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Mapolisa and Tshabalala

Greener Journal of  Educational Research Vol. 3 (6), pp. 258-265, August 2013

 ISSN: 2276-7789 

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 051713621


The Utility of Course Team Approach in the Setting of Assignment and Examination Items in Search of Quality Assessment at the Zimbabwe Open University


*1Prof. Tichaona Mapolisa and 2Dr.Thembinkosi Tshabalala


1Acting Chairperson for the Department of Educational Studies and National Programme Leader for the Bachelor of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.

2Senior Lecturer and National Programme Leader for the Master of Education in Educational Management in the Faculty of Arts and Education at the Zimbabwe Open University.


Email: 2 tshabalalathembinkosi @, Phone: +263 776 425 222


*Corresponding Author’s Email: tichmap @ / tichmapolisa @,

Phone: +263 733 608 577 or +263 775 987 351


The focus of the paper is on the utility of the course team approach in the setting of assignment and examination items at the Zimbabwe Open University’s (ZOU’s) Department of Education during the year 2011. It conveniently sampled 28 tutors, that is, seven Programme Leaders and one Chairperson based at the National Centre and 20 Regional Programme Co-ordinators. An open-ended questionnaire was the research instrument.The study found out that course team approach could be responsible enough for the development and assignment items that are valid,reliable and able to stand against test of time. It enables tutors to set quality assured assignment and examination items.It concluded that course team approach is the bedrock on which quality assessment procedures and practices could be banked on. It recommended for the need of the ZOU to regularly train members of the Department of Education in the standard practices of assignment and examination item setting through the use of course teams.
Keywords: Utility, course team, course team approach, assignment items, examination items and quality.

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