Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC3095: Environmental Knowledge Controversies

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
Plans for citizen conferenceOne page, and a 20 minute consultation with class leader1-5, 8Oral

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
Essay602,5001-8Written, verbal on request
Small group citizen jury simulation20Prepare short selection of readings in advance for the class, organise a 1-hour simulation, and feedback the results one week later in a short 5-minute presentation1,4,6,8-9Written, verbal on request
Seminar participation and reflective diary201,000 words1-9Written, verbal on request


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 (2,500 words)1-8August/September re-assessment period
Evaluation of citizen juries1,000 words (this can be entirely theoretical if the citizen jury simulations were missed with mitigation; but it should draw on what happened in class if the student attended)1, 4, 6, 8-9August/September re-assessment period
Seminar participation and reflective diary Individual viva and reflective diary (1,000 words)1-9August/September re-assessment period