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Table 9 A comparison of in-semester summative assessment formats across degree programs

From: An evaluation of pharmacology curricula in Australian science and health-related degree programs

Assessment type Science (n = 59) Pharmacy (n = 41) Nursing (n = 24) Medicine (n = 27)
Laboratory report 23.9% 7.4% 2.5% 0
Research Project 10.3% 4.6% 0 6.2%
Essay 4.5% 8.4% 2.5% 0
Quiz: pen-and-paper 9.7% 13.7% 30% 31.2%
Quiz: online 1.9% 1% 7.5% 0
Assignment 14.2% 20% 12.5% 15.6%
Exercise 7.1% 11.5% 10% 0
Presentation (oral or poster) 13.5% 16.8% 5% 3.1%
Thesis 1.3% 1% 0 0
Thesis defence 1.3% 1% 0 0
Other 12.3% 14.7% 30% 43.7%
  1. Data are expressed as frequency (percentage) of courses using in-semester summative assessments surveyed in each program.
  2. n = number of courses surveyed.