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 Assessing and giving feedback

Most tutors will be given assessment tasks as part of their duties. The following information provides some background to assessment as well as some practical suggestions. More guidance will be provided by your course coordinator.

The Course Profile

Assessment requirements must be provided in writing to students in the course profile. A description of course profiles can be found in myAdvisor

The Handbook of University Policies and Procedures includes a Course Profile policy. Section 5 of the policy relates to assessment.

The assessment approach used at UQ is called criterion referenced assessment.

Your course coordinator should provide you with a copy of the Course Profile prior to the start of classes. You will want to be familiar with the assessment requirements as you can be certain that your students will be asking you questions about them.

Marking Students’ Work

When marking assessment:

  • Be sure the assessment criteria you use meets the standard set by the lecturer in charge of your course. In most cases, your course coordinator will meet with you and explain the marking system for each piece of assessment.
  • It is useful to compare how you are assigning marks with other tutors in the course.
  • Check back over your marking of students’ work, particularly if the length of time between marking the first few and the last few items was quite long.

For additional information on marking in a group context see Assessing group work.

Providing Feedback to Students

Feedback should be provided on every piece of assessment.


As a tutor, you need to be familiar with the University’s policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. If you suspect a student has not acted properly, you should bring the matter to the attention of your course coordinator.

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More Information
Course Profile Policy
Criterion referenced assessment
Assessing group work
Providing feedback
Academic Integrity and Plagiarism Policy