Consideration should be given to the planning and scheduling of assessments in order to provide balanced workloads across the students’ study time and to avoid over-assessment. As explored below, workload associated with assessments within a module is impacted by the size of the artefact being submitted (such as the word length of an essay or the duration of a presentation), by the amount of time students are expected to spend preparing for the assessment components, and by the complexity of the assessment tasks and their cotexts.
An Assessment Loading Benchmarking tool (available below) has been produced to support teams in the exploration and review of student assessment workloads:
The University expects all courses to adopt a consistent approach to assessment loadings that is cognisant with the benchmarking tool set out above, but is also aligned with subject based expectations and practices. Course teams should seek to balance the assessment loads across their course modules in proportion to the credits and weighting associated with the assessment components.