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The Findings of an Assessment Audit: an NTFS Project Report

Hughes, Ian E. (2006) The Findings of an Assessment Audit: an NTFS Project Report. Bioscience Education e-Journal, 7 (articl). ISSN 1479-7860


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An Assessment Audit is described consisting of 47 questions, each being scored 0 to 4, by the module team depending on the extent to which the audit point was satisfied. Scores of 2 or less indicated unsatisfactory provision. Audits were carried out on 14 bioscience- or medicine- based modules in 13 universities.

There was great variability between modules in the hours spent by:

• teachers in direct contact with students (12 to 914); • teachers involved in the process of assessment (2 to 372); • students actually being assessed (2 to 60 hours per student); • students in the teaching and learning process (35 to 300).

The highest scoring module obtained 133 out of 188 (71%) with 11 out of 47 items scored at 2 or less while the lowest scoring module obtained 47% with 27 items scoring 2 or less. Features consistently poorly addressed were:

• consideration of learning objectives/assessment in other modules taken by the student; • consideration of consistency among multiple markers; • use of known mark sets to validate data processing; • availability of exemplar answers; • feedback on end-of-module assessments.

A common issue concerns the isolation of modules and module teams. This suggests the need for a strengthening of the course thread and emphasis on the totality of the student learning experience rather than the individual module. The audit provides a framework within which course teams can reflect on and improve the quality of the assessment in their module.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: This paper is being submitted on behalf of Prof Hughes by Terry McAndrew, C&IT manager and web publisher of the Bioscience Education e-Journal.
Keywords: Keywords: Assessment, assessment audit, quality of assessment, improving assessment, improving assessment through audit.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Biological Sciences (Leeds) > Institute of Membrane and Systems Biology (Leeds)
Depositing User: Terry McAndrew
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2006
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2014 06:44
Published Version: http://www.bioscience.heacademy.ac.uk/journal/vol7...
Status: Published
Publisher: Centre for Bioscience, the Higher Education Academy
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: beej-7-1.htm
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1276

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