Cover Sheet that follows, which should be completed

1 Assessment Criteria Students taking the course via an Approved Learning Partner of the University should consult their teaching staff concerning how to submit their work. Your coursework must be accompanied by the Coursework Cover Sheet that follows, which should be completed in full. Please note that the course pass mark is 40%. In assigning marks, the following criteria will be used. Relevance Does the submission (e.g. essay, report or presentation) deal with the question, topic or problem set? Does it select material that is relevant to it? Organisation and Coherence Is the submission well-constructed, with a clear and logically organised argument? Understanding and Accuracy Does the submission present the relevant evidence thoroughly and accurately, and does it show a good understanding of this evidence? Critical Evaluation Does the submission show independent thought about the topic, and critical evaluation of evidence and theory? References and Citations Is the submission referenced appropriately throughout? Marks are awarded according to the following criteria; 70-100 (Grade A – Outstanding) An answer in this class will be relevant to the question, well-constructed, show a thorough knowledge of the issues, and indicate independence of thought. How high a mark is awarded in this range will depend upon: the level of understanding of the topic; the organisation and strength of the argument presented; the breadth of sources used accurately in its support; and the degree of independent thought demonstrated. 60-69 (Grade B – Very good) An answer in this class will show at least: a good understanding of the topic, with a well organised argument accurately supported by a range of sources; some evidence of a critical approach to the topic; and no fundamental errors. How high a mark is awarded in this range will depend upon: the level of understanding of the topic; the accuracy and breadth of evidence used; and the clarity of the argument presented. 50-59 (Grade C – Good) An answer in this class will show a satisfactory understanding of the main issues and familiarity with basic reading. There will be minor errors, omissions of essential aspects of the topic, and 2 limited evidence of critical thinking. The organisation of the answer will show weaknesses, with relationships between statements sometimes hard to follow. Some claims will be made without supporting evidence. How high a mark is awarded in this range will depend upon the extent of these faults. A low mark in the range will be awarded to an answer with numerous errors and/or the inclusion of irrelevant material. 40-49 (Grade D – Satisfactory) An answer in this class will show a minimal understanding of some issues raised by the question. There will be substantial omissions and/or irrelevant material. The argument will be poorly structured, there will be little or no evidence of critical thinking and the organisation and exposition of the answer may be poor. How high a mark is awarded in this range will depend upon the extent of these faults. 35-39 (Grade E – Fail) An answer in this class will show some evidence of knowledge relevant to the question, and of skill in using it, but not enough to justify progression to further study or award of a Masters degree. The mark awarded will depend on the amount of such evidence demonstrated. 0-34 (Grade F – Poor fail) An answer in this class will show little or no evidence of knowledge relevant to the question. Material included may be irrelevant, fundamentally wrong, plagiarised (which may well have further consequences), or any combination of these. The mark awarded will depend on the amount of accurate and relevant knowledge shown.

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