Given the fundamental role assessment plays in developing and measuring student learning, it is important to ensure that programme learning outcomes adequately capture the learning that is intended to take place across the programme and that these LOs are aligned to the assessment mix. A variety of assessments across the programme enables the assessment of the broad range of knowledge, skills (disciplinary and transferable) and disciplinary attitudes that students are developing on the programme. This is also likely to make for a more interesting, positive and productive learning experience for our students.
In addition, taking a programme-level approach helps to improve the student learning experience by:
i. Countering assessment overload (cramming too many/multiple assessment points at the individual courses).
ii. Ensuring a balanced assessment load across courses.
iii. Avoiding assessment logjams – an overload of assignments during particular weeks in the academic year, such as the reading week trap.
One useful way to put this programme-level approach into action is to undertake a curriculum-assessment mapping process.