Exam, assessment and grading

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Exam, assessment and grading

The CO-LAND online seminar introduces students to the sensitive nature of coastal landscapes and their vital relevance to society, economy and the environment. Planners and designers learn how to manage these territories sustainably. CO-LAND course participants develop a profound understanding of the specific character of coastal landscapes. Students learn which driving forces are influencing the landscape system and which impact types are most relevant for planning and design responses. This includes the global and European dimension since coastal landscapes are receiving increased attention worldwide. Participants learn about various approaches to landscape assessment in order to articulate the challenges and potentials of a coastal landscape. They have the opportunity to define and test assessment models and derive relevant knowledge for planning and design. The last phase of the course introduces different approaches to strategy building, planning and design in the context of coastal landscapes. On this basis, the course participants are able to draft a strategy and a master plan for a coastal area, taking economic, ecological and social aspects, and current policies into account.

The examination assignments in the CO-LAND OS consists of elaborating a case study on the basis of the template provided. This template is structured analogous to the course contents with respect to the synchronously held lectures:

  1. Landscape System Analysis
  2. Landscape Evaluation and Assessment
  3. Strategy and Master Plan
  4. Process Reflection

Part of the examination is also an oral online presentation after each thematic section of the seminar. Each team member is required to speak and present one slide or more. Approximately four peer groups are formed and together with the teachers and tutors, the peer groups also form the presentation audience. The presentation is moderated and discussed within the peer groups, evaluated by the teachers and tutors using a feedback form without grading, and the result is reported back to the working group in a timely manner. At the end of the seminar, the international teams also need to reflect on their collaboration process and document their findings in the template .

The completed case study provided using the is evaluated and graded according to the following criteria using the [| rubric evaluation template]:

  • Comprehensiveness and depth of the research in general (in particular assignment A);
  • Methodological conclusiveness and clarity (in particular assignment B);
  • Consistency in the formulation of strategy and objectives as well as persuasiveness and creativity in spatial (landscape) vision and implementation ideas (in particular assignment C);
  • Profoundness and seriousness in the process (assignment D);
  • Competence in textual and graphic expression, visual appearance of graphics and maps;
  • Scientific quality of the elaboration, source work, citation method etc.

Students who actively take part in both the online seminar and the intensive study programme (ISP) workshop have the opportunity to take the graded assignment there. In this case, the focus is on strategic and spatial planning and the assessment criteria differ slightly.