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Unit evaluation questions

See the questions that can be asked for standard academic, distance learning, placement, study abroad and combined placement and study abroad unit evaluations.

Unit evaluations

Each semester the University asks all students to complete unit evaluations about their course.

Core questions have been agreed for all units. Two additional discretionary questions may be added to unit evaluation surveys for standard academic, placement, study abroad and combined placement and study abroad unit evaluations. Four discretionary questions may be added for distance learning unit evaluations. All core and discretionary questions are listed below.

See our guide for staff for further information about unit evaluations including survey dates, encouraging constructive feedback and sharing results with students.

COVID-19 pandemic update

The University has made radical changes to learning, teaching and assessment of units and has moved to the Bath Blend approach. Staff have made significant efforts to implement these changes and maintain high quality teaching provision. Some of the historical questions asked are therefore less relevant, meaningful or useful as they would be under normal circumstances.

In April 2020, in response to the pandemic, Senate agreed some slight changes to the questions to be used for standard Semester Two (S2) and All Year (AY) Units during 2019/20 and onwards until we return to a new normal.

Questions for standard units

COVID-19 pandemic update

The revised COVID-19 standard unit questions are applicable to most units delivered at the University.

One quantitative core question has been removed and two remain unaltered. Of the three qualitative core questions, two are amended to reflect the Bath Blend (in-person and online teaching) delivery and one remains unaltered.

Reference to individual named members of staff has been added back in after its removal for S2 & AY units in 2019/20.

The option to add up to two discretionary questions remains.

The COVID-19 standard template will see students asked up to nine questions:

  • Four quantitative core questions
  • Three qualitative core questions
  • Up to two discretionary quantitative questions, to be chosen by the department
Core questions (quantitative)
1. I can see how this unit contributes to my overall programme of study.
2. The teaching was effective in helping me learn.
3. I found the online resources (e.g. those available by Moodle, lecture notes etc.) supported my learning.
4. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the unit.
Core questions (qualitative, open text questions)
5. What aspects of the in-person and online teaching worked well on this unit?
6. What aspects of the in-person and online teaching could be improved?
7. Any other comments?

Discretionary questions

FEA - Feedback and Assessment
FEA1 - Marking and assessment has been fair.
FEA2 - I received helpful feedback on my work.
FEA3 - In the unit assessment(s), I had the opportunity to demonstrate what I learned.
FEA4 - The method of assessment was appropriate.
LE - Lectures
LE1 - I found the lectures clear and comprehensible.
LR - Learning Resources
LR1 - I was able to improve my understanding by working through the worksheets.
MI - Miscellaneous
MI1 - The tutorials on this unit were effective in helping me learn.
MI2 - The unit has a strong relevance to the business context.
MI3 - This unit encourages critical thinking.
MI4 - I was able to contribute and participate fully in my group's work.
MI5 - I have had the right opportunities to work with other students as part of this unit.
PR - Practicals
PR1 - The laboratory was well equipped and organised.
PR2 - Demonstrators were effective.
PR3 - Clear and effective instruction was given on how to conduct practical sessions.
PR4 - Clear and effective instruction was given on how to do field work.
PR5 - The technical staff were helpful.
PR6 - The postgraduate demonstrators were helpful.
PR7 - I found the practicals clear and comprehensible.
PR8 - I was given sufficient health and safety information to carry out the experiments safely.
PR9 - Workshops were informative.
RE - Reflective
RE1 - The workload on my course has been manageable.
RE2 - I believe that I achieved the learning outcomes of this unit.
RE3 - This unit has challenged me to achieve my best work.
RE4 - The unit is intellectually stimulating.
RE5 - My professional and academic aims in taking this unit have been met.
RE6 - The unit content is relevant to my professional practice.
SE- Seminars
SE1 - During the sessions there was an appropriate balance between tutor input and student participation.
SE2 - I found that the classes supported my understanding of the lecture material.
SE3 - The sessions were well prepared and organised by the tutor(s).
TE - Teaching
TE1 - I have appropriate opportunities to give feedback on my experience.
TE2 - I have received sufficient advice and guidance in relation to this unit.
TE3 - I have been able to contact staff when I needed to.
UN - Unit
UN1 - The level and quantity of taught material was appropriate.
UN2 - I found the unit relevant to my academic needs.
UN3 - There was an appropriate balance between reading/ reference materials and student activity (e.g. questions, tasks, reflections).
UN4 - The aims and learning objectives of this unit were met (see the unit description).
UN5 - The unit had a clear and coherent structure.
UN6 - The unit drew usefully on relevant research.

Questions for distance learning units

Students should be asked the following eight core questions:

Core questions (quantitative)
1. I can see how this unit contributes to my overall programme of study.
2.The online delivery, environment and resources for this unit were effective in helping me learn.
3. It was clear to me what criteria would be used to assess my work before assessment took place.
4. I found the Distance Learning resources (e.g. those available on Moodle, wikis, reading lists, online lectures, questions and activities) supported my learning.
5. Overall, I am satisfied with the quality of the unit.
Core questions (qualitative, open text questions)
6. What works well on this unit?
7. What would you like us to seek to change to improve this unit?
8. Any other comments?
Discretionary questions
Please choose up to four additional questions for each distance learning unit evaluation.
1. Interaction with other students and tutors, for example through online discussions, helped to support my learning.
2. Online facilitation (for example through tutor support) focused my learning.
3. The content of the Distance Learning materials was at the appropriate level.
4. The Distance Learning materials were clear and well organised.
5. The Distance Learning unit tutor was accessible and supportive throughout the unit.
6. I was able to find clear information about what to study and when.
7. The Distance Learning materials were organised in such a way to structure and develop my learning.

NOTE: All Distance/Online Units will also have access to the full set of discretionary questions used for standard academic units. Unit convenors will be able to select up to four questions from the standard academic unit discretionary questions and/or the distance-learning specific discretionary questions.

Questions for placement units

COVID-19 pandemic update

Discussions are continuing as to whether or not these questions need amending due to the impact of COVID-19 for the academic year 2020/21.

Students should be asked the following eight core questions:

Core questions (quantitative)
1. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath whilst finding and preparing for my placement.
2. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath whilst on placement.
3. The assessment methods (for example POLO forms, reflective assignments) used in my placement unit were appropriate and useful for my personal development.
4. I am satisfied with the level of feedback (for example through placement visits, assignment feedback etc.) I received from the University of Bath on my placement assignments.
5. My placement has helped me to equip myself for my future career and/or further academic studies.
Core questions (qualitative, open text questions)
6.What worked well for you in the support the University of Bath provided for you before, during and after your placement?
7. What would you like us to change regarding the support the University of Bath provides for your placement experience?
8. Any other comments?

Questions for study abroad units

COVID-19 pandemic update

Discussions are continuing as to whether or not these questions need amending due to the impact of COVID-19 for the academic year 2020/21.

Students should be asked the following seven core questions:

Core questions (quantitative)
1. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath when securing a place at an overseas university and preparing for my study abroad.
2. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath during my study abroad.
3. My study year abroad has helped me equip myself for my further academic studies and/or career.
4. The reflection reports helped me to record my activities and reflect on my development during my year abroad.
Core questions (qualitative, open text questions)
5.What worked well for you in the support the University of Bath provides for your study year abroad?
6.What would you like us to change regarding the support the University of Bath provides for your study year abroad?
7. Any other comments?

Questions for combined placement and study abroad units

COVID-19 pandemic update

Discussions are continuing as to whether or not these questions need amending due to the impact of COVID-19 for the academic year 2020/21.

Students should be asked the following eight core questions:

Core questions (quantitative)
1. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath whilst finding and preparing for my work placement/study year abroad.
2. I am satisfied with the support I received from the University of Bath whilst on work placement/study year abroad.
3. The assessment methods (for example POLO forms, reflective assignments) used were appropriate and useful for my personal development.
4. I am satisfied with the level of feedback (for example through placement visits, assignment feedback etc.) I received from the University of Bath on my work placement assignments.
5. My work placement/study year abroad has helped me to equip myself for my future career and/or further academic studies.
Core questions (qualitative, open text questions)
6. What worked well for you in the support the University of Bath provided for you before, during and after your work placement/study year abroad?
7. What would you like us to change regarding the support the University of Bath provides for your work placement/study year abroad experience?
8. Any other comments?

Further information

These question sets have been developed through cognitive testing and consultation with staff and students. We have standardised the scoring system to reflect that used by the National Student Survey (NSS) and the Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey (PTES) to allow us to provide greater analytical consistency across surveys.

You may notice that some of the questions share wording with those asked in annual University student surveys such as the NSS and PTES. This is to aid in comparison and build consistency in data sets.

We will continue to review the questions. If you have any comments or queries, please send them to the Student Engagement team at studentengagement@bath.ac.uk.