DEP: 6.10 Marking

All marks trainees receive are provisional until they are confirmed by the Examination Board, which meets in July (11th July 2018).

Prior to the exam board meeting, the following will have occurred:

  • Every module is internally moderated. This means that another member of the Programme Team checks a sample of work for a module, including one piece of work in every marking category
  • Every module is also externally moderated. An external examiner, Cathy Atkinson, inspects a sample of marking categories across the range of submitted work.

Trainees do not have the right to have their work remarked, even if they receive a mark that they do not expect. The procedures above are considered sufficient to ensure a satisfactory outcome. Trainees may formally appeal the decision of the Examination Board. Note, however, that disagreement with the academic judgment of the Board is not considered legitimate grounds for appeal.

Moderation

Moderation involves an independent academic scrutiny of marks awarded, on a simple basis, to verify that the marks awarded are appropriate and consistent in relation to the relevant assessment criteria.

Moderation of all fails, and a 5% sample of each class in the remainder is undertaken for each module. For those modules with very small numbers, a sample greater than 5% will be used to cover all classifications awarded. If the moderator has concerns about the marking standards of the sample, arrangements should be made for the marks for all the work specific assessment item to be reviewed. Where this occurs the outcome should be documented and communicate to the Board of Examiners.

Special Considerations

A student may apply for Special Considerations if (s)/he can prove that there were exceptional circumstances outside of his/her control; and these have, or will negatively affect his/her performance in an upcoming assessment, or ability to meet a deadline for submission of an assessment. Extensions now also fall under the Special Considerations policy.

The following is a non-exhaustive list of examples that the university would commonly regard as falling with the definition of special considerations ie. exceptional circumstances outside of the student’s control that may have a negative effect upon performance or ability to meet a deadline.

  • bereavement – death of close relative/friend/significant other
  • serious short term illness or accident
  • significant adverse personal/family circumstances
  • significant disruption of an examination
  • severe adverse weather conditions
  • a significant failure of due process by the University
  • other significant exceptional factors for which there is evidence of stress caused

If a request is made after the deadline for an assignment has passed a student must submit a Special Considerations form and evidence to Dr Hedwig Eisenbarth (psy-support-pg@soton.ac.uk) with a copy to the Programme Director normally not more than five working days after any assessment or deadline may have been affected by exceptional circumstances.

If a request is made before the deadline for an assignment has passed a student must submit a Special Considerations form and evidence to the Programme Director, Sarah Wright (sfw1@soton.ac.uk)

Further information, with examples of the kinds of requests which fall into this category can be found at:

http://www.southampton.ac.uk/quality/assessment/special_considerations.page

In addition, students can obtain free, independent and confidential advice about special considerations and extensions from the SUSU Advice Centre http://www.susu.org/advice-centre