Assessment of Learning
As part of SCE’s philosophy of education, SCE faculty members are required to provide the following at regular intervals throughout the duration of a course:
- Assessments to learners
- Timely feedback on the learners' mastery of learning outcomes
- Record of the results of the assessments in the class folder
In scheduled programs, learners must be assessed at regular intervals throughout the duration of a course.
In the Languages Department, there are different systems of assessment depending upon the language skills taught:
I. English Language Courses:
Faculty assess learners four times during the term at sessions #'s: 4, 7, 9 and 12. The four assessments are out of 25 points each. Thus, the final score is the total of the four assessments scores.
II. Oral Communication English Language Courses:
Faculty assess learners three times during the term at sessions #'s: 4, 8 and 12. The first two assessments are out of 30 points each. The third assessment is out of 40 points. Thus, the final score is the total of the three assessments scores.
III. Examination Preparation Courses:
Continual assessment in these courses provides feedback to learners on their progress and thus is not recorded. Faculty members shall record the final exam score and where necessary convert it to a letter grade (cf G7).
In addition to the end-of-term achievement test and/or project, faculty shall assess learners at least three times during the term at regular intervals. Two assessments are out of 25 points each, and one assessment out of twenty points. The end-of-term achievement test and/or project is out of thirty points.
In the Career Development Department, faculty members shall assess learners at least four times during the term at regular intervals in addition to the end-of-term achievement test and/or project. Two assessments are out of 15 points each, and two assessments out of 20 points each. The end-of-term achievement test and/or project is out of 30 points. Thus, the final score is the total of the following:
|First assessment (quiz, assignment, etc.)||15|
|Second assessment (quiz, assignment, etc.)||15|
|Third assessment (quiz, assignment, etc.)||20|
|Fourth assessment (quiz, assignment, etc.)||20|
|Final exam and/or project||30|
Faculty members who would like to give more quizzes are encouraged to do so. The final assessment, exam or project is required to obtain the final course score.
To ensure that the appropriate number of assessments is conducted for each type of course, the Evaluation, Testing and Assessment Department (ETAD) checks faculty’s electronic GradeBooks for all scheduled programs courses at session #8 of each term, except for oral communication courses it is checked at session #9.
The number of assessments which must be recorded for each of the different types of all SCE scheduled program courses by the time of the electronic GradeBook check is two.
Faculty compliance with continual assessment is a condition of their continued employment at SCE. The first term in which a faculty fails to record the required number of assessments on his/her electronic GradeBook, a notice (FormG4-1December16) is sent to that faculty to update his/her electronic GradeBook immediately. If a faculty fails to record the required number of assessments, for a second successive term, that faculty is sent a notification letter by the departement director and is suspended for one term.
In customized/tailor-made programs, trainees are assessed throughout, and/or prior to the conclusion of, the training program, course, seminar or workshop to ensure that learning outcomes are accomplished, as per the Curriculum Design Form (CDF) (FormH4-1Dec14). Assessment of trainees is NOT based on attendance, but rather on the achievement of learning outcomes. In case of reporting results in form of scores and/or grades, faculty/trainers use SCE’s grading system for scheduled programs (cf G7).
SCE faculty set assessment plans (FormG4-2March16) for their training programs, courses, etc., identifying the following:
- Key learning outcomes
- Type of outcome (knowledge, skill and/or attitude)
- Assessment tools:
- Tests, such as pre-post tests, assignments, quizzes, participation, mid-term tests, final achievement tests
- Performance assessment tasks, such as report, role play, presentation, case study, mini-project, graduation project
- Method of reporting results (one or more of the following):
- Performance report for each trainee
- Commentary paragraph for each trainee
- Scores and/or grades for trainees
- Overall performance of the group
Copies of the assessment plans are sent to the Programs and Partnership Department (PPD) director and the relevant PPD assistant department director.
PPM: G4 May, 2017