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5.1. Student assessment covers student entrance, student progress, and exit test.
- Student entrance
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any field from an accredited academic institution. To assess applicants’ English, they can either take the KMUTT internal language proficiency test, or produce evidence of having achieved the following IELTS, TOEFL scores.
Selection is based on two aspects: English proficiency (written exam or IELTS, TOEFL scores) and interview. The Admissions Committee’s carefully evaluate the applicants’ written exam, academic history, English Proficiency Test results, recommendations, interviews, and commitment to completion of the program.
- Student progress during study in the programme
Continuous assessment approach is applied to all the courses in the program. This means students are required to complete several assignments in one course. The teacher of each course keep record of the students’ progress. If there are some serious problems in a particular student’s learning, the course instructor can inform the student’s academic advisor, programme director, or arrange a meeting. The academic advisor of students in each batch know the overall progress of the students.
Assessment method and criteria can be seen in the course outline of each course.
- Exit requirement
Study Plan A: 12-credit thesis
– Thesis report (approximately 40,000 words)
– Oral exam (thesis defense): Exam committee consist of 1 or 2 thesis supervisor, 1 internal examiner and 1 external examiner.
– Paper publication
Study Plan B1: 6-credit research project
– Research report (approximately 20,000 words)
– Oral exam (research project presentation): Exam committee consist of 1 or 2 thesis supervisor and 2 internal examiner.
Study Plan B2: 3-credit independence research study
– Independence research study report (approximately 8,000 words)
A student work under supervision of their research supervisor. After the report is complete, it is examined by 1 internal reviewer.
– Comprehensive examination
5.2 The assessment is criterion-reference
Course assignments are evaluated based on pre-informed criteria stated in the course outline given to the students in the first week of study (see course outline). Thus, students know how each of their assignments be evaluated.
At the end of the term, a letter grade is to be assigned to summarise overall performance of the students in each course. The criteria for grading is as follows.
Even though a criterion-referenced method is used, so as to confirm appropriate and standard grading, all students’ scores and grades are presented to the graduate study committee for their approval.
Note: The pass grade for MA study is B.
5.3 Student assessment uses a variety of methods
For the fairness in assessment, each course offer a variety of assessment method and process. Also, since the programme emphasise learning process before product, individual and group consultation is made available for students to obtain feedbacks from both teacher and classmates along the process of completing each assignment.
Detailed description of methods of assessment can be seen in the course outline.
5.4 Student assessment reflects the expected learning outcomes and the content of the programme
The course content and objectives of each course are designed to perfectly serve the expected learning outcomes and the content of the programme. Certainly, one course cannot contribute to all of the programme’s outcomes. Each of the course truly sticks on their objectives which were planned for its roles to contribute to the expected learning outcomes. (See table 3.3. and the course outline)
5.5 The criteria for assessment are explicit and well-known.
Teachers of all the courses are require to produce a handout of their course outline. One main section of the handout must include the criteria of assessment. The handout must be provided to the students in the first week of the study. Also, teachers provide verbal explanation and allow students to ask for clarification.
5.6 The assessment methods cover the objectives of the curriculum
All the courses were designed based on the objectives of the curriculum. In other words, we designed the curriculum and stated it objectives before the courses were designed. Therefore, the assessment methods should conform to the curriculum objectives.
5.7 The standard applied in the assessment are explicit and consistent.
The programme always have a meeting to review the course content, teaching methods, and assessment before the term begins. Thus, we can check the consistency and standard of the assessment both within the course and across the whole courses.