Assessment (all programmes)

KR: Assessment should be varied, appropriate and rigorous, and require students to apply their knowledge and solve problems
  • Universities are encouraged to use of a wide range of assessment techniques matched to particular aspects of the programme which have been carefully designed and applied to ensure validity and reliability as discriminators 
  • Programme should seek to ensure students are encouraged to:
    • complete various forms of in-course assessment with particular, but not exclusive, evaluation of practical competence
    • apply their understanding of earlier fundamental principles at advanced stages of the programme
    • complete assessments in a diverse range of topics
    • demonstrate their problem solving abilities
    • critically analyse information, construct synopses, and devise solutions
    • deal with topics expansively using reason and argument 
  • A significant proportion of marks should be assigned on the basis of formal examinations conducted under controlled conditions. Such examinations can be open or closed book 
  • Progression to subsequent stages of a programme should only be possible when a minimum competence has been demonstrated in pre-requisite areas 
  • Universities must demonstrate that assessment of project work is rigorous and conducted against clear criteria 
  • For master's programmes, assessment of the project work is central to determining whether or not a programme has provided the subject knowledge, abilities and skills associated with master's level learning outcomes and hence the basis for professional practice in the chemical sciences 
  • The final grading of an award should be substantially weighted to student performance in the final stages of their programme, but should not rely exclusively on it