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Unit information: Assessment and Evaluation in 2021/22

Unit name Assessment and Evaluation
Unit code MEEDM0026
Credit points 20
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Academic Year (weeks 1 - 52)
Unit director Mr. Burnett
Open unit status Not open

Successful completion of Theory and Practice of Teaching and Learning


To be actively engaged in the assessment of learners and the evaluation of the student’s own and/or others’ teaching.

School/department Teaching and Learning for Health Professionals
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will introduce learners to assessment and to theories and methodologies relating to assessment of and feedback to learners. It will consider how assessment plays a key role in learning as well as discussing the design of assessments in health professions education. It will address to ideas of validity and reliability in relation to these. It will address more recent theory and practice on workplace- based assessment, as well as assessment of trust in clinical competence. In addition, the unit aims to improve participants’ skill at identifying and using sensitive and sensible tools for the evaluation of teaching.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Explain how assessment, evaluation and feedback can be used to enhance learning and teaching
  • Design valid, reliable and appropriate assessments and evaluations in health professions’ education
  • Critique their own and others’ assessments and suggest improvements with reference to current theory and practice in this field
  • Critique and reflect upon the evaluation of their own and others’ teaching, suggesting improvements with reference to current theory and practice
  • Demonstrate a critical approach towards literature and theory relevant to assessment, evaluation and feedback

Teaching Information

There will be a mixed method approach consistent with current best practice. This will include presentations by course tutors, large and small group discussions, workshops and teamwork, paired activities, presentations by participants with structured feedback and demonstrations.

Assessment Information

Assessment will entail the production of varied texts and/or items in other media, contributing to an overarching, programme-level portfolio assessment, employing the concept of the ‘patchwork text’.

Each unit will have required items and types of texts to be produced at stated times within the framework of the unit and others will stretch across the entire Certificate permitting learners to demonstrate how they are connecting key concepts and synthesising the material. This provides a more appropriate assessment for the development of understanding and skills in a course where reflection on progress parallels a critical approach to theory.

Formative assessment includes reflective writing.

This unit:

Formative assessment: writing and critiquing assessments with reference to theory; researching and presenting evaluation methods; feedback from peers and tutor.

Summative assessment: written assignment(s) totalling 3,000 words (or equivalent). This totals 100% of final grade for the module.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.