Glossary of Terms

Academic Integrity
Academic integrity refers to honesty in the way both students and staff conduct themselves in their academic work.
Academic Standards
Academic standards are the benchmarks of quality and excellence in higher education.
Achievement Standards
Level of performance expected of a student at a particular grade level.
Assessment Item
See Assessment Task.
Assessment Load
The amount of assessment i.e. number and weighting of tasks in a course or program.
Assessment Method
A way of conducting assessment (e.g. peer assessment, online assessment).
Assessment Pattern
The schedule of assessment used in a course (or program) including the number, type , sequence and weighting of assessment items.
Assessment Regime
See Assessment Pattern.
Assessment Sequence
The order in which the assessment occurs. Should be aligned with the sequence of student learning.
Assessment Task
The item/work that the student must complete in order to demonstrate their level of learning achievement (e.g. exam, essay).
Assessment Weight
The number of marks or % value attributed to a particular assessment item. Should reflect the relative importance of that assessment.
Similar, related or considered comparable.
Consensus Moderation (of assessment)
The processes used to reach a general agreement about what quality assessment and its outcomes 'looks like'.
Constructive Alignment
The purposeful alignment of learning objectives, teaching and learning activities and assessment tasks.
Criterion-referenced Assessment
Process of judging and grading the learning of students against a set of pre-specified criteria (related to the learning objectives).
Formative assessment
Assessment for learning.
GIHE (Griffith Institute for Higher Education)
Griffith University's academic development unit.
A grade is the result students receive in a course through the process of aggregating and weighting the raw marks achieved in individual assessment tasks. It represents a band of achievement.
Moderation (of assessment)
Processes used to ensure the quality of assessment and its outcomes.
Normal Distribution
Pattern for the distribution of a set of data (i.e. grades) which follows a bell shaped curve.
Norm-referenced Assessment
Process of judging and grading the learning of students by comparing them against the performance of their peers.
Peer Assessment
Students make judgments about other students' (their peers') work.
Learning Objectives
A clear statement of what we will expect students to know, understand and do as a result of their learning.
Marks are scores, mostly numerical, applied to individual tasks to represent the level of a students' academic achievement.
Marking Criteria
Categories or dimensions that a marker uses to judge the student work.
Marking Standards
Actual level of performance which might be achieved by students against each criterion.
Self Assessment
Students make judgments about their own work.
Summative Assessment
Assessment for certification and credentialing.