Formal Feedback on Written Work: Draft Guidance for Students
Whenever you submit a piece of written work (either assessed or non-assessed, excluding exams), we aim to give you feedback on this to help you understand what you have done well and not so well, and how you can improve in the future. Depending on the circumstances, formal feedback will be given via a feedback form, or by comments on your essay, or both. You are also likely to receive informal feedback from time to time.
We aim to make feedback:
- Available within a reasonable time of submission of the work (current guidelines for non-assessed pieces is the availability of feedback within three teaching weeks)
- Legible, though not necessarily word-processed.
Feedback does not consist of proof reading (e.g. identification of all grammatical errors within a piece), or re-writing of the essay by the examiner.
To gain the maximum benefit from feedback, you need to do the following:
- Obtain the feedback (methods of collection may differ - you will be notified by your lecturer or tutor). Your tutor will make feedback available within a reasonable time, but it is your responsibility to access this.
- Read the comments and relate them to your work (you should have kept a draft to which you can refer).
- Read the Learning Outcomes in your Module Handbook, to understand the minimum that is expected of you in each module.
- Read the Class Descriptors in your Undergraduate Student Handbook, to understand the standard expected of a particular range of marks.
- Think about what you need to do and know in order to improve your work next time.
Feedback on non-assessed written work
Will have a percentage mark.
Your tutor may, but need not, use a feedback form on non-assessed work.
Your essay will be returned to you. There may be feedback on the essay itself.
Feedback on assessed work
Will have an indicative grade, which may be subject to change by the external examiner.
Your essay will not be returned to you.
You will be notified of the final mark after all assessments for that module have been processed. For Semester 1 short fat modules, this will be in early February. For all other modules, this will be in mid-June.
The feedback form
The headings of the main sections should be self-evident.
In the smaller boxes:
‘Writing style’ refers to fluency of style and economy of expression.
‘Communication’ concerns communication of ideas. It may be the case that a student’s writing style and/or grammar is poor, but s/he effectively communicates his or her thoughts, or vice versa.
The meaning of the other small boxes should be obvious.