Combining assessment elements into a holistic assessment concept

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Many courses within higher education are assessed by “faculty standards” sometimes based
on the implicit assumption that “it has always been like this, therefore it is the best”. Selecting
and combining different assessment modes in an effective manner for a particular course are
central issues. The process does not always entail a simple and straight-forward decision
making. The main purpose of this paper is to examine the current assessment modes and
practices at Lund University’s Faculty of Engineering (LTH) and provide suggestions for
improvements. This study is based on the combination of a literature review in the field of
teaching and learning, on empirical material obtained from surveys and group discussions
with 22 teachers at LTH, as well as on experiences of the authors of this paper in their
capacity as course leaders and teachers. The study focuses on the critical examination and
analysis of issues concerning some main forms of assessment (especially project work and
written and oral assessment) applied in the five selected courses. The results show that both
teachers and students are more positive to the project and written examination than oral
assessment. Based on the results of the analysis and the experiences of teachers, the paper
provides advice for improving the quality and efficiency of assessment through combinations
of assessment elements.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
  • Building Technologies
  • Transport Systems and Logistics
  • Energy Systems


  • SoTL
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLunds universitet, Lunds Tekniska Högskola
Number of pages20
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

This report is based on literature studies and an empirical study carried out in 2008 during a pedagogical course for faculty teachers at Lund University's Faculty of Engineering (LTH).

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