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Notes for Year 1 Markers: 20011/12 Autumn Term

There are three physics courses to be marked in the Autumn term:

  • Classical Mechanics and Relativity (Dr. G.T. Jones)
  • Optics and Waves (Prof. M. Freer)
  • Quantum Mechanics (Dr. A.T. Watson)
  • Experimental Statistics (Prof. G. Tungate) - second half of term only.

There are eight of us involved in the marking of the assessed problems, as below:

Each of the courses has approximately the same numbers of students. Each marker marks a complete set of scripts each week, with subjects rotating week to week according to the collator's rota.

Marking Instructions

The schedule for marking scripts is as follows:

  • Students will submit their first set of solutions by Wednesday 5 October, 11.00. These are placed in the appropriate box outside the First Year Laboratory.
    • Any students submitting their solutions after this time should do so to the Teaching Support Office, where the time/date of submission will be recorded before the scripts are forwarded to the collator.

  • The collator will
    • Collect the scripts directly from the box outside the First Year Laboratory (please obtain a key from the Teaching Support Office)
    • Distribute the scripts and solutions to the markers on Wednesday afternoon each week.
    • Ensure that markers have a spreadsheet into which students' marks will be entered. You should be sent a copy of the spreadsheet by the Teaching Support Office or by Dr. David Evans (Head of First Year), or me - to be confirmed.

  • Markers must return scripts to the collator by the start of Monday morning of the following week, together with the spreadsheet of marks.

  • The collator returns the scripts to tutors by Monday evening, diverting the solutions from a different tutor group each week to the moderator. The moderator should receive these scripts as soon as possible on Monday to allow them to be remarked and returned to tutors also on Monday.

  • The collator should merge the marks from the markers into a single spreadsheet and upload a copy of the spreadsheet to a special WebCT? Section for this purpose, then send email the Teaching Support Office/myself/Head of Year 1 ().

  • The tutors pass them on to the students.

  • The moderator will cross check a sample of the marking each week, and return these to the collator who will pass them on to the appropriate tutor.

  • Future sets will be distributed each Wednesday for return the following Wednesday at 11.00.

Guidance on how to mark will be distributed separately, as discussed during the initial meeting.

  • There will be a marking training session in Nuffield G19,1400-1530 on Wednesday 26 October to discuss how things are going and try a few exercises.

"Good luck" and please do get in touch with me if you have questions or problems, in particular in the first few weeks.

Nigel -- NigelWatson

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