EXAMPLE 4: FIRST YEAR INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS
This example shows an approach to using criteria for assessing reports, which is based on the structure of the report. This approach is particularly useful for guiding students with no experience in report writing, signalling what they are expected to include in each section of the report.
Context: STATS101 is a first year introductory statistics unit designed for science students who have not completed a calculus based subject at school. The aim of STATS101 is to develop an understanding of the basic concepts of statistics and mathematical modelling in science.
Priya is the coordinator of this unit. She inherited all teaching materials for the unit, and decided to keep them unchanged. After giving careful thought to the unit learning outcomes, Priya concludes that the assessment criteria for the whole unit could be expressed by just three dimensions. Developing and annotating a solution, Priya reflects on her process:
“First, I clarified the learning outcomes of the unit. Then I determined the aspects to be assessed (I found that the assessment criteria could be expressed by just three dimensions: Knowledge and Procedures, Communication and Use of Software). With this sorted, I developed a marking/grading scheme and communicated this to the students and markers.”
Read more about Priya’s process and the annotated solution for markers she created in Example 4: First year introductory statistics, mathsassess guide [PDF – 6.2 MB]
Create your own rubrics by editing Example 4: Rubrics [Word – 29k]