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This paper developed from the conference presentation on First year students' views on assessment. It includes the views of second and final year students on aspects of the assessment process.


The aim of the study was to explore the views and experiences of students in a Social Science department in an institute of higher education. All undergraduate students were surveyed using a structured questionnaire. 258 valid questionnaire were returned and analysed to ascertain students’ opinions on the purpose of assessment, how prepared they felt for assessments, their experiences and views of formative feedback and their reactions to grades. Findings show that while students have completed a good range of assessment types and show awareness of the learning potential of assessments they do not feel they understand lecturers’ expectations nor are satisfied with the feedback they received. The reactions of students who are focused more on grades than feedback and their performance in relation to others are of concern.