The University of Sheffield
Geography Undergraduate Student Handbook

Anonymised Marking

The University operates a policy whereby all marking of formal examination papers is undertaken without the marker having the name of the student available. In all formal examinations you will be asked to identify yourself on the examination script by means of your university registration number. This can be found on your Students´ Ucard, which you should carry with you at all times for identification purposes.

Examination & Non-invigilated Assessment Marking Procedures

The Department carries out quality control of marking procedures in line with Social Science Faculty policies.

Specifically, for Geography modules, where examinations are answered using a pro forma answer sheet or tick boxes, marking is either carried out using a template or electronically. For all other examinations marking is carried out using guidelines produced by each module team. At level 2 and level 3, where marks contribute to the final degree classification, marking consistency is checked and assured by a system of sample second marking. A similar system is applied to non-invigilated assessments, except for GEO356 and GEO302. In these cases, because of the individuality of each assessment, all are marked by two members of staff.

At all levels, pass/fail borderline results are checked and confirmed by module convenors. Finally, marking standards in all modules are subject to a system of independent checks carried out by external examiners appointed from other universities.

Criterion Referenced Marking

Most British universities use a standard form of marking which groups candidates into a number of classes. At Sheffield, all assessments are marked on a scale from 0 to 100 and the relationship of classes to marks on this scale is as follows:

1st class 70 – 100
Upper 2nd class (2i) 60 – 69
Lower 2nd class (2ii) 50 – 59
3rd class 45 – 49
Pass 40 – 44
Fail 1 – 39

A mark of 0 is returned for work not handed in, or which is felt to be unworthy of marking.

Students generally find it useful to have a guide as to the criteria that are used by staff in assigning a mark to a piece of work. The statements that follow are a suggestion of criteria as they might be applied to essays, whether submitted in tutorials or completed as part of an examination, course project or dissertation. To obtain a particular class of assessment an assignment does not have to fulfil all the criteria listed for that class – for example a beautifully written essay can still fail for being irrelevant – but the table below helps to show what is looked for at university level.

UG marking scheme