Alliance Manchester Business School logo

Online Undergraduate Handbook

Queries about assessment results

Queries about assessment results

When your examination results are published at the end of the year you will receive details of the marks you were awarded in each course. We can assure you that considerable care is taken in assembling, checking and double-checking marks and determining results.

It is the policy of Alliance MBS not to selectively remark examination papers or coursework on request. Examination papers and coursework will only be remarked where the Chair of the Board of Examiners has good cause to believe that there has been a marking irregularity. Such circumstances would normally be very exceptional.

Work will not be remarked simply because a student believes he/she should have obtained a better mark than that shown on the transcript.

You should also be aware that Alliance MBS operates a system whereby an internal examiner marks every script (or assignment) once, anonymously. The Course Co-ordinator is responsible for ensuring that there are no major discrepancies across individual examination markers. The scripts are then passed to a Course Moderator who anonymously moderates a selection of scripts ensuring that there is continuity, accuracy and no systematic biases. If biases or discrepancies are detected, marks may be adjusted following consultation between the Course Co-ordinator and Moderator. The Course Moderator also focuses on marginal fails and scripts that are close to compensation borderlines. Finally, we send a selection of scripts from each level two and three course to the appropriate external examiner (a senior academic from another university) with a commentary on overall performance. The external examiners are fully involved in the setting and examining of assessment and resolving divergences and determining marks which have a critical effect on the classification of your final degree, or establishing whether you pass or fail overall.

You can again be assured that the greatest care is taken in checking and considering 'marginal' or borderline results.