Midpoint Assessment

  • Most students will have to complete a midpoint assessment to:
    • Check that the student is on target to complete (done some work!)
    • Check that the first marker and student have not missed anything (fresh eyes)
    • Provide additional guidance
    • For the second marker to gain an insight into the project before they mark it
  • Every course and university will require different components to the midpoint
  • However, they are either a formal presentation or a informal chat

Your Midpoint

  • Have a chat with your first marker and ask them for advice
  • Look at the assessment criteria and make sure you understand what they mean
    • Make a list of requirements (things to cover) for each assessment point
    • Discussion them with your first marker
  • Be clear about the etiquette (rules) and expectations of the midpoint
    • Who contacts who?
      • Does the student request a meeting or does the second marker issue one
    • What information (evidence/ work) does the second marker require?
      • Sometimes this is explicitly written other times you may want to ask
    • Who is in-charge (controls) the midpoint?
      • Often it is assumed that the student will direct the midpoint as it is your presentation
    • When does the second marker ask questions/ provide feedback
      • Some students and markers prefer addressing questions as they go other students find this off putting.
      • However, most second markers will take lead from the student
  • Think of ways to visualise your project to make it quick and easy for the second marker to understand your project (here and here), this significantly increases your grade potential.
    • It demonstrates to the marker that you understand your project and it requirements
    • It also provides as a talking frame
    • It also provides a very quick summary of your project which you can share with stakeholders

Typical Midpoint Requirements

  1. The reason the project was chosen including a background to the problem
    • This was covered in your project proposal
    • What are the key factors which influence the current situation
    • What are the key factors in the current situation which creates your problem
    • State your problem in one sentence
  2. Identify your artefact
    • This was covered in your project proposal
    • State what your artefact is in one sentence
    • Explain how this artefact will overcome the stated problem
  3. Explore the ethical issues of your project
    • This was covered in your project proposal
    • What are the ethical concern for your project
  4. Identify your research strategy (approach)
    • Discuss your population and sample
    • Discuss your data (qualitative and quantitative)
    • Discuss your experiment design
    • Discuss how you will achieve triangulation
    • Harvard referencing to ensure academic robustness
  5. Identify what you will cover in your secondary research (Literature Review)
    • What information will you need to read about
    • How will this information link to your artefact
    • Harvard referencing to ensure academic robustness
  6. Identify what primary data collection tool(s) you will use
    • What data collection tool(s) will you use?
    • Why will you use this tool(s), link to triangulation?
    • How will the data be used to inform your artefact?
    • Harvard referencing to ensure academic robustness
  7. Identify what analysis tools (software/ hardware) and techniques you will used
    • Spreadsheet to generate central tendencies
    • Harvard referencing to ensure academic robustness
  8. Identify your artefact requirements 
    • What are your artefact success criteria?
    • How do the success criteria link to your secondary research (triangulation)?
    • How do the success criteria link to your primary research (triangulation)?
  9. Justification of your chosen Development Methodology (SDLC) for the artefact
    • What project management approach will you use to manage the artefact development
    • Why is this the best approach (Linear vs Nonlinear)?
  10. Identify how you will testing and validation your artefact
    • How will you test the artefact to make sure it achieves the requirements?
    • How will you test the artefact to demonstrate that it overcame the stated problem?
    • Create a test plan

 

Look at this report outline as a way of summarising your project

Midpoint Assessment
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