Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM200: Management and Governance: Comparing Public Administration around the World (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2013/4 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
Participation in seminarsDaily1-9Verbal feedback

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
Web-Based Assessment (based on set text or texts)20The assessment to be a review of a key text or article made available in advance of the module. 1000 Words1, 3, 5.Written feedback
Reflective Learning log20800 words1-9Written feedback
Coursework Essay602,500 words1-8One week marking turnaround with written feedback


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
Web-Based Assessment (based on set text or texts)Web-Based Assessment (based on set text or texts)1,3,5Next reassessment period
Reflective Learning logReflective Learning log1-9Next reassessment period
Coursework EssayCoursework Essay1-8Next reassessment period