Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3288: Political Science and the Real World

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
Essay plan for Essay 2500 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
Essay 1 (Time-limited essay) Students will have 72 hours to complete the essay. 442750 words1-7Written
Essay 2 (Research design, field essay, or meta analysis)362250 words1-7Written
Short report20Students will have choice of either (due at the same time): -1250 words written -12.5-minute presentation (delivered as recorded video, slide deck, or similar)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
Essay 1 (Time-limited essay)Time-limited essay1-7August-September assessment period
Essay 2Essay1-7August-September assessment period
Short reportShort report1-7August-September assessment period