Assessment

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In common with general design education practice, the main assessment of design progress is by means of project-work (some of it group project-work), sometimes complemented by a relatively short written report.

Assessment will take into account:

  • the extent to which a student has contributed original ideas to the projects
  • the creative ability displayed
  • the depth and breadth of coursework understanding revealed
  • the extent to which the intention of the project has been revealed
  • skills in visual, written and verbal communication of the project ideas

Criteria for the assessment of group work vary, and will sometimes be based on the overall product of a group, sometimes more on individual contribution. Assessment of project work, in particular, may require students to engage with techniques of self assessment and peer assessment. Criteria for assessment are further elaborated in each course description and in the marking scheme. In all cases the limitations and potential of the available resources will be taken into account. The importance of written reports is not to be minimised. There will also be longer assessed essays in certain courses. In this programme, there are no traditional written examination sessions.

Note that, in accordance with Appendix 1 of the Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes, any form of plagiarism will be treated as a very serious disciplinary issue. See also the University regulations at www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/academic-services/policies-regulations/regulations/assessment, and on plagiarism the useful student guidance offered via the links on the page at www.ed.ac.uk/academic-services/students/conduct/academic-misconduct/plagiarism.

All submissions will be given a mark which remains provisional until ratified by the Board of Examiners, which meets once for each semester of work (three times). The Board of Examiners includes an External Examiner, whose role is to assure standards of assessment and to provide a further source of advice on the Programme.

Students are also usually invited to an informal meeting with the External Examiner in May/June. **Students must NOT make direct contact with the External Examiner.**

Project work may usually ONLY contain visual, sonic and interactive resources that are developed within the class, by you or your colleagues during this year. WE hope to avoid using commercial or public sound libraries wherever possible.

This is in order to:

  1. help you develop skills in using resources creatively, responsibly and with appropriate acknowledgement
  2. enable you to publish material on the Internet without the risk of violating copyright. So you may not ordinarily use or adapt external copyrighted resources, such as photographs, smileys, icons, video or sound or music clips, animated gifs, CD tracks, mp3 clips, etc.
  3. remind you that we can only give credit for work you’ve produced yourself and during the period of study. We can commend strategic and sensible use of 3rd party material when nothing else is poissible, but this is discouraged generally.