COMP390/393/394/395: Assessment

Information for Staff

Departmental projects produce five deliverables, four of which are formally assessed, as described below. Two members of staff are involved with the assessment of each project. These are referred to below as the Supervisor and the Marker.

Projects are managed and assessed electronically through the E-project system.

 

Semester 1

Week 4 Project Specification. This is a document of no more than three pages of A4 long when printed, with the only flexibility allowed for a Gantt chart, which could be attached on a separate, fourth A4 page. For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the specification documentation see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The project specification is to be completed by the end of week 4, Friday 20 October, 2017.

The deadline for the submission of the specification documentation for marking in the E-project system is week 8, Thursday 16 November, 2017 (noon).

This assessment is worth 5% of the project mark.

The submitted documentation is marked by both the supervisor and the marker via the E-project system. Note that there are three penalties that may apply to a submission: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong submission format and (iii) excess length. These will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should assess the specification documentation without consideration of the penalties. The Specification Feedback Form used by the E-project system is given below. Both markers complete their assessment independently.

The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Specification Marking Guidelines provided below. The markers then compare marks. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

The formative part of the assessment asks both markers to grade the project on the criteria

  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
  3. Project appears feasible in time available
In determining the appropriate grades for the first two of these criteria, that is
  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
the markers should take into account that the honours year project must give students the opportunity to demonstrate:
  • their ability to apply practical and analytical skills present in the programme as a whole;
  • innovation (originality) and/or creativity;
  • synthesis of information, ideas and practices to provide a quality solution together with an evaluation of that solution;
  • that their project meets a real need in a wider context;
  • the ability to self-manage a significant piece of work;
  • critical self-evaluation of the process.
If for one or both of the criteria a grade below C is awarded, then please inform the module co-ordinator via the message board of the E-project system about this. The supervisor of this project should then discuss with the student ways in which the project could be improved on the requirements stated above.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Specification Feedback Form] [Specification Marking Guidelines]
 
  Deadline for marks: Friday 8 December, 2017
 
 
Week 8 Project Design. The work to be assessed at this stage comprises both a detailed design document and an oral presentation. Both pieces of work should be considered before arriving at a mark.

The Design assignment is worth 15% of the project mark.

The design document has no page nor word limit. Note that there are three penalties that may apply to the design document and its presentation: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong electronic submission format of the design document (must be pdf), and (iii) excess duration of the oral presentation. The penalties for (i) lateness, and (ii) wrong electronic submission format of the design document will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should only apply penalties for (iii) excess duration of the oral presentation.

For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the design document and its presentation see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The deadline for the submission of the design documentation is Thursday 16 November, 2017 (noon).

The design presentation is given during the following two weeks (the weeks beginning on 20 November and 27 November, 2017) at a time arranged by the Marker.

The submitted design documentation and its presentation are marked by both the supervisor and the marker. The Design Feedback Form is given below. Both markers complete their assessment independently.

The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Design Marking Guidelines provided below. The markers then compare marks. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

The formative part of the assessment asks both markers to grade the project on the criteria

  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
  3. Progress appears satisfactory
In determining the appropriate grades for the first two of these criteria, that is
  1. Project appears to have enough content
  2. Project appears to have enough originality
the markers should take into account that the honours year project must give students the opportunity to demonstrate:
  • their ability to apply practical and analytical skills present in the programme as a whole;
  • innovation (originality) and/or creativity;
  • synthesis of information, ideas and practices to provide a quality solution together with an evaluation of that solution;
  • that their project meets a real need in a wider context;
  • the ability to self-manage a significant piece of work;
  • critical self-evaluation of the process.
If for one or both of these two criteria a grade below C is awarded, then please inform the module co-ordinator via the message board of the E-project system about this. The supervisor of this project should then discuss with the student ways in which the project could be improved on the requirements stated above.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Design Feedback Form] [Design Marking Guidelines]
 
  Deadline for marks: Friday 8 December, 2017
 

Semester 2

Week 3 Interim Report. This is a short report (1-2 pages) outlining the students progress to date regarding the implementation stage of their project.

The interim report is not assessed. The report is considered important for the Supervisor in forming a better picture of the progress and working pattern of the student. This can be used to give advice for remedial action.

The Interim Report is to be submitted on Friday 16 February, 2018 directly to the Supervisor.

   
Week 10 Project Demonstration. The work to be assessed here comprises the demonstration of what has been produced on the project. Typically, this will be some software. Assessors should see the software being executed as well as some representative parts of the code. For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the project demonstration see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered.

The Project Demonstration is worth 15% of the project mark

The students are to submit their demonstration slides before the demonstration via the E-project system. The deadline for the demonstration slides submission is Thursday 19 April 2018 (noon). The demonstration is held in the week 23 April - 27 April, 2018 at a time arranged by the Marker.

The Project Demonstration is marked by both the supervisor and the marker via the E-project system. Note that there are three penalties that may apply to a submission: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong electronic submission format for the slides, and (iii) excess time length of the demonstration. The penalties for (i) lateness, and (ii) wrong electronic submission format of the slides will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should only apply penalties for (iii) excess time length of the demonstration. The Demonstration Feedback Form used by the E-project system is given below. The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Demonstration Marking Guidelines provided below.

Both markers complete their assessment independently. The markers then compare marks. If there is a difference of more than 10%, they must discuss the work and attempt to come to a closer agreement on its merits, before returning their mark.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Demonstration Feedback Form] [Demonstration Marking Guidelines]
 
  Deadline for marks: Friday 4 May, 2018
 
 
Week 12 Project Report. This is the final report on the whole project. For further information on the expected format, structure and content of the Project Report see the guidance that was provided to students. Note that deviations from the suggested structure are legitimate, provided that the important points are still covered. The deadline for students to submit the project report is Thursday 10 May 2018 (noon).

The project report is worth 65% of the project mark.

The whole project, including project report, is marked by both the supervisor and the marker via the E-project system. Note that there are two penalties that may apply to this submission: (i) lateness, (ii) wrong electronic submission format for the report. These will be applied by the Student Office. Markers should assess the Project Report without consideration of the penalties. The Dissertation Feedback Form used by the E-project system is given below. The summative part of the assessment must be completed with reference to the University Marking Descriptors and the Dissertation Marking Guidelines provided below.

Both markers complete their assessment independently and then meet to agree a mark. If there is disagreement in the marks awarded, the two marks should be returned together with a summary of the reasons for the difference in judgement using the form available at [http://cgi.csc.liv.ac.uk/~comp39x/2016-17/forms/comp39xDissertationMarkForm.pdf]. If there is a differential of more than 10% between the 1st and 2nd marker of a project, a 3rd marker will be assigned to mark the project dissretation. The final mark for the project dissertation will be calculated as 25% of the mark by the 1st marker plus 25% of the mark by the 2nd marker plus 50% of the mark by the 3rd marker.

Note: The student office will start to release the completed feedback to the students a week before the marking deadline, after which the markers of the released assessments will not be able to edit their assessments.

 
  [University Marking Descriptors] [Dissertation Feedback Form]* [Dissertation Marking Guidelines]
       
    *Only the first page of this form is returned to the students; the second page is intended to guide the External Examiner.
 
 
  Deadline for marks: Friday 1 June, 2018