An Introduction to External Examining Procedures at Bangor University Dr Osian Rees Head of Quality Assurance 1 At the start. University rules and regulations Programme information
Usernames and passwords Access to the on-line handbook Access to Blackboard 2 Ensuring the academic standards of the Universitys awards Moderate examination papers Moderate a sample of draft continuous assessment tasks Moderate marking of student work including Masters dissertations UG programmes moderate levels 5 and 6 Attend the Examination Board
3 Ensuring the academic standards of the Universitys awards Advise the Examination Board on comparability of standards and, if appropriate, advise how module marks may need to be adjusted to ensure comparability. 4 The Universitys programmes Undergraduate and taught Masters programmes including
MA/MSc/MBA/MRes Extended undergraduate degrees e.g. MEng, MChem Programmes in health and education Joint and combined honours Degrees with International Experience 5 Modules Core modules must be passed Compulsory must be taken but can be compensated Optional can be compensated Elective taken in year 2, can be compensated, not included in the determination of degree classification
Modules taught across levels different outcomes and assessments 6 Marking Pass mark Undergraduate, levels 4 to 6 - 40% Taught Masters, level 7 50% Categorical marking of discursive work 70-100% = A grade 60-69% = B grade 50-59% C grade 40-49% D grade 35-39% E grade 0-34% F grade There are subdivisions within grades
7 Categorical Marking Grades Categorical Mark Equivalent % Mark Undergrad Categorical Degree Class Mark Equivalent % Mark
Undergrad Degree Class A* 95 First D+ 48 Third A+
87 D 45 A 80 D- 42 A-
74 E+ 38 B+ 68 E 35 B
65 E- 32 B- 62 F1 25 C+
58 F2 15 C 55 F3 5 C-
52 F4 0 Upper Second Lower Second Fail 8
Standard regulations for progression, award and compensation Students must Achieve an overall average of at least a pass (40% at levels 4 to 6, 50% at level 7) Pass all core modules Pass at least 80 or 100 credits, depending on level of study 9 Degree classification UG degrees: Overall % = [Mean L5 + (Mean L6 x 2)]/3
Masters and MRes (2017 start onwards): Overall % = Mean L7 Standard rules for dealing with borderline candidates ( 2% of borderline) Examination Boards have discretion but actions must be minuted 10 June meetings Scripts available for scrutiny Schools expected to hold a separate Mitigating circumstances board There may be an Internal board prior to the main board that confirms the awards Sign the Confirmation of Results Process (CORP) form at the end of the meeting
Complete and return the report 11 Quality Assurance at Bangor University Responsibility lies with academic staff School and College - based committees Staff - Student Committee Teaching and Learning Committee Boards of Studies Regulations Quality Assurance and Validation Task Group (reports to Teaching and Learning Committee and Senate) 12
13 Quality audit cycle 14 Initial Processing of Reports Academic Registry The Assistant Registrar, Quality Assurance (Dr Sarah Jackson) reads each External Examiner report on arrival. Copies are also sent to the Head of School.
Copies are also made available, in full, to students in schools. 15 Resolving Major Issues Reports raising major issues / problems / criticisms are sent immediately to the Head of Quality Assurance (Dr Osian Rees) Such reports are dealt with executively: (a) resourcing issues are brought to the attention of the PVC Teaching and Learning / Executive (b) meetings with the School to discuss and agree a plan of action for enhancement
(c) External Examiner informed of actions and outcomes. 16 Quality Assurance and Validation Task Group All reports are summarised in a table and presented to the QAV Task Group for consideration. Reports with major issues / problems / criticisms are considered individually by the QAV Task Group. QAV Task Group ensures closure on all matters. Letters are sent to External Examiners detailing the actions taken.
17 Consideration of External Examiner reports at School level Reports made available to Programme Directors Reports considered within schoollevel committees Reports are made available to students No individuals should be named 18 Annual Review of Courses QA1 Form
Every course is also required to address matters raised by External Examiners in their Annual Review and Development Plans (QA1 Form). QA1s are also studied by the QAV Task Group to ensure all matters are considered and closed satisfactorily. 19 20
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