Course Assessment

Text & Context

Each Text & Context course is assessed according to an Essay (70%) and Class Participation (30%).

The length and requirements of the essay are different for SCQF8 and SCQF10 levels:

SCQF8 (1st-3rd year undergraduates)
Essay length: 2,000 words

Essay criteria:
1. The essay shows a good knowledge of written English and a fair academic vocabulary
2. The essay shows :
a) Assimilation of background reading and research;
b) An ability to engage with theoretical issues;
c) An understanding of the placement of texts within in a larger context.

SCQF10 (4th year undergraduate and above)
Essay length: 3,000 words

Essay criteria:
1. The essay should conform to the highest standards of written English and of academic vocabulary
2. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their competence in research and in analysing and assimilating theoretical and textual ideas.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing course is assessed according to a portfolio of work developed over the course of the school: a Long Text, 3 Coursework Exercises, and on the SCQF10 level, a Self-Reflexive Critique of the work process.

Assessment Portfolio requirements:

SCQF8 (1st-3rd year undergraduates)
3 workshop exercises – 30%
Final piece: 3,000 words of drama or prose, or 50 lines of poetry – 70%

The portfolio will be assessed in terms of the breadth, range and variety which the four submitted pieces demonstrate. The portfolio of work arising from the workshops will be assessed in terms of how successful the three pieces are in responding to the relevant stylistic exercises. Grades of A will be given for evidence of ingenuity or innovation, other grades relative to success in performing the task.

SCQF10 (4th year undergraduate and above)
3 workshop exercises – 30%
1,000 word self-reflexive critique – 10%
Final piece: 5,000 words of drama or prose or 80 lines of poetry – 60%

The criteria for SCQF10 will incorporate a more strenuous judgement of the work against the criteria for SCQF8.

Theatre & Performance

The Theatre and Performance course is assessed according to class participation, a written performance analysis of a show seen at the Edinburgh International Festival, and an essay analysing one of the dramatic texts assigned on the course. Class participation grade includes discussion in seminars and participation in workshops.

Class participation – 20%
Performance analysis essay – 30%
Textual analysis essay – 50%

The length and requirements of the essay are different for SCQF8 and SCQF10 levels:

SCQF8 (1st-3rd year undergraduates)
1,000-word performance analysis
1,000-word textual analysis essay

Essay criteria:
1. The essay shows a good knowledge of written English and a fair academic vocabulary
2. The essay shows :
a) Assimilation of background reading and research;
b) An ability to engage with theoretical issues;
c) An understanding of the placement of texts within in a larger context.

SCQF10 (4th year undergraduate and above)
1,500-word performance analysis
1,500-word textual analysis essay

Essay criteria:
1. The essay should conform to the highest standards of written English and of academic vocabulary
2. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate their competence in research and in analysing and assimilating theoretical and textual ideas.

Research for Assessments

All SUISS students have access to the University of Edinburgh Main Library’s outstanding research collections throughout their stay. SUISS can also arrange access to the collections of the nearby National Library of Scotland, a reference library holding a copy of all books published in the United Kingdom since the early 18th century.

To browse the library collections:

University of Edinburgh Library Catalogue

National Library of Scotland catalogue