The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Formative Assessment methods include class presentations, completion of assignment plans or drafts, tutorials, workshop discussions and exercises.
Each module has one or more 'summative' assessments that are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, presentations and a final year independent studies project.
The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:
- Year 1: Book Reviews; short essays; reflective autobiography; group presentation.
- Year 2: Written portfolio; shorts essays; long essays; book reviews; oral presentations; research proposals; work place project reports.
- Year 3: Independent Research Project; long essays; written portfolio; poster presentations; literature review; oral presentation.