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Electronic Submission of Coursework

When uploading your work onto Turn It In on Learn, there will be a box to fill in as your "submission title".  Please type your exam number FIRST before the title of your work.  It is very important that you type your exam number as the work is marked anonymously and we have no other way to identify that you have submitted. A penalty for incorrect filename labelling is enforced for the Critical Analysis course (this will be detailed in the Take-home exam instruction sheet).

Coursework Word Count Policy

Being able to produce a piece of work which is within a specified word limit is an important professional skill, so all coursework should comply with the stated word limit.  We do not apply an explicit algorithm to deduct marks for exceeding the word limit; markers will use their academic judgment and any word limit violations will influence the overall mark.

Feedback and Feedforward

You will get many feedback or feedforward opportunities in your courses. Feedback could be in the form of an essay, a draft write-up (e.g., Mini-dissertation), self-generated or peer feedback, small group discussions or quizzes within lectures etc. Feedforward might include a discussion of how to write an essay, or prepare for an exam.

Feedback is essential to learning and it takes many forms. We strongly encourage you to use all forms of feedback, including:

•   Asking and answering questions in lectures or classes

•   Asking questions of your Course Organiser or lecturer in their office hours

•   Discussing your work with lecturers and examiners on Psychology's dedicated Feedback Days

•   Actively participating in your tutorials

•   Talking about your ideas outside class with fellow Psychology students

•   Participating in PsychSoc discussion groups, study-skills events, debates and talks:

•   Participating in the British Psychological Society, including undergraduate conferences:

Coursework Feedback Format

Feedback is used to provide a basis for further discussion between the student and the supervisor/tutor/lecturer.  The purpose of such discussions is to provide the student with additional feedback and to provide information which will assist them in improving future work; these sessions should not be used to dispute the mark assigned to the piece of work (see later in this section for further information on University regulations applying to mark appeals). For the Mini-dissertation report draft, formal feedback will be provided and the student will be assessed on how they have addressed this feedback in their final report.

Tutorials/mini-dissertation meetings provide opportunities for students to monitor their progress, raise questions, and discuss relevant methodological issues.  Mini-dissertation reports undergo a moderation process to check the marks and mark distribution for each group.  Critical analysis coursework will be marked/moderated by the course organiser and other staff members.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve feedback further, please contact either:

•   Your Course Organiser

•   Your Personal Tutor

•   The PPLS Student Support Office (

•   Dr Pete Lamont, Director of Undergraduate Teaching (



Psychology uses a 20-point marking scale, see



A rigorous system of checks and balances, which involves check marking, moderation, external examiners, and exam boards is in place to ensure the highest standards of assessment and feedback on the course. In addition, staff are usually very happy to be approached for specific feedback within their area of expertise. However, except in extraordinary circumstances, requests for degree exam marks to be reviewed will not normally be considered (see later in this section for further information on University regulations applying to mark appeals).

9 December – 20 December 2019 (including Saturday 14 December) exam period

27 April - 22 May 2020 (including Saturday 2, 9 and 16 May)  exam period

Exam feedback sessions will also be arranged.  The session for semester 1 exams will take place in semester 2; this will provide you with the opportunity to look at your exam scripts and speak to staff about your performance. The purpose of this event is to allow you to identify strengths and areas for improvement that you can work on prior to the semester 2 exams. Before speaking to staff about your scripts, you will be encouraged to assess your own work as you read through it in relation to the common marking scheme and related questions. All students are encouraged to attend. A similar session covering the semester 2 exams will be scheduled for 4th year students in semester 1 of the following academic year.

All the above marks are provisional until confirmed by the honours Exam Board in June. These marks, together with Semester 2 exam marks, are returned to Academic Registry after the board meeting, and final marks become available on the student database shortly afterwards.

Please consult the University Common Marking Scheme for detailed descriptors of marking criteria. These descriptors will provide you with further information on the standard of your work. Students may contact the Module Organiser of the course if they have any concerns about their performance. In exceptional cases the exam scripts may be retrieved and viewed under supervision, and provide a basis for further feedback and discussion between the lecturer and student concerned.

Assessment Regulations

Taught Assessment Regulations:

•   Students will be issued with marks for first semester courses. These marks are however provisional and are subject to confirmation by the Board of Examiners which meets in the summer.

•   Students who are taking Psychology 3 courses as part of an Ordinary/General degree programme are eligible to resit examinations that they have failed at the first attempt.

•   Students who are taking Psychology 3 courses as part of an honours degree programme are only permitted one assessment attempt (ie are not eligible to resit failed examinations). However, if an honours student is absent from one or more examinations due to medical or other special circumstances, the Special Circumstances Committee and the Board of Examiners (in June) will consider the case and decide on an appropriate course of action. Possible decisions include permitting or requiring the student to sit the missed examinations as a first attempt in the August diet.

•   Honours students who fail courses in third year amounting to not more than 40 credits may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, be awarded these credits by aggregation, provided their mean mark across the full 120 credits of their third year programme of study is at least 40% and they satisfy any other specific requirements of the degree programme.

•   For honours degree students, the award of credits by aggregation may be used to enable a student to progress to year 4 of honours. Honours students who fail courses with circumstances that do not fall under these conditions (eg more than 40 credits failed, or a mean mark of less than 40%) will not be allowed to progress to the 4th year of honours and will instead be required to take extra courses in order to qualify for an Ordinary/General degree.

•   The two honours years have equal weighting in the final degree classification, ie year 3 and year 4 each count 50% towards the final degree. (The only exception to this is students taking year 3 at an overseas university; for these students degree classification is based entirely on their year 4 marks.)

Examination Timetable

Students are responsible for ascertaining their examination times. Examination timetables are published by Student Administration on their website /. It is possible that some examinations will be scheduled on Saturdays. As stated in the University's Degree Examination Regulations, "candidates for degree examinations may not appear for examination at times other than those prescribed, or at a place other than the designated one, except in cases of serious illness, injury or physical handicap, or on grounds of religious scruples or unavoidable overlapping of examination hours, or in other exceptional circumstances". Any students who think they will be affected by exceptional circumstances of this type should notify the Course Organiser at the earliest possible opportunity.

Examination Results

As soon as the results for degree examinations are available, they will be issued by Academic Registry to students via the Edinburgh Student Portal (MyEd) sometime in mid-June but it is not possible to specify exact dates. Please do not telephone Student Administration or Psychology staff to ask for your results as University policy does not allow results to be given over the 'phone. In cases of exceptional difficulty, you should consult your Personal Tutor.

Year 3 honours students' results contribute to their final degree class at the end of Year 4.

There are no re-sit examinations for honours students on honours level courses. However, students who are absent from one or more examinations due to medical or other special circumstances, may, at the discretion of the Board of Examiners, be permitted or required to sit these examinations as a first attempt in the August diet. In this instance, students are strongly advised to avoid making plans which might conflict with August examinations until they know their examination results

Examination appeals procedure & procedure for notifying extenuating circumstances

The University's appeals procedure regarding examination and other assessment results is outlined fully in the Student Appeal Regulations Students should particularly note the following extracts from the regulations:

2. Students may not use an appeal to challenge academic judgment. The fact that a student believes that they deserve a different outcome cannot constitute a ground for appeal.

3. Academic appeals are appeals against the decision of a Board of Examiners, Progression Board or Special Circumstances Committee.

7. For the purposes of these regulations the term ‘examination’ will be taken to include any written, practical or oral examination, continuously assessed coursework or dissertation which counts towards the final assessment.

15. There are three grounds under which an academic appeal can be lodged. These are:

 Ground A: Substantial information directly relevant to the quality of performance in the examination which for good reason was not available to the examiners when their decision was taken.

 Ground B: Alleged irregular procedure or improper conduct of an examination. For this purpose ‘conduct of an examination’ includes the conduct of a meeting of the Board of Examiners, Progression Board or Special Circumstances Committee.

 Ground C (open to Postgraduate Research students only): Evidence of prejudice or lack of due diligence in the examination on the part of any of the examiners.

16. Ignorance of the requirement set out in the Special Circumstances Policy to report timeously any special circumstances adversely affecting performance, or failure to report special circumstances because the student did not anticipate an unsatisfactory result in the examination, can never by themselves constitute the good reason to fulfil the requirement described in Ground A.

For general guidance and advice about appeals, see