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Assessments

Gaining Transcript Recognition

All students gaining more than 150 Rise Points will be awarded additional practice credits on their degree transcript. These recognise effort rather than academic performance and do not impact classification or progression. They are attached to the student at their final progression board, which will add 15 practice credits for every 150 points earned (there is no upper limit to this).

All students – from Foundation Year to PhD, standard UG to Degree Apprentice – can access this benefit.

Claiming Course Credit

Students on eligible courses (typically, most standard UG courses) may also use their points to claim full classificatory credit. Undergraduate students are eligible if their course has optional units and there are no strong professional body restrictions.

To claim credit, students will need to reach 300 points. The site will then give them the option to progress (see the screencast above). This will ‘cash in’ a chunk of their points (we will still award practice credits for the remainder).

They will then follow our assessment process, in which they must produce a reflective portfolio (2250 – 4500-word equivalent depending on credit eligibility) evidencing the following learning outcomes;

  1. Manage your own personal and professional development.
  2. Make connections to your main programme of study
  3. Communicate the value of experience to a relevant audience
  4. Place learning in a broader academic or professional context (30-credits only)
  5. Plan for future development. (30-credits only)

How students meet these outcomes is negotiable, and they have an opportunity to submit at the end of April in each year.

Students can also access this information directly by following the URL below, so if they have questions about this specific aspect it’s best to direct them to this page:

https://rise.mmu.ac.uk/assessment/

Using Course Credit

By default, students over-credit their degree using Rise. Our regulations permit up to 30 credits in each academic year of additional credit, though the eligibility criteria set out above limit this availability in some cases. In the vast majority of cases, a student will be eligible for 30 credits at some point during their degree programme, usually at Level 5 or 6 (or both). Students are very rarely eligible for 15, and cannot opt in to taking 15 credits if they are eligible for 30, even if their course has 15 credit optional units.

These credits will sit on a student profile and be used within progression and classification calculations if the mark attained is greater than that of one of the students other optional units. Rise credits can not compensate for units that are core. In cases where optional units are 15 credit-sized, the Rise grade will replace the average grade of the two lowest scoring units, thus replacing 30 credits.

The Rise team manages the support for assignments, marking and moderation – together with quality-assurance processes (such as external examination). If your students have any queries about their course eligibility please direct them to the Rise site in the first instance. Please do not assume that their course is eligible or ineligible for credit as this can change.

Members of staff running Rise activities do not have to do anything around this process, and do not need to check that students have submitted or received a grade to ‘complete’ their activity. Any student queries about Rise credit should be answered by students’ Rise dashboards in the first instance, so please send them there for up-to-date information.