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Faculty of Languages and Cultures

Double marking of examination scripts and coursework – undergraduate and postgraduate courses

Examination scripts

Examination scripts must be double marked by internal examiners, except as provided in the two exemptions below. Second markers are expected to reach an independent judgment, but may see the first marker’s marks and comments. Markers’ comments must not be written on the script itself (but see exemption 2 below). Faculty Offices will make arrangements for providing markers with appropriate documentation for recording comments.

Exemption 1

Some language courses have only one recognised teacher, making strict double marking impossible. In these cases, and subject to approval by the Sub Board Chair, the script will be marked by an internal examiner and the marking will be moderated by a second internal member of staff.

Exemption 2

Markers’ comments may be made on examination scripts for language acquisition courses.

Coursework other than Independent Study Projects

The minimum requirements for moderation and double marking of coursework are set out below and were approved by the School in 2012.  Sub Boards of Examiners in consultation with their Visiting Examiners may require moderation or double marking procedures above the minimum requirements.

Some coursework may be single marked without moderation, some must be single marked with moderation by a second internal examiner, and some must be double marked by two internal examiners. There are different requirements for full-unit courses and half-unit courses, set out below.

In the process of single marking with moderation, the moderation by a second internal examiner should include a review of at least all assignments for the course at Fail and First Class level plus a sample of 10% of the assignments covering the thresholds.  If a GTA with limited experience (e.g. less than three years) is responsible for single marking with moderation, then the Sub-Board should consider enlarging the sample for moderation.  

The course convenor must sign a declaration that the process of moderation or double marking has been properly carried out as appropriate to the course in question.

Full-unit courses (30 CATS points UG and 45 CATS points PG) and courses valued at more than one unit

0% to 10% - individual assignments counting up to and including 10% of the total course assessment should be single marked and do not need double marking or moderation by another internal examiner

10% to 30% - individual assignments counting for more than 10% up to and including 30% of the total course assessment must be single marked with moderation by another internal examiner

More than 30% – individual assignments counting for more than 30% of the total course assessment must be double marked by two internal examiners.

In a course for which individual assignments do not count for more than 10% each, but the overall coursework mark is more than 50% of the total course assessment, all assignments must be single marked with moderation by another internal examiner.

Half-unit courses (15 CATS points UG programmes)(22.5 CATS points for four element PG programmes)

0% to 20% - individual assignments counting up to and including 20% of the total course assessment should be single marked and do not need double marking or moderation by another internal examiner

20% to 40% - individual assignments counting for more than 20% up to and including 40% of the total course assessment must be single marked with moderation by another internal examiner

More than 40% – individual assignments counting for more than 40% of the total course assessment must be double marked by two internal examiners.

In a course for which individual assignments do not count for more than 20% each, but the overall coursework mark is more than 50% of the total course assessment, all assignments must be single marked with moderation by another internal examiner.

Independent Study Projects - UG Only

Independent Study Projects must be double marked internally.  This requirement also applies to other full unit courses (30 CATS points) assessed by one piece of coursework counting for 100% of the total course assessment.

Masters dissertations - PG Only

All dissertations must be double marked internally.  Markers’ comments should be made on separate documentation available from Faculty Offices.

Blind double marking

In 2006 the School established its policy on blind double marking.  Examination scripts should be double marked, and certain categories of coursework should be double marked or moderated, but there is no requirement that double marking or moderation should be blind, for either examination scripts or coursework.

Masters Dissertations

Postgraduate dissertations must be double marked and referred to the Visiting Examiner. Markers’ comments should be made on separate documentation available from Faculty Offices.