Learning and teaching

Types of Assessment

There are a wide variety of assessment methods that you can use. The University's Assessment and Feedback policy (Appendix 2) provides a list of assessment types.

But how do you know which one is the suitable one? The primary goal is for the selected method to effectively assess the outcomes of a unit. Ideally, this will be aligned with the outcomes of the entire program. It is important then to think in those two terms, first of all assessing student learning in a particular unit of study, whilst keeping in mind the broader aims of the program and the desired qualities of the graduating student.

Effective assessment planning requires cooperation with other staff to ensure that there is a planned assessment strategy across the program. More information around choosing the right method is provided in the Design section.

This HEA guidance document highlights some of the considerations you may wish to think about when choosing your assessment method.