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Durham University

Department of Physics

Feedback on assessed work

Feedback on assessed work

Feedback will be given on all pieces of formatively and summatively assessed work in all modules. Feedback on a student’s performance in formal written examinations will take the form of a mark for each examination. Following the publication of results in June for each year of study, students will be able to obtain a statement of their own marks from the University’s online self-service tool. First, Second and Third Year students who are continuing their studies will be able to discuss their performance and study choices with designated members of staff prior to the time of registration. In addition, the Department may provide students with information about their performance in each question of each examination, on a scale of A to E, in order to help them to interpret their examination results, for example potentially to highlight areas which they have not fully understood. In addition, for each course the lecturer may provide, via duo, some brief general comments on the students’ performance in their examination questions, including common mistakes, etc.

Feedback on a student’s formally-assessed coursework will normally take the form of a mark accompanied by written comments. Where appropriate, the written feedback will be given on a standard pro forma (via the Physics Student Portal), and may also be supported by oral feedback. All proformas in current use are made available in pdf format at the start of the academic year at

The feedback arrangements for each piece of assessment are outlined at the links below. If, having received your completed proforma for a piece of coursework, you need some additional feedback then please speak with the marker directly (for most laboratory-based assignments there is a timetabled opportunity for face-to-face verbal feedback). If you believe that there may have been an error or irregularity in the marking then please contact the organiser of the activity, whose name is listed on the deadlines list, at the earliest opportunity.

After reading your feedback, you are encouraged to reflect on questions such as: “What was the most significant feedback comment received?”, “What should I keep doing that was identified as effective/good?”, “What do I need to do to improve my marks next time?”, and to record your comments via the Physics Student Portal.