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Assessment and award of credit

Assessment

Assessment attempts

59. A student is permitted a maximum of five assessment attempts (3 module registrations to include assessment only) per module.

For 2017-18 the following change has been made and will be introduced using a no detriment approach:

59. A student is permitted a maximum of four assessment attempts per module.

60. Failure to comply with published requirements counts as an assessment attempt.

Components of assessment

61. Each module's descriptor specifies the components of assessment for that module, the assessment criteria, and the weight of each component to the module as a whole. Each module handbook is required to specify components of assessment contributing to the module mark.

Common Marking Scheme

62. A student's level of achievement is denoted by the mark (a whole number in the range 0 – 100) achieved under the University's Common Marking Scheme:

Mark

Equivalent

Grade

Result

Descriptor of Attainment of Learning Outcomes

90+

1st

Pass

Meets all the requirements to attain 80 – 89 but in addition demonstrates an exceptional degree of originality and exceptional analytical, problem-solving and/or creative skills.

80 -89

   

Meets all the requirements to attain 70 – 79 but in addition demonstrates outstanding quality evidenced by an ability to engage critically and analytically with source material, exhibits independent lines of argument, is highly original and uses an extremely wide range of relevant sources where appropriate.

70 - 79

   

Excellent range and depth of attainment of intended learning outcomes, secured by discriminating command of a comprehensive range of relevant materials and analyses, and by deployment of considered judgement relating to key issues, concepts or procedures

60 - 69

2:1

Pass

Attainment of virtually all intended learning outcomes, clearly grounded on a close familiarity with a wide range of supporting evidence, constructively utilised to reveal an appreciable depth of understanding.

50 – 59

2:2

Pass

Attainment of most of the intended learning outcomes, some more securely grasped than others, resting on a circumscribed range of evidence and displaying a variable depth of understanding.

40 – 49

3rd

Pass

Acceptable attainment of most intended learning outcomes, displaying a qualified familiarity with a minimally sufficient range of relevant materials, and a grasp of the analytical issues and concepts which are generally reasonable, albeit insecure.

30 - 39

Fail -

Marginal

Fail

Appreciable deficiencies in the attainment of intended learning outcomes, perhaps lacking a secure basis in relevant factual or analytical dimensions.

0 - 29

Fail -

Clear

Fail

No convincing evidence of attainment of intended learning outcomes, such treatment of the subject as is in evidence being directionless and fragmentary.

X

Fail

Fail

Failure to comply with published module requirements

63. A student registered on a module will be given a mark for each component listed in the module descriptor.

64. The overall mark for the module is calculated from the sum of weighted component marks, rounded to the nearest whole number; a pass is not required in each component. This module mark represents a summary of performance on that module.

Exceptions to Common Marking Scheme

65. Some modules are assessed on a pass or fail basis only, due to the nature of their content and the learning outcomes and competencies to be assessed.

Award of credits

66. A student who has passed a module (i.e. has achieved a module mark of at least 40, or has been awarded a Pass) will be awarded the credits for that module.

Submission of work

67. Students are responsible for ascertaining and meeting submission deadlines.

68. If a student fails to submit a piece of coursework on time, work will be accepted up to seven calendar days after the submission date (or expiry of any agreed extension) but the mark will be lowered by three marks per day or part thereof.

69. After seven calendar days, the piece of work will be deemed a non-submission and will be given a mark of 0 (zero).

Attendance for examination

70. Students are responsible for ascertaining final examination dates, times and locations, and for attending at the appropriate point.

71. Deferred examinations can only be authorised for students whose absence is on acceptable grounds.

72. Deferred examinations can only be authorised if all required prior components of assessment have been submitted (where the deadline is in the past), and any class attendance requirements have been met.

73. If a student fails to attend a compulsory examination without formal approval for deferral, the student will be deemed to have failed the module, due to failure to comply with published requirements.

Extenuating circumstances

74. If a student's academic performance has been affected by personal circumstances, a case for extenuation may be submitted for consideration by the appropriate Board of Examiners.

75. Extenuating circumstances for each module must be submitted at least fourteen days before the meeting of the Boards of Examiners. 

Academic conduct

76. By submitting a piece of work for assessment, a student is stating that it is their own effort without falsification of any kind.

77. A student must not make use of unfair means in any assessment, or do anything prejudicial to the good conduct of the assessment. The Code of Practice on Academic Misconduct refers.

Re-Assessment

Principles

78. A student who has achieved a module mark of 40 or higher will not be allowed to repeat that module or be re-examined in that module.

79. A student who fails a module upon re-assessment will not be awarded a lower mark than that awarded at the first attempt.

80. The faculty will determine the nature of the re-assessment required. It will be equivalent to the original in terms of both difficulty and educational benefit.

Second Assessment Attempt (Resit)

81. Where a module is failed, the student has the option to be re-assessed through a further attempt. This includes a dissertation (or equivalent).

82. The dissertation (or equivalent) second attempt will be unsupervised and must be resubmitted within three months from confirmation of failure. The minimum level of support students should be given is feedback and one meeting with their supervisor (or an appropriate alternative member of staff if the supervisor is not available).

83. The second attempt of a module must be taken at the next scheduled offering.

84. The maximum mark for the module that can be awarded for a second attempt is 40.

Repeating the module

85. Having failed the module following two attempts, a student has the option to repeat the module on an 'assessment only' basis and/or to repeat it in its entirety (on a 'teaching and assessment' basis). Both have financial, visa and progression implications.

For 2017-18 the following change has been introduced and will be implemented using a no detriment approach:

86. Having failed the module following two attempts, a student has the option to repeat the module in its entirety. This has financial, visa and progression implications.

Clauses 87-90 will no longer apply.

Assessment only option

87. A student can repeat a module on an 'assessment only' basis. Only one assessment attempt is permitted. 

88. The 'assessment only' attempt must be taken at the next scheduled offering.

89. A student can register for a module on an 'assessment only' basis on one occasion only.

90. The maximum mark that can be awarded for a module repeated on an 'assessment only' basis is restricted to 40.

Teaching and assessment option

91. A student must repeat the module at the next scheduled assessment period. Not every module is delivered each academic year.

92. A student repeating the module in its entirety (i.e. both teaching and assessment) is subject to the same attendance and participation requirements as a student taking the module for the first time.

93. A module can be repeated on a teaching and assessment basis on one occasion only; both first and second attempts at the assessment can be undertaken.

94. The full range of marks is available for the first attempt of a module repeated on a teaching and assessment basis (i.e. there is no restriction to the mark awarded).

For 2017-18 the following changes have been introduced and will be implemented using a no detriment approach:

91. A student must repeat the module at the next scheduled assessment period. Not every module is delivered each academic year.

92. A student repeating the module is subject to the same attendance and participation requirements as a student taking the module for the first time.

93. A module can be repeated on one occasion only; both first and second attempts at the assessment can be undertaken.

94. The full range of marks is available for the first attempt of a module repeated (i.e. there is no restriction to the mark awarded).

Compensation

Principles

95. A student who has marginally failed a module may be eligible for compensation and the award of credits for that module. A marginal fail is one where a mark for the module is in the range  30 to 39.

96. Compensation will be applied systematically based on a student's overall profile.

97. A student with passes in fewer than 80 credits for each 120 credits is not eligible for compensation.

98. Where more than one module is eligible for compensation, the module with the higher/highest mark will be compensated.

99. A module is not eligible for compensation if it

  • is compulsory, or
  • is a prerequisite to a module to be taken later in the programme, or
  • must be passed for professional or accreditation purposes.

100. A marginal fail in a dissertation (or equivalent)  is not eligible for compensation.

101. The result of a pass by compensation will appear on a transcript without a mark.

Years 1 and 2 of a full-time programme of study, and part-time equivalence

102. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the first 120 credits, provided that at least 80 of the 120 credits have been passed.

103. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the second 120 credits, provided that at least 80 of the 120 credits have been passed.

Years 3 and 4 of a full-time programme of study, and part-time equivalence

104. A student will have compensation applied for a marginal fail in 20 credits of the final 240 credits, provided that the remaining 220 credits have been passed.

Progression

Progression during the academic year

105. In the first year of study, if a student has failed to comply with published requirements for all modules being studied during the first semester, the student will be deemed not to have met minimum requirements to progress to the second semester. 

Progression to next year of study

106. To progress to the next year of study, a student must meet the following requirements for progression. 

107. A student must achieve passes in at least two-thirds of credits required by their degree programme for the current year.

108. In order to progress to the next year of study, a full-time student studying a diploma, degree or honours degree must, therefore, have attained a minimum of:

  • 80 credits by the end of year 1
  • 200 credits by the end of year 2
  • 320 credits by the end of year 3

109. A student must:

  • achieve a pass in modules within their current year of study which are compulsory prerequisites for modules in the next year of study of their degree programme.
  • have taken and satisfied the published requirements for modules within their current year of study which are module content prerequisites for modules in the next year of study of their degree programme.

Repeat part of year of study

110. Where a student does not meet the requirements to progress to the next year of study, at least half of the credits required by the degree programme table must be passed in order to be eligible to repeat part of the year of study.

Withdrawal from the programme of study

111. If a student has not passed at least half of the credits in any year of study, the University is likely to terminate studies.

Study abroad

112. A student must have achieved credits (passed) all required modules prior to the academic year of their study abroad period.

113. Students who study abroad will be awarded block credit for the successful completion of the study abroad period. Individual grades will no longer be translated or included in the calculation of the final degree classification.

Qualifications and awards

Principles

114. A student following a programme of study which does not lead to a qualification (a credit-only programme) may be provided with an award of completion, in addition to a transcript of credits achieved.

115. A student who has accumulated sufficient credits for the qualification, and meets the regulatory requirements will be awarded the qualification (subject to no outstanding tuition fee debt).

116. With the exception of the unnamed Ordinary Degree, the Certificate in Higher Education and the Diploma in Higher Education, qualifications can be awarded with named subject(s). Degree programme tables define the curricula and conditions to be met in order to be eligible for an award in named subject(s), subject to satisfying all regulatory requirements.

117. A student must meet all requirements (i.e. passed all modules) at least 30 days before the appropriate graduation ceremony.

118. Where a minimum number of credits are stipulated for distinction or merit, these are applied on a pro rata basis where some modules are assessed on a pass/fail basis only.

Certificates

Graduate Certificate

119. The award of Graduate Certificate is only available to students admitted to a programme of study with that designation.

120. For the award of Graduate Certificate, a minimum of 60 credits at SQCF level 9 or above must be achieved.

With Distinction

121. For the award of Graduate Certificate with Distinction, a minimum of 40 credits must be achieved with a mark of 70 or higher, and a further 20 credits must be achieved with a mark of 50 or higher.

With Merit

122. For the award of Graduate Certificate with Merit, a minimum of 40 credits must be achieved with a mark of 60 or higher, and a further 20 credits must be achieved with a mark of 50 or higher.

Certificate

123. For the award of a Certificate, a minimum of 120 credits must be achieved.

124. Where the student is not registered on a Certificate with named subject(s), the award designation will be 'in Higher Education'.

With Distinction

125. For the award of a Certificate with distinction, a mark of at least 70 must be achieved for 40 credits, and a mark of at least 50 in a further 80 credits.

With Merit

126. For the award of a Certificate with merit, a mark of least 60 must be achieved in 40 credits, and a mark of at least 50 in a further 80 credits.

Diplomas

Graduate Diploma

127. The award of a Graduate Diploma is only available to students admitted to a programme of study with that designation.

128. For the award of Graduate Diploma, a minimum of 120 credits at SCQF level 9 or above must be achieved.

With Distinction

129. For the award of Graduate Diploma with Distinction, a minimum of 80 credits must be achieved with a mark of 70 or higher, and a further 40 credits must be achieved with a mark of 50 or higher.

With Merit

130. For the award of Graduate Diploma with Merit, a minimum of 80 credits must be achieved with a mark of 60 or higher, and a further 40 credits must be achieved with a mark of 50 or higher.

Diploma

131. For the award of a Diploma, a minimum of 240 credits must be achieved.

132. Where a student is not registered on a Diploma with named subject(s), the award designation will be 'in Higher Education'.

With Distinction

133. For the award of a Diploma with Distinction, a mark of at least 70 must have been achieved for 80 credits, and a mark of at least 50 in a further 140 credits. At least 20 credits must be achieved as SCQF level 9 or above.

With Merit

134. For the award of a Diploma with Merit, a mark of at least 60 must have been achieved for 80 credits, and a mark of at least 50 in a further 140 credits.

First Degrees

Ordinary Degree

135. For the award of an Ordinary degree, a minimum of 360 credits must be achieved, with a minimum of 60 credits at SCQF level 9 or above and, in addition, a minimum of 90 credits at SCQF level 8 or above.

136. For the award of an Ordinary degree in named subject(s), a student must meet the requirements as set out in the equivalent Degree Programme Table of the honours programme (3 years for full-time, equivalence for part-time).

137. Where unnamed, the ordinary degree of 'Bachelor of Arts' will be awarded where the primary subject is arts, the ordinary degree of 'Bachelor of Science' where the primary subject is science.

With Distinction

138. For the award of an Ordinary degree with distinction, a mark of at least 70 must be achieved in 120 credits (of which at least 60 credits must be at SCQF level 9 or above), and a mark of at least 50 achieved in a further 200 credits.

With Merit

139. For the award of an Ordinary degree with merit, a mark of at least 60 must be achieved in 120 credits (of which at least 60 credits must be at SCQF level 9 or above), and a mark of at least 50 achieved in a further 200 credits.

Degree with Honours

140. For the award of an Honours degree, a minimum of 480 credits must be achieved, with a minimum of 180 at SCQF levels 9 and 10, including a minimum of 90 credits at SQCF level 10 as defined by the Degree Programme Table.

141. For degrees conferred during academic year 2016/17, the best 220 credits achieved for the modules specified in years 3 and 4 of the Degree Programme Table (or equivalence for part-time) count towards the classification. Modules passed by compensation will therefore be excluded. The dissertation (or equivalent) must be included.

For degrees conferred from June 2018 onwards: 

  1. The dissertation (or equivalent) must be included in the classification calculation
  2. The calculation does not differentiate between compulsory and optional modules
  3. A predominance rule applies on the basis that, for any classification, the mark profile must have at least 50% of the credits (in multiples of 20 only), at or above the classification mark threshold. For classifying 220 credits, the predominance threshold is 120 credits; for 180 credits, predominance is 100 credits; for 120 credits predominance is 60 credits
  4. The lowest marked 20 credits will be discounted including modules with a failing mark. Classification must be based on the remaining credits with attributed marks
  5. Where the total number of credits with attributed marks is equal to or less than 120, e.g. a student has pass/fail modules, entry credit, placements and study abroad credit where no marks are assigned, the classification must be based on all available credits with associated marks, i.e. no modules may be discounted

If a student has more than 240 credits in years 3 and 4 only the best 220 credits will be considered in the calculation.

For those students completing programmes in 2018 and 2019, the classifications will be calculated using both the previously advised calculation (see below) and the new, revised calculation. A ‘no detriment’ approach will be taken to determining, on a case by case basis, which of the calculations stands; the new calculation will be used in all cases except for those students for whom this would have a detrimental impact on their honours classification, in which case the previous calculation will continue to be adopted.

Previously advised calculation from June 2018 (no longer in effect):

The best 200 credit achieved for the modules specified in year 3 and 4 of the Degree Programme Table (or equivalence for part-time) count towards the classification. Core modules and a dissertation (or equivalent) mark are always included.

In addition to the degree classification being derived by calculating the average of the best 200 credits, the calculation would also include a requirement to have at least 100 credits in that particular degree class (or a higher class) to be automatically awarded the classification. Where the average falls in a particular degree class but a student does not have at least 100 credits in that category (or above) this will be considered as a discussable case.

If a student has more than 240 credits in years 3 and 4 only the best 200 credits will be considered in the calculation.

142. Where a programme includes modules assessed on a pass/fail basis, these will be discounted for the purposes of classifying the degree

143. The degree classification is derived by calculating the mean of marks for individual modules, weighted by the number of credit points for each module.

144. Where the mean mark is up to 2 marks below the classification boundary, this is discussable by the Board of Examiners which has discretion to award a higher classification.

First Class (1st)

145. A mean mark of 70 or greater (when rounded to the nearest whole number) ie a mean mark of 69.5 would be rounded up to 70.

Second Class, Upper Division (2:1)

146. A mean mark of between 60 and 69 (when rounded to the nearest whole number) ie a mean mark of 59.5 would be rounded up to 60.

Second Class, Lower Division (2:2)

147. A mean mark of between 50 and 59 (when rounded to the nearest whole number)ie a mean mark of 49.5 would be rounded up to 50.

Third Class (3rd)

148. A mean mark of between 40 and 49 (when rounded to the nearest whole number) ie a mean mark of 39.5 would be rounded up to 40.

Aegrotat and Posthumous Awards

149. A board of examiners may recommend to Academic Council that an aegrotat or posthumous award be conferred in respect to an undergraduate or postgraduate taught programme.

Aegrotat awards may be considered where no degree award may be made within the regulations, and the student is close to completing the award but is prevented from doing so because of illness.

In recommending an aegrotat award, a board of examiners should be satisfied that: the student's prior performance clearly demonstrates that he/she would have satisfied the requirements for the award, but for the illness experienced; and the student is unlikely to be able to return to complete his/her studies at a later date.

A posthumous award can be considered where a student has died and has either; completed the programme of study, including the required assessments, and has satisfied the requirements of the award; or has not completed the programme of study but the board of examiners is satisfied that the student would have been able to complete or satisfy the requirements for the award.

In making a recommendation for a posthumous award in this case, the board of examiners shall consider the evidence of the student’s academic performance overall and in respect to any coursework submitted or assessments completed.

Exceptions to regulations for individual programmes

150. Exceptions to the general regulations are detailed below.

Nursing, Bachelor of Science

151. Study Duration. A student must complete the programme within 5 years of programme commencement (inclusive of periods of leave of absence).

152. Compensation. A student cannot be awarded compensation.

153. Progression during the Academic Year. A student must pass each module in order to progress to the next module.

154. Progression to the Next Academic Year. A student must satisfy the competency requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Council in order to progress to the next year of study.

155. Where an element of assessment is marked 29 or below, the module cannot be passed as achievement of the learning outcomes is considered not to have been demonstrated. All assessments must attain a mark of 30 or greater in order to be included in the calculation of the final module mark.

156. Where a student is registered on a 3rd assessment attempt, this will be by assessment only and need not be taken at the next scheduled offering.

Professional Practice, Bachelor of Science

157. Recognition of Prior Learning. A minimum of 60 credits must be obtained through study at the University of Stirling; recognition of prior learning of up to 300 credits can be awarded.

158. Study Duration. A student must complete the programme within 5 years of programme commencement (inclusive of periods of leave of absence).

159. Ordinary Degree with Distinction. A mark of at least 70 must be achieved in the 60 credits studied at University of Stirling.

160. Ordinary Degree with Merit. A mark of at least 60 must be achieved in the 60 credits studied at University of Stirling.

Initial Teacher Education Programmes 
(programmes of study leading to the award of a teaching qualification)

161. Compensation. A student cannot be awarded compensation in any Education module but can be awarded compensation in an optional module in their teaching subject.

162. Progression to Year Two of Study. To progress to the second year of study, a student must meet the following criteria achievement of 120 credits, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme clearance, satisfactory completion of a professional interview, completion of a two week self-arranged placement with submitted evidence in support of this.

163. Progression to Year Four of Study. To progress to the fourth year of study, a student's professional performance must be deemed satisfactory, and a student must have achieved an average of at least 50 in their best 160 credit of SCQF level 9 and 10 modules.

BA Hons Social Work

164. Progression. A student must be registered as a social work student with the Scottish Social Services Council, including clearance under the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme in order to progress to Semester 2. Registration must be maintained throughout the entire programme of study.

165. Progression. Any leave of absence of one year or more will require the student to complete a readiness to return to studies assessment prior to recommencing the programme.

166. Assessment. Some modules may contain elements of assessment that are assessed on a pass/fail basis and these assessments require to be passed in order to achieve a pass in the module. Where a module contains such an assessment the module mark will not be calculated on a weighted average basis.

167. Assessment Only. Due to the interactive nature of teaching and practice skill requirements on some modules, students are not permitted to repeat these module on an assessment only basis, they must be repeated on a teaching and assessment basis. Details of which modules this applies to are contained in module outlines.

168. Study Duration. A student must complete the programme within 6 years of programme commencement (inclusive of periods of leave of absence).

LLB Accelerate Graduate Programme

169. Module Registration. Students will be registered for 90 credits per semester.

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