UTL40140 Assessment and Feedback in Higher Education

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module focuses on the purposes, principles, application and context of assessment and feedback in higher education today. Participants will critically engage with literature relating to assessment in their own and wider disciplines with a view to improving their assessment and feedback practices. They will also experience different assessment ‘of’ 'for' and 'as' learning approaches.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Having successfully completed this module, you should be able to:

1. Critically reflect, on the advantages and disadvantages, of the assessment and feedback approaches in your own and other modules, programmes and/or learning activities
2. Engage in peer discussion and peer review of your colleagues assessment and feedback strategies and ideas
3. Analyse and synthesise the relationship between the key assessment principles in the context of higher education, i.e. validity, reliability, diversity, academic integrity, transparency, etc.
4. Evaluate the application of assessment and feedback approaches in your current and future practices, having experienced a variety of assessments of‚ for and as learning
5. Explore inclusive assessment and feedback approaches to support diverse student cohorts
6. Debate the role of different stakeholders in the assessment process, i.e. staff, students, peers, self and/or group assessment.
7. Critically reflect on your own and other approaches to assessment and feedback based on the scholarly literature

Indicative Module Content:

The themes in the module commence with the common purposes of assessment and feedback (National Forum 2017) and is then organised around the principles of assessment in higher education, for example, Bloxham and Boyd (2008), UCD T&L (2019).

It explores, therefore, assessment equity and diversity, inclusive assessment, assessment load, feedback approaches, context of assessment, academic integrity, grading, programmatic approach to assessment.

In addition, the module will explore online assessment and feedback approaches.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning


Seminar (or Webinar)


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The module, this academic year, is face to face.

The seminars explore the different practices in assessment and feedback and encourage dialogue around the students’ experiences, drawing on the required readings for the different assignments.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

This is an in-service module for teachers in higher education. A condition of enrolment is that students have a significant teaching commitment during the academic year in which they undertake this module. (The definition of “significant teaching commitment” will vary with context; but, as a general rule, a minimum of 50 hours would be expected.)

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Critical Reflection on the Evidence to Support your plan (Report, Poster or Video) Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Assignment: Peer Review Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students engage in a peer review as part of their first assignment. There will also be group feedback after the first assignment. This will feedforward to the second (final assignment). There will be an opportunity to self-assess the final draft assignment prior to its submission. The final assignment will use rubric feedback

Medland, E. (2016). Assessment in higher education: Drivers, barriers and directions for change in the UK. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(1), 81–96. https://doi.org/10.1080/ 02602938.2014.982072

National Forum (2017) Expanding our Understanding of Assessment and Feedback in Irish Higher Education, Author: Dublin. https://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Sectoral-insight-web-ready.pdf

Dawson, P. , Henderson, M., Mahoney, P., Phillips, M., Ryan, T. Boud, D & Molloy. E. (2018): What makes for effective feedback: staff and student perspectives, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2018.1467877

Sadler, D. R. (2010) Beyond feedback: developing student capability in complex appraisal, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 35:5, 535-550, DOI: 10.1080/02602930903541015

Reinholz , D. (2015): The assessment cycle: a model for learning through peer assessment, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, DOI:10.1080/02602938.2015.1008982

Hornby, W (2003) Strategies for Streamlining Assessment: Case Studies from the Chalk Face http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=405760

O’Neill G. and L. Padden (2022). “Diversifying assessment methods: Barriers, benefits and enablers”, Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 59:4, 398-409, DOI: 10.1080/14703297.2021.1880462

Tomas C. & Jessop, T (2018): Struggling and juggling: a comparison of student assessment loads across research and teaching-intensive universities, Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, DOI: 10.1080/02602938.2018.1463355

Evering, L.C. , Moorman, G. (2012) Rethinking Plagiarism in the Digital Age Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy. 56, 1, p35-44.

National Forum (2016) Profile of Assessment Practices in Irish Higher Education, Dublin: Author
Name Role
Ms Áine Galvin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Leone Gately Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Sheena Hyland Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Mr David Jennings Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Geraldine O'Neill Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Leigh Wolf Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 21, 23, 25 Fri 10:00 - 12:50
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 30, 32, 33 Fri 10:00 - 12:50