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Designing and Developing a Programme-Focused Assessment Strategy: A Case Study

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Open Learning Volume 31, Number 2, ISSN 0268-0513


This case study describes the process that the Humanities Programme Team, in Dublin City University's Open Education Unit, has undertaken with regard to developing a systematic, programme-focused assessment strategy. It charts the development of an Assessment Matrix that facilitated the enhancement of programme coherence in the context of a distributed modular provision model, and facilitated the use of an appropriate range and scaffolding of assessment types in relation to learning outcomes. To conclude, four recommendations on developing a programme-focused assessment strategy are presented: explicitly link assessments to both programme and module learning outcomes; provide adequate supports and resources for those designing and writing assessments; provide those Assessment Writers with appropriate professional development, as well as an opportunity to be part of an assessment writing community; and to embed a programme-focused assessment strategy into a programme's quality assurance processes.


Brunton, J., Brown, M., Costello, E. & Walsh, E. (2016). Designing and Developing a Programme-Focused Assessment Strategy: A Case Study. Open Learning, 31(2), 176-187. Retrieved February 25, 2020 from .

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