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You have been commissioned to evaluate the design, materials and methods of construction used in bringing either the Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitors Centre

You have been commissioned to evaluate the design, materials and methods of construction used in bringing either the Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitors Centre

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The Brief

You have been commissioned to evaluate the design, materials and methods of construction used in bringing either the Attenborough Nature Reserve Visitors Centre or a similar development (that must be agreed with your tutor) to fruition.  The evaluation is to be carried out with reference to BREEAM Categories and is designed to provide a critique for potential future developments of a similar nature.

In conducting the evaluation consideration should be made of not only good sustainability practice but also of areas where improvements in the sustainability credentials of the building might have been further enhanced. In suggesting areas for improvement, reference to other existing buildings (either in the UK and/or overseas) should be sought and comparisons and recommendations made, with the aim of maximising the sustainability credentials of potential future developments, whether they be in a similar location to your choice of development or Attenborough.

Submission Requirements

The assignment submission will be in report format, approximately 4000 words in length, conforming to appropriate written assignment standards. Dividing the submission into sections by using sub-headings makes presentation and reading easier; and a robust

conclusion (drawing on arguments presented in your writing) is a vital element. Reference sources can be freely drawn on but remember to cite the source(s) used, and identify them properly in the References section.

5. Feedback, marking criteria and grading of your assessment

This section tells you how the marker will assess your work fairly. All markers aim for our feedback to be: timely, individual to you, helpful, empowering and manageable.

They will also offer you opportunities to discuss the marking criteria they intend to use, and the type of feedback they intend to give you. You should create a shared understanding of this with them and your peers during the course of the module. They may also give you opportunities to assess your own work and the work of your peers. Look out for these opportunities.

Assessment markers can give you feedback and allocate marks to you using a range of methods and tools that are appropriate to the specific module and assessment. The marker may make comments within your script (in bubbles) and may also give you written comments in the long box. They may give you a form of audio or video feedback.

When they give you feedback on your assessment, as a minimum, your marker will tell you:

  • if and how you have met the relevant learning outcomes
  • the areas within which you did well in this assessment (they will commend you)
  • the areas you could have improved in this assessment (they will make suggestions)
  • what activities you can work on to help you in your next studies (you can take these ideas forward with you and may discuss them with your Personal Tutor. You can also build them into your Action Planning.

In this module specifically, they will use the following tools. This feedback and marking structure will be specific to each component as relevant.

Performance Criteria

For (Excellent, 70% – 100%) the student will have demonstrated a thorough understanding of sustainable construction methods and materials, and their potential impact. There will be many examples of research into commentaries on their effectiveness and the conclusions will have been strongly linked to research and convincingly drawn out, using references and citations. Presentation, including drawings, images and tables, will be to an impressive standard with all conventions observed.

For (Very Good, 60 – 69%) the student will have demonstrated a strong awareness of sustainable construction methods and materials, and their potential impact. There will be several examples of research into commentaries on their effectiveness, and the conclusions

will be substantially linked to the research using references and citations. Presentation, including drawings, images and tables, will be to a commendable standard with the majority of the submission complying and clearly written.

For (Good, 50 – 59%) the student will have presented a competent appraisal of sustainable construction methods and materials, and their potential impact. There will be sufficient evidence of research into commentaries on their effectiveness, and conclusions will be drawn with relevant support.  Presentation, including drawings, images and tables, will be to a competent standard and demonstrate an attempt to satisfy conventions and references will be given and cited.

To FAIL (<50%) the student will not have covered the topic in sufficient depth, and the research will be lacking in both amount and evidence of usage. Conclusions will be inadequately supported, and the presentation will be lacking in clarity and not complying with written work conventions.

6. Assessment Presentation

When marking this assessment, the markers will also be looking for the following.

  • Legible presentation.
  • Good use of spelling, grammar and language throughout.
  • Appropriate focus, meeting learning outcomes/assessment criteria.
  • Logical progression and structure of arguments.
  • Evidence of a range of relevant supporting reading.
  • Use of accurate, evidence-based information to support the arguments made.
  • Follow normal Academic Regulations in terms of Academic Offences, style and language.
  • Use of the appropriate system of referencing and may include a bibliography that lists all resources referenced.
  • A declaration statement which says you have checked your Turnitin originality report and that you are certain that the work is your own (and has never been submitted for marking before by you, or anyone else).
  • A statement that says you have maintained the confidentiality of clients/customers and persons associated with them, including colleagues and organisations.

You will note that most of these will have been incorporated within the marking criteria (on the previous page) and marks will have been allocated to them. Different modules will give different priority to these.

1.      Assessment regulations

The standard University assessment regulations apply for this assessment. Please note that in line with the University common assessment regulations, failure to submit coursework (i.e. non-submission) could lead to you failing the module.

Details of assessment regulations are available at: https://www.derby.ac.uk/about/organisation/academic-regulations/ (sections F and E).

Work submitted late, will be marked according to University regulation, please see the University guidance on Late Submissions within the UDo Student Portal.

2.      Where to get other help to do your assessment

During the course of the module your tutor will offer you a range of help and support. There are contact details for them within the module.

Other colleagues will offer help and guidance on the Student Portal.

In addition, the Academic Administrators will post helpful notices on your module announcement board.

You could also use the following links if you want extra help with:

Referencing and avoiding making an academic offence

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