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Review and Remarking of Assessment Policy

Purpose

To give a student the opportunity to have a mark awarded for an item of assessment reviewed, or the item remarked, by a second marker.
Scope
  • Faculty of Arts on all campuses
  • all undergraduate and graduate/postgraduate coursework programs
  • all Arts staff and Arts coursework students
Policy Statement A student who is dissatisfied with the mark given for a piece of assessment may lodge a request with the unit coordinator for the piece of work to be reviewed or remarked. Requests must be lodged in writing no later than four weeks after the work is returned, or made available for return, to the student.

Review
Assessment eligible for review includes essays, reports, or other written assessment tasks such as tests or examinations but does not include:
  • failed assessment worth more than 25% of the total result for a unit already second-marked in accordance with Arts policy
  • honours theses
  • forms of assessment that do not involve significant academic judgement such as multiple-choice tests.
Where a review is requested the corrected piece of work will be re-assessed by a reviewer who will have access to:
  • the reason for the mark review request
  • the assessment criteria applicable to the item
  • the original mark awarded
  • the original marker’s comments on the item
The final assessment outcome for the item will be agreed between the original marker and the reviewer and they will agree to:
  • increase the mark, or
  • confirm the mark originally awarded.
The reviewer must note his/her name and signature on the assessment item. Items of reviewed assessment will not:
  • include comments from the reviewer
  • receive a revised mark that is lower than the mark originally awarded
  • be eligible for remarking
Remark
Assessment eligible for review includes essays, reports, or other written assessment tasks but does not include:
  • failed assessment worth more than 25% of the total result for a unit already second-marked in accordance with Arts policy
  • tests or examinations
  • honours theses
  • forms of assessment that do not involve significant academic judgement such as multiple-choice tests
  • assessment tasks that have already been reviewed.
Where a remark is requested a member of academic staff with appropriate expertise will be appointed, by the unit coordinator, to assess the item in question. The second marker will be provided with a clean copy of the item of assessment and the criteria applicable to the assessment of the work. The second marker will not be informed of or provided with:
  • the reason for the remark request
  • the original, corrected item of assessment
  • the original mark awarded
  • the original marker’s comments on the item of assessment
The mark awarded by the second marker will become the final mark notwithstanding the fact that this second mark may be lower than the mark originally awarded.

The second marker must note his/her name and signature on the assessment item together with brief comments to the student on the quality of the work.
Supporting procedures

Review and Remarking of Assessment Procedure

Responsibility for implementation Dean
Associate Dean (Education)
Associate Dean (Graduate Studies)
Heads of Schools
Unit Coordinators
All staff and students
Status Revised
Approval body Faculty Board of the Faculty of Arts
Meeting number:
Meeting date:
Agenda item:
Endorsement Body Education and Student Experience Committee of the Faculty of Arts
Meeting number: 5/08
Meeting date: 5 November 2008
Agenda item: 13
Related Policies  
Date Effective 5 November 2008
Next Review Date 5 November 2011
Policy Owner Faculty of Arts
Policy Author Associate Dean (Education)
Contact Faculty of Arts Arts Coursework Office