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What universities might learn from professional associations in marking large undergraduate modules

Evans, Carl; Gerdener, John


Carl Evans
Senior Lecturer in Strategy and Operations Management

John Gerdener


© 2018, Emerald Publishing Limited. Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight to universities the approach of professional associations in marking large volumes of assessments. Design/methodology/approach: The issues arising in marking large undergraduate modules in universities are discussed, before describing the approach typically adopted by professional associations. The benefit for universities of adopting such an approach is then examined. Findings: The key to marking large volumes for professional associations lies in the initial standardisation meeting, on-going discussions between markers and an ability to check and if necessary stop the marking process at several points in the marking cycle, until agreement and consistency between markers are achieved. Research limitations/implications: This viewpoint paper is based on the experiences of the two authors in assessing professional business management associations, and not empirical research. Practical implications: The approach described here to marking large volumes of undergraduate assessments offers a practical solution to the prevailing issues concerning consistency across teaching teams. Originality/value: The application of the approach of professional associations to the issues surrounding marking large undergraduate modules offers a unique proposition for university staff to consider.


Evans, C., & Gerdener, J. (2018). What universities might learn from professional associations in marking large undergraduate modules. Quality Assurance in Education, 26(3), 343-348.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 3, 2018
Publication Date Jul 2, 2018
Deposit Date May 8, 2018
Journal Quality Assurance in Education
Print ISSN 0968-4883
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 26
Issue 3
Pages 343-348
Keywords universities, marking, exams
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Additional Information Additional Information : This is the author's accepted manuscript. The final published version is available here:


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