Assessment in the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
Assessment provides a structure for the teaching and learning of course content. Each course within the School has a set of clearly identified learning objectives on which the assessment will be based.
The main purpose of assessment is to ensure that students achieve the learning objectives for the course. It allows the student to monitor their own progress and can identify areas requiring more work.
It also assists lecturers in assigning students a grade for the course. A student’s final grade represents the results of their various assessments undertaken throughout the course.
Types of assessment you may encounter
The unique nature of the practice of the disciplines taught in the School is reflected in the various programs curricula and their assessment requirements. Many programs require not only a theoretical understanding but also the ability to apply knowledge and skills within a clinical setting and also demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills. As such, courses are designed to promote the development of highly skilled, professional and more importantly versatile graduates.
The different types of assessment student can be asked to complete includes but are not exclusive the following:
- Written essays, reports, synopsis and other assignments
- Oral presentations
- Recording of pieces of intervention
- Project work in the field
- Clinical/professional skills, either in a simulated environment or in a clinical /field setting
- Physical Examinations
- Professional standards portfolio
- Multiple Choice Quizzes
- Written Examinations
- Viva voce (oral examinations)