Element refers to how you are going to be assessed and it will be either coursework, practical, exam, test or an open book.
The element is written at the top of your assessment brief, this provides you with the basic premise of the assessment. UCSD follows inclusive practice and this happens at the point in design to ensure that the ways we assess does not exclude anyone.
Your course will use a range of assessments across the year, and you can view these in your programme quality handbook (PQH). Typically, you will not see tests as an assessment at L4 unless you are on programme that has PSRB’s and requires it.
Typically, you will have 2 elements per a module, these are added together to produce a single percentage mark or pass or fail assessment.
A practical element enables you to demonstrate your capacity to arrange and present information in a clear, coherent and effective way.
Group work can be an effective way to engage you and your peers, and lead to rich learning experiences. Group work can encourage participation, peer learning, development of team-working, analytical and cognitive skills, as well as collaborative and organisational skills.
You will be provided with an opportunity to discuss expectations and practice in a safe environment, for example, building short group presentation activities with discussion and feedback within your class time.
You will be provided with clarity about how group marks are allocated, collectively, individually or both, and whether the process (element) or the product (mode) is being assessed, or both.
Exams are usually externally set and/or marked
Where PSRBs require exams (or tests) in a particular format, there is little flexibility for development.
If you have a disability your lecturer will meet with you early in the course and agree reasonable adjustments for assessments that are not inclusive.
Tests are internally set and marked
Consideration has been given and are only used when they are needed and appropriate for assessing the LOs.
Tests are revised to be inclusive for all.
University of Plymouth guidance says 48-hour open-book assessments are intended as an ‘inclusive’ alternative, so no additional time allowances are needed for reasonable adjustments.
Assessments should be designed so that they can be completed in one working day.