Examinations & Assessment

Continuous Assessment

Students working

Nature Of Assessment

In general, the University seeks to follow a mixed method of assessment, as appropriate to the nature of individual courses. The assessment of course work may be based on the writing of essays, assignments, the setting of tests and assessments including oral tests or presentations, attendance at practical classes and field trips, the keeping and handing in of practical books, the carrying out of laboratory, performance or field projects, and the satisfactory completion of professional placements or clinical training. Details of all prescribed in-course assessments, including their timing and weighting within the course, must be clearly stated in course outlines and course handbooks.

Protocols For The Handling Of Continuous Assessment Materials

Submission of written work

Students required to submit written essays, assignments or other projects counting towards their final or end-of-year result must be given advance written notice of due submission dates, of where and to whom and in what format the work is to be submitted, and of the penalties which may be applied for late submission. Once published, submission dates should not subsequently be altered to an earlier date. Where permission is given to a student, for medical or other reasons, to return work later than the published deadline, a written record of the new submission date agreed between the student and the Director of Teaching and Learning or Course Co-Ordinator or course lecturer concerned must be retained locally.

The timing of deadlines for the submission of any essay, project, dissertation or other written assignment for assessment purposes, including any revised deadline in the case of a student who has been granted an extension to the time allowed for submission, must allow for the marking process to be completed before marks are received by the Courts of Examiners for the annual examination session.

Similarly, where a student is required by the Court of Examiners to submit written work as part of the supplemental examination process, or where, in exceptional cases (and subject always to the approval of the Senior Lecturer or Dean of Graduate Studies), a student is permitted to delay submission of written work to the supplemental session, the due date for submission must be such as to enable the student to have completed all examination requirements within the supplemental session.

Student copies

Students should be advised that they are required to keep a copy of all work submitted for assessment. This should be incorporated into advice given to students regarding the submission of written work.

Register of submitted assessment work

When work is submitted in hard copy, a register of its receipt must be kept. That register should include the date of submission, the signature of the student, and the signature of the staff member receiving the submission.

Alternatively, where the procedure described above is deemed inappropriate, schools/disciplines may choose to use a secure local mailbox that is opened promptly after the submission deadline. Within seven days following the due submission date, a list of names of students from whom work has (or has not) been received should be published on the local noticeboard.

Submission of assessment work by electronic means

Students should only submit work for assessment in the form of an e-mail attachment or by other electronic means if they have been expressly instructed to do so by the lecturer concerned.

When submitting assessment work by email, students must use their College username and e-mail account; submission of material for assessment will not be accepted from external e-mail addresses. Work may also be submitted by online facilities as may be specified by the lecturer.

Students may be required to submit both a paper copy and an electronic copy of their work.

Receipt of electronic submission of assessment work must be acknowledged to the student.

Timing Of Written Term Tests

In-course testing that does not require special examination accommodations or invigilation may take place within scheduled class hours during lecture term.

Continuous Assessment Marks

Students should be advised that marks disclosed during the course of the year for prescribed assessments are subject to moderation by internal and, where appropriate, external examiners, and as such are to be considered to be provisional until the end-of-year results are confirmed by the Court of Examiners for the course in question.

Where the provisional results of assessment exercises are routinely published on local notice boards, these should be published anonymously by student number.

Non-satisfactory Attendance And Course Work

All students must fulfill the requirements of the School(s) or Department(s), as appropriate, with regard to attendance and prescribed course work pertaining to their course of study. Students may be deemed to be non-satisfactory if they fail to fulfill course work and attendance requirements. Where specific attendance requirements are not stated in the Calendar, students may be deemed non-satisfactory if they miss more than one third of a required component course/module in any term. A Director of Teaching and Learning may report such students to the Senior Lecturer or Dean of Graduate Studies as being non-satisfactory for that term.

At the end of the teaching term, students who have not satisfied the School or Department requirements, as set out in the Calendar, may be reported as non-satisfactory for that term. Students reported as non-satisfactory for the Michaelmas and Hilary terms of a given year may be refused permission to take their annual examinations and may be required by the Senior Lecturer or Dean of Graduate Studies to repeat their year. Further details of procedures for reporting a student as non-satisfactory are given on the College website at https://www.tcd.ie/undergraduate-studies/ academic-progress/attendance-course-work.php.