Assessment

Assessment

Overview

There are three elements to the assessment in dapR1:

  1. Homework: 30%
  2. Lab tests: 30%
  3. Research Report: 40%

dapR1 does not have an exam. We want to encourage learning and skill development without any of the usual exam anxiety getting in the way!

Homework (30%)

Each week you will complete a multiple choice quiz via LEARN (10 questions). The homework questions will be based on the lecture and lab content. The idea behind weekly assessment is to provide regular feedback on your progression, and to enable you to understand which topics you may want to come and chat about in office hours. The quizzes are also designed to encourage continual engagement with the course. 

Completing Homework

Homework will be completed electronically through LEARN. Weeks 1 and 2 will act as practice tests to make sure that you understand how to find, open, complete and submit the homework. If you have any issues with your personal laptops accessing the homework, please contact IT support and complete homework on a University computer until you are confident the problem has been resolved.

Advice on preparation for completing homework is available in the Course Study Guide on LEARN.

Homework will be available from 09:00 on Monday and will close at 17:00 on Sunday each week. Feedback on each homework will be available once the homework submission deadline has passed on each Sunday.

Calculation of your homework total mark

This course covers 20 weeks. Homework in the first two weeks does not count towards your final grade. The final homework grade is calculated as the average mark of your highest 14 quiz scores out of the remaining 18 weeks.

Failure to Complete Homework

The calculation of your total mark means that you are able to miss up to 4 homework quizzes without any direct impact on your total grade. However, please note, if you miss a homework due to illness or any other reason which would class as a special circumstance, you should contact the Teaching Office and your Personal Tutor and consider completing a special circumstance form.

We strongly recommend that you complete all homework exercises to the best of your ability to ensure you get the highest grade possible.

Lab tests (30%; 3x10% each):

dapR1 has a major focus on developing practical skills. As such, we will have three practical lab tests spread across the year. Each test will be worth 10% of your final mark. The tests will consist of a small number of questions that will require you to use the R skills developed across the previous weeks to produce an output. For example, a question may ask you to open some data and make a graph. 

Research Report (Semester 2: 40%)

A key skill in using statistical analysis is to be able to select and carry out the right test to answer specific research questions. In this assessment you will be asked to complete a series of small analyses to answer a set of specific questions, and to provide accurate reporting and interpretation of the results. In addition, you will be asked to provide the R-code used to produce your results, which will be checked for accuracy against what is included in the report itself. During the year we will practice these skills in the labs and problem sets, and provide you with guidance on how to formally write up results.

Pass Grade

To pass dapR1 student's must achieve an average mark across all assessments of 40%.

Resits

A 100% exam resit will be held in August for students who receive a failing grade (<40%).

August Exams as a 1st sit

Students who are absent from the April/May exams due to special circumstances (e.g. on medical grounds) may be given permission to take the August exams as a first sitting. A special circumstances form (with appropriate supporting evidence) should in this instance be submitted to our Student Support Officers and individual cases will be considered by a Special Circumstances Committee.

The Special Circumstances Committee will inform students on an individual basis which paper(s) to sit and whether coursework marks will be carried forward.

Students who are permitted to take the August exams as a 1st sit will be eligible to enter Honours if they meet the standard criteria.