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Enhancing the quality and consistency of undergraduate dissertation assessment: A case study

Pathirage, CP, Haigh, RP, Amaratunga, RDG and Baldry, D 2007, 'Enhancing the quality and consistency of undergraduate dissertation assessment: A case study' , The Journal of Quality Assurance in Education, 15 (3) , pp. 271-286.

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper sets out to examine methods that can be used to enhance the quality and consistency of dissertation assessment. Design/methodology/approach – The paper includes a review of literature on quality, consistency and criteria of dissertation assessment to highlight the current practices in higher education. A case study approach was followed to pilot a range of assessment approaches and criteria in an attempt to measure and ultimately improve assessment consistency within the case study school's dissertation module on undergraduate programmes. Findings – This paper highlights the main findings of the literature and the case study phases. Outcomes of two dissertation assessment exercises, a workshop organised among dissertation assessors and an analysis of previous years' dissertation assessment results from a case study school are outlined. Findings from two dissertation assessment exercises revealed wide variation in the assessment of dissertations by the school's assessors. Hence, a dissertation workshop was organised to disseminate the results and to discuss the implications for the school's assessment practice, which identified several initiatives to enhance the quality and consistency of assessment. Originality/value – The need to ensure quality, consistency and improved criteria of assessment is particularly emphasised within modules where assessment is through one substantial piece of work such as a dissertation. This study highlighted the many challenges that a Programme Leader faces when devising an assessment strategy for a dissertation module.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Assessment; Quality; Undergraduates
Themes: Subjects / Themes > T Technology > TH Building construction
Built and Human Environment
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Disaster Resilience
Colleges and Schools > College of Science & Technology > School of the Built Environment > Centre for Property and Facilities Management
Journal or Publication Title: The Journal of Quality Assurance in Education
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0968-4883
Depositing User: CI Malalgoda
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 15:41
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:24
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045

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