Assessment

Assessment tasks are designed to enable clear judgements as to how well the learning outcomes have been achieved. For this reason, it is important that the assessment method matches with the knowledge, skills or attitudes you want your students to learn. Assessments can be designed in several ways, for example: a written or digital test, a presentation, an essay or research report, an oral exam, a practical assignment.

A (theoretical) course is assessed by the examiner (a staff member of Utrecht University or University Medical Center Utrecht). More information about the time limit for marking tests can be found in the Education and Examination Regulations.

Course coordinators are contacted by either the programme coordinators (Biomedical Sciences) or support staff (Biosciences) to fill in the assessment matrix that the Assessment Panel uses to perform the quality assurance.

The assessment matrix describes the relation between the learning outcomes and the assessment tasks. The assessment matrix forms the basis for the design and development of the assessment that matches the learning outcomes and learning activities of the course. Below more information about how to fill in the assessment matrix.

The Assessment Panel (AP) is part of the Board of Examiners and responsible for the quality of assessment. The AP advises on and monitors assessment quality. In addition, the AP aims to be a low-threshold committee for questions concerning any kind of assessment-related topic.

The AP can help you with assessment related problems or questions, e.g. advise on the choosing the right set up of assessment procedures, making assessment matrices, grading written assignments, developing rubrics.

In the assessment matrix, we ask you to correlate the learning outcomes of the course with the GSLS learning objectives for students during their whole Master’s programme.

In the rows please copy your learning objectives on the y-axis of the table and in the columns over the x-axis please fill in your work formats and assessment formats specified earlier. Then it is possible to indicate which work and assessment formats are being used for each of the learning outcomes (overlap is possible of course), by marking the corresponding boxes with an “X”. In the last column you can add the codes of the GSLS learning objectives, which can be found on the second tab of the excel, corresponding with the course learning outcomes.