Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM005M: The Politics, Policy and Practice of Sustainable Development (MPA ONLY)

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 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 workshopsTeaching week1-10Verbal 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
Case Study Presentation tailored to the students interests/experience3020 minutes1-10Written and Oral Feedback within a week of the presentation
Reflective learning log20800 words11Written feedback
Coursework Essay502,500 words1-10One Week marking turnaround with written and oral 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
Case Study Presentation tailored to the students interests/experienceCase Study Presentation (20 minutes)1-10Next reassessment period
Reflective learning logReflective learning log (800 words)11Next reassessment period
Coursework EssayCoursework Essay (2,500 words)1-10Next reassessment period