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Section 1: Purpose

1.1 Introduction

This Code of Practice on Assessment (CoPA) describes the procedures for assessment and other related matters in Leeds University Business School. For schools with apprenticeship provision, this CoPA applies to all Leeds-taught components of the apprenticeship programme(s) [for exceptions, see Section 1.1b below].

The aim is to explain the principles and processes governing assessment. The CoPA is based on a University template provided by the Assessment Leadership Team, supplemented by sections provided by the School. In this way, the CoPA identifies local practice within the context provided by the University’s regulations and procedures.

1.1a Audience

The CoPA is aimed primarily at students but will also provide useful information for staff and External Examiners.

Where this CoPA refers to students or to you, this means students registered on modules and programmes parented by Leeds University Business School.

Where the CoPA refers to the School, this means Leeds University Business School, including its staff and formal committees.

Where the CoPA refers to the University, this means the Senate on behalf of the University of Leeds and/or those offices and committees that deal with academic matters on its behalf.

1.1b Exceptions

Students on apprenticeship programmes are enrolled on some LUBS taught modules as part of their programme and the information in this code of practice relates only to these taught modules.

Non-LUBS elements such as the EPA (see section 2.5e) are not covered by this code of practice. Further exceptions are:

  • Apprenticeship work is retained for six years to comply with ESFA, rather than the usual two stated in section 2.7
  • Apprenticeship portfolios are not subject to the referencing guidelines detailed in section 3.4b
  • Academic discretion (section 6.5) does not apply to apprenticeship grading, which is tied to the EPA assessment plan
  • There is no ad personam provision for apprenticeship candidates (section 6.1c does not apply).

Students on the PhD programme at Leeds University Business School are enrolled on taught modules as part of this programme and the information in this code of practice relates only to these taught modules. Although the majority of this code is relevant for students taking taught modules on the PhD, there are some exceptions in certain areas:

  • Section 6: Progression and Award (with the exception of Annex V Section 11.5 Mitigating Circumstances Guidance School Special Cases Committee) does not apply to the taught modules on the PhD.
  • Student Conduct should be read in conjunction with the Research Student Handbook and student responsibilities in the Code of Practice for Research Degree Candidatures. For PhD students, the ‘Unsatisfactory Students Procedure’ mentioned in this code is replaced with the Unsatisfactory Academic Progress Procedure for Postgraduate Research Students.

1.1c Version and Approval

This Leeds University Business School CoPA is scheduled to be approved by the Leeds University Business School Taught Student Education Committee on the recommendation of the Faculty Assessment and Progression Group on 7th December 2023, and applies to assessment in the 2023/24 session.

1.1d Queries

Should you have any queries about this Code of Practice, please contact Deborah Blake, interim Operational Delivery Lead for Assessment, Leeds University Business School.

1.2 The University’s Approach to Assessment

The University’s approach to assessment aims:

  • To qualify student achievement of programme and module learning outcomes through a variety of appropriate forms of assessment;
  • To provide clear information on assessment to students, staff and external examiners;
  • To give students appropriate guidance and support in meeting learning outcomes and in preparing for, and completing, assessment;
  • To provide prompt and effective formative and summative feedback, through which students may learn how successfully they prepared for assessment and how they might improve; and
  • To maintain effective quality management and enhance procedures designed to ensure accuracy, fairness and consistent standards of assessment.