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Mandatory Requirements in University. - May 26th 2016, 03:29 AM

Once again, I have fallen foul of a mandatory requirement for one of my units: the requirement to submit all items of assessment to pass the unit. The unit is separated into three assessment categories:

  • Online homework quizzes.
  • Mid-semester examination.
  • Final Examination.

The online homework quizzes are separated into two categories, one 15% quiz, and four smaller quizzes, worth 5%, the best three of which count towards your mark. The problem is, I thought that if you submit only one or two or three of the quizzes then you would be OK, because that is the way it was for another unit that had this requirement, and because I thought that the term 'items of assessment' meant the three categories themselves. However, the larger quiz is somehow considered separate from everything else and is considered a mandatory requirement, which means I could be in to fail the unit by default.

I am not the only one, there have been a number of people who have come to the tutor about the issue and I, and my tutor, have been contacting the unit coordinator and seeing if she can overlook the requirement.

I have always hated mandatory requirements in courses, stuff like attendance requirements and mandatory marks in the homework that you do, and participation requirements. It is not a role of a University to improve their students' time management and memory, it is to improve their academic performance and their learning of the concepts at hand. I have been passing the unit solidly and have been working on the final examination before this happened, and I think that the assessment of students in an academic setting should be academic in nature. This is not primary school.

There is no advantage gained, if I miss a quiz, then I lose some marks, it is not like I have plagiarised or cheated in any way to screw over someone else, but you get the same punishments for academic misconduct than for missing a pop quiz. Why would another penalty need to be applied?

What do you think about mandatory requirements in higher education?


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Re: Mandatory Requirements in University. - May 26th 2016, 05:12 AM

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Once again, I have fallen foul of a mandatory requirement for one of my units: the requirement to submit all items of assessment to pass the unit. The unit is separated into three assessment categories:

  • Online homework quizzes.
  • Mid-semester examination.
  • Final Examination.

The online homework quizzes are separated into two categories, one 15% quiz, and four smaller quizzes, worth 5%, the best three of which count towards your mark. The problem is, I thought that if you submit only one or two or three of the quizzes then you would be OK, because that is the way it was for another unit that had this requirement, and because I thought that the term 'items of assessment' meant the three categories themselves. However, the larger quiz is somehow considered separate from everything else and is considered a mandatory requirement, which means I could be in to fail the unit by default.

I am not the only one, there have been a number of people who have come to the tutor about the issue and I, and my tutor, have been contacting the unit coordinator and seeing if she can overlook the requirement.

I have always hated mandatory requirements in courses, stuff like attendance requirements and mandatory marks in the homework that you do, and participation requirements. It is not a role of a University to improve their students' time management and memory, it is to improve their academic performance and their learning of the concepts at hand. I have been passing the unit solidly and have been working on the final examination before this happened, and I think that the assessment of students in an academic setting should be academic in nature. This is not primary school.

There is no advantage gained, if I miss a quiz, then I lose some marks, it is not like I have plagiarized or cheated in any way to screw over someone else, but you get the same punishments for academic misconduct than for missing a pop quiz. Why would another penalty need to be applied?

What do you think about mandatory requirements in higher education?
Yeah it is pretty stupid especially if you could turn the miss quiz in with a 0 percent score and not have the penalty applied. It unnecessarily hurts students who may have just forgotten to do something once- but are otherwise good students. It is one of those things that make little sense-like attendance requirements. I had a couple of professors that would lower your grade by a third of a letter grade every class you missed after 3 absences.
   
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