Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3203: Comparative Public Opinion

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

How this Module is Assessed

In the tables below, you will see reference to 'ILO's. An ILO is an Intended Learning Outcome - see Aims and Learning Outcomes for details of the ILOs for this module.

Formative Assessment

A formative assessment is designed to give you feedback on your understanding of the module content but it will not count towards your mark for the module.

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation of paper outline at end of term 16 minutes1-9Verbal

Summative Assessment

A summative assessment counts towards your mark for the module. The table below tells you what percentage of your mark will come from which type of assessment.

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

...and this table provides further details on the summative assessments for this module.

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay 1302000 words1-9Written
Essay 2403000 words1-9Written
Presentation (individual)151 x 12 minutes1-9Verbal
Reaction to readings151 reaction to a reading per term posted online before the session (2 x 500 words)4-7Verbal


Re-assessment takes place when the summative assessment has not been completed by the original deadline, and the student has been allowed to refer or defer it to a later date (this only happens following certain criteria and is always subject to exam board approval). For obvious reasons, re-assessments cannot be the same as the original assessment and so these alternatives are set. In cases where the form of assessment is the same, the content will nevertheless be different.

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Essay 12000 words1-9August/September assessment period
Essay 23000 words1-9August/September assessment period
Individual PresentationWritten report covering the topic of presentation (1,500 words per missed presentation)1-9August/September assessment period
Reactions to readings500 words reaction paper per reaction paper missed4-7August/September assessment period