Assessment Criteria, Reassessment & Feedback

Assessment Criteria

Feedback and reassessment

Feedback for all assignments will be transmitted electronically and will be available on your SOLE page once marking and double-marking have been completed.  This will be within four working weeks, according to University regulations.

You will also wish to collect your submission, as it will contain further annotation.  Work will be available for collection from the Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts collection room in Bredon: you will receive notification by email when the work becomes available.


In the event you are required to take reassessment you will receive formal notification of this in writing from Registry Services after meeting of the Board of Examiners in June.  Reassessment takes place in July.  The reassessment task(s) for this module will be available on Blackboard.  They will also be available from the IHCA Administration Office in Bredon (email ).

Essay Pass Grades

A         The question will be addressed with a clear analysis of its implications. The use of the primary text(s) will be extensive and detailed. Secondary reading will also be extensive, and at A+ level will show evidence of personal research going beyond the limits of reading lists. The structure of the answer will be coherent and is likely to be more ambitious in organisation than that of B grade work, allowing exploration and analysis of conflicting interpretations or theories. The argument will be sophisticated and persuasive, and at A+ will include elements of original thinking and interpretation. Presentation will be virtually flawless.

B          The question will be addressed in detail. There will be a good grasp of the primary text(s), shown by the selection of effective quotation. A range of secondary material will have been used, with the ability to identify and comment on conflicting interpretations or evidence. The structure will be clear and appropriate to the question, with a persuasive argument, although there will be little attempt to develop an original thesis. As with C grade work, the presentation of references and bibliography will conform to the rules, and the style will be clear and coherent with a sound grasp of academic discourse and critical vocabulary, and the minimum of errors.

C          Do not assume that this is a poor grade! The work will address the question and show a sound knowledge of the primary text(s). Some relevant research will have been undertaken, although there will be a tendency to depend on it for concepts and interpretation. There will be a clear, if unambitious, structure to the argument, which will generally be supported by quotations from primary and secondary material, although it may be limited to areas covered in lectures and seminars. The presentation of references and bibliography will conform to the rules set out in this Handbook and the work will be clearly written with few lapses in sentence and paragraph structure, although the grasp of critical terms may not be fully developed.

D         The question is addressed at a basic level. The answer displays general knowledge and partial understanding of the primary text(s). It contains some relevant ideas but they are not fully explored and the overall argument lacks complexity and sophistication. Work of this grade is likely to rely on insufficient research and may rely heavily on lecture and seminar materials. Referencing of secondary sources will demonstrate the intention to adhere to the Harvard conventions set out in the Course Handbook but may not be entirely successful. Scholarly presentation in terms of structure, grammar and spelling, may be of a standard which prevents the work achieving a higher grade.

Fail Grades

E          Work in this category will fail on a significant number of the following: little attempt to address the question; insufficient knowledge of the primary text(s); unquestioned ideas depending upon description rather than analysis; little or no reference to secondary material and/or lecture/seminar notes; incomplete, inconsistent or non-existent referencing; poor structure and presentation, with frequent mistakes; use of informal language with little understanding or display of the appropriate academic discourse and/or critical terminology. The submitted work may be well under the required word count for the assignment.

F          The question may have been addressed in a very limited way or not at all. The primary text(s) may be dealt with in very limited descriptive terms, and there will be little or no evidence of secondary reading, or even use of lecture/seminar notes. There will be little or no structure to the answer, which may consist of personal opinions. There may be no system of referencing used, or one that is so confused as to be meaningless. There will be serious errors in sentence and paragraph structure, and no attempt to write in an academic idiom.

G         Normally awarded where a piece of work falls unacceptably short of the required length, or where literacy levels are completely unacceptable for degree level work.

H        The response is totally inadequate, irrelevant and completely fails to recognise or respond to the learning outcomes. The work is not communicated effectively, either in terms of length, or in its use of grammatical structures and spelling.

L1        Work submitted after the deadline but before 5 days.

L2        Work submitted after 5 days beyond the deadline.

CH       Suspected cheating, under investigation.

NA       Failure on attendance policy.

NS       This is recorded where no work is submitted.

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