Statement of Assessment Methods (SAM) - information for administrators and moderators (archived 25/1/2023)

A piece of paper with a series of ticks on it.This resource is people who either moderate or admistrate SAMS. If you are not a moderator or administrator, check out our general resource.

Good practice guides and tip sheets

Good practice guides and tip sheets have been developed to support quality in both curriculum design and teaching practice. Good practice guides provide a pedagogical overview and tip sheets provide you with practical strategies and ideas for implementation. Links to assessment-related resources are provided below. 

Authentic assessment | Assessment principles | Completing Statement of Assessment Methods for 2022 | Developing learning outcomesPolicy implications for assessment design | Students are engaged in authentic and experiential learning |  Using gradebook | Moderation 


Moderating a SAM

  1. To find the SAMs needing moderation, either:
    •  Find the email you will have been sent titled FLEX : You have new notifications, and click on the link in the email.
    • go to and click the flag at the top right
  2. Click on the View SAM link – as a web page or as a PDF

  3. Review the SAM. The steps here will differ depending on if you doing an Admin or Academic review.

    Admin review (this is a quick check that should take about 2 mins per SAM)

    Specific areas:

    • There are no missing sections – look for RED text
    • There is no obviously incorrect content and formatting
    • At least one Topic availability is selected
    • Where > 1 Topic availability is selected, they have similar start and finish dates
    • Dates are for the current year
    • Marks add up to 100%
    • Each Topic learning outcome is aligned to at least one assessment item

    Academic review

    Primary focus is:

    1. Makes sense to students and is reasonable
    2. Is consistent with University policy

    Specific areas to review

    1. Expected student workload
    2. Assessment details
    3. Criteria for Successful Completion
    4. Alignments of assessment to Outcomes

  4. For Academic review, if an update to the content is needed, click the Reject button.
    • You will need to enter a comment. Please explain what changes are needed.
    • Note: The message can be seen by Topics Coordinators and moderators – it is stored for future reference.

    Next, choose who needs to make the update:

    • Admin moderator – for simple edits
    • Original Contributor – if the Topic Coordinator needs to update it

Redrafting a live or rejected SAM (administrators only)

  1. In the Actions section, click on Redraft this version

  2. Editing mode will launch. Navigate through the SAM using either the buttons at the bottom of each page, or by clicking the section links in the menu on the right-hand side.

  3. Once you have made all of your changes, click the Save and Exit button in the top-right corner. You do not need to click Save and Continue as you navigate between sections.

  4. When you click Save and Exit, a window will pop up allowing you to submit the SAM for moderation, save a draft for later or cancel your changes.

Deleting a draft SAM (administrators only)

  1. In the Actions section, click on click on Delete this version.
    Part of a SAM. A link titled "delete this version" is on the right side of the image.

  2. Click Ok to delete the SAM.

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