Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2020: Family Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2015/6 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
One essay/assignment plan to be handed in by week 6 Autumn/Michaelmas Term 1,000 words max1-7, 9Written individual feedback
Workshops involving problem solving questions and topics for discussion and debate.6 x 1.5 hour WorkshopsAllVerbal 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
Closed-note exam (end of year) (50%) 502 hour 15 minutes1-7, 9Written feedback
Essay/written assignment (50%) (week 2 Spring/Lent Term).503,000 words1-7, 9Written 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
2 hour 15 minute closed note exam (50%)2 hour 15 minute closed note exam (50%)1-7, 9August/September assessment period
3,000 words essay/assignment (50%) 3,000 words essay/assignment (50%)1-7, 9August/September assessment period