Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM009M: Regulation and Reform: Analysis and Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 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
Participation in Group Work and WorkshopsTeaching week 1-11Verbal feedback

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
Web-based review of set text20800 words1-11Electronic feedback via ELE within one week of submission
Coursework Essay602,500 words1-11The Essay is returned individually in the week following the module with detailed feedback
Reflective Learning Log2080 words10Electronic feedback via ELE within one week of submission


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
Web-based review of set textWeb-based review of set text (800 words)1-11August/September reassessment period
Coursework EssayCoursework Essay (2,500 words)1-11August/September reassessment period
Reflective Learning LogReflective Learning Log (800 words)10August/September reassessment period