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Queen Mary Academy

Supervision-based Assessment

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Professor Gabriel Cavalli

Professor of Science and Engineering Education, Executive Vice-Dean Queen Mary Engineering School, NPU, Director, CAISE

A flipped learning approach is adopted in the module to allow students prior engagement with prescribed material (before classes). All relevant material is made available on QMPlus ahead of lectures so that students can familiarize themselves with the content and prepare in advance. This ensures active participation as students are in a better position to apply concepts and ideas during in-class discussions.

Classes are characterized by discussions. Students are split into groups to attempt exercises and the lecturer rotates to supervise the discussions and provide feedback.

The overall assessment is based on; 

  •  In class supervision based on student engagement,  
  • student presentations and  
  • a final exam

Students  are  assessed  on  their  ability  to acquire   and   process   knowledge   to   an extent   that   allows   them   to   think   and articulate  ideas  in  a  manner  that emulates that of a professional in the field.

This approach

  • maximises student engagement in class  
  • gives students an opportunity to reflect  prior, during and after class  
  • allows students to lead discussions (with  lecturer supervision)  
  • accommodates both students that thrive  when   working   in   smaller   groups   and those that are comfortable participating in large group discussions

This approach:

  • requires more preparation before classes which   can   be   overwhelming   when students   are   enrolled   in   an   intensive programme of study  
  • engagement  in  class  relies  heavily  on student   preparation.   This   means   less preparation   is   likely   to   result   in   less engagement  
  • with students whose first language is not English, engagement may likely remain a   challenge when  students are not confident with their speaking abilities, thus  requiring  more  encouragement  from the lecturer 

QMPlus  is  used  as  the  main  tool  on  which module  related  material,  submissions  and feedback is accessed

Feedback  is  provided  on  an  ongoing  basis after every group discussion in class and in written exams

Can it be used face to face and/or online?

This form of assessment is applicable both in person and on online platforms


Do you use it summatively or formatively?

The  assessment  approach  supports  both formative and summative assessments.  Formative -   In   every   class,   student learning  and  progress  are  monitored  and feedback is provided. Summative  -  At  the  end  of  the  semester, students   sit   for   an   exam   designed   to evaluate   their   overall   progress   on   work covered throughout the semester.  

The nature of assessment based on supervision, presentations and exams guards against  practices  that  may potentially  compromise  the  integrity  of  our assessments.

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