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Anonymous Marking.

2002-2003

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At a meeting of the Academic Council of QMUC on October 11th 2000 Anonymous Marking was adopted as policy with immediate effect throughout the university college. This move had the full support of the Students Union, and applied to all work.

  1. Why did QMUC introduce Anonymous marking?
  2. Instructions for students.
  3. Students with special needs
  4. H & N modules EXEMPTED from Anonymous Marking

Why did QMUC introduce Anonymous marking?

The purpose of Anonymous Marking is to protect sudents from any potential discrimination or bias. It will act as an instrument in achieving a greater degree of objectivity in the assessment process. An Anonymous Marking system does not imply an inherent bias or unprofessional practice.

The introduction of Anonymous Marking also reflects the University College's commitment to equal opportunities.

Instructions for students

  1. Your assignments must not include a front cover, headers or footer that include your name.
  2. Your name must not appear anywhere in your assignments.
  3. When submitting course work please attach the coversheet to your assignments. For students from the Department of Health and Nursing these lilac coloured sheets are available from Room 522.
  4. Fill out your details as requested on the coursework coversheet. Please ensure that these details, including your matriculation number, are ACCURATE and LEGIBLE. Failure to comply with this requirement may result in delay. It may be impossible to present your work to the next Examination Board.
  5. Write your name legibly where the fold down corner of the lilac coloured coversheet will conceal it. When sealed, your name will be hidden from the marker.
  6. Please check with your Department for procedures for submission. (see Assignment submission above).
  7. Examination answer books will also have a fold down corner to maintain anonymity.
  8. For all assessments the corner is only unsealed when the work has been marked and passed on to the Department / Faculty Office.

Students with Special Needs

If you have Special Needs that could affect your performance you must alert your Department Special Needs Co-ordinator to your particular circumstances BEFORE you submit your work. Where possible your needs will be addressed in such a way as to ensure that it remains possible for you to submit your work and have it marked anonymously.

If you have any concerns about this please speak to the Department Special Needs Co-ordinator as soon as possible.

The Special Needs Co-ordinator for the Department of Health and Nursing is Helen Riddell.

Health and Nursing modules EXEMPTED from Anonymous Marking

There are a number of modules in the Departmental array which because of their mode of delivery cannot be assessed anonymously.

These are:

  1. Nursing Skills, levels 1, 2, 3 and 4. Assessed by Objective Structured Clinical Examination.
  2. WBL, pre-registration programme, levels 1, 2, 3 and 4.
  3. Developing Professional Practice - Work Based Learning, levels 3, 4 and M. Individualised learning action plans signed by all parties, individual supervision of learning in the work place.
  4. Developing Professional Education - Work Based Learning, level M. Individualised learning action plans signed by all parties, individual supervision of learning in the work place.
  5. Curriculum Development, level M. Assessment requires group curriculum development and defence of a course proposal at a mock validation event which is attended by the internal assessors and the external examiner.
  6. Collaboration in Health Care, level M. Assessment requires group report with shared mark and an individual reflective account and critique. Internal Marker is the group facilitator.
  7. Work Based Teaching, level 3. Individualised learning action plans signed by all parties, individual supervision of learning in the work place.
  8. Development of Nursing Practice, level 3. Individualised supervision and public group discussion of assessment topics.
  9. Unifying Modules, level 3. Performance Standards Portfolio - individualised supervision of learning in the workplace, this cannot be anonymised.
  10. Dissertation, level 4 and M. Individualised supervision.
  11. Elective Module, level 4. Individualised selection of placement and support of students.
  12. Integrated Module, level 4. Assessment involves group presentation.

H & N modules which require PARTIAL EXEMPTION from Anonymous Marking

  1. Specialist Practice, level 3. Part of the assessment requires the submission of a practice portfolio.
  2. Communication Skills for Practice, level 3. Part of the assessment requires the submission of a practice portfolio.
  3. Nurse Practitioner, level M. Part of the assessment requires the submission of a practice portfolio.
  4. Leadership and Change, level 4. Part of the assessment involves group work.

H & N modules which require students to be identified by 'discipline' in addition to matriculation number

  1. Work Based Teaching, level 3. In fairness to the student the assignment must be marked by a subject / discipline specialist.
  2. Specialist Practice, level 3. In fairness to the student the assignment must be marked by a subject / discipline specialist.
  3. Communication Skills for Practice, level 3. In fairness to the student the assignment must be marked by a subject / discipline specialist.


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