Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2083: The Research Toolkit for Politics and International Relations

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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
Selection of group field notes on emergent relevant theme2000 words2, 4, 6Written and verbal

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
Individual literature review202,000 words1, 4, 7, 8Written
Group qualitative interviewing report202,000 words2, 4, 5, 6Written
Group presentation of quantitative findings2020 minutes (not including discussion)2, 4, 5, 6Written
Individual research proposal202,000 words3, 8Verbal and written
Workshop participation20Assessed throughout the course, including by student peer review1-8Written


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
Individual literature review2,000 words literature review1, 4, 7, 8August/September re-assessment period
Group qualitative interviewing report AND Group presentation of quantitative findings3,000 words research portfolio showing evidence of application of quantitative and qualitative research2, 4, 5, 6August/September re-assessment period
Individual research proposal2,000 words individual research proposal3, 8August/September re-assessment period
Workshop participationIndividual viva for 20 minutes with the course convenor1 - 8August/September re-assessment period.