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Students' needs concerning examinations

Assessing exams is part of our responsibility as a government institution. This is something that students need to be informed about. We need to explain that examinations are partly a learning opportunity and partly a way for us to assess whether the student has achieved the learning objectives of the course. We need to discuss what is considered cheating/plagiarism and the potential consequences. Clarity and objectivity regarding examination and assessment are vital in order to ensure legally sound procedures. You can find Malmö University’s general rules for written sit-in exams here: rules and procedures for exams. If you would like to develop your teaching skills, the Centre for Teaching and Learning offers courses in assessment, among other things.

Examination and assessment

It’s important that we describe what forms of examination will be used to assess students during the course. Students need to know how and when they should register for exams and re-sits. Inform students about:

  • how assessment is made, particularly how individual assessment is made in conjunction with group-based examinations;
  • what qualifies as a fail, pass or high pass grade for an exam;
  • how feedback is given after an examination;
  • what happens if a student fails an examination; and
  • what the rules and routines are for re-sits. For instance, does this affect the student's possibility of continuing their studies at the University or their ability to progress to the next stage of the programme?

During examination, it is important that the exam instructions clearly convey what is expected of the student. How should students structure presentations? What do instructions like ‘describe’, ‘analyse’, ‘discuss’, ‘reference’ etc. entail? It’s often advisable to provide additional information beyond the formal instructions.

Feedback on results

When giving feedback on examinations, it is crucial that we communicate what students did well and what could be improved. This can be done by giving feedback collectively to the class, as well as individually in writing or through face-to-face meetings. Feel free to use anonymised excerpts from previous examinations and provide concrete examples of how their work could be improved. Remember to inform students about: