This programme operates within the Universities’ Regulatory Framework and conforms with its regulations on assessment.
Please note you should be aware of the full academic “Rights, Responsibilities and Regulations” (3Rs) document which contains the academic regulations in full. These can be accessed at: http://www.derby.ac.uk/qed/3rs/
Now that you’ve enrolled for 2014/15 academic year, you’ll need to be aware of this year’s regulations. It is important that you understand what they are and what they might mean for you. For more detail take a look at www.derby.ac.uk/regs. Below are brief explanations of some of the assessment terms you need to be familiar with:
Each 20 credit module will require you to undertake a series of assessments. The type of assessment is individual to each module and clear information about each assessment can be found at the module pages for each module you are studying.
The weightings of each component are applied to the marks achieved in each component of assessment when calculating the overall module mark. If a student passes a module, by achieving an average mark of at least 40%, the credit is awarded. To pass a module the average of the marks for the assessment components must be at least 40% and at least a mark of 35% must be achieved in each assessment component. Where this has not been achieved, credits are not awarded and the referral regulations apply. It is not possible to retake a module that has been passed, unless there is allowance made by an external body associated with the programme, explicitly stated in the programme specification
To see how your work will be graded please view the undergraduate marking scale in the university assessment regulations.
Each module consists of a Module Handbook and assignment details. Therefore staff should not be expected to supply information which have already made available.
A module is failed if:
- The work submitted is not of a high enough standard to warrant an overall mark of at least 40% for the
- Work has not been submitted for the module assessments. If a student fails to submit an assignment a mark of NS will be
- The student has committed academic offences and a penalty of failing the module has been
If a student fails a module, the appropriate option from the following will apply:
A Referral is when a student does not pass an assessment component at the first attempt they may be offered the opportunity to submit further work to achieve a pass standard. If the referral work is of a pass standard, the work will be marked at 40%.
A deferral is an approved extension to a deadline of an assessment. A deferred assessment will not have the grade capped at 40%. A deferral can occur in respect of illness, or other valid cause, is given only if you have submitted a formal written claim (EEC) and has provided acceptable evidence according to the regulations. If the EEC panel decides to uphold a claim one of the remedies is to offer the opportunity for the student to resubmit the work by a revised deadline. This is a deferral.
Deadlines for resubmission of work will usually be within the same academic year. In the case of examinations the student will normally be directed to take the assessment at the next available exam period. The full range of marks will be available provided the work is submitted in line with the approved deadline. If, following deferral, the assessment is not submitted by the stipulated date, the assessment is considered failed and the referral regulations apply.