The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.
Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments that are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, online tests, reports, portfolios, presentations, and a final year medical sciences research project. Regular assessment is used to help provide you with frequent feedback, enabling you to identify your strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Feedback is provided in a number of different ways including online written feedback and self, peer, tutor or small group feedback.
Assessment in the early stages of the degree tends to be more knowledge-based to ensure a strong and broad grounding in the subject area, with some opportunities for essay writing and critical analysis. Assessment in the later degree stages tends to assess your critical appraisal skills, depth of understanding and your ability to think independently. Some assessments take place in groups, focusing on the team product or how well you lead your team to complete a task.
A variety of assessment methods are employed across the programme, each aligned to the intended learning outcomes of the modules. Assessment formats include multiple-choice tests, essays, structured practical exams, reflective essays, oral and poster presentations, scientific report writing, short-answer question tests, reflective writing, learning logbooks, research project work and practical skills passports.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
- 4 x laboratory reports
- 2 x written examinations
- 6 x multiple choice tests
- 1 x essay
- 2 x oral presentation
- 1 x team report
- 1x case study
- 3 x practical report
- 4 x written examinations/tests
- 2 x essays
- 1 x group presentation
- 2 x lay summary/case study analysis
- 1 x reflective report
- 1 x research proposal
- 1 x team report
- 2 x practical report
- 6 x written examinations/tests
- 1 x Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPE)
- 1 x group report
- 1 x group poster presentation
- 2 x individual poster presentation
- 3 x reflective report
- 2 x action plans