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8. Assessment 

Definitions 

8.1 ‘Summative assessment’ means any examination, test, coursework, presentation, dissertation, thesis or other piece of student work, whether completed individually or as part of a group, and whether undertaken in the students’ own time or under supervision, the mark for which counts towards a students’ academic progression or in determining whether they should be awarded a degree, diploma, certificate or academic credit. 

8.2 ‘Formative assessment’ means any examination, test, coursework, presentation, dissertation, thesis or other piece of student work, whether completed individually or as part of a group, and whether undertaken in the students’ own time or under supervision, the mark for which does not count towards a student’s academic progression, and which is undertaken as part of a student’s learning. (It should be noted that a Department may nonetheless require submission of formative assessments, and failure to do so could mean that the student is placed on probation.) 

8.3 The Programme Scheme shall set out the summative assessment associated with a programme of study. 

Regulatory framework 

8.4 Assessment practices and procedures shall be set out in the following documents: 

8.4.1 The Assessment Regulations prescribe the core rules relating to assessment 

8.4.2 The Academic Assessment Policy sets out matters of academic practice which have been agreed by Academic Board or its committees 

8.4.3 Assessment Procedures and Guidelines provide detail on the practical implementation of assessments in the College 

8.4.4 Guidance on levels and penalties provides guidance for use in considering cases of academic misconduct 

Core principles 

8.5 Boards of Examiners are responsible, on behalf of Academic Board, for making judgments about student attainment in summative assessment. 

8.6 A degree, diploma, certificate or academic credit may not be awarded to a student unless they have satisfied the examiners in accordance with the Programme Scheme or other such document. 

8.7 A student who has passed a summative assessment may not subsequently retake that assessment to improve the mark that they have achieved. 

8.8 The College may make regulations to allow for the award of an aegrotat degree (a degree awarded where a student has not, through illness, been able to

undertake all elements of the assessment); to allow for the award of a degree where a student has died; and to allow for the condonement of failure in some elements of the assessment. 

Cheating 

8.9 It shall be a disciplinary offence for a student to cheat or attempt to cheat in an assessment. 

8.10 The Assessment Regulations prescribe procedures to be used in this regard 

Strike action 

8.11 In the event of strike action which affects the assessment process, the Warden may approve a suspension of regulations as necessary to allow assessments to take place and to avoid disadvantaging students. This may include, but is not limited to, the appointment as Internal Examiners of academic staff who have not been involved in teaching the programme, and the appointment of special Boards of Examiners. 

8.12 In the event of such action being taken a full report shall be made to the next meeting of Academic Board.