Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM227M: Behavioural Public Policy and Administration

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
Individual presentation of policy briefing10 mins2,4,7,8Written
Sample critical reading summary1 x 500 words1,3,4,5,6Written

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
Critical reading summaries452,000 words (4 x 500 words)1,2,3,4,5,6Written
Policy Briefing aimed at your own country’s government in your chosen policy area (written)552500 words1,2,4,6,7,8Written


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
Critical reading summariesCritical reading summaries (2000 words)1,2,3,4,5,6August/September reassessment period
Policy BriefingPolicy Briefing (2,500 words)1,2,4,6,7,8August/September reassessment period