Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA1038: Religious Minorities of the Middle East

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
Group presentation on the ‘target audience’ for your specific project – who are they and what are their needs?15 minutes6-8Verbal feedback from peers and teacher

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
Written essay452,000 words3-4, 7Full written (verbal on request)
Project (including group presentation)45Group presentation (15 mins) and 1,500 words of briefing notes (including a reflexive methodology of 500 words), in addition to text (and where applicable, images) of Presentation. Presentation will be recorded.1-2, 5-6, 8Full written (verbal on request)
Class participation 10Attendance,participation in formative assessment, participation in group work (subject to any ILOs)1-2, 5Oral


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
Essay2,000 words (45%)1-2, 4, 7August/September reassessment period
ProjectEssay 2,000 words (45%)3-4, 7August/September reassessment period
Class participationMini-project (e.g.small PowerPoint or digital output) to be agreed with teacher (only applicable where ILO/medical certification supplied)1, 4, 7August/September reassessment period