There are various methods by which we will assess your performance in each module for this course.
(1). Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
At the end of each unit is a set of multiple-choice questions. You must score a minimum of 75% to proceed to the next unit. MCQ carries 20% of the total programme score.
In week 4, a 500-word essay, and in week 9, a 1500-word essay must be submitted as part of your assignment. Assignments are not graded but are marked as either pass or fail. Late assignments will result in 10% deductions for the first week, 20% in the second week, and 40% in the third week. These deductions would weigh heavily on whether you pass or fail the essay assignment.
The maximum period an assignment can be outstanding is three (3) weeks, after which it will be marked as failed. You must request an extension by first informing your course tutor and student support.
Student support will decide based on the assessment extension report made by your tutor and other factors you would need to establish before an extension is granted. Only medical and certain unforeseen events would be considered eligible for such extensions. The essay assignment carries 60% of the total programme score.
There is a final examination is for students who intend to contest for elections in the democratic process. It is more critical you complete every module and understand them thoroughly, rather than rush through it and end up with scanty skills. You can enter for the examinations up to one month after the course ends. If you don’t reach the 75% cut-off mark, you can try again after seven days.
(4). Examination Malpractices
Our systems are designed to prevent the rampant examination malpractices experienced in other realms. You electronically submit your assignments online. They are electronically scanned for plagiarism, electronically assessed before the human moderator allocates a score. Our examination is computer-based and monitored by several CCTV cameras highlighting irregular patterns and zooms in the examination hall. The rules are made clear that such irregularities could amount to a percentage loss in marks or cancellation of your examination. There is a human presence and invigilators like me sporadically visiting. Our marking systems are such that you cannot cheat. The multiple-choice section can mark and score on the spot, while text-based answers are received instantly without the possibility of tampering. The exam questions are computer-generated in real-time, randomly and vary per student. Except you know, the answers to thousands of questions (which we would like) say you hacked into our database. It will be impossible to transform that information into written knowledge in an examination setting. To avoid any confusion, we disclose an excellent percentage of the question we may ask as practice.