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MEE8079 : Assessment in Medical Education

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s):
  • Owning School: School of Medical Education
  • Teaching Location: Off Campus
Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•       To introduce students to theories and principles relevant to medical assessment
•       To allow students to understand the principle of psychometric analysis of assessments
•       To be able to design and critique assessment items

Outline Of Syllabus

Module Content will cover the following;

The purpose of assessment
•       Who is assessment for?
•       What makes a good assessment?
•       Types of assessments used in medicine
•       Competency frameworks
•       Workplace-Based Assessment

Assessment Design
•       Constructing assessment items
o       Practical examples
o       Design pitfalls
o       Item analysis
•       Blueprinting
•       Sequential testing
•       Feedback
o       Why feedback?
o       How to integrate feedback into assessment
o       Data about candidate use of feedback

•       Definition and purpose
•       Validity and reliability
o       Measures of reliability and their value
•       Item analysis
•       Deciding who passes
o       Standard setting methods

Participants will be given the opportunity to:
•       Design test items
•       Review and quality control items before use
•       Practice standard setting methods
•       Carry out item analysis with examination data
•       Use a variety of methods to make pass/fail decisions

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion123:0023:00Work though guidance document to prepare for assignment
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1140:00140:00Formative on line tasks to apply knowledge Guided further reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Small group tutorial to support application of module content
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops42:008:00On line group workshops
Guided Independent StudyOnline Discussion120:0020:00Asynchronous on-line discussion forums to support learning
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods will comprise;
-       Short mini presentations to present the factual knowledge required
-       Large and small group synchronous and asynchronous discussions to develop understanding
-       Problem-solving exercises in small groups to develop the ability to apply knowledge to their own context.

Optional present-in-person study day (repeated and recorded online) will be offered. Although this is an online programme, there may be additional opportunities to attend optional on campus events. For any on campus opportunity an online equivalent session will also be offered.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise2A100Critique of assessment, and design of new assessment components. 3,000 word count
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The module outcomes require an ability to understand the core principles underpinning summative assessment. The module assessment will require the candidate to demonstrate that understanding by;
-       Critiquing assessment items with which they have designed
-       Designing new assessments of their own for the same, or other, courses in which they are involved
This will require engagement with the assessment literature

Reading Lists