Terms ‘formative’ and ‘summative’ as clear as (very foggy) day
With ‘summative’ and ‘formative’ essays being a point of
much contention throughout the student body, year after year lecturers attempt
to clarify the matter to some, little, or no avail.
Several of your summative assessments may or may not form
the sum of your formative grades, or both, or not, as it has transpired today. A
lecturer said on the matter, “Some of the four of your summative essays will
form the sum of your formative grade – clear?”
The news comes at a time of significant confusion amongst students as to what exactly is expected of them. It is thought that students don’t have to do one of the two essays but must do both, or neither, or both and neither, or all of the above.
The Whip caught up
with lecturer in law Robert Tuller, who said, “The University understands that
there is significant pressure on students to perform well in examinations.
“We will endeavour to guide students as they complete one or
none, four or two assessments that both will and will not impact their final
“Though some students are still adapting, it is essential to
do well in mid-sessional examinations, as first year may well potentially count,
although it could, of course, perhaps, not at all.”
With most none the wiser, lecture turnout predictions have
been drafted that are, suitably, painstakingly vague. A spokesperson for the
university stated that faculties are expecting a turnout of around 1-100% or
0%, but possibly both.
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