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Marking Schemes

A marking scheme is in essence an expansion of the assessment criteria, outlining in greater detail the way in which students will be assessed by each task. In creating a marking scheme, tutors should keep in mind that such schemes have several key functions within the assessment process:

  • They describe the assessment procedures for specific tasks;
  • They describe how the assessment will be judged, in terms of mark allocation, and weighting;
  • They detail how the assessment criteria will be applied, and will provide evidence concerning the learning outcomes being assessed.
  • They outline the marking procedure to be used for each assessment task i.e. first, second, blind, or anonymous marking;
  • They contain both generic programme criteria, as well as those criteria specific to the assessment task;
  • They illustrate what criteria must be achieved to qualify for each level of performance within the marking scheme i.e. pass, or distinction;
  • They may contain a variety of acceptable responses to the assignment, relating to the assessment criteria and learning outcomes. This function of the marking scheme is primarily aimed at staff and examiners, and if included should not be accessible to students (except as part of the feedback process).

Students should also be made aware of the marking procedures used for assessment. Details of these procedures can be found in PPE 28.

Further information

CCCU-Canterbury Policies and Procedures relating to the Conduct of Examinations |(PPE) .