Assessment

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Assessment

Overview

There are three elements to the assessment in RMS:

  1. Homework: 25%
  2. Research Report: 25%.  
  3. Exam: 50%

Homework (25%)

Each week you will complete a multiple choice quiz via LEARN. 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 to enable you to better seek further help as it is needed, and to encourage continual engagement with the course. The homework also acts as exam revision as the style of questions will be identical to section A of the exam (see below).

Completing Homework

Homework will be completed electronically through LEARN. Week 1 will act as practice to make sure that you understand how to find, open, complete and submit the homework. It will also be a chance to check that there are no technological issues with completing 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.

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 has closed on Sunday's.

Calculation of your homework total mark

This course covers 10 weeks. Homework in the first week does not count towards your final grade. The final homework grade is calculated as the average mark of your highest 7 quiz scores out of the remaining 9 weeks.

Failure to Complete Homework

The calculation of your total mark means that you are able to miss up to 2 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.

 

Research Report (25%)

One of the key skills in applied research is to be able to clearer and formally write up the results of a statistical analysis focused on answering a specific research question. This section of the course assessment is designed to assess this skill.

In this assessment you will be provided with a data set and a set of research questions. You will be asked to produce a Methods and Results section describing the rationales for the analyses selected and interpreting your 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 semester we will practice these skills in the labs and problem sets, and provide you with guidance on how to formally write up results.

 

Exam (50%)

The exam will take place in the winter digest. It will be a 2 hour open book exam. The exam will consist of two sections:

  1. Multiple Choice (20%): This section will contain 20 multiple choice questions each worth one mark. These questions will be identical in form to those you have been completing in the weekly homework quizzes.
  2. R-code, Calculation and Interpretation (80%): This section will contain a variety of questions which test some basics of R-code and calculation, but primarily focusses on the interpretation and understanding of specific analyses. The questions will concern writing short lines of code, and interpretation of code and analysis output. These questions will be of the type you have completed in your labs and problem sets

For more information and guidance on completing the open book exam and how to prepare, see the course study guide on LEARN.

 

Pass Grade

Pass Grade

To pass RMS 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 December 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.