Coursework Marking and Feedback


Your Education and Psychology individual written assignments are marked out of 100, using a Categorical Marking Scheme.

These individual marks contribute towards the aggregate mark for a module. Your aggregate module mark is a weighted average of all the assessment marks in each module, as some assessments may be weighted more heavily than others (for example, 60% examination versus 40% coursework). ‘Assessment Information’ for each module cane be found stated on each Module WebpageYou will also receive an overall mark for each year as a whole, which is obtained by averaging the aggregate marks across all eight of your modules.

PLEASE NOTEYou should be aware of the criteria you need to meet in order to progress into Year Two, progress into Year Three, or to graduate.

You should note that all marks are considered provisional until they have been reviewed and confirmed by the examination board.

Coursework Marking Criteria: Examples

In most of your modules, you will be assessed on written assignments. In your Education modules especially, you are mainly assessed on written coursework. Therefore, it is very helpful to view examples of the criteria that your Module Instructors may use to mark and grade your coursework, as it helps you to understand why you have received a certain mark and how to improve your marks. Your Module Coordinators/Instructors inform you of their specific expectations for each piece of coursework they assign. You can download examples of Education’s and Psychology’s marking criteria using the following links:


Information relating to Psychology’s marking criteria can be accessed here.

Coursework Marks and Feedback for your Education Assignments

The Southampton Education School aims to provide you with your coursework marks and feedback within four weeks of your submission deadline. Your marks and feedback will be uploaded online via Blackboard. You will be notified when your marks and feedback are accessible via email, so it is important to check your University email account.

How to view your marks and feedback on Blackboard

To view your module mark and feedback for a particular module on Blackboard, please follow the steps below:

  • Login to Blackboard.
  • Enter the content area where the Turnitin assignment was submitted.
  • Click on View/Complete’.
  • The Turnitin site will open within Blackboard frame. View your submission.
  • Click on Show Details’.
  • Click on View’ located underneath Grade Mark’.
  • The Turnitin Document Viewer will load.
  • Comments from the module leader should then be visible to you.

Coursework Marks and Feedback for your Psychology Assignments

Information on marks and feedback for your Psychology Assignments can be found here.

How to view your marks and feedback on eAssignment

A step-by-step guide to receiving marks and feedback on eAssignment can be accessed on the University’s eAssignment Support Guide.


Coursework Feedback

Feedback comes in many forms and you must learn to recognise the merits of all of these. The Student Feedback policy provides an overview of formal feedback.  Formal feedback is well documented and the following paragraphs identify ones that you are officially entitled to.

Informal feedback is just as important and comes in the form of individual chats with your Personal Academic Tutor, module leaders or project supervisors, or group meetings with academics after a lecture or practical session. Also tests and quizzes on Blackboard, which are available for several modules, can provide valuable feedback on how you are progressing.

All coursework will be marked and returned to you, accompanied by feedback which will relate to the standard of your work and the reasons for the mark/grade given.  You should note that all marks are considered provisional until they have been reviewed and confirmed by the Board of Examiners.   This feedback will typically be returned within four weeks following your submission. Large assignments (e.g. your dissertation/project work) may take slightly longer to be returned. Bear in mind that if you hand in work late, your feedback may be delayed.

Where appropriate, for example with smaller problem solving exercises like calculations, the lecturer will decide if feedback should be given individually, or reported back to the whole group. You are, however always free to ask the lecturer personally how you are progressing.

The feedback you receive will be:

  • timely – allowing you to learn from your work
  • related to the learning outcomes for that piece of work
  • constructive and honest – allowing you to take the comments on board, learn from your mistakes and understand why you did well.

For the feedback to be effective, it is important that you work with the feedback given and identify how you can improve your work in the future. Should you need further information about your work, get in touch with whoever marked the coursework.

Feedback may be made available online or can be collected from the Student Office.  You will be contacted when feedback is ready.  For some kinds of assignment, other arrangements will be made and the module lead will explain those to you.

Although individual feedback on examinations is not normally given, feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the performance of the whole group which took an examination may be available via Blackboard.

Feedback on eAssignment

Typically, instructors will deliver coursework feedback online, via eAssignments. When your marks and feedback are accessible, you will be able to view a checklist of the criteria you met in your coursework, whether you have received any penalties for your work (for example, if you exceeded the word count), general feedback, and an uploaded, annotated and more detailed version of the coursework you submitted.


Enquiries about your Marks and Feedback

For the feedback to be effective, it is important that you work with the feedback given and identify how you can improve your work in the future.

If you have any enquiries about the mark and feedback that you received for a written assignment, you should address these with your Module Coordinator (or the person that marked your work). For example, you may want to clarify why you received a specific mark, you may not understand the feedback you received, or you may want to discuss the ways that you can improve your marks in future assignments. For further guidance, you can also arrange to discuss your enquiries or concerns with your Personal Academic Tutor.


It is important to remember that informal feedback about your progress can be just as important as your formal assessment feedback.

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