Graded Units

Report
2012 SQA Central Training
(New Centers)
Venue – BISU, Beijing
9, Sept 2012
9.00 am– 5:00 pm
Mary Gao
Introduction and Welcome
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Agenda
08:30-09:00
Registration
09:00-9:30
Introduction and welcome
9:30-10:00
Session 1 Introduction
Introduction to SQA and HND awards ( New Frameworks)
10:00-10:30
Number of units to be delivered each year
Suggested order of delivery & Course Tutor Guide
10:30-10:45
Tea break
10:45-11:30
Session 2 Delivery
Understanding of Unit Specification
Outcomes
Evidence requirement
Assessment requirement and Marking standard
Internal verification
Teaching methods and Sample of teaching/Lesson Plan
Student Guide
11:30-12:30
Additional Materials in Student Guides/Sample of PPT Lecture
Sample of reference materials
Discussion on alternative teaching methods and benefits
12:30-13:30
Lunch
Agenda
13:30-14:30
Section 3 Assessment
Use of the Assessment Exemplar
Use of the Assessment Marking Guidelines
Use of the Marking Schemes
14:30-15:00
Session 4 Internal Verification & External Verification
Internal Verification and role of Internal verifier External Verification procedures
15:00-15:15
Tea Break
15:15-16:00
Session 5 Roles and Responsibilities
SQA Coordinator
Centre’s policies and procedures
Internal Verification procedures and related sample forms
External Verification procedures
16:00-16:30
Section 6 Alternative assessment
Making your own Alternative Assessment
16:30-16:45
SQA & CSCSE Data System
16: 45
Dispatch
About the Scottish Qualifications
Authority (SQA)
 SQA is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB) sponsored by
the Scottish Executive Education Department. It is the national body in
Scotland responsible for the development, accreditation, assessment and
certification of qualifications other than degrees
 The overall aim of the SQA is to manage the qualifications system below
degree level to allow students to fulfill their potential to participate in the
economy, society and communities of Scotland
 There are approximately 650 staff located at our Glasgow and Edinburgh
sites
 There are approximately 1,750 centers approved to offer our range of
qualifications.
SQA’s Main Function
SQA's functions are to:
 devise, develop and validate qualifications, and keep them under
review
 accredit qualifications
 approve education and training establishments as being suitable for
entering people for these qualifications
 arrange for, assist in, and carry out, the assessment of people taking
SQA qualifications
 quality assure education and training establishments which offer
SQA qualifications
 issue certificates to candidates.
Session 1 Introduction to HND
Group Awards
HND China Group Awards
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HND Business
HND Business with Marketing
HND Business with Accounting
HND Business with HR
HND Business with IT
HND Financial Services
HND Administration and Information Technology
HND Global Trade and Business
HND Supply Chain Management
HND Computing: Software Development/Technical
Support/Networking & Internet Tech
HND Hospitality Management
HND Travel and Tourism
FRAMEWORK HND BUSINESS GE7X 16
Unit Title
Unit Code
HN
Credit
Unit
Status
Business Accounting
Business Law: An Introduction
Communication: Analysing and Presenting
Complex Communication
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Economic Issues: An Introduction
Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and
Application
Information Technology: Applications Software 1
Managing People and Organisations
Marketing: An Introduction
IT in Business: Spreadsheets
Behavioural Skills for Business
Business Contractual Relationships
Business Culture and Strategy
Economics 2: The World Economy
Information and Communication Technology in
Business
Preparing Financial Forecasts
Statistics for Business
Personal Development Planning
Human Resource Management: An Introduction
Presentation Skills
Training and Developing the Workforce
International Marketing: An Introduction
Business: Graded Unit 1
Business: Graded Unit 2
F84M 34
2
Revised
F84P 34
1
Revised
DE3N 34
1
Unchanged
H1F0 34
1
Revised
F7J8 34
1
Revised
F7J6 35
1
Revised
D75X 34
1
Unchanged
F84T 34
2
Revised
F7BX 34
1
Revised
F84V 34
1
New Unit
F84L 35
1
Revised
F84N 34
1
Revised
F7J7 35
2
Revised
F86E 35
1
Revised
F84W 35
2
Revised
F84R 35
1
Revised
F84K 35
1
Revised
DE3R 34
1
Unchanged
H1KP 34
1
Revised
F84E 35
1
Revised
A6HC 34
2
Unchanged
DG6M 34
1
Unchanged
H0HY 34
1
Revised
H0J0 35
2
Revised
1
FRAMEWORK HND BUSINESS WITH
ACCOUNTING GE7Y 16
Unit Title
Unit Code
HN
Credit
Unit
Status
Business Accounting
Business Law: An Introduction
Communication: Analysing and Presenting
Complex Communication
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Economic Issues: An Introduction
Economics 1: Micro and Macro Theory and
Application
Information Technology: Applications Software 1
Managing People and Organisations
Marketing: An Introduction
IT in Business: Spreadsheets
Behavioural Skills for Business
Business Contractual Relationships
Business Culture and Strategy
Economics 2: The World Economy
Information and Communication Technology in
Business
Preparing Financial Forecasts
Statistics for Business
Recording Financial Information
Company Law: An Introduction
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Management Accounting for Decision Making
Business with Accounting: Graded Unit 1
Business with Accounting: Graded Unit 2
F84M 34
2
Revised
F84P 34
1
Revised
DE3N 34
1
Unchanged
H1F0 34
1
Revised
F7J8 34
1
Revised
F7J6 35
1
Revised
D75X 34
1
Unchanged
F84T 34
2
Revised
F7BX 34
1
Revised
F84V 34
1
New Unit
F84L 35
1
Revised
F84N 34
1
Revised
F7J7 35
2
Revised
F86E 35
1
Revised
F84W 35
2
Revised
F84R 35
1
Revised
F84K 35
1
Revised
F7JV 34
1
Revised
DE5H 35
1
Unchanged
F7R4 35
2
Revised
F82J 35
2
Revised
H0J1 34
1
Revised
H0J2 35
2
Revised
1
FRAMEWORK HND FINANCIAL SERVICES
GE9R 16
Unit Title
Unit Code
Business Accounting
F84M 34
2
Revised
Business Law: An Introduction
F84P 34
1
Revised
Communication: Analysing and Presenting
Complex Communication
DE3N 34
1
Unchanged
Creating a Culture of Customer Care
H1F0 34
1
Revised
Economic Issues: An Introduction
F7J8 34
1
Revised
Financial Sector: An Introduction
DE5M 34
1
Unchanged
Information Technology: Applications Software
1
D75X 34
1
Unchanged
Information Technology: Applications Software
2
D7CY 35
1
Unchanged
Managing People and Organisations
F84T 34
2
Revised
Marketing: An Introduction
F7BX 34
1
Revised
Personal Financial Services
H0BX 34
2
Revised
Economics 2: The World Economy
F86E 35
1
Revised
Financing International Trade
DE5T 35
2
Unchanged
Financial Services Regulatory Framework
H0BW 35
1
Revised
Income Tax
F86X 35
1
Revised
Investment
DE5P 35
2
Unchanged
Pension Provision
H0BY 35
2
Revised
Personal and Business Lending1
H0C0 35
2
Revised
Preparing Financial Forecasts
F84R 35
1
Revised
Principles of Insurance
DE5R 35
1
Unchanged
Financial Services: Graded Unit 1
H0Y6 34
1
Revised
Financial Services: Graded Unit 2
H0Y7 35
1
Revised
Financial Services: Graded Unit 3
H0Y8 35
1
Revised
1
HN Credit
Title changed from Personal and Commercial Lending to Personal and Business Lending
Revised/
Unchanged
Award Structure
To obtain the full HND Award
30 HN credits must be achieved
15 credits
in Year 1
15 credits
in Year 2
Teaching order/Schedule of the
Units
 Not mandatory
 Based on your own center’s availability
 But need to follow suggested order
 Teaching order of units should be agreed
internally
Resources Provided by SQA
SQA China website www.cn.sqa.org.uk
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Framework-list of unit
Suggested order of delivery
Course Tutor Guide
Unit Specification ( details exactly what to deliver
and assess)
 Assessment Exemplar ( sample of typical
assessment for each outcome unit)
 Learning Guide (contains same teaching materials)
HND Tutor Guide Business
Session 2 Delivery
 Understanding of Unit Specification
 Assessment Guideline (what should assess and
what should not)
 Marking Guideline
 Interpreting US & Apply in your delivery
Unit Specification
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Always use it as a guide/outline/syllabus
Always refer to the unit specification while
preparing your Lesson plan
Unit Specification consist of
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Unit title
Unit code
The number of the outcomes that candidates must achieve
Credit Value
Prior knowledge and skills
Context for delivery
Evidence requirement
Assessment guideline
Understanding of Unit Specification
( Group work)
How you are going to
plan your teaching
base on the
information provided
from unit specification
How do you assess
the student for the
unit, what is the
assessment condition
required from US?
How to mark the
student work, is there
any marking guide
from US that you can
follow?
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Unit Specification
 Sample Unit Specification ( paper copy provided)
F7J8 34 Economic Issues: An Introduction
( Group 1)
Unit Specification
F84T 34 Managing People and Organizations
( Group 2)
Unit Specification
F84M 34 Business Accounting
( Group 3)
SAMPLE UNIT:
F84T 34 Managing People and Organizations
4. Identify and
compare alternative
approaches to
organizing people
within the workplace
On
completion
of the Unit
the candidate
should be
able to:
3. Analyze factors
that influence
managerial
performance.
1. Explain the
characteristics and
purpose of the
organisation and its
environment.
2. Analyse factors
that influence
workplace
performance.
F84T 34 Managing People and
Organizations ( Key Information in US)
Credit points and level: 2 HN
credits at SCQF level 7: ( Key
information)
Assessment: Assessment may
take place on an open-book
basis with structured questions
based on stimulus materials
requiring candidates to produce
a written or oral response.
Outcome 1
Knowledge and/or Skills
 Types of organisation
 Formal and informal organisation
 Organisational goals, objectives, and policies
 Open Systems Theory
 Stakeholder Theory
 Strategies for organisational control
Outcome 1
Evidence Requirements
 Candidates will need to provide evidence to demonstrate their
Knowledge and/or Skills by showing that they can:
 correctly identify the main differences between the formal
organisation and informal organisation
 clearly illustrate the relationship between organisational goals,
objectives, and policy and justify their contribution to the effective
management of a given organisation
 explain the nature of Open Systems Theory and apply it to a given
organisation
 outline the different stakeholders of an organisation and explain the
influence and interest of each stakeholder in a given organisation
 propose a strategy of control in a given organisation
F84T 34 Managing People and Organizations (
Key Information in US)
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Assessment Guidelines
It is possible that either of two different forms of assessment could be used to
generate the necessary evidence. The first method of assessment could be an openbook response covering Outcomes 1 to 4. It could be based on a case study of a real
or fictitious organisation which, for Outcome 4, would require a solution to a structural
problem of a work/organisation. Candidates will be required to examine the given
problem and prepare and present their solutions to the problem. If desired this could
be presented in a way which would give candidates an opportunity to provide content
which may provide opportunity for integration with Communication: Analysing and
Presenting Complex Information (DE3N 34). While it is recommended that some form
of case study stimuli be used for assessment purposes, candidates who have current
or past work experience may be able to base their response upon an organisation in
which they have or do work. A single case study based upon a real or fictitious
organisation can be used for the assessment of all four Outcomes or for any
combination of Outcomes.
F84T 34 Managing People and
Organizations ( Continue)
 A second possible option for assessment would be to use separate
case studies for each Outcome. If this is the case the case studies
are likely to be shorter. Candidates who have access to a suitable
organisation could complete Outcome 4 with reference to that
organisation.
 It is unlikely that candidates will be assessed via a single
submission. Individual Outcomes and/or logical groupings of
Outcomes (for example Outcomes 1 and 4 or Outcomes 2 and 3)
will most likely provide candidates with the best opportunities to
satisfy the Evidence Requirements of the Unit. Where centres wish,
opportunities exist to use more than one instrument of assessment.
For example, in addition to the use of structured questions for an
Outcome(s), some form of group assessment could be used for
Outcome 2.
Using Learning Guides
 This is teaching and learning outline provided by SQA
 It contains introduction to the SQA and units, some learning
material listed for this unit, suggested learning plan, additional
reading material, solution to the self-assessment questions and
activities
 The student guide should only be regarded as a guide. It is not
a textbook. It is individual tutor’s responsibility to provide
supplementary learning material to contextualize this providing
local examples to assist candidates’ learning
 Learning guides should be used by both teachers and students
Additional Reference materials( to be
identified by staff)
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E-books
Websites
Textbooks from bookstore
Newspaper or magazine
SQA China website ( where you could find more
relevant learning and teaching materials )
The reference material provided for
Unit of Marketing: An Introduction
Textbook
 Marketing Management, Millennium Edition/Philip Kotler
 Principles of Marketing/Philip Kotler & Gary Armstrong
 Marketing: An Introduction/SQA student guide
 E-book: The Principle of the Marketing/by phillip Kotler
Website:
 http://www.advancewebdesign.com/clients/case.asp
 http://www.thetimes100.co.uk/index.php
 http://www.smeal.psu.edu/isbm/links.html
 http://www.startups.co.uk/dGbghaZzGDy1emiFopsb.html
 http://primevisibility.com/marketing-case-studies.html
 http://www.mapmechanics.com/gcsalesmktingcasestudies.htm
 http://marketing.otago.ac.nz/Marketing/study/100level.html
Teaching Plan/Lesson Plan
Factors to be considered when preparing your lesson plan
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Objectives
Learners Needs
Time
Content
Assessment/Assignment
Teaching Methods
Resources
Reassessment
NB: Assessment must not be left to the end of each semester
Teaching and Learning Plan:
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Outlines a whole unit
Topics to be covered in each session
shows where assessments fit in
Always prepare in advance
Course Leader should keep the copy
This is one of the teaching evidence requested
on external moderation
Lesson Plans
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Objectives
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Give details of
– Enabling objectives
– Methods of delivery
( including Activities)
– Resources required
– Timing of Assessment and
Reassessment
Learning Objectives
 Student centred rather than teaching centred
 State what the learner will know or be able to do
as a result of the lesson
 Can assess learner to determine if the objectives
have been achieved ( formative assessment first)
Learning Styles
Question: Why is it that two people can attend the same
lecture or course or training session - one will say ‘that
was really good, I’ve learned a lot today’
whilst the other one will say ‘ that was not very good, I
didn’t learn anything today’.
Answer: Their learning styles are likely to be different what part they were asked to play in that learning
experience will influence their learning that day.
Knowing and understanding that our own learning
style and the learning style of our students is
having an impact on their learning gives us
challenges for our delivery of that learning.
Group Activity
In groups, discuss the Lesson plan you could write
for a given unit in class:
You have 20 minutes to complete this activity
Questions?
Afternoon Sections
 Section 3 Assessment
 Session 4 Internal Verification & External
Verification
 Session 5 Roles and Responsibilities( of
SQA Coordinator, IV and EV)
 Section 6 Alternative assessment
 SQA & CSCSE Data System
Session 3
Assessments/Reassessment
 There are various types of assessments
 Initially, we must use the assessment exemplar provided by
SQA (this provides an example of the number of assessments
for a unit, the type of assessments and the standard)
 For students who fail an assessment, you will have to have a
second assessment to re-assess. This must be different from
the first assessment. You will have to develop your own
assessments for re-assessment, you must to send to SQA for
prior verification
 You must develop the assessment sample solutions and
marking scheme , and, put it through your internal verification
system then send it to SQA at least 3 months before you intend
to use it.
Types of Assessments
 Take-home report
 Class-based test with (without) additional notes allowed to be
taken in, e.g 1X A4 note sheet
Type of questions:
 One single question
 Set of structured questions
 Based on source material
 Multiple choice
Type of Assessments
 Formative assessment (to allow teachers to gauge if students
are ready to take the final assessments)
 Summertime Assessment (Final results are based on this)
Marking Assessments
 This is a vital part for staff, students and SQA
 SQA must ensure that the students studying in China
meet the standard in Scotland
 Marking must be fair – and be seen to be fair – by all
concerned
 Different Lecturers will not always agree on what
standards are acceptable
 Tutors need patience and care when marking because it
is in relation to the External verification and final unit
result.
 Marking should have tutor’s comments, not just noted as
Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory
Cross-Marking
 It is of critical importance that a system of crossmarking is in place in your centre
 This involves identifying one person – usually
the Unit Leader – who will clarify what is a pass
and what is not
 Cross-marking does not mean that the work of
one student is marked twice by two different
lecturers
 The Unit Leader will only require to sample
some of the assessments to ensure standards
are maintained between classes.
Explanation on using
Assessment exemplar
Assessment Exemplars for Higher National
Units
 Unit: A4W4 35 International Trade and Payments
Assessment Tasks
The table below summarises how each exemplar assessment task relates to coverage of
the Outcomes detailed in the Unit specification. It also indicates the evidence which
should be retained for external moderation.
Outcome
Suggested Task
Outcomes 1 to 3
Task 1 will cover the
requirements of
outcomes 1, 2 & 3
Part 1 – Explain the basic
principles of contract law
in the context of
international trade. .
Part 2 –Analyse methods
of payment in
international trade and
transfer of funds through
the banking system..
Part 3 –Describe the
procedures to manage risk
in exporting and foreign
currency dealing.
Suggested Evidence to be retained
All
Conditions of Assessment
The written reports should be completed in the student’s own time and submitted on a
date agreed with the course tutor.
In order to complete this assignment successfully the student will need to have an
industrial placement with an exporting firm and have full access to the systems and
functions of this organisation. Access to every department and the opportunity to
work with and question the staff is essential.
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Assessment Task Instructions
This assessment should be prepared in the format of a formal report to a management board
complete with system descriptions, conclusions and recommendations. The report should be
approximately 3000 words in length and will include references to the source material used in
preparation. The subject of the report will be an overview of the current procedures for handling
exports to a wide variety of countries, including the legal situation, the management of
payments from buyers located in different countries and how the organization manages the risks
inherent in exporting and dealing in foreign currencies. Included in this report should be
recommendations to minimize the risks normally associated with the collection of funds from
other countries.
Selecting a suitable organization that you are familiar with, preferably one that you are working
with, an investigation is to be carried out into the procedures for the collection of funds arising
from the export of goods to a variety of countries. The investigation will look at the legal situation
and the documentation which is used to establish a legally binding contract; the methods
adopted for settlement of international trade and what methods are used to transfer funds
between the respective parties. Also the report should identify and explain the methods used by
the organization to minimize the risks associated with fluctuating value of foreign currencies.
It is essential that the outcome requirements be met. You must demonstrate that you can:
1.
Accurately describe contract formation for a given situation in international trade which includes
references to offer and acceptance; Essential validity; contracts in writing; construction of
contracts; choice of law; conflict of law; the “Battle of the Forms”
Accurately explain the relationship of different contract documents for a given situation
Accurately assess remedies for breach of contract for a given situation in international trade with
references to the jurisdiction of courts; arbitration and mediation; specific implement; recession;
damages; retention and lien.
1000 words
Sample of the marking scheme
 Assessment Checklists
Note- these are useful for marking, but it is an idea to
have a separate standard form to record the final results
( i.e after-any re-assessment)
Unit assessment: candidate’s assessment record
A4W4 35 International Trade and Payments
Class
Candidate
Name
Group
Candidate
Number
Outcome 1, 2 & 3
Evidence Requirements
Written work based report
Assessment Task 1, parts 1 to 3
Candidates should have demonstrated the following
knowledge and skills
Accurately describe contract formation for a given situation in
international trade which includes references to offer and acceptance;
Essential validity; contracts in writing; construction of contracts; choice
of law; conflict of law; the “Battle of the Forms”
Accurately explain the relationship of different contract documents for a
given situation
Accurately assess remedies for breach of contract for a given situation in
international trade with references to the jurisdiction of courts;
arbitration and mediation; specific implement; recession; damages;
retention and lien.
Accurately evaluate the various methods of international trade settlement
for given situations where the methods of settlement include payment in
advance; open account trading; documentary letters of credit; collections;
bills of exchange.
Select an appropriate method of trade settlement for a given situation,
where transfers include cheque; draft; SWIFT; telegraphic transfer; mail
transfer.
Select appropriate documentation used in trade settlement for a given
trading situation where documentation includes bill of lading; waybills;
export invoice; drafts; insurance certificates; INCO terms.
Accurately evaluate exchange rate risks from the exporter’s point of view
Accurately calculate forward contracts for the exporting situation where
forward contracts include spot and forward rates; fixed and option
contracts; closing out.
Accurately assess the main factors influencing exchange rates for a
particular exporting situation.
Record of Performance
Satisfactory/
Comments
Unsatisfactory
Re-assessment
 Re-assessment will be required when Students fail to meet more
than just a few evidence requirements on the first attempt
 If students only fail to meet one or two parts of the criteria, it is
acceptable to ask them to redo only the one or two parts.
 Each unit only has one assessment exemplar, and some of these
contain tasks for reassessing one or more outcomes. It is the course
tutor’s job to prepare another one for students to be re- assessed. A
Subject specialist must write the new centre assessment ( and
sample solutions and marking scheme), then it must be checked by
another subject specialist (internal qualify), only then, if it any
changes have been made, should it be sent to SQA for prior
verification.
Graded Units
Purpose of this Session
 To identify the different between ‘Units’ and ‘ Graded
Units’
 To examine the Graded Unit for Year One
 To interpret the Assessment Conditions required
 To grade mock assessment responses
Graded Unit
The purpose of a Graded Unit is to:
 assess the candidates’ ability to retain and
integrate the knowledge and/or skills
gained in the contributory units
 Grade candidate achievement
Graded Unit
To achieve an HND Business students
must pass all –
 the Unit Assessments
and
 two Graded Units
Graded Unit
In Year One for HND Business
 there is only one Graded Unit (single credit)
 it is Examination-based with closed book assessment
 it is a written examination of 3 hours
( Note: All HND awards only have ONE single credit graded unit in Year 1,
however, it will not always be an examination. The unit specification for the
Graded Units in the award you will be delivering will specify exactly what
requirements are)
Graded Unit 1( HND Global Trade & Business)
 The questions in the examination will be based on a
Case Study of an organisation
 The Case Study must be given to Candidates 10 days
prior to the examination
 The questions must be unseen until the actual time of
the examination
 To pass Graded Units, Candidates must attain 50% of
the available marks
- A pass=70%-100%
B pass=60%-69%
C pass=50%-59% (Below 50%=Fail)
Graded Unit 1 (Business)
Students should have completed or be in the
process of completing the following units in order
to be able to undertake the Graded Unit:
Business Accounting
Economic Issues: An Introduction
Managing People and Organisations
Marketing: An Introduction
These four units will form the basis of the four
main topic areas from which the questions on
the Case Study will be taken.
Graded Unit 1 (Business)
Case Study
Written account
of some aspects
of an
organisation’s
activities
+
Some
additional
information
Financial
Information:
Company
Literature:
Product or market
Information:
Promotional
activity
Graded Unit 1(Business)
Marking Guidelines:
Five Key Points
1.
Refer to the table in the Graded Unit specification – level of
performance for each grade
2.
Students’ answers justify the points with reasons and examples
3.
Students’ answers should be related to the case study
4.
Material from the four mandatory units is used in the responses
5.
Marking involves exercising judgement
Graded Unit 1( Business)
The Marking Guidelines give advice on the following:
 Allocation of marks within each question
 The use of development points – these extend
or justify an initial point
 The relevant concepts which answers might
have – these are indications only
Graded Units
Once the marks are aggregated to give an
overall mark for each candidate, a grade can
be assigned based on the following:
A = 70% - 100%
B = 60% - 69%
C = 50% - 59%
Session 4 Internal
Verification & External
Verification
Internal Verification Process
Internal verification (IV) procedures
and its suggested forms
 Staff in the centre will undertake internal verification
 Internal verification must take place as soon as possible
after each assessment event.
 Centre must have at least two subject experts, one to
teach and another to carry out IV
 IV is someone check another’s work whether they agree
with pass/fail and marking judgment of someone else.
 Prepare your staff information and list the assessors and
Internal verifiers
 Sampling procedure
 Findings, comments, signature and date of IV
Responsibilities of Internal Verifiers
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Monitoring samples of assessor performance to ensure that assessment is being
conducted properly.
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Liaison with the external verifier
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Identifying issues arising out of the assessment decisions and taking
appropriate action.
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Ensuring that the internal verification process is conducted in a supportive
manner.
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Keeping records and completing internal verification forms.
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Ensuring that the results of the monitoring are communicated to assessment
teams and appropriate management.
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Checking that arrangements for assessment are satisfactory.
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Ensuring that there is an effective appeals procedure.
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Supporting the assessors.
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Ensuring that the programme teams meet regularly to:
– discuss assessment plans
– discuss assessment decisions
– compare evidence
– develop a shared understanding of the appropriateness and sufficiency of the
evidence
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Ensuring that the course team operates an effective system of recording
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Ensuring that recording procedures allows cross-referencing
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Ensuring that the system allows feedback to students
Course Team Meeting
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The course team for GTB will include all these teaching/assessing
and/or internally verifying all units in the GTB framework)
Meeting will decide upon:
Assessment methods
Assessments to be used
Answer guides to assessment
Assessment schedule ( assessment must not always be left to the
end of the semester- continuous assessment)
Resources required
Cross-marking system
IV feedback
Implementing feedback from EV
Review
Course Team Meeting
 Essential for every award being delivered
 First meeting should take place before semester begins
 A team will be put in place for each award stating who
the Unit Leader is and which staff are members of the
award Team
 Every lecturer who is involved with a Unit will be a
member of the course team
 Discussion will focus on the good practice and problems
and concerns with teaching and learning, assessment
and internal verification
Action Minutes with follow-up
 The centre must make sure that any action
points made from course meeting must be
followed and the progression must be
recorded.
Internal Moderation Sampling Form(SQA)
Blackford University
Assessor Name(s)
Course Team Name
Unit Title and Code
Unique Attendance/Assessment Register Code
Total Number of Candidates on Class Register
Sampled
No
1a
Number
Yes
No
Assessment Instrument is the currently approved
Assessment
1b
Assessment Instruments are date stamped with the date of
origin and details of the session(s) within which to use them
are given
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Assessment Instrument has been vetted by the Course
Team
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A Marking Scheme with Solutions is available
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Assessment judgements were fair and consistent
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Recording of results were all correct
Guidelines for completion:
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If you answer “No” to any of the questions above, please complete Table 1 (Action
Required) on the next page
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Table 2 on the next page must always be completed (Sampling Record)
Assessment
Exemplar
Internal Moderation – Master Record (Session 2004-2005)
HND Award Title - _______________________
Page No: ____
Blackford University
IM
Assessor
Record Name
Number
Unit Code and Full
Title
(see Unit
specification)
Unit
Start
Date
Unit
End
Date
Unique
Attend/
Assess
Reg.No.
Name of IM
No. on
No.
Date
Register Sampled of
IM
IM
Result
OK?
Yes/No
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NB: A copy of Each IM record for this HND Award must be filed behind this (and other summary sheets), in order according to their IM record
Number.
Three Stage IV Process
This could be found from SQA website and
about IV job in the three stage of
- Before delivery
- Sampling
- Review
Deal with Plagiarism
The centres should make a control of this
and ensure that assessment evidence is
the candidates’ own work.
External Verification
Procedure and EV’s role
and responsibility
External Verification procedure and
forms
 External moderators will be appointed by the
SQA. They will have qualifications and
experience which is relevant and specific to the
vocational areas. The role of the external
moderator is to verify that the assessment
system at the centres is valid and reliable.
Responsibilities of external moderators include:
 Verifying assessment practice at the centre by;
– sampling assessment practice
– checking consistency of interpretation of standards
– monitoring and reporting on assessment practice and procedures
– identifying where corrective action by the centre is necessary
– helping to ensure that disputes regarding assessment are resolved
equitably.
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Maintaining records of visits and providing feedback
– maintaining a moderation record, identifying frequency and purpose of
visits.
– Producing regular and accurate reports.
– Drawing the attention of the awarding body to concerns regarding the
design and implementation of assessment.
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Providing information, advisory and support services to Centres
– maintaining an effective relationship with internal moderators
– ensuring centres are fully aware of the SQA requirements and
procedures.
– Advising on appropriate planning, resourcing, quality assurance and
recording requirements.
– Ensuring consistency of standards across centres.
Center requirement
 Staff development/timetabling
 Resources
 External Link
 Motivating and Supporting Staff
Documents need prepare for EV
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A copy of the unit specification that you have been using
Your teaching pack
Student learning materials
Assessment materials and marking schemes
Students’ work that has been assessed by you
Records of Achievement (eg class registers)
Any records you have of internal moderation that has
been carried out
 Records of Course Team Meetings (and evidence of any
progress towards ‘action recommended’ from these
meetings, or completed action)
Action Feedback From External SQA
 Actions made by external verifier on the day
of the visit/or centre verification must be
followed by the centre and the completion
day of the remediation must be met.
SQA Roles and Responsibilities
Suggested Induction Programme
⁻ Check student names against list of those accepted
⁻ Issue information packs (ie Award Title and structure, unit
titles, timetable etc)
⁻ Students to complete form with personal details (for tutor
contact etc)
 Welcome and introduction (by Course/Programme Leader)
 Purpose of induction
 Explanation of fire drills etc, smoking policy and use of
mobile phones in class
 Introduction to student-centred learning
 Centre procedures – i.e attendance, assessment
procedures and appeals
 Assessment and reassessment
 Plagiarism
Suggested Induction Programme
 Department staffing (brief introduction to staff delivering
units within the award framework)
 Role of Course Team Leader
 Role of Lecturers
 Role of Course Teams (including student representatives)
 Assessment procedures, including reassessment and
deadlines
 Session calendar and class times
 Academic routes (ie progression)
 Programme leader to explain timetables
 Support available to candidates
Centre Handbook(s) = Centre
Procedures
What are these?
 Documented procedures - ie guides for carrying
out work associated with SQA qualifications in
the centre eg Roles and responsibilities of the
SQA Co-Ordinator and staff assessing and/or
internally moderating
Why are they needed?
 To apply standard procedures in different
teaching areas in a centre, and to record them
(in the event of staff, or other changes)
Consider these as:
 An ‘in-house’ (Centre) Quality Manual
Procedures and Systems - Suggestions
Roles and responsibilities
 SQA Co-Ordinator
 Teachers (ie Assessors)
 Internal Moderators
 Students (candidates)
Policies, Procedures and Documents - Standardisation
 Conduct of assessments, marking, recording results and
submitting internally (ie to whom, and by what means),
retention and storage of marked candidate evidence
 Internal Moderation (IV) (ensuring assessment decisions
are correct and consistent, recording IM activity, sampling)
 Appeals (against an assessment decision, & recording)
 External Moderation (preparation for, and taking action on
recommendations, if any)
Procedures and Systems - Suggestions
Policies, Procedures and Documents - Standardisation
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Equal Opportunities
Health and Safety
Induction (for new staff)
Induction (for students)
Guidance and Support (for students)
Guidance and Support (for Staff) ie in-house staff
training/updating on SQA and centre procedures
Continuous Professional Development (CPD) - ie subject
specific, for those assessing and/or internally moderating
Submitting results to the SQA Co-Ordinator
Sending files to CHS for Processing
Resolving errors in CHS files
HND Unit Results
Possible Unit Results
 P (Pass)
 F (Fail)
Possible Graded Unit Results
 A (generally 70% to 100%)
 B (60% to 69%
 C (50 to 59%)
 F (Fail)
Sample Unit Attendance Record
Blackford University - SQA HND CLASS ATTENDANCE RECORD
Assessor Name: _Lynda Lamont____________ Unit Title & Code: ___IT Apps SW 1 (D75X 34)_______________
Day Class Meets: __Tuesday & Thursday____
Time: ___9 am to 10 am___ Room Number: ___23__________
Blackford University
ATTENDANCE RECORD
1
2
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4
5
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8
Student Name
Rong Hu
Yong Zhang
Li Wang
Yanan Ling
Ying He
Lin Wang
Unit Start Date:___4 Jan 2006_____________
SCN
059218913
059218948
059218964
059218980
059219006
059219022
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Assessor Signature: ___L Lamont__________________________________
Unit End Date: _24 May 2006_______________
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Date: __27 May 2006___________________
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Sample Unit Assessment Record
Assessor Name: __ Lynda Lamont _________________ Unit Title & Code: __ IT Apps SW 1 (D75X 34)_____________________
Key to Possible Results
Total Number of Unit Outcomes: __2______
Unit/Graded Unit (GU) (Delete as appropriate and see ‘Key’ to Results)
Day Class Meets: _Tues & Thurs_______
Time: _9 am to 10 am _______
Room Number: __23____________
HN Graded Units (GU):
A, B, C or Fail
ASSESSMENT RECORD
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
HN Units:
Pass or Fail
Student Name
SCN
Rong Hu
Yong Zhang
Li Wang
Yanan Ling
Ying He
Lin Wang
059218913
059218948
059218964
059218980
059219006
059219022
Results by Outcome
Unit or
Outcome Outcome Outcome Outcome Outcome GU
Result
1
2
3
4
5
P
P
Pass
P
P
Pass
P
F
Fail
P
P
Pass
P
P
Pass
P
P
Pass
If Internally
Moderated,  and list
outcome(s) sampled
 (All)
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Assessor Signature: ____ L Lamont _________________________
Date Completed: __27 May 2006_______
Internal Moderator Signature: ___J Dailey__________________________________
Date Sampled: ____29 May 2006_______
Graded Unit
Question and Answer Session
Section 6 Alternative
assessment
Assessment – Writing and QA
*Assessor –
Writes
Assessment
*Internal Verifier
Checks
Writes IV Report
Review Change needed?
*Both Assessor and
Internal Verifier must be
subject specialists
Send to SQA for
Prior Verification
Overview – Teaching/Learning, Formative and
Summative Assessments (incl re-assessment)
Step 1 (Teaching/Learning)
a) Teaching/learning AND
b) Formative (mock) Assessment
Step 2 (Student Support)
Provide practice & formative
assessments to prepare for
summative (final) assessment
Step 3 (Final Assessment)
Assessments OR ReDo/
Re-assessment - the results
of which are sent to SQA
Good Practice
Helps students to
be successful ie
to pass unit
assessments and
HND Programme
NB: In most cases, assessments will not take
place at the end of the unit (they will be
ongoing throughout unit delivery).
NB: Re-assessment time must be built into
delivery plans.
Writing Assessments
You will need the following documents:
 The correct Unit Specification
 An existing formative, summative or re-assessment
NB: In order to write an assessment, you MUST be familiar
with the unit content, evidence requirements and
assessment conditions
What are Formative Assessments?
 They are ‘mock’ assessments which you devise to prepare
your students for the type and level of activities they will
encounter in summative assessment (those on which
students will be certificated)
 They are conducted less formally than summative
assessments and you can ‘chunk’ them ie ask students to
complete part of the task(s) as they progress through the unit
What You Need for when you prepare your
Alternative Assessment
You need following documents:
 Unit Specification
 Handout – ‘Professional Development Workshop for HND
Teachers 6 September 2007. Writing Assessments’
 Assessment Exemplar and Sample Solutions for the unit
 Any Teaching Materials for the unit (optional)
 Paper and pen/pencil
NB: You MUST be totally familiar with the content and
assessment of the unit you have with you
Aim –
To Write an Assessment (including sample solutions)
Resources Required (for the Unit YOU have delivered):
- Compulsory - Unit Specification & Assessment Exemplar
- Optional - Teaching Material for the unit
 Individually, write an assessment task AND sample solutions
and/or marking scheme for this unit
NB: Where someone else attending the Workshop has brought
resources for the same unit, you are free to work together
 Please discuss any points with your peers and/or the SQA
representatives
 SQA representatives will facilitate
Valid Assessments –
Refer to the Unit Specification
To be valid, an assessment must include each element
specified in the unit specification. It must have:
 The correct number, and type(s) of assessment tasks
- ie a unit with 2 outcomes may have 2 assessment tasks (or one
holistic task), and it may be a project or practical task(s)
 Assessment conditions specified
- eg ‘all work submitted must be entirely your own’, and/or it may
require to be completed within a specified timescale while being
supervised (similar to exam conditions)
 Sample solutions and/or a marking scheme
- eg if practical tasks in an IT unit, the writer should work through all
practical tasks and include the solution for each stage of the
assessment task. If the task is to produce a 1500 word report, the
writer should provide a summary of all required answers, and/or a
list of suggested acceptable answers. If marks are required, an
indication of where these are allocated must also be given.
Assessments Written by You
Must not:
 Be in the SQA shell (with all the additional notes etc)
 Contain the SQA logo
Should:
 Only consist of assessment tasks and sample
solutions/marking schemes
 Have your centre number, centre name (and possibly
also your centre logo)
 Have a version number and/or date devised/ revised in a
footer (and page numbers)
See sample centre devised assessment
SQA & CSCSE Data System
Data Transfer System
 In 2005 SQA RED was introduced
– easy transfer of information between centres and SQA
– database of information on students
 In 2011 introduction of CSH
– Easy transfer of information between centres and SQA
– Database of information on students
– Inputting information once
Recording and Processing Unit
Results – Key Dates
Responsibilities of Teaching/Admin Staff in every Centre
Aug/Sept to Dec/Jan
Teaching staff deliver
units, assess, mark and
internally moderate
Semester 1 and semester 3
unit assessments
Some units
may span
semesters
Attendance and Unit
results records
Copy of Unit results
records
Some units
may span
semesters
Jan/Mar to May/June
Admin staff collect
semester 2 and semester 4
unit results records, key
results to SQA-RED and
send files to SQA for
processing (ongoing)
SQA
For Certificates to
be issued in June
Semester 2 and Semester 4
attendance and unit
achievement records
maintained by Teaching Staff
Copy of Unit results
records
Admin staff collect
semester 1 and semester 3
unit results records, key
results to SQA-RED and
send files to SQA for
processing (ongoing)
Teaching staff deliver
units, assess, mark and
internally moderate
Semester 2 and semester 4
unit assessments
Attendance and Unit
results records
Semester 1 and Semester 3
attendance and unit
achievement records
maintained by Teaching Staff
Aug/Sept to Dec/Jan
Jan/Mar to May/June
Sem 2 & 4
Unit results
to SQA
ALL unit results for
semesters 1 & 3
MUST be
processed by end
January at latest.
ALL unit results for
semesters 2 & 4
MUST be
processed by
early June at
latest.
Semester 1 & 3 Unit results to SQA
NB: Admin staff MUST liaise with Course Leaders to ensure they know when delivery/assessment of EVERY unit is expected to end.
Useful Contact Numbers
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Mary Gao (China Representative/China Quality
Enhancement Manager) Tel: 0086 85251111/323
([email protected])
Mobile in China – 13511059721

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