Details for each assignment task need to be provided to students each time the unit runs (this is often called an 'instance' of the unit).
This information should be included in the unit handbook.
However, most assignments at levels 3-7 will involve giving a grade to a complete piece of work rather than individual parts of it.
These types of assignment must use marking criteria based on the University Standards Descriptors.
For example, you might need to refer to a particular topical issue, or a case study, or give more detailed guidance about the expected structure , or instructions about referencing or technical requirements.
Student and staff feedback in the TRAFFIC project indicated that this section should be as simple as possible.
You may also like to consider distributing your assignment brief as a video podcast. Are there any previous examples they could look at?
Submission instructions | Learning outcomes | Task details | Size | Penalties for overlong submissions | Marking criteria | Feedback | Support arrangements How should students get their finished work to you? What contingency plans do you recommend in case of technical difficulty? Do they need to provide supporting material such as a bibliography or a plan? The learning outcomes being tested should be copied across from the unit specification.
Marking schemes should be verified to ensure that students will be able to achieve a full range of marks and that individual elements are evenly weighted.
This Good Practice Exchange video demonstrates the use of a marking scheme.