LH216V Develop the Learning by Using Grading Criteria 1.5 credits

Utveckla lärandet med betygskriterier

A course in teaching and learning in higher education directed to KTH teachers. The aim of the course is that the course participant should learn how to design criterion-referenced grading criteria and how to adapt the assessment to those criteria.

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Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  •  Positive effects of criterion-referenced grading criteria.
  •  Pitfalls in connection with introduction of grading criteria.
  •  How expected learning outcomes, grading criteria and examination stick together with one another and the students' learning.
  •  Examples of how criterion-referenced grading criteria have been developed and are used in courses at KTH Royal Institute of Technology and Uppsala University.
  •  How one writes criterion-referenced grading criteria.
  •  Student perspective on grading criteria.
  •  What is needed to make the grading criteria support the learning?
  •  Combining assessments to a final mark.
  •  Guidelines and support for criterion-referenced grading criteria at KTH Royal Institute of Technology
  •  Work on grading criteria and modified assessment of the course participant's own course.

Intended learning outcomes *

After passing the course, the course participant should be able to:

  • demonstrate how intended learning outcomes, grading criteria and examination stick together
  •    formulate criterion-referenced grading criteria for a course,
  •    suggest how examination items should be designed so that they examine according to set grading criteria
  •    critically review and reflect on own and others' set grading criteria
  •    give an account of how assessments can be weighed together to a final mark and reflect on the effects that this can result in
  •    reflect on how the grading criteria can be used in one's own teaching

aiming at designing criterion-referenced grading criteria and examination that can be used in his/her own course.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

Participants from other universities and higher education institutions are welcome, in case of a vacancy.

The course is primarily directed to teachers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Recommended prerequisites

A course in teaching and learning in higher education, for example LH231V Teaching and Learning, is recommended but is not a requirement.


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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale *

P, F

Examination *

  • INL1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, Grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

An individual assignment in the own subject area is included in the written assignment.

Other requirements for final grade *

Active particioation at course meetings 1 and 2 is compulsory.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Viggo Kann

Ethical approach *

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Course web LH216V

Offered by

ITM/Learning in Engineering Sciences

Main field of study *

Technology and Learning

Education cycle *

Second cycle

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Margareta Bergman, margberg@kth.se