Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2077: Data Analysis in Social Science II

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
Lab assignments4 practical exercises using statistical software to solve problems based on material covered in lecture3-4, 6-8, 10-11Written

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
Mid term examination4050 minutes1-9, 11Written
Final assignment: Guided Data Analysis Essay60Equivalent to 3,000 words in total1-9Written


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
Mid-Term ExaminationFinal Examination (50 minutes)1-9, 11August/September re-assessment period
Final AssignmentA data analysis exercise that has students conduct their own data analysis1-9August/September re-assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Where you have been referred/deferred as a result of failing or not completing the final assignment to enable you to pass that component of the module’s summative assessment, then you will be asked to undertake an alternative written assignment with a data analysis component. This new written assignment will constitute 60% of the final module mark.