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									   ASSESSMENT AND GRADED
  UNITS IN HNC AND HND SOCIAL
       SCIENCES AWARDS


Carolyn Laird, Motherwell College, Senior External Verifier &
  QDT member
Unit Assessment Strategy
A Units
 In response to feedback, assessment for A units
  has changed to one open book
 1500 words or oral presentation (10-12 mins) or
  podcast, poster presentation, blog etc etc etc.
 Or any other method that would capture the
  evidence required
 There must be a bibliography supplied
 Recommend Prior Verification
B Units
 2 instruments of assessment
 One closed book – 1000 words which can be
  essay, structured questions, or 8 mins oral
  presentation (no PPT or notes) or oral answers
 The other assessment is open book – 2000
  words or 15 mins oral presentation with PPT or
  poster exhibition, podcast, blog etc.
 Or any other method that fits with evidence
  requirements as before
 There must be a bibliography supplied
C Units (similar to B)
 2 instruments of assessment – wording should
  reflect SCQF level 8
 One closed book – 1000 words which can be
  essay, structured questions, or 8 mins oral
  presentation (no PPT or notes) or oral answers
 The other assessment is open book – 2000
  words or 15 mins oral presentation with PPT or
  poster exhibition, podcast, blog etc.
 Or any other method that fits with evidence
  requirements as before
 There must be a bibliography supplied
D Units

 Open book
 2000 words or oral presentation (15 mins) or
  podcast, poster presentation, blog etc etc etc.
 Or any other method that would capture the
  evidence required
 There must be a bibliography supplied
Highly recommend Prior
 Verification for all A, B C or D
 Units
Remediation and reassessment
 Closed book
  – Oral clarification for minor errors or omissions
  – Addition of 100 words approx
  – New assessment or presentation where errors
    are more major
 Open book
  – Review of original work with any amendment
    incorporated in context
  – Oral clarification of minor detail
Graded Units - No Change ....

 No change to number of Graded Units in both
  awards.
 Still have to achieve one Graded Unit for HNC
 Still have to achieve three Graded Units for HND
  (one in year one and two in year 2)
 Still assessing at an A, B or C grade to achieve
  Unit
HNC/HND yr 1 Graded Unit 1
 Exam set at SCQF Level 7
 Check aims on Unit specification
 3 questions as before
   – Q1 related to Research and Methodology Unit
   – Q2 & 3 related to individual A & B Units from
     mandatory section (NOT Criminology)
   – Questions should not duplicate directly
     questions set in assessment for Units.
   – Marks: 40, 30 and 30 (10 for evaluation and
     conclusion in each)
HND yr 2 Graded Unit 3
 Exam set at SCQF Level 8
 Check aims on Unit specification
 3 questions as before
   – Q1 related to Research Issues Unit
   – Q2 & 3 related to individual C & D Units from
     mandatory section (NOT Criminology)
   – Questions should not duplicate directly
     questions set in assessment for Units.
   – Marks: 40, 30 and 30 (more in each for
     evaluation and conclusion)
HND yr 2 Graded Unit 2
 Project set at SCQF Level 8
 Check aims on Unit specification
 3 stages – Planning, Developing, Evaluation
 All 3 required to pass
   – Marks: 20 (includes 6 for time management),
     60 (includes 10 for references/ bibliography)
     and 20 for evaluation of process
 Automatic certification of the Core Skill Problem
  Solving at SCQF Level 6 in project
HND yr 2 Graded Unit 2 project

 Could present assessment evidence as a report,
  or portfolio or reflective blog or personal learning
  journal or DVD or any other method that meets
  minimum evidence requirements
Remediation and reassessment

 For exams a completely different paper should
  be arranged.
 For project – remediation is an ongoing thing
  until the final hand in date THEN, if candidate
  has not achieved, a new project is required: that
  could be a new topic, a new research question
  (must be sufficiently different) or a new discipline
  being used to analyse same topic.

								
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