Adapting Objective Structured Practical Examinations (OSPE’s) to assess laboratory science skills

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Objective Structured Practical Examination (OSPE) assessments of theoretical, practical and problem-solving skills at multiple stations are used in clinical assessment to examine practical skills. Although medical science disciplines rarely use this successful assessment style, we have adapted this format to formally examine a wide range of communication and science laboratory practical skills to prepare students for research projects and enhance employability. We have steadily expanded the range of disciplines being examined by varying the tests used. This session will introduce the concepts involved and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of setting up and delivering structured practical exams for science courses.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventHEA STEM Annual Conference: Achieving Excellence in Teaching and Learning - Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Feb 2017 → …


ConferenceHEA STEM Annual Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Period1/02/17 → …
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  • OSPE
  • physiology
  • medical science
  • biomedical science
  • pharmacology
  • objective structured practical examination


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