School of Media, Arts and Humanities - for students and staff

HAHP Exams and assessments: information for faculty

This is the definitive faculty guide to marking, feedback, sample marking and moderation for all assessed written work within HAHP. Procedures and forms can be downloaded below. The HAHP School Policy for finding replacement markers is available at the bottom of the page.

1. Feedback

  1. Please use the rubrics your department has specially developed. They are in line with assessment criteria and are embedded into Grademark. If in doubt about how to access them, please ask your Head of Department.
  2. Keep the tone warm, sympathetic, and constructive.
  3. Write clearly and concretely, using language the student can understand.
  4. Identify anything that is done well (or failing that, not badly).
  5. Please also consider that there is some evidence that students don’t always know how to use feedback, and so may need help here. Activities you might try include:
  • pairing students up in class to discuss their feedback the week of its release.
  • requiring a brief written response to feedback from students, describing what they will be taking forward for future work.
  • allowing submission of a reworked version of an earlier piece, with responses to feedback highlighted in comments.
  • running ‘feedback’ office hours the week of release.

 

2. Marking

  1. Please cut and paste the relevant subject-specific grid (see links below) into the relevant box on Grademark, for each student.
  2. Write around 150-250 words, not significantly more or less.
  3. Keep the tone warm, sympathetic, and constructive.
  4. Write clearly and concretely, using language the student can understand.
  5. Identify anything that is done well (or failing that, not badly).
  6. Towards the end, explicitly identify two or three key points to take forward for future essays/assessments.
  7. Please also consider that there is some evidence that students don’t always know how to use feedback, and so may need help here. Activities you might try include:
  • pairing students up in class to discuss their feedback the week of its release.
  • requiring a brief written response to feedback from students, describing what they will be taking forward for future work.
  • allowing submission of a reworked version of an earlier piece, with responses to feedback highlighted in comments.
  • running ‘feedback’ office hours the week of release.

Art History:

History:

Philosophy:

2. Marking 

(a) Conduct marking, sample marking and moderation as appropriate, following school guidelines:

HAHP sample marking form (Nov 2014)

HAHP Moderation form (Nov 2014)

HAHP School Policy for finding replacement markers [DOCX 16.60KB]

Please note: Moderation currently applies to all year 2 and final year work, with exemptions for: (i) assessments weighted 30% or below of module assessment and; (ii) assessment modes which include a substantial individual or practical element.

(b) Electronically Submitted Work

Electronically submitted work is to be marked online using Grademark. When providing online feedback, please use the rubric embedded into the online system, which has been agreed with individual Department HODs.  

Where sample marking applies, the sample marker will be added to the system as an assessment convenor and will be able to see the first marker's marks and comments online. The sample marking form (see above) should be completed by the second marker as before. Where moderation applies, once the sample marking is complete and marks and feedback have been adjusted by the first marker as necessary, the second marker should (i) click on the “send to moderator” button and (ii) email the moderator an electronic version of the completed sample marking form. The information from the sample marking form should be copied and pasted into the online moderation screen by the moderator, who then goes on to complete the moderation process.

(c) Physical Scripts

Please do NOT write on exam scripts. This a School policy, agreed by the School Education Committee (9th October 2019)

Feedback is to be provided on the relevant Departmental Feedback Forms (see above). The markers and/or moderator should make sure all the appropriate documentation is completed and return everything (marks sheets, scripts, sample marking form, moderation form, feedback forms) to the HAHP School Office within the specified turnaround time. Both scripts and feedback forms should be in alphabetical or numerical order (whichever applies), and forms should have all the relevant signatures.

(d) Blind Double Marking Form - HAHP Blind Double Marking Form [DOCX 14.48KB]

Each marker will have access to the online submissions, but marks and comments should not be entered until they have been agreed.  Once marks and comments have been agreed, the first marker should (i) enter marks and comments into the ESEF system using the format of the relevant Feedback Form (see above for BA and below for MA) and (ii) click on the “send to moderator” button. The second marker should then email the moderator an electronic version of the updated Double Marking Form, showing 3 sets of marks (first marker's marks, second marker's marks and agreed marks) and including disagreement and resolution notes. The Moderator should copy and paste the information from the Double Marking Form into the online moderation screen and then go on to complete the moderation process.



3. Turnaround Time

(a) Normally, the full process of marking, feedback, sample marking and moderation is to be completed within three weeks of the original submission date. Please note: marking times will be significantly shorter during the Assessment Periods in order to meet Exam Board deadlines.

(b) All of the relevant paperwork should be returned to the HAHP School Office only when the process is fully complete, and within this time. Please note: it is the specific responsibility of the markers to make sure this happens, but the Departmental Exam Board Deputy has a responsibility to keep track of the process at the Departmental level.

 

4.  Allocation of Duties

(a) The allocation of first marking for coursework is included in the allocation of seminars through the APW. As such, tutors are usually responsible for marking coursework from their own seminar groups. Please note: while ATs are responsible for marking coursework from their own seminar groups, they will be assigned a mentor (typically the module convenor) to provide guidance on the marking and the feedback, to calibrate between markers and to take overall responsibility for the marks assigned and the feedback given.

(b) First marking for all other assessments and second or sample marking for all assessments will be allocated by the relevant Departmental Exam Board Deputy in a fair and reasonable manner.

(c) Moderation will be conducted by the relevant Departmental Exam Board Deputy and the Head of Department.

5. Taught Postgraduate Assessment

HAHP Feedback on PGT Formal Assessments:

For Electronic Submissions, please enter feedback using the e-submission system.  Guidance on how-to on mark with Turnitin is available on the Technology Enhanced Learning page.  For all work not submitted electronically, please use the following form:

HAHP Feedback for PGT work NOT submitted electronically [DOC 34.00KB]

HAHP Criteria for Assessment for MA Courses - updated Nov 2018 [DOC 37.00KB]

HAHP Sample Marking Form for PGT Essays Sept 16 [DOCX 43.33KB]

HAHP Moderation Form for PGT Essays and Dissertations Sept 16 [DOCX 41.66KB]