The Economics Network

Improving economics teaching and learning for over 20 years

Assessment and Feedback

1.1 Background

The aim of this handbook is to supplement the existing one currently available on the Economics Network website. This first handbook focused on some of the important fundamentals of writing assessments such as ensuring they are designed to develop and promote the learning outcomes of the module. It also included some general discussion of various types of assessments, for example group work, presentations, multiple choice, essays etc. This handbook concentrates on certain types of assessment in more detail, including some case studies of how they have been introduced into economics modules. In addition, given the poor scores consistently found on feedback in the National Student Survey, a much greater emphasis has been placed on the issue of assessment.