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/schools-departments/academic-services/students/postgraduate-taught/discipline/plagiarism (see especially the link to the document at www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServices/Discipline/StudentGuidanceUGPGT.pdf).

Submission of the final project will require a digital version and two hard copies. Most other work must be submitted digitally, by transfer to our submissions system, but submission instructions will vary from course to course so follow instructions from the course organiser.

All submissions will be given a mark which remains provisional until ratified by the Board of Examiners, which meets in May/June to decide on progression to the project stage, and again for final assessment in September/October. 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 may in exceptional circumstances be required to undertake an oral examination.

Students are also usually invited to an informal meeting with the External Examiner in May/June (see the Programme Calendar). The External Examiner for this Programme is currently being appointed. **Students must NOT make direct contact with the External Examiner.**

The University has a procedure for academic appeals, which can be found in section 10.3 of the Code of Practice for Taught Postgraduate Programmes; www.docs.sasg.ed.ac.uk/AcademicServices/Codes/CoPTaughtPGProgrammes.pdf.

Project work may only contain visual, sonic and interactive resources that are developed within the class, by you or your colleagues this year.

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 use or adapt external copyrighted resources, such as photographs, smileys, icons, video or sound or music clips, animated gifs, CD tracks, mp3 clips, etc.