Assessment

Assessment Methods (AMs)


Social Sciences Internship provides off-campus learning opportunities for the Student Interns to obtain real-work experience, in which the Student Interns’ self-motivation and exposure are strongly emphasized.

Assessment includes internal evaluations by the Internship Supervisor and the Faculty (50%) and external evaluations by the Agency Supervisor (50%), which focuses on the Student Interns’ critical reflection on practical work experiences. Performance is based on Student Interns’ achievement of the Intended Learning Outcomes and on their performance in assessment activities, including reports, presentation and internship performance. More specific assessment requirements are as follows:

Assessment MethodsWeighting
1. Internal Assessment by the University (50%)
1.1 Evaluation by Internship Supervisor (30%)
I. Orientation Report
10%
II. Final Report (Progress Report)*
15%
III. Communication with Internship Supervisor
5%
1.2 Evaluation by the Faculty of Social Sciences (20%)
IV. Oral Presentation
15%
V. Overall Commitment
5%
2. External Assessment by the Partner Organisation (50%)
I. Evaluation by Agency Supervisor
50%

* Students who work for internship more than one semester should also submit the progress report(s)


1. Internal Assessment by the University

1.1 Evaluation by Internship Supervisor

Internship Supervisor will closely monitor the performance of the Student Intern during the internship and assess his / her performance in the following aspects:

I. Orientation Report

An Orientation Report will be submitted via the Online System within ten days after the commencement of the internship, based on the advices from the Agency Supervisor. The report should contain at least 200 words and the following items should be included:

  1. Detailed description of the jobs assigned at the Internship Organisation
  • Responsibility and jobs assigned
  • Orientation / Introduction to Organisation, Procedures and Requirements
  1. Learning objectives and expected outcomes of the internship
  • Goals of the internship
  • Action plan in achieving the goals

II. Final Report

A Final Report will be submitted via the Online System by the end of the internship to present Student Interns’ understanding and reflection on their work experience. The report should contain at least 300 words with regard to the following items:

  1. Evaluation on effectiveness of Internship Programme and self performance during internship
  2. Degrees to which learning objectives were achieved / not achieved
  • Describe how and why learning objectives were achieved / not achieved
  1. Problems encountered during internship and their solutions
  • Describe the problems encountered
  • Explain the ways to solve the problems
  • Insights from the cases
  1. Understanding and reflection on work experience
  • Positive and negative aspects of the Internship
  • Benefits of entering the Internship Organisation
  • Insights gained for academic / career development
  1. Suggestions to improve the internship experience / Recommendations for future internship experience

III. Communication with Internship Supervisor

Regular communication and status update by the Student Interns are expected throughout the internship, they should take initiative to make appointment for meetings with their Internship Supervisor.

1.2 Evaluation by the Faculty of Social Sciences

IV. Oral Presentation

Presentation seminars are designed to provide opportunities for Student Interns to summarise their learning outcomes and share their learning experience after the internship.

V. Overall Commitment

Student Intern’s overall commitment throughout the programme will also be assessed. The rating is based on the student’s commitment to the programme including sense of responsibility, attendance of required events (Pre-Internship Briefing, Training Workshops, Oral Presentation, etc.) and punctuality in submission of assignments (Orientation Report, Progress Report, Final Report, Monthly Attendance Log Records, etc.)

Student Interns who are absent from each of the Pre‐internship training or briefing will be subject to a 1‐mark deduction from the overall score. Late submission of each assignment will be marked down by 0.5‐mark for the first 24 hours late, and 1‐mark for every 24 hours (or part thereof) thereafter. Weekends and public holidays count.


2. External Assessment by the Partner Organisation

Evaluation by Agency Supervisor

At the end of the internship, Agency Supervisor will fill in an Internship Appraisal for the Student Intern, evaluating their performance in the aspects of Personal Work Attitude, Attributes and Behaviour, Core Competencies and Service Quality. For internship more than one semester, Agency Supervisor will endorse the Progress Report completed by the Student Intern and evaluate the Student Intern by submitting the “Internship Appraisal” in the middle of the internship.


Grading System


    Assessment will be on a Pass or Fail basis. To pass the internship, students have to finish the required work hours within 16 weeks and complete all required assignments with satisfactory performance. An Overall Score (100%) will be generated per student from the internal evaluations by the Internship Supervisor and the Faculty (50%) and the external evaluations by the Agency Supervisor (50%). Student performance will be classified accordingly into three categories- Outstanding / Pass / Fail.

    For credit-bearing internship

    Students who pass the internship will get the “S” (Satisfactory) grade in the academic transcript, which is not included in GPA calculation. “F” (Fail) grade will be marked if students fail to complete all required assignments or with unsatisfactory performance during internship.

    Performance
    Outstanding
    Pass
    Fail
    Incomplete
    Overall Score (100%)
    85-100
    50-84
    <50
    Not fulfilled work hours/duration
    Grade in Academic Transcript
    Satisfactory (“S”)
    Fail (“F”)
    Incomplete (“I”)

    For non-credit bearing internship

    Students who pass the internship will get the record in the Student Development Portfolio (SDP) as non-academic achievements.

    Performance
    Outstanding
    Pass
    Fail
    Incomplete
    Overall Score (100%)
    85-100
    50-84
    <50
    Not fulfilled work hours/duration
    Record in SDP
    Yes
    No
    Incomplete (“I”)

(May 2017)