Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3242: Political Representation UK-Style

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 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
Critical review of 1 article/book500 words1-7Written
Research report outline 500 words1-7Written

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
Research essay302,000 words1-7Written
Research poster201000 words A1 flipchart sheet poster, including 1 table/graph1-7Oral
Research report503000 words, including at least 1 table/graph 1-7Written


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
Research essayResearch essay (2000 words)1-7August/September reassessment period
Research poster1000 words Poster presentation (A1 flipchart sheet poster, including 1 table/graph)1-7August/September reassessment period
Research reportResearch report (3000 words, including at least 1 table/graph)1-7August/September reassessment period