You will be assessed by a variety of means including examinations, laboratory practicals, and reports. Progress is monitored and feedback provided through the regular submission of coursework, worksheets, laboratory exercises, and mock exams. Examinations can take the form of traditional, unseen papers, but often will take the form of a practical, laboratory based test, or an open-book paper designed to test the application of curriculum content.
Final written module examinations are used to assess around 60% of a typical degree course. They vary in length from 1 to 3 hours and can be closed or open book examinations. The content can be in the form of multiple choice questions, short answer, discursive, analytical or design questions. The content and form of the written examination reflects the requirements and level of the module and the examinations in latter years will be more open ended and searching than those in earlier years. As with all assessments the intention is for students to demonstrate their understanding and competency in respect of the module objectives.
These are more often used in the early years of a programme to help students develop an understanding of material and to help them gauge their progress and manage their time.
Assessed example sheets
These are more often used in the early years of programmes, as for in-module tests. They usually consist of a few problems to be solved, the solutions being marked and corrected and returned to students to help them develop their understanding of the course. Detailed feedback is often provided in Example Classes.
Laboratory work may be assessed by the submission of report or a demonstration of the work in the laboratory. Reports may include a description of the methodology, the end-results and, most importantly, critical analysis and discussion of the output. Demonstrations might be used to show how some software you have developed works or to present the results of your experiments.
Through the course there will be a number of opportunities for you to present your work both individually and as part of a group and develop your presentation skills. A student symposium is held each year for final-year students to present the findings from their individual project work.
Group and individual projects are assessed through dissertations to develop communication skills. The scale of the dissertation varies considerably, from a narrative description of the management of a group software project to a 60-page individual report on the final year project. The work is assessed under various headings, for example understanding of the problem, the development of the solution and evaluation of the work completed.