Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM085: Work Placement in Conflict, Security and Development

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
One work placement applicationOne-page covering letter, completed application form and two-page CV1, 3, 10Oral feedback in office hours
One work placement reviewTwo-page self-assessment form3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Oral feedback in office hours

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
Project design essay201,500 words1-5, 7, 8Written/oral
Project report document504,000 words1-7, 11Written/oral
Project report presentation (individual)1510 Minutes + 300-word handout1-7, 9-11Written/oral
Book review151,000 words3-6, 8Written/ oral


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
Project design essayProject design essay (1,500 words)1-5, 7, 8August/September re-assessment period
Project report documentProject report document (4,000 words)1-7, 11August/September re-assessment
Project report presentationProject report presentation (10 Minutes + 300-word handout)1-7, 9-11By arrangement with convenor
Book reviewBook review (1,000 words)3-6, 8August/ September re-assessment period.

Re-assessment notes

Rearranged presentations will take place in lecturer’s office at a mutually agreeable time in term 3.