A new Assessment Policy is in place this session. We know policies can be a lot to take in, so we’ve broken it down for you: each week we’ll feature two important updates to the Assessment Policy that you should know about. Here’s the first two.
1. There are set criteria for all assessments
Assessment at Macquarie is standards-based. This means that your work will be assessed against clear criteria (we will not fit you into a ‘typical’ curve), and these criteria will be made available to you. Macquarie encourages you to invest time in understanding the criteria. Please ask your unit convenor if the criteria is not clear to you. Understanding the criteria is one of the most important steps you can take towards achieving the grade you are aiming for.
2. Program-based approach to assessment
In a significant shift, the new Policy requires a program-based approach to assessment. This means that assessment workloads and the timing of assessments must now be considered across an entire program of study (eg a major) to ensure they are reasonable and sustainable for students (and staff).
Check back next week for two more tips to understanding the new policy.