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Marking models in the Department

The Department of Philosophy uses the following marking models:

Level 4 and 5 modules

  • Model 4

Level 6 modules (except 6AANC000 and 6AAN4500 dissertation modules)

  • Model 3 

6AANC000 and 6AAN4500 dissertation modules & Level 7 modules

  • Model 2

Marking Model Definitions

Model 2 - Double Marking

Double marking means that all examination scripts and report/dissertation or other form of written assessment are marked by at least two Internal Examiners or by one Assessor and one Internal Examiner. Both examiners record their marks and a final mark is determined.

Model 3 - Double Marking by Retrospective Sampling

Double marking by sampling means that all examination scripts or other form of written assessment are marked by an Internal Examiner(s). A second marker then double marks a sample of the work already first marked, the sample being randomly selected from across the range of marks (as below).

If this method is employed the following safe guards must be adhered to:

The second marker does not alter the marks of any assessments in the sample. However, if serious disparities (e.g. a discrepancy >10 per cent) and/or patterns of inconsistency emerge between the first and second marker, then this must be referred to the Chair of the Assessment Sub Board who will determine the most appropriate course of action to be taken. This will include identification of the group of scripts that might be affected, following which, that entire group must be remarked. The Chair of the Assessment Sub Board should gain the approval of the relevant external examiner for the remedial action taken.

The sample size must be a MINIMUM of 10% of the entire cohort or FIVE scripts (whichever is greater) and include: 

  • For modules with less than 20 students enrolled – at least ONE script per classification

  • For modules with 20-29 students enrolled – at least TWO scripts per classification

  • For modules with 30 or more students enrolled – at least THREE scripts per classification

Model 4 - Scrutiny

Scrutiny means in this instance that all examination scripts and other form of written assessment whose primary purpose is summative are marked by an Internal Examiner(s). A second examiner, who will have access to the grades and comments of the first marker(s), will scrutinise a sample of assessments to assure the quality of marking standards.The scrutinised sample will be randomly selected to maintain consistency of marking standards.  

If this method is employed the following safe guards must be adhered to:

The sample size must be a MINIMUM of 10% of the entire cohort or FIVE scripts (whichever is greater) and include:

  • For modules with less than 20 students enrolled – at least ONE script per classification

  • For modules with 20-29 students enrolled – at least TWO scripts per classification

  • For modules with 30 or more students enrolled – at least THREE scripts per classification

The examiner scrutinising does not alter the marks of any assessments in the sample. However, if s/he identifies systematic errors and/or patterns of inconsistency in the marks awarded by the first examiner then this must be referred to the Chair of the Assessment Sub Board who will determine the most appropriate course of action to be taken. This will include identification of the group of scripts that might be affected, following which, that entire group must be remarked. The Chair of the Assessment Sub Board should gain the approval of the relevant external examiner for the remedial action taken.

Model 5 - Single Marking

Single marking is where assessments are marked by one examiner. This approach is useful when marking formative assessments and small parts of summative assessments.

If this method is employed in summative assessment the following safe guards must be adhered to:

  • no individual piece of work should contribute greater than 15 per cent to the overall assessment on a given module;

  • any one examiner should not single mark work contributing to >50 per cent of the overall module.

The full College Marking Framework can be found in the College Policy Zone.

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