Assessment Criteria

The University has also adopted the institution-wide assessment criteria set out below, which form the framework within which individual departments are expected to publish both Level- and task- specific assessment criteria for each major assessment type:

The institution-wide criteria have been structured in such a way as to indicate a student’s intellectual progression and development at each stage of the learning experience. The levels referred to below relate to the Quality Assurance Agency’s Higher Education Qualifications Framework and broadly equate to the corresponding levels of an undergraduate degree programme as follows:

Certificate Level (C) = Level 1
Intermediate Level (I) = Level 2
Honours Level (H) = Level 3
Masters Level (M) = Level 4

Level C
To fulfil the requirements for progression at level C, students should be able to demonstrate:

  •  knowledge of the key principles and concepts within their area of study (referring to benchmark statements);
  • an ability to evaluate and interpret information in accordance with the fundamental theories and concepts of the student's area of study;
  • an ability to present and develop lines of argument appropriate to the fundamental theories and concepts of the student's area of study;
  • the application of specialised skills.

Level I
To fulfil the requirements for progression at level I, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of the key principles and concepts within the student's area of study (referring to benchmark statements);
  • an ability to evaluate and interpret such principles and concepts;
  • an ability to present and develop lines of argument appropriate to the theories and concepts of the student's area of study;
  • an ability to use well established methods and techniques appropriate to the student's area of study ;
  • an ability to analyse information and to be able to propose solutions to problems arising from that analysis;
  • an appropriate command of a range of specialised technical, professional, creative and/or conceptual skills.

Level H
Since this is the level at which many students graduate with classified degrees, descriptors are provided relating to degree classes.  See Classification Descriptors