A course's assessment scheme is regulated by the Academic Regulations at NMBU with supplementary provisions
At NMBU, the following assessment schemes can be used individually or together for the individual course:
- Portfolio assessment
- Written examination
- Oral examination
- Practical training
- Home exam
- Practical test
Combined assessment is not a separate assessment scheme, but when the assessment in a course consists of several assessment schemes, this will lead to an combined assessment. Each assessment scheme that is included in the course's overall assessment must have a grade, and it must determine how much it is to be emphasized in the final final grade for the course. This must be stated in the course description. There is a right of appeal against the various sub-grades in an combined assessment. Previously, NMBU used the term continuous assessment.
Portfolio assessment - Portfolio assessment is an assessment of work performed by the student. The contents of the folder are assessed as a whole and result in a grade. A course's portfolio assessment can consist of one or more works, such as (not exhaustive):
- project / semester assignment
- hand-in assignment
- laboratory exercise
- oral presentations
- object collection
- excursion participation and possibly report
- practice and possibly report
- practical test
- written / oral assessment during the teaching period
The portfolio can consist of all or some of the work the student has done. The work in the folder is assessed as a whole and results in a grade. At the start of the semester, students must be informed about the form of the work in the portfolio (essays, summaries, etc.) and something about the scope of the individual parts. Students will receive feedback along the way during portfolio assessment, but not in the form of a letter grade on the various parts. The various parts of a portfolio assessment can not be appealed, only the overall grade.
Written exam - By written exam we mean a written campus-based exam. However in some cases the "campus based" exam might be completed at home. Written campus-based exam is normally a written test that is held in premises designated by the institution, and under the supervision of persons designated by the institution. Written campus-based exams are conducted digitally or with pen and paper. The examination form often has two or more questions that the student must answer and can include short-answer questions, long-answer questions, multiple-choice tests and more. The duration of the exam shall normally not exceed 3,5 hours.
Oral examination - Oral examination, which may also include presentations and the like, is given either as an independent form of assessment, as an independently weighted assessment part with grading, or as an adjusting oral examination for written work. At the oral exam, the student receives one or more assignments that must be answered orally, as a presentation or as a dialogue with the examiner. The examination form can be given individually or in small groups, and can also include, for example, role play. The student can be given time for preparation or it can be assumed that the student will answer the assignments / questions without further preparation. Oral examination is conducted with two examiners present.
Home exam - Home exam can be defined as a given problem that the students must solve over a given period of time. Home exams can be solved individually or in small groups.
Assignment - An assignment is a work that the student works on alone or with other students and which is to show the student's achieved learning outcome as an overall competence across the course's requirements for knowledge and skills. Assignment is a written assignment that the students work on throughout the semester until a pre-specified delivery deadline. The topic of the thesis is stated or approved by the course coordinator. The examination form can also include a blog, project work, reports, reflection notes and more, and can be solved both individually or in small groups.
Practice - Practice is training or education in professional practice that the student does alone, in pairs or in groups. The practical training must be supervised, assessed and varied. The practical / clinical examination is conducted during a specified period and the students are distributed at the relevant examination time within the period. During practical / clinical examinations, the dean or the dean authorizes in consultation with the examiner how the examination is to be conducted.
Compulsory activities are works that must be approved, but which are not grade-giving, and which the student has performed during the course's teaching period. Compulsory teaching is teaching that the student must participate in, but which does not give a grade, and which requires participation to get the course approved. Mandatory activities, may include one or more parts, which are not grade-giving and may, for example, be excursion participation, laboratory exercises, attendance, practice, etc.