Several additional questions were raised following the publication of the Assessment Policy FAQ in And Gladly last month. Rod Lane (Department of Educational Studies) provides some answers to these questions below:
Q: Is it appropriate to view APA referencing as a competency criteria? I do not see application of APA style as an all or none phenomenon as suggested. In addition, I would actually argue that it is a reasonably good proxy for some critical academic capacities. If appropriate APA referencing is viewed as a “competency criteria” then why wouldn’t “presentation” also be considered such?
A: I agree that neither consistency in referencing nor logical presentation/structure are binary in nature. The issue here is whether these skills demonstrate “deep and critical understanding” OR “substantial originality, insight or creativity” (the definition of an HD in the university grade descriptors).
Q: Are the university grade descriptors intended to be a complete, infallible set of standards and the ONLY factors that can be considered in developing a full range of marking criteria?
A: The grade descriptors are generic standards for reporting grades. They are not designed to addresses all possible unit learning outcomes but to define the key characteristics of performance at each grade level. Marking scales can include a range criteria aligned to learning outcomes in specific units, however final grading decisions for individual tasks need to be made with reference to the university grade descriptors.
Article prepared by Rod Lane (Department of Educational Studies)