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LH216V Develop the Learning by Using Grading Criteria 1.5 credits

LH216V Develop the Learning by Using Grading Criteria. A course in teaching and learning in higher education directed to KTH teachers. The aim of the course is that the course participant should be able to use outcomes based criterion-referenced grading criteria and assessment aligned to the criteria in his or her own courses.

The course will include examples on how to replace written exams with other forms of assessment, even for courses with large student groups.

Next course offering in English will preliminary be in period 4, 2025.

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For course offering

Spring 2024 Start 18 Mar 2024 course for KTH staff

Application code


Headings with content from the Course syllabus LH216V (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course disposition

Meeting 1 and meeting 2 are mandatory to attend. Meeting 3 and 4 are strongly recommended but not mandatory.

Two home assignments with peer review.

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 are related to one another and to 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 are related

    ·         formulate criterion-referenced grading criteria for a course

    ·         suggest how examination items should be designed so that they are assessed according to specified grading criteria

    ·         critically review and reflect on one's own specified grading criteria and those of others

    ·         give an account of how assessments can be weighed together to a final mark and reflect on the possible effects of this

    ·         reflect on how the grading criteria can be used in one's own teaching

in order to be able to design criterion-referenced grading criteria and examination that can be used directly in an own course.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

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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


  • 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 participation 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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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

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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Viggo Kann,

Supplementary information

The course is tailored for teachers at KTH. It is included in course offerings that meet KTH's requirement of 15 credits in university teaching for employment or promotion to a teaching position.