Assessment of students – University of Copenhagen

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Assessment of students

The faculty has a number of procedures for the quality assurance of the assessment of students.

The programmes’ forms of exam test the academic objectives for each course. The academic objectives are stated in the course description. The purpose of exams is to document the extent to which students fulfil the objectives and requirements for the course and the programme.

The study programmes use a wide variety of forms of exam, all of which take into account the need to reflect the curriculum, i.e. they use the form that best supports student learning and provides the best opportunity to test fulfilment of the academic objectives.

The faculty publishes its curricula in English here.

To ensure that students are aware of their rights and obligations, the exam rules and procedures are published on the intranet (KUnet). The University requires that students familiarise themselves with the rules.

The faculty’s overall procedures in this area can be broadly grouped under three headings:

  1. Rules concerning cheating and plagiarism
  2. Procedure for exam complaints and appeals
  3. Procedure for quality assurance of exams

The quality assurance of the assessment of students is also underpinned by:

1) Procedure for curricula and course descriptions

A procedure is in place for drawing up, approving and monitoring curricula, ensuring alignment between learning objectives and testing. The dean has overall responsibility for this, as per the Statutes of the University of Copenhagen, section 35 (8) (http://bestyrelse.ku.dk/vedtaegt/ in Danish).

2) Procedure for involving the chairs of external examiners

The faculty has in place a number of fixed procedures for annual reporting by the chairs of the external examiners. This report includes an annual report to the corps and study boards, which serves as a cornerstone in the quality assurance of alignment between forms of exam and competence profiles.

Responsibility

The head of studies, study boards and appropriate internal and external examiners are responsible for the conduct of exams in the faculty, including ensuring that they are held in accordance with current rules and curricula.