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Reflections on the value of mapping the final theory examination in a molecular biochemistry unit


Eri, R and Cook, A and Brown, N, Reflections on the value of mapping the final theory examination in a molecular biochemistry unit, Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education, 15, (1) pp. 53-54. ISSN 1935-7885 (2014) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2014 The Authors-This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 Unported License (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 AU)(, which permits unrestricted non-commercial use and distribution, provided the original work is properly cited.

DOI: doi:10.1128/jmbe.v15i1.679


Intended learning outcomes (ILOs) are an integral part of teaching and learning at the university level (8), and consist of a set of statements that describe in unambiguous terms what the students are expected to be able to achieve after the completion of a particular unit. Because of this, the ILOs should lead into the assessment tasks and, in turn, contribute to the ILOs and broader student outcomes for the overall degree (4, 5). Hussey and Smith (8) have highlighted the significance of ILOs in aiding theoretical discussions about learning and teaching as well as for better course design. The key concept for designing curriculum is that all forms of assessment should reflect the ILOs (7). As a key assessment method, examinations therefore should also be designed to address the ILOs. Examination mapping is a process whereby allocation of marks to different sections of an examination can be related to the ILOs. This can inform the instructor as to how well the design of the exam fits the stated ILOs. We hypothesized that applying examination mapping to a second year unit in cellular and molecular biochemistry would illuminate how the design of the final written examination reflects the ILOs for this unit.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Education assessment and evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Eri, R (Associate Professor Raj Eri)
UTAS Author:Cook, A (Associate Professor Tony Cook)
UTAS Author:Brown, N (Professor Natalie Brown)
ID Code:90911
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2014-05-01
Last Modified:2018-01-25
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