Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2118: Land, Power and Politics: a Critical Problem-Based Approach

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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
Formative group presentation: ‘consultancy pitch exercise’5 minutes per group member4, 6, 7, 8, 9,10Oral

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
Essay352,000 words1, 2, 3, 5Written
Group consultancy report (written)302,000 words per group member4, 6, 7, 8, 9 Written
Group presentation (oral) of consultancy report357 minutes per group membe7, 8, 9, 10Written and oral


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
EssayEssay (2000 words)1, 2, 3, 5August/September reassessment period
Group consultancy report (written)Group consultancy report (2000 words)4, 6, 7, 8, 9August/September reassessment period
Group presentation (oral) of consultancy reportOne-to-one viva (7 minutes)7, 8, 9, 10August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

The group presentation cannot be re-assessed in a rigorous format after the group assessed event.  Therefore, individuals will be asked to produce a reflective note on their experience of this group problem-solving exercise.  This will be a short reflective piece which particularly highlights their contribution to the overall group exercise, and their learnings about group work, the consultancy process, and their approach to solving the problem.