A portfolio is a collection of student work produced during the course module (e.g. lab reports, assignments, synopsis, videos etc.) and can test a variety of learning outcomes. The portfolio assessment is therefore an integrated part of the course and can be combined with feedback from other students (peer feedback) or from teaching assistants or lecturers. The portfolio can have specific requirements and guidelines or the student can influence the work to be included. The portfolio work can be strengthened by reflections on progression or self-assessment.
It is important to secure that portfolios are judged fairly and that the assessment is not too time consuming.
The portfolio will often include different elements from the curriculum and during the oral defense the students are expected to demonstrate a holistic understanding, relating the different elements to each other.