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In-Year Assignment Recovery

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In-Year Assignment Recovery enables students to recover failure in summatively assessed work at a much earlier stage in the academic year, and much closer to the point of delivery of the course content to which the assessment relates.

Students with failures in summatively assessed assignments will either re-submit the same piece of work or, where this is not practicable (e.g., practicals, group work), re-submit an alternative assignment that tests the learning outcomes.

Where the mark for a re-submitted piece of work has to be used it will count as the student’s first re-assessment and the unit mark capped at 40.

Eligible students who do not undertake In-Year Assignment Recovery will undertake re-assessment in the standard timeframe.

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is eligible for In-Year Assignment Recovery?

In Year Assignment Recovery is open to all Level 3 and Level 4 students who receive a mark of less than 40% for summatively assessed elements of assessments submitted on or before 3 February 2017, or who fail to submit summatively assessed elements of assessments by deadlines that fall on or before 3 February 2017.


Is the scheme open to students at collaborative partners?

Yes. In-Year Assignment Recovery is available to Level 3 and Level 4 students at collaborative partners where assessments fall within the eligibility period.

For collaborative partners with multiple and/or non-standard academic intakes/cycles, alternative deadlines may apply. Staff should contact the Centre for Academic Standards & Quality Enhancement if in doubt.


Is the scheme open to part-time students?

Part-time Level 3 and Level 4 students are eligible to submit work for In-Year Assignment Recovery. Eligibility and submission deadlines for part-time students are the same as those for full-time students.


What guidance should I offer to eligible students?

Students who are eligible to participate in the scheme should be offered face-to-face advice and guidance. Students who fail to submit summatively assessed assignments should be contacted as soon as possible after the deadline to arrange a meeting with a member of academic staff or a Student Experience Support Tutor to discuss their situation and to identify any support they may need to enable them to re-submit under the scheme.

Students should be advised to give consideration to their workload, margin of failure and weighting of the failed assessment when making a decision about In-Year Assignment Recovery.


What are the deadlines for In-Year Assignment Recovery?

In-Year Assignment Recovery operates with two institutional resubmission dates, the first covering original submission dates on or before Friday 8 December 2017 and the second covering original submission dates between 11 December 2017 and Friday 23 February 2018. These are set out in the table below. The table also includes dates by which students must be provided with their re-assessment assignment task.

Original submission deadlines: Student provided with assignment task by: Re-submission Date:
On or before Friday 8 December 2017 Friday 26 January 2018 Friday 23 February 2018
Between Monday 11 December 2017 and Friday 23 February 2018 Friday 23 March 2018 Friday 20 April 2018

For programmes of study which commence outside of the standard September period, alternative dates are available on request


Do the resubmission deadlines apply to all types of reassessment?

In instances where the reassessment assignment entails complex logistical arrangements – for example, in-class tests – a degree of flexibility regarding the re-submission deadlines is acceptable. In such cases, the revised deadline must not be earlier than the deadlines specified by the scheme.


When and how should feedback on re-submitted work be provided to students?

Feedback on work submitted under the scheme should be provided to students no later than four weeks after the re-submission deadline.

Wherever possible, feedback on work submitted through the in-year assignment recovery scheme should be provided to students through a face-to-face meeting. Where this is not possible – for example, in the case of large cohorts – written feedback should be provided.


How should marks be recorded?

In all cases, marks should be submitted to Programme Office staff for recording and onwards dissemination to the relevant Assessment Board. A mark sheet will be provided by Programme Office Staff. Please ensure that the marks for work re-submitted via the coursework receipting procedure and via Moodle are recorded on this form.

Each unit mark sheets will list all students who are eligible for In-Year Assignment Recovery. Since not all eligible students will engage with the scheme, forms may be submitted to the Programme Office with a number of blank entries.

Marks should only be input to QLS by Programme Office staff and must not be stored by academic colleagues. Detailed guidance for Programme Office staff on inputting marks via QLS is available online.


How should reassessment assignments be verified?

In all cases where a new assignment has to be created for re-submission under the scheme, it must undergo the same level of verification as any other Level 3 or Level 4 assignment brief in advance of being made available to students.


Are students charged a resit fee for participation in the scheme?

No - due to the reduced administrative costs of In-Year Assignment Recovery, participating students will not be charged a resit fee.

Students who undergo reassessment during the summer period will be charged the standard resit fee.


Can portfolio assessments be considered under the scheme?

As all portfolio sub-elements must be submitted and marked as a single piece of assessment, portfolios are eligible to participate in the scheme provided the original submission deadline falls within the period of eligibility.

In cases where a specific sub-element of the portfolio has led to the overall failure of the assessment, this should be highlighted within the academic feedback to allow the student to focus on that area when completing the re-submission.


Is the scheme open to students returning to Level 3 or Level 4 after previously suspending their studies?

Yes. Students returning to Level 3 or Level 4 4 study following a period of suspension are eligible. This applies regardless of when the student originally enrolled at MMU or the length of suspension.


Are online assignments (re)submitted via Moodle eligible for In-Year Assignment Recovery?

Yes, such assignments are permitted to participate in the scheme. However, please be aware that there are a number of technical considerations that apply. Staff should familiarise themselves with the guidance on using Moodle to support the In-Year Assignment Recovery Scheme before setting up online reassessments.


Can programmes delivered with an external validating body (e.g. Edexcel) participate in the scheme?

Where students enrolled on an award overseen by an external validating body are classed as home students, they are eligible to make use of the scheme - provided deadlines fall within the original period of eligibility.