Problem/case based exams

Can be seen or unseen, exam-based, online or take-home, but are in all cases based on students carrying out a particular task. This can be anything from responding to a particular scenario, working through a complex calculation, constructing a case study from a variety of materials, compiling a balance sheet, etc.

Pros: Very flexible. Allows for ‘real world’ problems to be tackled by students, to which they can apply a range of skills, concepts and knowledge. Can be used to test multiple ILOs simultaneously or to closely target on particular areas.

Cons: Can be complex to set up, depending on the nature of the task.

Workload guide

Preparation time High Student workload Medium Marking time Medium


Guide to time involved in preparation, marking, and student workload:  Low Low  Medium Medium  High High

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