Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3126: New York Field Trip

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

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
Team Formative: Seminar Plan (4-8 students/team)10 minutes during office hours + 1-page summary1, 3, 4-7Written Feedback
Individual Formative: Ethics, Methods and Research Reflection500 words + 5 citations2, 4-7Peer and Written 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
Team-led Seminar (4-8 students/team)2045 minutes per team1, 3, 4-9Written Feedback
Methods Portfolio304 pieces of writing + visual documentation (2,000 words total)1-10Written Feedback
Critical Research Essay (that explores a problem or question in contemporary politics using the field site as a locus of analysis. Essays should engage seminar and workshop themes and incorporate field research from the trip.)504,000 words1-10Written Feedback


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
Team-led SeminarSeminar plan + presentation slides and speaking notes1, 3, 4-9August/September reassessment period
Methods PortfolioMethods Portfolio – 4 pieces of writing + visual documentation (2,000 total)1-10August/September reassessment period
Critical Research EssayCritical Research Essay (4,000 words)1-10August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

Reassessment of the presentation will take the form of a seminar plan, presentation slides and speaking notes.