Assessment

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At the Department for Lifelong Learning we want you to succeed and to do this our modules require you to take assessments. There are many reasons for this:

  • to enable you to check and develop your understanding
  • to set benchmarks against which progress can be measured
  • to bring phases of learning to a point of completion
  • to support your ongoing development and learning from feedback from these activities
  • and to inform your tutor how you and the other students are responding to the module.

We use a wide range of tools for assessment during our courses. You may be asked to complete:

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  • essays
  • portfolios
  • reports
  • presentations
  • language tests
  • translation exercises
  • field experiments
  • and exams

Presentation and submission of assessments

Guidelines about the presentation and submission of assessments is available firstly from the Student Handbook in the DLL Virtual Office and secondly from the module handbooks on MOLE.

There are basic principles that are common in all circumstances, these are:

  • referencing
  • the appropriate use of other people’s words and ideas

Again, the Virtual Office is a great starting-point for learning more about this. You are not expected to know everything about referencing and plagiarism when you begin your studies; it is a learning process, and an integral part of becoming a university student. So engage with the resources early and often, and once you get the principles of appropriate referencing right, the details of the practice will follow.

Extension requests

Students are expected to manage their workloads so that they can meet the deadlines set by the University, including building in contingency time for dealing with unexpected minor events. If something serious or unexpected happens to make submission of an assessment impossible, please complete our extension request form. If the request is due to illness, supporting evidence will be needed. The request is sent to the Student Support and Welfare team who will consider the request in consultation with the programme director and module tutor. If you are unsure whether to request an extension, please contact your Personal Tutor or the Student Support and Welfare team for advice. Extension requests should usually be made at least 48 hours in advance of the deadline – further details are given on the request form.
Work submitted late without an agreed extension will have marks deducted as a penalty.

When you submit your extension request, please also email the work you have done so far to dllstudentsupport@sheffield.ac.uk – requests will not be considered without this.

If the work is not received within 24 hours of the extension request, the request will be declined.

Extenuating Circumstances

It is advisable to speak with the Student Support and Welfare Team and/or your Personal Tutor if you are experiencing circumstances that are affecting your ability to study. They will be able to advise you about the most appropriate routes for support.

It is the responsibility of students to notify tutors and supervisors, or other appropriate departmental staff, at the earliest opportunity, if there are any extenuating circumstances that might have a bearing on examination/assessment performance.
For example, if you have had a bereavement or a long period of illness and you feel that your work has suffered as a result, you may want to ask the examiners to take this into account. Students must complete an Extenuating Circumstances Form. Independent documentary evidence will also be required. Further information about these forms is available in the Student Handbook and on the Virtual Office.