Postgraduate Module Descriptor

POLM014M: MPA Applied Studies

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 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
Regular Feedback on Reflective Learning Log as it progresses during terms 1 & 2300 words (1 log entry per seminar)1-9Oral in class (including peer feedback)
Student presentations of report topic & plan15 minutes1-9Oral in class (including peer feedback)
Feedback on report drafts2,000 words draft chapters1,2,6,7, 8,9,10Oral in person during supervision

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
Report6010,000 words1,2,6,7, 8,9,10Written
Final Reflective Learning Log253,000 words1-10, 12Written feedback upon completion
Presentation of report1520 minutes1-9,11Written


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
ReportReport (10,000 words)1,2,6,7,8,9,10August/September reassessment period
Final Reflective Learning LogReflective Learning Log (3,000 words)1-10,12August/September reassessment period
Presentation of reportIndividual Presentation (20 minutes)1-9,11August/September reassessment period