Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2083: The Research Toolkit for Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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
Synopsis of research design for policy brief1 page (note that students will be given a pro-forma to complete with the line spacing, margins and font set)1, 2, 4, 6Written and verbal 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
90010

...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
Multiple choice quizzes in seminars108 quizzes, 5 questions, 10 minutes1, 2Score (written)
Individual literature review202000 words1, 2, 4, 7, 8Written
Scoping report (group project: note that marks will be allocated on the basis of proven individual contributions as documented in a report of peer contributions)202000 words per group1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8Written
Policy brief (group project: note that marks will be allocated on the basis of proven individual contributions as documented in a report of peer contributions)253000 words per group1, 2, 4, 6, 8Written
Group presentation105 minutes per student4, 8Written
Critical reviews in one assignment152 x 750 word reviews1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8Written

Re-assessment

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
Multiple choice quizzesIndividual examination (80 minutes)1, 2August / September re-assessment period
Individual literature reviewIndividual literature review (2000 words)1, 2, 4, 7, 8August/ September re-assessment period
Scoping report (group project: note that marks will be allocated on the basis of proven individual contributions)Scoping report (individual project, 750 words)1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8August/ September re-assessment period
Policy brief (group project)Policy brief (individual project 1000 words)1, 2, 4, 6, 8August/ September re-assessment period.
Group presentations (5 minutes per student)Individual presentation (5 minutes)4, 8Summer term
Critical reviewsCritical reviews (2 x 750 words = one assignment at 1500 words01, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8August/ September re-assessment period