Most tutors will deal with course assessment tasks as part of their duties. The following information provides some background to assessment as well as some practical suggestions on marking and feedback. More specific guidance will be provided by your course coordinator.

The Electronic Course Profile (ECP)

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

The UQ Policy and Procedures Library includes Course Profile Policy and Procedures.

You should be familiar with the course assessment requirements so you can explain them to students at the start of teaching.

Here are the UQ Policies and Procedures on Assessment. Section 4 stipulates that the assessment approach used at UQ is criterion referenced assessment, whereby ‘judgements about the quality of students’ performance are made by reference to explicit or predetermined criteria and standards and not by reference to the achievement of other students.

Marking Students’ Work

UQ's grading system can be found in the Teaching and Learning Policies and Procedure Library under Curricula and Assessment: Grading System. In particular, Section 5 lists Descriptors of each Grade category from 1 to 7.  

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.
  • 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.
  • It is the responsibility of the Course Coordinator to ensure that your marks/grades for each assessment item are moderated across a course.

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

Providing Feedback to Students

The provision of feedback is outlined in the Teaching and Learning Policies and Procedure Library under 3.10.02 Assessment Procedures: Provision of Feedback.

The way in which feedback is provided is dependent on assessment submission procedures. Your Course Coordinator will provide you with more guidance on this.

In general feedback should be:

  • timely – feedback lets students know how they are going – what they are doing well, and in which areas to improve
  • constructive – identify strengths and weaknesses, and state how work can be improved
  • balanced - provide both positive remarks and critical comments. It’s always good to begin and end with a positive comment
  • self-explanatory – use terms that students will understand and don’t use symbols without explaining what these mean.

As a tutor, you need to be familiar with the University’s guidelines 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.