Implementation Update no. 1
To the first edition of the ‘Assessment Matters’ newsletter designed to keep staff informed and up-to-date with the work being undertaken to support implementation of the new award rules. We hope that you find this information useful.
Managing Assessment through SIMS
The Student Information Management System (SIMS) will be used to manage assessments, progression, and the awards of all modular degrees that will be made under the new award rules.
When is this taking place?
The new rule sets will be implemented:
This means that SIMS will be used to support the management of all modular PGT programmes in session 2012/13, and all modular UG programmes in 2013/14.
What do I need to do now?
To enter PGT marks into SIMS, staff need to ensure that the assessment tasks have been entered accurately within SIMS across all modules (including resit methods), and that students are registered on the correct modules. Having the right information in place before marks are entered will be crucial to the success of this task.
How do I enter marks?
Marks will be entered using the online forms in the SIMS Web Mark Entry system. When you have marks ready to be entered, Registry will contact you to discuss the support that you may need to undertake this. Where feasible, Registry staff will come to you to provide training and support. Entering marks into SIMS as they become available will help manage staff workloads and enable provisional marks to be made available to students.
How do the marks get to Examining Boards?
Registry will work with schools to process results and produce reports for Examining Boards through Business Objects. This will allow students that qualify for a ‘distinction’ or a ‘merit’ award to be identified. Examining Boards will also get reports that detail:
Partnership and Support …
Below is a summary of the information, support and advice that is being made available to ensure that implementation of the new rules will progress smoothly. Working together, and in partnership, will be key to success.
A range of online resources are available from the Assessment Matters website. These include a copy of the information pack handed out at the recent briefing meetings, a schedule of the events that will be held over the coming months, and copies of the materials posted to help support school communication with students.
Web-mark training for schools. Registry staff will come to schools and provide ‘live’ training when staff have marks that need to be entered. Schools will be encouraged to share training where appropriate [October to December 2012].
Group training for Chairs of Exam Boards and Extenuating Circumstances Sub-Group Chairs. Information sharing sessions on the implementation and application of the revised Regulations. Practically focussed sessions that will include an opportunity to discuss scenarios and share practice. [November 2012]
Examining Boards. Practical training sessions for staff involved in the support of Exam Boards to support the production of results schedules and the management information reports that will be generated for Exam Boards. [April 2013].
Can be obtained by via email NewAwardRules@Cardiff.ac.uk, or by calling Marina John on 2087 5146.
How can we help further ?
In addition to the above, we would like to learn more about the different ways in which this work can be supported. If you have any suggestions or ideas as to how your support needs can best be met and as to how information can be shared, please get in touch via email NewAwardRules@Cardiff.ac.uk. image
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