect the place of the Unit in the course and the expected developmental stage of the students;
  • Assessment should be linked to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers;
  • Assessment has a formative role and appropriate, timely feedback is critical to learning;
  • Assessment that includes rich tasks that assess the learning outcomes of a number of modules and/or units can be effective.

The University policy Academic Assessment Rule no. 2, is the basis of the Faculty's assessment practices and you are encouraged to become familiar with it.

Unless instructed otherwise by your Tutor or Unit Coordinator, you must submit your assessment tasks electronically via the relevant MyLO Assignment Submission Folder (located under Assignments) by 3pm Hobart-time on the due date.

Cover Sheets

Please note that assessment cover sheets are not required when you submit your work electronically, via a university authenticated system such as MyLO. Cover sheets, in these instances, are considered redundant as you have already declared compliance with University rules (such as the plagiarism statement) in order to access MyLO.

Please note there will be no penalty if you do inadvertently attach an assignment cover sheet.

(Source: University of Tasmania, Assessment Procedures (May 2014), Clause 4.1, p. 4)

Assessment Template

Please use this word template to format your assessment task - Assessment Task Template [DOC, 29.5 KB].

Turnitin

Turnitin is available to you through the Academic Honesty Module in MyLO to help you avoid plagiarism. It uses a sophisticated text matching system, comparing your submitted assignment with text located in its databases of internet pages, published works, and submitted papers.

It is important you allow time prior to the assessment submission date to use Turnitin to self-check for plagiarism as it may take a day or two for the results to become available. Submitting your assessment piece to Turnitin is to self-check only.  Your final submission must always be completed through the appropriate Unit's MyLO site.

It is important to note that Turnitin will be used by your Markers to analyse all standard (text based) assessment task submissions.

You can read more about the process on the Turnitin webpage or through the Academic Honesty Module in MyLO.

File naming protocol

When uploading your assignments in MyLO, please ensure that you name your file correctly. The file naming protocol is:

  • FamilyName_FirstName_UnitCode_AssessmentName.[file extension]
  • Example: Jones_Claire_ESH221_Assessment 1.doc

Note: You must adhere to the file naming and formatting requirements in all submitted work. Failure to follow these requirements will result in a failure (NN) for the assessment task. Assessment task submission is your responsibility and it is vital that you submit correctly formatted assessment tasks, and submit the correct version of these tasks.

Ensure you upload a .doc or .docx file (for word documents) - some students mistakenly upload .lnk files and we cannot access them. If your document cannot be accessed, it cannot be marked and an NN will be automatically awarded.

You can avoid the automatic NN award if a genuine mistake has been made and you are able to produce an electronic copy of the assignment along with a Statutory Declaration or evidence that the file has not been modified since the due date of the assignment, within 24 hours of notification by your Tutor or Unit Coordinator.

Return of assessment tasks

Unless advised otherwise by your Unit Coordinator, your assessment task feedback will be provided to you via the MyLO Assignments Submission Folder. See below for additional information regarding Assessment Task Feedback.

Group Work

For group work assessment tasks, please include the full names and student ID numbers of each group member in the footer of the submitted document.

Submitting a URL

Assignments in MyLO are only triggered by a document. The procedure for submitting a URL link to ePortfolio and other electronic assessment tasks will be advised separately by your Unit Coordinator.

An Assessment Task Extension refers to the granting of additional time for you to submit your assessment task without penalty. Extensions are a formal matter and all requests should be applied for for by uploading your completed extension form [DOC, 67 KB] to the relevant assessment extension folder in your MyLO unit, at least 3 calendar days prior to the submission due date.

Your Unit Coordinator is responsible for granting any extension requests and may do so for a variety of reasons. The list is extensive and can include anything, either medical or personal, that reasonably impacts on your study and that you were not aware of prior to the commencement of the Unit. If you are aware of personal health circumstances prior to the commencement of semester that may impact on your studies, please consider applying for a Learning Assistance Plan. Please note, work commitments are not generally considered a legitimate reason for an extension to be granted.

Please note that extensions must always be requested and negotiated with your Unit Coordinator. A Learning Assistance Plan does not guarantee an extension will be granted.

When an extension is granted, a Medical Certificate, Statutory Declaration, or other formal documentation may be required as evidence. A Statutory Declaration can be submitted for medical reasons if you were unable to visit a health care professional. It is permissible for your evidence to be presented after the request for extension is made, providing it is sent within a reasonable timeframe. If you do not present your evidence in reasonable time, the extension may become invalid and your submission will become subject to a Late Penalty.

In some cases it may not be possible to apply for an extension request 3 days before the due date due to extenuating circumstances. You may have had every intention of submitting your work on time but something happened during the three days before the due date, which prevented you from submitting your work or applying for an extension within the required deadlines. In this case you should contact your Unit Coordinator by phone or by email to negotiate an extension.

Please note that extensions must always be requested and negotiated with your Unit Coordinator, a Learning Assistance Plan does not guarantee an extension will be granted.

It is only possible to apply for credit for a previously submitted assessment task if you didn't complete or failed the Unit and if the assessment task remains unchanged (in terms of content, word length and weighting).

If you submit for assessment the same assessment task you submitted in a previous enrolment in the Unit, you will be engaging in self-plagiarism (see above). Rather, you should approach your Unit Coordinator early in the semester to apply for credit for any assessment task(s) previously completed successfully (defined as having achieved at least a Pass award prior to any penalty being imposed). It is solely your responsibility, as the student, to approach the Unit Coordinator and apply for credit before the assessment task is due.

Feedback pertaining to units is given on a continual basis, provides you with valuable guidance on your learning in the unit and plays a significant role in your general academic development. This is of particular importance when you are relying on advice, which will apply to later assessment tasks. Staff undertake to return your assessment tasks according to the following:

  • Under normal circumstances assessment items should be returned within four weeks of the due date; this does not apply in the instances of late submissions (with or without an approved extension); and
  • Where feedback on a given item is relevant to performance in a later item in the unit or module, that item should be returned no later than one week before the due date for submission of the later item.

Feedback comes in many forms (e.g. verbal in a lecture, written on discussion boards or in emails). It is important as a student to be actively engaged in your own feedback. A number of authors (e.g. O'Donovan, Rust & Price, 2015; Sadler, 2010, 2013) have written on the benefits of engaging students in feedback. Your Unit Coordinators and Lecturers may:

  1. Ask you to individually or in pairs/groups grade exemplars of student work or provide feedback for partners against assessment criteria;
  2. Encourage tutorial discussions about the meaning/interpretation of specific assessment criteria; and/or
  3. Ask you to include with your assessment piece a brief word commentary about how you have incorporated feedback from a previous assessment (this may not relate to your current unit).

Appeals against grades for assessment tasks are the right of all students. It is important to note that a resubmission and an appeal are two different processes. If an assessment task is awarded an NN it cannot automatically be resubmitted. You can, however, appeal the grade following the below process:

  1. Your first appeal should be made to the Tutor/ Marker within one week of the assessment task being returned. This appeal does not necessarily mean that the assessment task will be remarked, but the Marker will be able to provide clarification on why the grade was awarded.
  2. If you are not satisfied with the clarification provided by the Tutor/ Marker, the second line of appeal is through your Unit Coordinator. Your Unit Coordinator will review the assessment task to ensure that it has been marked fairly and that the marking has been in line with the marking guide/ rubric.
  3. Please note that your grade may go down as a result of the second line of appeal.

After this line of action, the next line of appeal occurs at the end of the semester when you can apply for a formal review using the process below:

Please note applications to review your assessment are due within 10 working days of the release of the unit results. If your original grade (prior to the review) is a pass or above, you will incur a $50 fee. Further information can be found on the Application for Review of Assessment [PDF, 173.86 KB] form.

All Faculty units undergo a process of moderation, through the following steps:

  • The Unit Coordinator and, where applicable, all Tutors/ Markers of each assessment task, discuss the marking guidelines/ rubric and standards, before the submission of assessment tasks. This discussion is to facilitate a shared understanding of the assessment requirements and expectations;
  • All Tutors/ Markers in the Unit mark at least one common paper for each assessment task;
  • Papers awarded either an NN or HD are reviewed by another assessor in the unit.

Integral to successful completion of this unit is attainment of each of the learning outcomes (LOs). Therefore, in addition to a total, averaged final grade, your performance against each of the LOs will be assessed separately. To be eligible to pass the unit, you will need to successfully demonstrate you have met each LO. Any student who attains an overall passing grade for the unit but who has failed no more than one LO will be given a supplementary assessment opportunity to demonstrate their attainment of the relevant LO.

It is expected that you will receive help (from your Lecturer in the first instance) if you are unclear of the requirements for a particular assessment task well before the due date.

The range of grades available for are: FAIL (NN), PASS (PP), CREDIT (CR), DISTINCTION (DN) and HIGH DISTINCTION (HD).

All grades are provisional, until confirmation by the Assessment Board at the end of semester.

Your overall Honours result will reflect the result you receive for your dissertation (EPF420). This same result will also be retrospectively shown as your result for Honours Project Planning & Development (EPF410). This is a departure from previous years where the overall Honours result was calculated on the basis of Average Coursework and Dissertation.

Your Overall Honours result is now recorded as follows:

Class of Honours Dissertation (EPF420)
Grade Required
First Class = HF HD
Upper Second Class = HU DN
Lower Second Class = HL CR
Third Class = HT PP

Your class of Honours result (HF, HU, HL, HT) will be recorded in the unit EPP405 Honours. This umbrella coded unit will appear on your Study plan prior to the end of the semester you commenced EPF420. EPP405 is unweighted and as such no fees are attached to the unit.

The word count for a piece of assessment includes all text after the title, with the exception of the cover page, reference list and appendices. Quoted material is included in the word count.

Definitions

  1. "Minor breach": exceeding the word limit by no more than 10%.
  2. "Major breach": more than 10% over the word limit.
  3. "Total marks available": what the assessment task is "marked out of" or, in other words, the maximum mark that it is possible for a student to achieve.

Penalties for exceeding the word count are applied as a two stage process.

  1. Determine the "applicable penalty" as follows. For a minor breach of the word count 10% of the total marks available for the assessment is the applicable penalty. For a major breach of the word count limit 30% of the total marks available for the assessment is the applicable penalty.
  2. Determine the actual final mark as follows. Provided the original mark was greater than 50%, then the actual final mark will be the larger of
    1. the "mark after deducting the applicable penalty" and
    2. 50% (i.e., the lowest mark that a passable assessment can receive after exceeding the word count is 50%).

Examples

  1. An assessment task with a 2000 word limit receives a mark of 72 out of 100 (and therefore a DN), but because the assessment task had an actual word count of 2009, a deduction of 10 marks (which is 10% of the total available) will apply. This brings the mark down to 62 out of 100 (and therefore a CR).
  2. An assessment task with a 2000 word limit receives a mark of 64% (a CR), but because the assessment task had an actual word count of 2290 (more that 10% over the limit) a penalty of 30% is applicable. Since 64 minus 30 is less than 50, the final mark for this assessment task would be 50%, as it was of pass or better standard in terms of addressing assessed learning outcomes.

Note: It is assumed that an assessment task with a word count significantly under the stated limit needs no penalty, because it is probable that not all learning outcomes will have been met as well as would have been possible; that is, the student is potentially creating their own disadvantage.

A Late Penalty is the penalty applied for the submission of an assessment task after the due date, in the form of a reduced mark or grade, unless an extension has been granted by your Unit Coordinator (please see the Requests for Extension section above for further information).

The applicable late penalties are:

  • 10% of the maximum mark available for the assessment task for each day late (including weekend days and public holidays) up until five days late; and
  • An assessment task submitted more than five days after the due date will not be accepted and a zero grade will be awarded to the item.

Please note your Unit Coordinator has the authority to review the penalty if you can provide evidence that reasonable circumstances contributed to the late submission. In this instance you should contact your Unit Coordinator as soon as possible to discuss your options.

If you are at risk of submitting your assessment piece late due to extenuating circumstances, please contact your Unit Coordinator as soon possible to discuss options to extend your submission due date.