THE UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH
COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND VETERINARY MEDICINE
VETERINARY TEACHING ORGANISATION
BVM&S CURRICULUM EXECUTIVE
BVM&S Assessment Strategy Comments
I would like clarification on point 2 regarding to prior access to questions for students. Does Michael Begg
"format" extend to delivery mechanism. ie is the anticipation that students will have access to
OSCA prior to examination?
More generally, I would have expected to see a school statement regarding its stance
regarding online or computer based assessment.
Item 6 Alastair Macrae
The idea that we must give ALL students feedback is unworkable and unnecessary - I think
that this issue came out strongly in the symposium on Monday. What we have said in 4th year
is that those students who want specific feedback can get it if they would like to, by
approaching the member of staff concerned for one on one feedback. The idea of blanket
feedback to all students (such as comment sheets on essays) just encourages bland
sweeping statements that the students dislike.
So I think the wording in point 6 needs to be made clearer - I would suggest that the first
sentence should be along the lines of "All assessments must include the ability to provide
specific feedback to students if requested, for example:"
A. page 1 section 2: you mean "outline answers" and questions David Cottrell
B. page 1 section 8: Do you mean individual students, their representatives, or questionnaires,
C. If we are controlling and standardising language, then may be we should start by omitting
the Americanisms. Is there a verb "to tear"? sample question says "chronic tearing".
D. The medical examples talk about "exquisite tenderness" (which sounds pleasant, doesn't it)
and "nausea", neither of which are found in the veterinary clinical signs.
E. Day one competencies: use the term "musculoskeletal apparatus".
Should the "essays" descriptor - Ronnie Soutar
"ESSAYS [Should be used when none of the above more objective methods are able to elicit
the same knowledge or understanding]"
actually say "Should only be used ..." ? That would seem to make more sense and be a firmer
Item 4: Who is going to do this. Am I expected to go through all the learning outcomes listed Darren Shaw
by the RCVS and try and come up with something that matches. Surely this has to be set
Item 6: When would this appear – when the marks are put on EEVeC. Also, are you expecting
by student summaries or class summaries. Also can we be clear as to the purpose of this
feedback. Challenge from students? Improving their knowledge? etc
Item 7: What does this mean in plain English. We just sit at the exam board meeting and say –
“yep that looks fine”, or is there a more objective framework in mind
Happy with document no further comments. Jimmy