ASSESSING THE KIND OF EXAM

M.L. Ojeda Murillo, F. Nogales, O. Carreras

Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Farmacia (SPAIN)
Introduction:
The present work compares the type and manner of evaluation preferred by the students of the degrees of Double Degree in Pharmacy and Optics and Optometry and /or Degree in Optics and Optometry, on subjects related to physiology. These two degrees are offered in the Faculty of Pharmacy from the University of Seville. Both grades differ by the characteristics of their students, students from the Double Degree reach this degree with a higher passing score and show greater interest in the subjects related to Physiology knowledge.

Results:
Most of the students surveyed prefer a partial evaluation system, made at the middle and at the end of the course. However, a small proportion of students from the Double Degree (5%) prefer only one final exam, while 15% of the students from Optics and Optometry Degree choose continuous assessments at the end of each topic. Moreover, as students are enrolled in higher courses, they are more in line with the multiple choice exams, especially the students from the Double Degree. However, although a high proportion of students from both degrees agree to penalize wrong answers questions, the Double Degree students were the ones who showed greater disagreement.

Conclusions:
Students from subjects from the area of physiology prefer partial exams, less fractionated in the case of Double Degree students. When students get used to multiple-choice test, they prefer this modality but without penalizing negative responses, in order to not low their final mark, even if it means leaving a part of the qualification to chance.