Assessment and examinations
At some point in your course, normally towards the end, all your marks will be collated and graded and, if satisfactory, the qualification awarded. With most science courses the final grade is arrived at by considering a student’s overall performance in both course work and examination. This is termed continuous assessment and has a number of advantages for the student. First, it is fair as all apsects of your work are taken into account. Secondly, as course work is marked as the course proceeds, you can monitor your progress. If you are getting good marks this should encourage you, although don’t become complacent. If the marks are disappointing, this will help you identify and sort out the parts you find difficult.