Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3205: Civic Engagement

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 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
Essay plan500 words1-4, 7-9Written feedback
Strategy paper plan500 words2, 4-7, 11-12Written 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
Essay3525001-4, 7-9Written and oral feedback with returned essay
Strategy paper5040002, 4-7, 11-12Written feedback
Group presentation (students work together consider using a variety of formats including debates, simulations, research presentations and case studies)1510 mins presentation time per person7, 9-10Oral feedback at end of presentation; written 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
Essay (2500 words)Essay (2500 words)1-4, 7-9August / September re-assessment period
Strategy Paper (4000 words)Strategy Paper (4000 words)2, 4-7, 11-12August/ September re-assessment period
Group presentationWritten case study (1500 words)7-9August/ September re-assessment period