Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA2178: Year Abroad with Work Placement B

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
Assessment conducted by host institutions. This may include homework and coursework assignments. Host institutions may differ on methods of assessmentThis will vary depending on the host institution1, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10Oral and written feedback
One work placement application (in English)One-page covering letters and a two-page CV11Oral feedback
One work placement review (in English)Two-page personal development plan2, 3, 7Oral 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
Average taken from results of termly examinations85Set by host institution1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10Written Feedback
Work Placement151,000 words reflective project report2, 3, 7, 8Written 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
Termly examinations set by host institutionWritten examination (3 hours) - 65%; Oral examination (10 minutes) – 10%; Listening examination (30 minutes) – 10%.1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10August/September reassessment period
Work Placement reflective projectWork Placement reflective project (1000 words) – 15%2, 3, 7, 8, 10, 11August/September reassessment period

Re-assessment notes

If required a student will be offered a referred or deferred examination at the IAIS in August/September. The papers for the referred/deferred examinations will be set by the host institution and marked by IAIS (This includes oral, listening and written examinations). In cases of failure, students may be asked to withdraw from the MArabic programme, repeat the year abroad at their own expense, or potentially transfer to a three-year degree programme.