University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)

Assessment of MPhys Poster Presentations

Each student will individually present their poster to two assessors and answer questions. They will be expected to explain and defend the entire poster on which they have collaborated as well as displaying a detailed knowledge of their own specific contribution. In accordance with the published Marking Strategy, each assessor should complete an individual pro-forma, on which comments are to be made and marks recorded. These, along with a further pro-forma of 'agreed marks' are to be returned to the Module Lead. All marks are subject to consistency checks and, if necessary moderation. The marks for this assessment contribute to the overall module mark in proportion to the weighting indicated in the module descriptor.

The mark for this assessment (maximum 100) is judged according to the following criteria:

Poster Quality

Marks are given for the quality of the poster, in terms of presentation and in terms of how well it describes the work done, not for the quality of the work described (this aspect is well covered elsewhere). The mark will be broadly the same for all members of the team producing a poster, unless there is clear evidence that individual contributions have been significantly different. The mark awarded by the the assessors will relate to:

Mark Range(a) Qualities of Poster
14 - 16A poster quality that, perhaps with one or two minor corrections, would be entirely acceptable at a major conference (note that the scope of the work described does not have to be at this level).
11 - 13Outcome at excellent level. No significant deficiencies, but a number of minor corrections needed to produce a poster quality that would be entirely acceptable at a major conference. Clear text and diagrams with a well defined focus, reflecting a good knowledge of material and good competence in its critical assessment.
10Outcome at focal level. Only one or two significant deficiencies. Expected four components present, with good content, structure and presentation.
8 - 9No major flaws, but a number of significant deficiencies. Expected four components present in an acceptable form.
6 - 7Outcome at threshold level. Only one or two major flaws. Expected four components present in a recognisable form.
3 - 5A number of major flaws. Lacking in overall structure. Evidence of a lack of basic knowledge and critical ability.
0 - 2Nothing approaching an acceptable poster.

Oral Performance

Marks (maximum 36) are given to reflect the student's understanding of the project and of related topics, as displayed during discussion of the poster with the assessors. The mark awarded by the the assessors will be based on the following scale:

Mark Range(b) Quality of Discussion
31 - 36A thorough understanding of all aspects which allows questions to be answered accurately and fluently and the discussion to be extended with confidence into difficult or unfamiliar areas.
25 - 30Outcome at excellent level. A thorough understanding of most aspects, with some ability to extend the discussion into difficult or unfamiliar areas
22 - 24Outcome at focal level. An understanding of most aspects in some depth, with the ability to extend the discussion so as to make relevant links (e.g., between theory and experiment).
18 - 21An adequate understanding of most aspects, with some ability extend the discussion so as to make relevant links.
14 - 17Outcome at threshold level. A relatively superficial understanding of most aspects, with the ability to make relatively simple links.
7 - 13Little understanding shown. Unable to make relevant links.
0 - 6Virtually no understanding demonstrated.


University of Exeter Handbook (Physics) Questions/Comments Department (Physics)