All formal written examinations of Swansea University are marked in the anonymous state. It is recognised that this is not always possible for other forms of assessment since feedback forms an integral part of the learning experience and where Colleges have identified such, they are free to continue current practice.
Moderation of Marks (including Double Marking)
Colleges at Swansea University operate a policy of moderation of marks in order to confirm the accuracy and fairness of marks awarded to assessments that will contribute to your final degree classification/award.
You will be awarded a mark for each module based on your performance in the various assessment exercises. Colleges usually issue a set of marking conventions which will explain to you how they arrive at particular marks.
The following scales are used by the academic members of staff when determining marks (except in the case of postgraduate students who started before September 2003).
Pass mark = 40%*
|First Class mark||70% +|
|Upper Second Class mark – 2(i)||60-69.99%|
|Lower Second Class mark – 2(ii)||50-59.99%|
|Third Class mark||40-49.99%|
* Please note that the pass mark for postgraduate-level modules (Level 7) has been set at 50%. If you are pursuing an Advanced Initial Degree (e.g. MEng/MMath/MPhys/MOst) you will pursue such modules during the final year and will be expected to achieve a mark of 50% + before being deemed to have passed the module.
Pass mark for credit = 50%
Failure = 0-49.99%
|Pass at Distinction level||70%+|
|Pass at Merit level||60-69.99%|
Postgraduate Certificate Marking Scale
Pass mark = 50%
Failure = 0-49.99%
No toleration applies.
Each module is regarded as being a separate entity and consequently should normally be assessed independently of any other module. Modules may be assessed in a number of different ways:
- oral examination;
- continuous assessment (which might include fieldwork reports, practical-class reports, group projects, essay work, etc).
The methods of assessment are designed to test your understanding of the work covered by the syllabus. They are determined by the College and take into account the nature of the particular modules. The assessment methods may include formative approaches (purely to provide feedback on your performance) or summative approaches (those that contribute to deciding whether you pass or fail the module/programme).
Details of the methods of assessment for each module are given in College Handbooks as well as details of how to redeem failures in modules, which are assessed by continuous assessment.
Colleges shall set deadlines for the submission of work (see Penalties for the Late Submission of Assessed Work). You are strongly advised to take note of the various methods which your College(s) has/have decided to adopt on assessing you and to raise any queries which you might have with your lecturers early in the session. For instance, it will be extremely important for you to know in advance whether an essay/practical report etc. will contribute to the overall mark for the module. Please also note any deadlines set by your College for the submission of work and the consequences of failing to meet them.
You are also advised to refer to your College Handbook(s) for details of the examination periods in which the formal examinations are to be held. You are required to complete all elements of a module’s assessment pattern.
For Students Pursuing Undergraduate Modules:
Colleges must select one of the following options regarding late submission penalties:
(a) Candidates who fail to submit work by the deadline shall be awarded a mark of 0%. Candidates, who are prevented from meeting such deadlines due to extenuating circumstances, may apply to the appropriate College Committee for consideration to be granted an extension or have late penalty waived.
(b) Candidates who fail to submit work by the deadlines shall have the mark awarded reduced according to the following table:
|For each calendar day late||Minus 10 marks|
|More than 7 calendar days late||0% awarded|
If you are prevented from meeting such deadlines due to extenuating circumstances, you may apply to the appropriate College Committee for consideration.
For Students Pursuing Taught Postgraduate Modules:
Please note that failure to submit work by the deadline shall result in a mark of 0% being awarded. If you are prevented from meeting such deadlines due to extenuating circumstances, you may apply to the College for an extension.