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Glossary

  • Academic year
  • Consists of 2 semesters and is worth 60 credits

  • Accreditation
  • An endorsement given to educational institutions or academic degree programs by an organization that reviews qualifications

  • Alumni
  • Both male and female graduates

  • Assessment
  • The total range of methods used to evaluate learners’ achievement of expected learning outcomes.

    An assessment task could be a written or oral examination,
    coursework, project work, the writing of a thesis, dissertation or similar
    work, or other such forms of performance as may have been approved
    in relation to a validated programme of higher education and training.

  • Accumulation
  • The process of collecting credits awarded for achieving the learning outcomes of educational components or other learning activities

  • Allocation of Credit
  • The process of assigning a number of credits to qualifications/ programmes or to other educational components

  • Assessment criteria
  • Descriptions of what the learner is expected to do, in order to demonstrate that a learning outcome has been achieved

  • Award of Credit
  • The act of delivering learners the number of credits that are assigned to the component or a qualification. The award of credit recognises that learners’ learning outcomes have been assessed and that the learner satisfies the requirements for the educational component or the qualification

  • Advancement
  • Advancement is defined as the progress of a student from one semester to another within a stage of a programme.

  • Assessor
  • A person who assesses a learner.

  • Authenticity
  • Authenticity is related to validity. Authentic assessment involves
    using assessment tasks that resemble the kinds of professional tasks
    that arise in the relevant community of practice. The assessment task
    must appear authentic to the learner. Examples include the use of a
    poster presentation or the writing of a short research article as part
    of the assessment task for a final-year investigative project. These
    are authentic because they are typical communication channels for
    researchers.

  • Award
  • An award which is conferred, granted or given by an awarding
    body and which records that a learner has acquired a standard of
    knowledge, skill or competence.

  • Advancement
  • Advancement is defined as the progress of a student from one semester to another within a stage of a programme.

  • ACCS
  • Accumulation of Credit by Certification of Subjects. An ACCS learner
    is a person who is working (perhaps part-time) towards a qualification
    by studying the component modules at his/her own pace.

  • Academic Council
  • A top-level deliberative committee with overall responsibility for
    academic affairs.

  • Approved Programme Schedule
  • The approved programme schedule provides an overview of
    Schedule: the programme. The details provided include: the name
    of the programme, the name of award, the NFQ level of
    programme and the total number of credits. For each stage of
    the programme, the schedule lists the credit available for each
    of the modules and the contribution to the grade of each of
    the modules’ components. It also specifies the requirements for
    learners to progress from one stage to another and to complete
    the programme successfully. The approved programme schedule
    is attached to the certificate of programme accreditation, and
    is deemed to form part of the assessment regulations applying
    to the programme. Without diminishing the importance of the
    approved programme schedule, it is but a summary of some of
    the information that should be in the programme assessment
    strategy.


    Any special assessment conditions (such as modules which cannot
    be passed by compensation) must be included in the approved
    programme schedule.

  • Assessment Criteria
  • Assessment criteria are the standards or tests by which a learner’s
    performance in an assessment task is judged.

  • Assessment Grade
  • A label which quantifies the learner’s level of performance of an
    assessment task. Communication of the grade to the learner may be
    accompanied by qualitative feedback.

  • Authenticity
  • Authenticity is related to validity. Authentic assessment involves
    using assessment tasks that resemble the kinds of professional tasks
    that arise in the relevant community of practice. The assessment task
    must appear authentic to the learner. Examples include the use of a
    poster presentation or the writing of a short research article as part
    of the assessment task for a final-year investigative project. These
    are authentic because they are typical communication channels for
    researchers.

  • Approved Programme
  • An Approved Programme is a Programme of Study, the successful completion of which leads to an Institute Award. The award is made when the required number of credits has been successfully accumulated, at appropriate levels, from approved modules. The programme outcomes, curriculum and credit requirements of a programme are formally outlined in a programme specification presented in a Programme Descriptor as required by the Institute and approved at a Programme Approval Process.


    In relation to an approved programme, the provisions of the Programme
    Descriptor are deemed to form part of the Regulations applying to the
    programme.