Postgraduate taught 

Academic Practice MEd: Online distance learning

Assessment and Feedback EDUC5984

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Learning Enhancement and Acad Dev Service
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

Assessing our students is probably the most important thing we do with them during their journey through University. This course will provide you with a structured approach to critique and enhance your assessment practices through engaging with the literature and consideration of your own context. We will address issues such as plagiarism, providing useful feedback and a variety of assessment types.


10 contact hours delivered online via a mixture of workshops and short tutorials.




The summative assessment for this course is to:

a) Design two assessment briefs that are constructively aligned and have the potential to be realistically delivered within the context of one of your courses [ILO 1, A3].

i) Each assessment brief should be written exactly as it would be presented to the students.

ii) Each assessment brief needs to contain a formative assessment.

iii) Each assessment brief should be around 200-300 words (a maximum of 600 words for both briefs).


b) Provide a feedback strategy to complement the above assessments [ILO 1, A3]. You may further detail the formative aspect of your assessments when you discuss the method of feedback that you would like to use. You may use the same method of feedback for both assessments.


iv) This should be around 350-400 words.

v) You may include any rubrics you have as an appendix.


c) You should also include a commentary of around 1,200 words [ILO2], which should include the following:


vi) A rationale for your proposed assessments and feedback methods (with reference to relevant literature, scholarship, and quality and academic standards frameworks relevant to your context, including reference to A1, K1, K2, V4).

vii) A summary of the key elements of the feedback that you received on your formative assessment and your response to it.

Course Aims

This course aims to provide you with a structured approach to critically analyse, and thereby enhance, assessment and feedback practice. The course will address issues such as approaches to and literacy within assessment and feedback, and will require you to consider assessment and feedback practice within your own context [A1, A3, K1, K2, V4].

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course you should be able to:

1. Analyse the efficacy of a variety of assessment and feedback approaches [A3]; and

2. Critically evaluate assessment and feedback practice in Higher Education with a particular focus on your own context [A1, K1, K2, V4].

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.