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Pharmacy students - know your rights!

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Have you ever received a mark for an assessment, such as an exam or coursework, and thought that it was a little unfair considering the time and research you put in? I’m sure many students have felt this at some point and usually we simply accept that we just didn’t do well enough. Actually, I realise that students do have the right to question the marks they receive. Although exams and coursework are supposed to be completely fair, sometimes this may not be the case. 

Every student has the right to a fair assessment and if you want to know your rights then have a look at your university’s code of ethics for assessment. Good ethical principles for assessment state that students should have, in advance, assessment tasks, marking schemes and marking criteria for all coursework. Additionally, students should be given the chance to demonstrate their knowledge on all aspects of the topic. Having this in mind, if students feel an assessment is unfair, don't be afraid to question it! 

Sometimes during the pharmacy course it is difficult to assess certain areas that don't always have right or wrong answers and it is the student's responsibility to know how to tackle these areas of uncertainty. Certainly, when it comes to practice, there are no longer mark schemes to follow and we must suddenly make decisions for ourselves! 


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