Peer Assessment of Undergraduate
Motivations, Reflection and
Andy Lapham and Ray Webster
This chapter describes and discusses the introduction of peer-assessed seminar presentations as an element of the overall assessment on a level 3 (Year 3) module, part of the BSc (Hons) Information Management programme, at Thames Valley University. The module, Systems Analysis Methodologies, forms part of the compulsory element of the Business Information Technology pathway of the programme and is undertaken by approximately 60 students each academic year. The module builds on material introduced at levels 1 and 2, where students also experience group work and presentations. It considers some of the many issues in systems analysis today and how contemporary methodologies attempt to address those issues. Students are encouraged to form their own opinions on the latest developments in systems analysis, and are assessed on their critical abilities to compare and evaluate the different methodologies available to systems development professionals.
In the years prior to the changes outlined in this chapter, learning on the module was supported by weekly one-hour key lectures from tutors, a variety of two-hour seminars including those presented by students and the availability of drop-in surgery sessions on a one-to-one basis with tutors.1
Assessment was through a three-hour end-of-module examination (50 per cent weighting), together with the submission of a written seminar paper