Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2097: Behavioural Public Policy and the Nudge Agenda

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 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
Group discussions of research protocol & essay plans1 page summary of each brought to class3,4 (essay) 1,2,5,6 (protocol)Oral (peers)
Take home summary sheets to distil key findings from specific articles which will form the basis for group discussions on specific weeks2 hours preparation per summary sheet (including reading time) x 3 (over 3 weeks)1 & 4Oral

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
Essay452000 words3,4Written
Small group presentation with group handout (500 words) (half of mark is made up of individual contribution; half of group contribution)10Equivalent of 5 mins per person1,2,4,6,7Oral & Written
Research protocol (i.e. a written description of a design for a research experiment to evaluate the effects of a behavioural change intervention in an area of the student’s own choosing)452000 words1,2,5,6Written


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(2,000 words)3,4 August/September reassessment period
Small group presentationIndividual powerpoint presentation emailed to course convenor with follow up q&a by email1,2,4,6,7 August/September reassessment period
Research protocolResearch protocol(2,000 words)1,2,5,6 August/September reassessment period