Assessment in TEM
Because the modules are large units it is important that students receive regular feedback on their progress during those ten weeks. This is done by means of, for example, diagnostic tests (that do not count towards the final grade), meetings with the tutor, or feedback by teachers or fellow students.
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In some cases this even results in a strongly integrated module with only one grade: the grade achieved through an integrated final test in which all content will be assessed at once. This is possible because students received regular feedback during the module without being graded. This is comparable to the assessment of a final thesis assignment, for which the student also receives only one final grade for the entire process and the various units are actually compensating for each other.
Offering small tests during the module is also possible. These small tests do not need to be obligatory. For example, the teacher could offer a test on the discussed materials every two weeks, in which various subjects are assessed in combination questions. When these tests building on each other (be cumulative), they can easily compensate each other: when a student has gained additional knowledge in the next two weeks and now has a good understanding of the knowledge, a first fail can be cancelled out.
Reparing a module
In a module the students cannot 'automatically go for the resit'. Students who just fail the module at first try (the doubtful cases that have achieved an average final grade between the 5 and 5.5) are discussed during a module meeting at the end of the module. During this meeting the module team decides which additional assessment or repair the student is required to do. If it is decided during a module meeting at the end of the module that repairs are required, these can logically no longer take place during the module. This repair then takes place in the consecutive module. In case of doubt or force majeure the examination board can in individual cases decide on additional supplements outside the original testing plan.
It is recommended to plan a repair day on the Thursday and Friday of week 10 of the consecutive module. Anyone who does not require to do any repairs has those days off. The repair day of module 4 takes place during the summer.
Example of compensatory tests
To prevent students from completing the programme even though they do not have sufficient understanding of one particular subject, it's possible to decide to adjust the module requirements upwards.
For example: all tests have to be completed with a passing grade. However, this also results in preventing really good students who may suffered from a temporary black-out to achieve the complete 15 ECTS.
Another possibility is to set an additional requirement. For example: the module has to be completed with an average grade of 5.5, where one of the submarks may be a fail grade. In order to prevent a binding recommendation on continuation of studies, students have to have successfully completed three modules and no more than two submarks are allowed to be a 5 or less.
Another possibility is to, for example, set the requirement that the module grade has to be a 5.5 on average, where all submarks have to be at least a 5. For instance, if one of these submarks is a 4.5, then the module has not been successfully completed. However, if the student obtains a submark of a 7 in a later module with which the 4.5 can be compensated, then the previous module will have been successfully completed retroactively. The 4.5 will continue to exist and will be listed as a submark on the diploma supplement. A student that does not want this has to retake the entire module next year.
These test and compensation rules are listed in the test plan of the module. These plans are listed in the Education and Examination Regulations (OER). The examination board can in individual cases decide to make exceptions to these rules.
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